The 2010 and 2011 Network Pilot Orders

The 2010 and 2011 Network Pilot Orders

It’s no secret we love TV. We watch it, talk about it, review it and generally spend a lot of time with it. So, it should come as no surprise we’re very interested in what new shows may potentially be coming to the networks in the near future.

Fortunately, we don’t have to do a lot of work to find out, and you have to do even less, because the guys and gals at EW have gathered together lists of all of the 2010-2011 season pilot orders for ABC, CBS and NBC. Wasn’t that nice of them? Yes, yes it was.

Just between these three networks (we’ll bring you Fox and the others, including cable, later), 31 dramas and 29 comedies are being considered. What shows will make it to the Fall schedule is still anyone’s guess, and we’ll have to wait until May to find out, but still, it’s fun to take a look at these pilots and imagine what could be.

Be warned, this is a rather long list. However, it’s kinda interesting to see the direction the networks are taking. Read on and let us know if you think any of these sound like a show you would watch.



187 Detroit (writer Jason Richman). A light-hearted look at Detroit’s top homicide division.

Body of Evidence (Chris Murphey). A procedural about a female medical examiner who used to work as a neurosurgeon.

Cutthroat (Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters). A dramedy about a single mother who operates an international drug cartel from Beverly Hills.

Edgar Floats (Rand Ravich). A police psychologist becomes a bounty hunter.

Generation Y (Noah Hawley). A documentary-style dramedy that tracks a group of former high school classmates over the last decade.

Matadors (Jack Orman). A drama focusing on two long-feuding families in Chicago that stars David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum).

No Ordinary Family (Jon Feldman, Greg Berlanti). A family of superheroes that stars Michael Chiklis (The Shield).

Off the Map (Jenna Bans, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers). Shot in Puerto Rico, the drama focuses on three doctors who leave the mainland to work at an isolated tropical clinic.

The Whole Truth (Tom Donaghy, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman). Legal drama that provides perspective from the defendant/prosecution prosecution perspective until a verdict is reached.

True Blue (Jon Feldman and Chris Brancato). Homicide detectives in San Francisco reunite to solve the murder of a former co-worker. Cast includes Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace).

Untitled Richard Hatem project. Focuses on a (hot) female detective team.


Awkward Situations for Men (Jeff Filgo & Jackie Filgo). Inspired by the Danny Wallace book of the same name, the series focuses on a British on-air personality who moves to America and clashes with local customs. Cast includes Wallace and Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show).

Freshmen (Greg Malins, Arianna Huffington). A multi-camera sitcom about three first-year members of Congress that stars Sarah Chalke (Scrubs).

Funny in Farsi (Nastaran Dibai, Jeffrey B. Hodes). Based on the novel of the same name by Firoozeh Dumas, which is a memoir of the author’s childhood.

Untitled David Caspe Project. A single-camera comedy about a couple who breaks up at the altar while their friends try to keep things copacetic. Cast includes Damon Wayans, Jr. (My Wife and Kids ).

How to Be A Better American (Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley). A single-camera comedy about a father who attempts to improve his life and the lives of his (not-so-amenable) family.

It Takes a Village (Casey Johnson & David Windsor). A single-camera comedy about two exes and their partners who come together to raise a 15-year-old boy.

Mr. Sunshine (Matthew Perry, Alex Barnow, Mark Firek). Perry (Friends) stars as a self-absorbed manager of a sports arena. Cast also includes Allison Janney (The West Wing) and Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted).

Untitled Couples Project (Shana Goldberg-Meehan). A multi-camera sitcom about two sisters in different stages of their romantic relationships. Cast includes Joanna Garcia (Privileged).

Untitled Dana Gould Project. A multi-camera comedy about a high school guidance counselor. Cast includes Gould and Brian Dennehy (Cocoon).

Who Gets the Parents (Joe Port & Joe Wiseman). A multi-camera comedy about three adult siblings who are grappling with their parents’ late-in-life divorce.

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid (Howard Morris and Jenny Lee). A multi-camera comedy based on the book of the same name.

Wright Vs. Wrong (Stephanie Weir). A single-camera comedy about a conservative pundit who’s very different in private.



ATF (Michael Dinner). An ATF agent juggles home life while trying to capture dangerous criminals.

Chaos (Tom Spezialy, Brett Ratner). Ragtag group of CIA operatives ensnared by backstabbing and beaucratic snafus. Stars Freddy Rodriguez (Grindhouse).

Criminal Minds spinoff (Chris Mundy). New iteration of CBS’ successful crime show. Stars Forest Whitaker (The Shield).

Defenders (Carol Mendelsohn, Niels Mueller, Kevin Kennedy). Drama about two hard-charging Sin City attorneys.

Hawaii Five-O (Peter Lenkov, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman). An update of the popular ’60s drama about Hawaii State Police that stars Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), Alex O’Loughlin (Moonlight), and Taryn Manning (Sons of Anarchy).

I Witness (Trey Calloway, Pam Veasey). A rollover from 2009, this drama pilot focuses on a detective-cum-professor who uses special mind skills to solve crimes.

Untitled Burgess & Green project (Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green). A family of cops in New York.

The Quinn-Tuplets (Mike Kelley). A drama chronicling the lives of five adult quintuplets. Stars Sam Witwer (Smallville).

The Odds (Jeff Wadlow, Joel Silver) A buddy cop show set in Las Vegas.

Untitled Medical Project (Hannah Shakespeare, John Wells). A drama about a mobile medical team that stars Amy Smart (Crank).

Untitled Redlich/Bellucci Project (Ed Redlich, John Belluci). About a female NYPD detective with a razor-sharp memory.


Untitled Ant Hines Project. British deadbeat dad moves to L.A. to reunite with his teenage daughter.

Hitched (Josh Schwartz, Matt Miller). A multi-camera comedy about a newlywed couple and their friends, family. Stars Eugene Levy (Best in Show).

Livin’ On a Prayer (Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Kourtney Kang, Joe Kelly). A multi-camera comedy about an unmarried couple in Pittsburgh and their friends. Stars Joe Manganiello (True Blood).

Mike and Molly (Mark Roberts, Chuck Lorre). A multi-camera comedy about a couple that overeats.

Open Books (Gail Lerner). Centers around a female book editor; stars Laura Benanti (Eli Stone).

Team Spitz (Bill Martin, Mike Schiff). A multi-camera comedy about a high school football coach that stars Rob Riggle (Gary Unmarried).

True Love (Matt Tarses). A multi-camera comedy about four New York friends that stars Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) and Ashley Austin Morris (The Electric Company).

Untitled Tad Quill. A multi-camera comedy about a widowed father who’s attempting to get back on the (dating) horse.



The Event (Nick Wauters) A thriller about a regular Joe caught up in a large conspiracy.

Chase (Jennifer Johnson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman). An action drama that follows U.S. Marshalls as they track down most-wanted criminals.

Undercovers (JJ Abrams, Josh Reims). A couple is pulled out of retirement to rejoin the CIA.

Love Bites (Cindy Chupack). An hour-long romantic comedy.

Rockford Files (David Shore). A reboot of the ’70s private eye drama.

Prime Suspect (Hank Steinberg). A redux of the BBC series of the same name that follows a female detective.

Kindreds (Dave E. Kelley). A drama about an ex-patent lawyer and his group of associates who come together to form an unusual law practice.

Untitled John Eisendrath project. An ex-justice tries to change the law.

The Cape (Tom Wheeler). A former cop who was frame decides to don a superhero uniform to clear his name.


Untitled Adam Carolla Project (Jon Pollack, Kevin Hench, Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel). A single-camera comedy starring Carolla as a contractor who attempts to rebuild his life after a divorce.

Perfect Couples (Scott Silveri, Jon Pollack). A single-camera romantic comedy that focuses on three different couples in various stages of total bliss.

Outsourced (Robert Borden, Ken Kwapis). A single-camera office comedy about a novelties company employee who moves to India to manage a group of customer reps.

Friends with Benefits (Scott Neustadtler, Michael H. Weber). A single-camera comedy about five friends who are on the lookout for perfect mates but willing to temporarily settle on friends with benefits.

The Strip (Tom Lennon, Ben Garant). A multi-camera comedy about a former child star who owns a bar outside of Las Vegas.

This Little Piggy (Stephen Cragg, Brian Bradley). A multi-camera family comedy about father of two who opens up his home to his irresponsible sister and shallow brother.

The Pink House (Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz). A multi-camera comedy about college graduates who flee Los Angeles to start a life elsewhere.

Beach Lane (Paul Simms). A multi-camera comedy starring Matthew Broderick as a celebrity author hired by a Richie Rich to run a small town newspaper in the Hamptons.

Nathan vs. Nurture (Moses Port, David Guarascio). A multi-camera comedy about a heart surgeon who reunites with his birth father and brothers, many, many years after his adoption.

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  • Jayshupp
    July 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    The only shows that look good to me are “Chase”, “The Event”, “Undercovers”, “Cutthroat” and “Edgar Floats”. I have to see some of the previews for the comedies, before I make a decision on them. From the ones I have seen, I am not impressed.

  • Beverly hills psychologist
    June 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Sounds like an interesting show edgar float. bounty hunter psychologist?!

  • Rhys
    May 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    The Quinn-tuplets is what I am looking forward to 🙂

  • jeanni
    March 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Willing to give any Bruckheimer project a try (The Whole Truth, Chase)- Beach Lane, Hitched, Perfect Couples sound cute…The Quinn-Tuplets, Mr. Sunshine, and Generation Y sound worth checking out…

  • Courtney
    March 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    True Blue with Poppy Montgomery will be AMAZING! 🙂

  • Lynette
    February 24, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Looks like a lot of not-very-interesting, but then, I’m a science fiction fan. I do watch some detective show and procedural dramas– Psych, Bones, NCIS– but none of these leap out as gotta see, though I’ll admit as a Stargate: Atlantis fan who was blown away by the episode Vegas, I’d have to watch Rockford if Flanigan was cast. Not sure I could buy anyone else in the role. I’d love to see Garner as Rocky– Rockford’s dad– if Flanigan is cast. He and Flanigan worked together on First Monday.

  • Brenda
    February 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Joe Flanigan is definitely the best choice for Rockford. He has the looks, the attitude and the acting talent to give the part the fresh approach it needs. Plus he will bring a lot of fans along with him.

  • Linda Gagne
    February 20, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Wow, a lot of these pilots listed seem like it has already been done. A few seem interesting like the mobile medical team but they have to have the right actor to pull me in. I don’t know who the lady is the have listed.
    Rockford remake would have to have the right actor too and I agree with those here that Joe Flanigan would be perfect. I am done with casting directors thinking they know what the public wants, so, I am telling them. The first show was so so mostly cause I was young and James Garner was old to me, but this remake could be great with Joe Flanigan’s charm and style.

  • darlena
    February 20, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Looking forward to the remake of Hawaii 5-0 with Alex O’Loughlin and I also think Rockford files would be great with Joe Flanigan.
    True Blue looks interesting as well.

  • Kaz
    February 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Cutthroat just sounds like a grittier version of Weeds

  • Kaz
    February 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Joe Flanigan as Rockford would be perfect, I love the Vegas episode from Stargate Atlantis 🙂

  • Jagoda
    February 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    If Rockford then only with Joe Flanigan! There’s nobody else I can really think of who could take this part. Mr. Flanigan is such a talented actor and so charming. Ideal for this role!

  • kim
    February 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Oh yeah! Flanigan as Rockford would be a perfect match.

    The Cape sounds interesting too. Isn’t there a comic book out with that name?

  • Rose L
    February 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I’d watch The Rockford Files if Joe Flanigan were to be cast as Rockford! He’d be perfect.