2010 TV Pilot Season's almost a wrap: The race to the finish
Which of your favorite shows will survive? Which will be canceled? And what new dramas and comedies will make it to the fall line-up?
The final answers won't arrive until the week of May 17, when the networks make their presentations to advertisers on Madison Avenue. But the networks are busy scheduling pilot screenings with focus groups, as most of the 82 contenders have wrapped.
Here's where all the hopefuls stand. (And check out our pilot photo gallery.)
The network that is losing "Lost" (don't cry) has 11 dramas and 12 comedies in contention for next fall. Of those, all have completed production except the comedy, "Southern Discomfort," which began shooting today and cast Sophia Bush ("One Tree Hill") since our last update.
The single-camera comedy, "Wright v. Wrong" recently added Tisha Campbell-Martin ("My Wife and Kids") to its cast. And the sitcom starring Dana Gould, who also produces it, is now titled "Nolan Knows Best." The above photograph shows Debra Messing in "Wright v. Wrong" and Michael Chiklis in "No Ordinary Family."
There also have been some changes made to a few of the network's comedies:
Sara Fetcher ("The Hairy Fairy") replaced Kristin Kreuk and Riki Lindhome ("Gilmore Girls")
Untitled Carter Bays and Craig Thomas project
Lindsay Sloane ("Help Me Help You") and Brandon Hardestry
"Mike and Molly"
Melissa McCarthy ("Samantha Who?")
Aisha Tyler ("Ghost Whisperer")
Tyler Labine ("Sons of Tucson"), and Lizzy Caplan ("Party Down") replaces Ashley Austin Morris in a guest role
Except for "Hellcats," the CW has wrapped its five other pilots, including "The Damn Thorpes," which is the new title of the Amy-Sherman Palladino and Dan Palladino drama. The above photo shows Scarlett Johnson as Lucy December and Sean Faris as Gideon Thorpe in "The Damn Thorpes."
The CW is only producing drama pilots again this year, opting to fill its line-up with those shows and reality series. The following casting changes have taken place since our last update:"Hellcats"
Sharon Leal (Private Practice"), Ben Browder ("Stargate")
Untitled Amy Holden Jones project
Tessa Thompson ("Heroes")
The photograph below shows Scott Porter as John, and Jeremiah Hundley as Kirk in "Nomads."
Fox has 16 pilots fighting for new TV season slots, and all have wrapped production except for Jamie Foxx's and Affion Crocket's untitled sketch show, which should complete production this week. The cast includes sketch comedy vets: Eric Andre ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Erica Ash ("Mad TV"), Kyle Dunnigan ("Reno 911"), Dana DeLorenzo.
Of Fox's pilots, only four are dramas, and since our last update, Delroy Lindo ("The Cider House Rules" and "Kidnapped") had been added to the cast of one of them, "Ride-Along." The photo above shows Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria in "Ride-Along."
Fox produced 12 comedy pilots, including two sketch shows. There are a few updates on the comedy side:
Greg Germann ("Ally McBeal"), Damon Gupton ("Deadline")
Orlando Jones ("Magnolia"), Martin Short ("Damages"), and Judy Greer ("Miss Guided")
Joe Nunez ("Prison Break") and Jayne Houdyshell ("Garden State"). The photo below shows Will Arnett, who is the star of "Running Wilde," in the pilot, which he also wrote.
Trying to repair the damage to its 10 p.m. hole, NBC has nine dramas vying for slots next fall. The network also is trying to extend its comedy success beyond Thursday nights with 11 pilots. All of the pilots have wrapped.
The following casting additions were made to the comedies:
Christine Woods ("Flash Forward"), Kyle Howard ("Related")
Rizwan Manji ("Better Off Ted"), Rebecca Hazlewood ("Doctors"), and Anisha Nagarjan. The photo above shows Ben Rappaport as Todd and Rizwan Manji as Rajiv.
Amy Landecker ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent"), Duane Martin ("Rita Rocks"), Ben Shenkmen ("Damages")
"Friends With Benefits"
Ryan Hansen ("Party Down"), Jessica Lucas ("Melrose Place"), Fran Kranz ("Dollhouse") replaces Patrick J. Adamas.
"This Little Piggy"
Nick D'Agosto ("The Office"), Aaron Refvem ("General Hospital"), and Ashley Gerasimovich
"The Pink House"
Zach Cregger ("The Whitest Kids U Know"), Ashley Madekwe ("Secret Diary of a Call Girl")
Kristen Johnston ("Ugly Betty"), Nick Thune ("The Jay Leno Show"), Aimee Garcia ("Trauma")
"Nathan vs. Nurture"
Mikey Day ("Kath & Kim"), Joy Osmanski ("True Jackson, VP"), Will Greenberg ("Cloverfield")
-- Maria Elena Fernandez (Follow me on Twitter @writerchica)
Photos: "Wright v. Wrong." Credit: Adam Larkey / ABC. "No Ordinary Family." Credit: Karen Neal / ABC. "Criminal Minds" spinoff. Credit: CBS. "The Damn Thorpes." Credit: Jack Rowand / The CW. "Nomads." Credit: Patrick Brown / The CW. "Ride-Along." Credit: Peter Sorel / Fox. "Riding Wilde." Credit: Ed Araquel / Fox. "Chase." Credit: NBC. "Outsourced." Credit: Harper Smith / NBC.
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