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It's pilot season in LA

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 12th 2006 11:38AM
'Tis the season to kiss television networks' butts. January is a big month in Los Angeles, when writers and producers are pitching their show ideas to all the networks. This week, networks placed their orders for a whole bunch of new dramas, including some created by well-knowns such as J.J. Abrams and Ridley and Tony Scott. Here is a list of some shows we know about so far:

  • Six Degrees, J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias), ABC: stories of six strangers in New York intertwine.
  • Jericho, Jon Turteltaub, CBS: social, psychological, physical chaos ensue when a small town is cut off from the rest of the world after a nuclear disaster.
  • Orpheus, Ridley & Tony Scott, CBS: a man's girlfriend is involved in a cult.
  • Faceless, Joe Carnahan, FOX: prosecutor goes undercover to an underworld organization (a prosecutor?).
  • Heroes, Tim Kring, NBC: everyday people discover they have super hero powers.
  • Seeing Red, Graham Yost, NBC: a cop talks to dead people to solve cases.
  • Untitled Alicia Keys project, Alicia Keys, UPN: inspired by the life of Alicia Keys, the show is about a 24-year-old musician who grew up in Hell's Kitchen.
  • Underfunded, David Breckman & Rob Abrash, USA: a brilliant agent for the Canadian Secret Service solves cases despite the agency's severe lack of funding.
So... which of these shows do you think we'll actually see on the air next fall?

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

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Jim McGrath

I like the concept behind "Underfunded." It's original, which is a breath of fresh air in the wasteland of TV. USA Network should thank their lucky stars for having two Breckman's on the payroll.

January 16 2006 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard McFadden

I think "Heroes" could make it to the fall plus it's one of the most original ideas from this crop of shows.

January 15 2006 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another Abrams project for TV. I hope Lost isn't doomed to the same fate as Alias.

As soon as Abrams started Lost, Alias jumped the shark.

January 13 2006 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Unfortunately, if you're a Canadian (like me) "Underfunded" sounds like a documentary about the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS).

January 12 2006 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Morgan at Spot Cost

Abrams needs to try envisioning a decent ending for his shows before he squats over my TV and drops another great concept that goes nowhere.

January 12 2006 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Seeing Red: Oh, God, do we need yet ANOTHER show where someone talks to/sees the dead? Ugh.

Heroes and Six Degrees sound intriguing though...

January 12 2006 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Zaslowe

Underfunded sounds like one of the funniest ideas for a show in a long time. The Canadian Secret Service? Brilliant!

January 12 2006 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd say Jericho is more like Invasion, but instead of a Hurrican cutting people off it's a nuclear disaster.

January 12 2006 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashley Boyd

'Six Degrees' could be good if done well; how they itneract, how the interactions change them and stuff. If thats done well and is made to be interesting then I'll watch.

'Jericho' also sounds good, even if it is "Lost with a nuclead disaster rather than plane crash"

January 12 2006 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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