Pick your favorite fall TV pilot

184947__calista_lI had scads of New Year’s resolutions for 2006: Start going to the gym four times a week. Do something about the pink paisley wallpaper in the bathroom. Fine-tune my karaoke technique. But then, of course, American Idol returned, and all my self-improvement plans went the way of the dodo. Television, as many of you know, is a harsh mistress.

So that’s why looking ahead to the second half of the year, I’ve got a new attitude, turning away from inner concerns and looking outward — toward my beloved DVR. Those spots left empty in the wake of Alias‘ series finale (and the deteriorating quality of the writing on my old standby CSI: Miami) have me shopping for possible replacements.

And thankfully, The Hollywood Reporter has a rundown of nearly 100 comedy and drama pilots being considered for pickup by the five major TV networks for the 2006-2007 TV season. Reading about the casts and premises for these possible shows is dizzyingly good fun, but it’s even better when you play Imaginary Network Exec while you’re doing it. If I ran the world (or at least ABC), I’d commit myself to a minimum of 13 episodes for Brothers & Sisters, thanks to a first-rate cast (Rachel Griffiths, Calista Flockhart, pictured, and Ron Rifkin) and production team (Ken Olin, Marti Noxon, etc.). (Just as long as they changed the dopey name).

Now it’s your turn: Check out the rundown of fall pilots and name the one show you’d definitely greenlight. Ready, set, prognosticate!

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  • Mike

    Studio 60! The fact that it’s Aaron Sorkin’s newest project alone would have me there in a flash, but add Tommy Schlamme as a director and Exec. Producer, and an amazing cast that includes Brad Whitford, Matthew Perry, D. L. Hughley, Nate Corddry, and Timothy Busfield (who will also direct some episodes), and I’ll definitely be there. I’ll even be willing to get excited about Amanda Peet after her performance in Syriana.

  • dave

    let’s be honest here. nbc needs the shows more than any other network. to think that a few years ago, they were the big powerhouse network. now, they basically have nothing. (besides “scrubs,” “the office,” and “my name is earl” – the three best sitcoms on television). so i have to admit, i’m excited that there seems to be so many good shows in nbc’s future.
    “studio 60″ sounds great – i completely agree with mike. but i also want the tina fey sitcom to make it to air too. fey, alec baldwin, rachel dratch, tracy morgan – that’s a damn good cast. “20 good years” sounds like something i would watch. i love john lithgow and jeffrey tambor. that’ll be a great match. “andy parker, p.i.” with andy richter will probably be off-beat and funny. it could be a good pairing with “the office” and “scrubs” and “earl.”
    “kidnapped” might be good on the drama side. “the black donnellys” isn’t something i would watch, so it’s sad to see it’s already picked up a series order. “lipstick jungle” will certainly have my attention – anything candace bushnell does, i’ll watch. but please jeff goldbloom – get out of that show. i’m tired of boring shows about cops who talk to the dead and solve cases. snoooore.
    over at abc, i’m interested in “52 flights” because i love christine taylor (hello – “hey dude” is one damn good show! – she can certainly do television. “a day in the life” might be interesting. “him and us,” the elton john comedy, sounds destined for vh1. and the bonnie hunt project sounds like the same andy richter show nbc has going – perhaps they should join forces for one great show. david arquette annoys me, so i won’t watch “in case of emergency.” “PINK COLLAR” i’ll watch because i heart alicia silverstone. that show she was on over at nbc a few years back was great. heather locklear deserves a chance in women of a certain age, so i’ll support her too.
    “brothers & sisters” sounds great over on the drama side. as does “october road.” “six degrees” might have me watching if it just spins things the right way. but that’s really it.
    can cbs give me another “how i met your mother?” because i would love that. “the class” might be something worthwile. other than that, i don’t see any comedy at cbs worth my viewing. i want to see “the waterfront” though, because mary stuart masterson is one of my favorites (maybe i also live in providence rhode island).
    i don’t see anything exciting at the cw. i though that “runway” was goign to be some take off of “america’s next top model,” but i was obviously wrong. i suppose i would watch a wayne brady show – so if “flirt” gets some good reviews, i’ll check it out. and if kevin williamson can reproduse some “dawson’s crek” magic with his new project, i’ll gladly check in.
    okay. that’s all of them. whew. looks like my dvr will be going nuts next fall.
    thank you for helping me procrastinate the first hour of work!

  • TorontoTom

    Anything with Ken Olin attached gets my attention. He’s a powerhouse.

  • mike

    With TV, it’s all about the writing. High concepts and star vehicle failures litter the roadside. Who would have selected out of a list of 100 pilots, a story of six twenty-somethings who live in Manhattan?
    If I had to pick, it would be one of the two competing SNL pilots.
    CW has enough programming to choose from now. Have we heard anything about Everwood being picked up?

  • daisyj

    Dude, pink paisley? Seriously? I think you need to deal with that.

  • Tim L

    Well at first glance, I’d go with the Untitled Kevin Williamson project at CW, but they already made that show and called it Everwood.
    The GEEK in me however has to vote for Beyond. It sounds like my lover Threshold and it has Brian Grazer involved, so I gotta go with my gut and say it may get 13 episodes, and I’ll watch everyone, and then it will die to be replaced by an hour clip show featuring Tuti from Facts of Life and how she does nothing now.

  • Ron Mwangaguhunga

    PLEASE! Easy: Studio 60. I haven’t anticipated a show for as long as I can remember. And I pine for this. Sorkin — genius, Amanda Peet — white hott career and RISING. Add a steady cast of seasoned veterans and you have the writing, the direction, the ensemble cast. Please. This IS the most anticipated show of the season.

  • tery

    Faceless has an excellent plot, amazing actors, best directors and writers. I can’t wait for it to start airing

  • Josh

    I have four picks:
    The 60 Minute Man- Sounds like a creative new sci-fi show!
    October Road- Sounds like the best Drama out of all the new pilots.
    Traveler- Sounds like a great thrill ride!
    Heroes- I’ve been waiting for a super-hero show like this… it better be picked up!

  • hat & bag

    CBS Possible Schedule 2006/2007
    Sunday 7:00 60 Minutes 8:00 Ghost Whisperer
    9:00 Cold Case 10:00 Without a Trace
    Monday 8:00 How I Met Your Mother 8:30 Angriest
    Man in Suburbia 9:00 Two & a Half Men
    9:30 Old Christine 10:00 CSI Miami
    Tuesday 8:00 NCIS 9:00 Unit 10:00 Smith
    Wednesday 8:00 Jericho 9:00 Criminal Minds 10:00 CSI NY
    Thursday 8:00 Survivor 9:00 CSI 10:00 Untitled Carol
    Mendolson Proj.
    Friday 8:00 Amazing Race 9:00 Close to Home
    10:00 Numbers
    Saturday 8:00 King of Queens 8:30 The Weekend
    9:00 My Ex-Life 9:30 Inseperable 10:00 48 Hrs.

  • todd

    Sons and Daughters will beon Wednesdays between In case of Emergency at 8 and Lost at 9. traveller will be on at 10- sounds action-packed.
    Heather Locklear and Patricia Heaton show will be paired with Dancing with the Starrs.
    Secrets of a Small Town is after Housewives, but CBS could seriously be awakened on the night if it moves a hit there.

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