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Pilot season: the buzz so far

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 24th 2007 11:31AM

Peter KrauseWe're in the middle of pilot season right now, and of the approximately 9000 different shows all fighting to be part of this fall's network schedule (as long as they aren't put up against American Idol), a handful have shown promise, some even more than was expected. Here's the buzz:

Dirty Sexy Money is at the top of the list. The ABC drama stars Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, and William Baldwin and is about a lawyer who defends rich New Yorkers. It also has a title that catches your attention. Marlowe, the new modern take on the Raymond Chandler hero on ABC, is getting better than expected reviews. Other shows that look like winners: FOX's Action News, with Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, ABC's Football Wives, and an untitled CBS drama starring Jimmy Smits.

Viva Laughlin, a musical produced by Hugh Jackman and based on the British series Blackpool, is also getting good early buzz, but I don't know. A weekly musical drama? Hmmm...

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Tara Balfour

I attended the live-audience taping of the NBC pilot "Masterson's of Manhattan" with Natasha Richardson and Molly Shannon, directed by Jim Burrows. It was really funny. Many LOL moments. TB

April 25 2007 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

Well, I thought "The Lost Room" was one of the best things I've seen on Sci Fi outside of "Battlestar Galactica", "Farscape", the Stargate series, and the Dune miniseries. The literary science fiction world ranges so much wider than the alien monsters and space battles that so many people expect based on the 1950s and pop garbage like the Spielberg and Lucas films, and it was nice to see a more original concept, done well. But crap is clearly what most people are looking for on Sci Fi, although the relative success of theatrical films such as "Children of Men" suggests there may be hope for better stuff as well.

April 25 2007 at 3:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Peter Krause!! Cool!

(I can't believe he did that Sci-Fi crap)

April 24 2007 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BC, The Lost Room was not picked up as a series back in January.

April 24 2007 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why would I want to watch "Dirty Sexy Money"? Because of the title? Is TV so vapid now that just by throwing a buzz word like "sexy" into the name of a show will draw viewers? Stupid reasoning.


April 24 2007 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's always funny to see the buzz when people have just seen assemblies or first cuts. Wait until testing. Things'll be completely different after that!

I haven't read all the drama pilots yet but of those mentioned, The Apostles, Life, Sarah Connor Chronicles and Demons were strong. As soon as CBS tests Babylon Fields, that buzz will die. No way is a test audience going to like a zombie show for CBS. CBS experiments every year and every year they chicken out. So don't get too excited about Viva Blackpool and Swingtown, either. Lipstick Jungle was not a good script, unless you don't care if female characters are believable or not. Sarah Connor Chronicles would get on regardless of the quality of the script -- David Nutter directed it.

April 24 2007 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Action News could be good.

April 24 2007 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The pilot "Action News" was re-named "Back To You". Also looking interesting are...

CANTERBURY’S LAW (FOX) - w/ Julianna Margulies
CASHMERE MAFIA (ABC) - w/ Miranda Otto and Lucy Lu
THE MAN (CBS) - w/ LL Cool J and Melinda Clarke
M.O.N.Y. (NBC) - w/ Bobby Cannavale
PROTECT & SERVE (CBS) - w/ Monica Potter and Dean Cain
SAM I AM (ABC) - w/ Christina Applegate, Jean Smart and Jennifer Esposito
SWINGTOWN (CBS) - w/ Miriam Shor
WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB (ABC) - w/ Angie Harmon


April 24 2007 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

The title of the series was "Blackpool". "Viva" was added for the US market because it was assumed Americans would not know what or where Blackpool is, but might understand the allusion to Las Vegas. The series was fantastic, and if people are willing to watch "Idol", I don't see why a musical with a plot can't work.

I guess Peter Krause being attached to this law series means Sci Fi won't be buying "The Lost Room" as a series. Although it could be done with a different star.

April 24 2007 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

David: I'm as sick of the lawyer shows as the next guy, but Peter Kruase *and* Donald Sutherland? I'm in.


April 24 2007 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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