Pick the most promising TV pilot

Don’t you think TV executives should make all their programming decisions using a steel-cage-match format? The PopWatch Steel Cage that is. Here’s six new pilots the networks are kickin’ around:

-Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray, Torch Song Trilogy) is — ahem — dragging a sitcom project over to Fox, in which he’ll play a Roseanne-esque mother of two.

-British funnyman Eddie Izzard has signed on for FX’s Low Life, about a shady character who tries to change his ways through suburban living.

-The WB has signed singer Brandy to play an entertainment journalist in a new sitcom from Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil.

-The folks behind Ed have cooked up a series for Donal Logue (Grounded for Life), in which he’ll play a working class guy who teams up with his friends to rob a celebrity. (Wha?)

-Courteney Cox and hubby David Arquette are producing Dirt, an FX series about a celebrity tabloid editor, and the Friends star hasn’t ruled out giving herself the starring role.

-And the Rev. Al Sharpton has plans for a CBS sitcom called Al in the Family, built loosely around his life. One word of warning, Al: Emeril. ‘Nuff said.

I don’t know what you guys think, but while the Brandy and Cox projects sound pretty promising, I’m kind of over seeing shows set in the world of entertainment journalism. That’s why, as someone who still loves him some Roseanne, I’m voting for the Fierstein project.

How about you?


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  • Amy

    I was never a Roseanne fan, so I’ll go with the Eddie Izzard project.

  • ebberman

    In my opinion, great entertainments are made by the vision. Not what the story is, but how the story’s told. So I have to go with the guys who made TV I’ve enjoyed in the past: if the guys behind “Ed” are behing Donal Logue, then so am I.

  • Brandon

    Plus, how could you not want to see a show that is built around a premise that would only fill one episode of any other sitcom. That’s why the robbing a celebrity show will by far be the most fun to watch. Like a deadly car wreck – so horrible and yet I can’t look away.

  • Brando Jones

    Eddie Izzard! He’s got to be the funniest man alive (forget about Chris Rock). Whether the sitcom does well or not, he’s still extremely talented, and I imagine it’ll earn critical praise due to his comedic skills.

  • blah

    I can safely safe I don’t plan to watch any of those shows. They all sound pretty awful. :(

  • Lauren

    Fierstein? The heir of Arrested Development? Terrible.

  • Josh

    Can we give up all of these to keep ‘Arrested Development’ on?
    (otherwise I go with Cox, simply because I’m a fan of hers, though the premise is nothing new)

  • Kimmie G

    Anything, and I mean ANYTHING that has Eddie Izzard in it is totally and completely worth the price of admission! Get him on television, and I’ll be a VERY happy camper!

  • Jamie

    I think that they’re all real dark horses, with Donal Logue possibly having the most appeal (to tap into the working class vibe.) Izzard is not very well known, and along with Fierstien would have to overcome America’s fear of “chicks with dicks.” Brandy isn’t young anymore, so I can’t say anyone particularly cares about her now. Al Sharpton is a cartoon. Courtney Cox, a show about tabloids? What, did you run out of houses to re-furbish?

  • Paul Ketz

    None of these excite me very much, but if I had to choose one, it would be the Courtney Cox-Arquette project, Dirt.

  • Tommy G

    Eddie Izzard always cracks me up, so I’ll have to go with his show. Especially if he’s allowed to play a transvestite shady character…

  • Frank

    Courtney Cox one I would watch if she stars in. The others..mmmmm..nothing sounds like must see T.V.!

  • brandon

    They all sound rather bland.

  • Lloyd

    From the makers of Ed? Are you kidding me? That’s it, I’m there. Ed is the best thing NBC has done in the last 10 years.

  • Josephine

    i adore Eddie Izzard… but still, that project sounds way too much like My Name is Earl for my taste. I wouldn’t watch Fierstein even with someone else’s eyes, so I guess the ones i’m most rooting for would be Izzard (hope its better than it sounds) and Donal Logue, because he’s funny and needs more success than he’s had.

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