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Upcoming TV Pilots We Can't Wait to See

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 5th 2011 9:00AM
So-so Internet buzz hasn't put a damper on our out-of-control excitement over 'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ron Moore's new pilot, '17th Precinct.' Why?

Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer & James Callis, '17th Precinct'

Well, for one, it's been described as "'Harry Potter' meets 'Law & Order,'" the greatest combination of two separately amazing things since someone first decided to pair chocolate and peanut butter together. Two, the cast list includes 'BSG' alums Jamie Bamber, James Callis and Tricia Helfer, along with 'Smallville' vet Kristin Kreuk and the inimitable Stockard Channing. And three -- wait, you need more incentive to get excited?

Aside from the police procedural of our dreams, here are a few other potential fall series the AOL TV staff can't wait to lay our eyes upon.

The cast of 'Locke & Key''Locke & Key' (FOX)
Fox's 'Locke & Key' is based on a very good horror-suspense comic-book series, and the cast (which includes Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl) looks solid. But will the show's producers, who include Steven Spielberg and 'Star Trek' scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, have to change the supernatural-infused story too much to make it work as a TV show? And could those changes ruin the atmospheric plotting that makes the comic book work so well?
-- Maureen Ryan

Leslie Bibb, 'Good Christian Bitches''Good Christian Bitches' (ABC)
I'll admit it: this show's title (which will certainly be changed) was originally half the appeal here. But the cast is phenomenal -- with Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb (pictured) and Annie Potts -- the writing is fresh and sharp, and I love the idea of a 'Desperate Housewives'-meets-'Mean Girls' drama being set in Dallas, where I'm from. Not that I'd know anything about that ...
-- Maggie Furlong

Amber Heard, 'Playboy''Playboy' (NBC)
I'll be checking out this pilot for a few reasons. Mostly, I'm intrigued by what the nudity clauses reportedly put in the actors' contracts will actually mean on an NBC show. Sideboob? Epidermus showing? Nudity on network TV may just be the only thing capable of rescuing NBC from its ratings doldrums. I'm also hoping the party-packed early '60s period piece can hit some sort of 'Mad Men' replacement pleasure center in my brain. A dude can dream.
-- Alex Moaba

James Wolk, 'Georgetown''Georgetown' (ABC)
The TV powers that be have been trying to make a Washington, D.C.-set series work for a while now, and I'm hoping this one, from 'The O.C.' and 'Chuck' creator Josh Schwartz, will stick. With the should-be-so-famous-already James Wolk (the standout lead from Fox's DOA 'Lone Star') and Katie Cassidy (the standout lead from The CW's ill-conceived 'Melrose Place' reboot) acting alongside some other incredibly attractive people, I don't see how it couldn't.
-- Jean Bentley

Sarah Michelle Gellar, 'Ringer''Ringer' (CBS)
Why? Because of Sarah Michelle Gellar. As a 'Buffy' fan, I'm interested to see what SMG has up her sleeve. Plus, the breakdown sounds pretty wild: Twins are running from the mob? OK, sign me up! Early reports indicate 'Ringer' will be pretty serialized. If done correctly, it could end up TV's newest "it" serialized drama.
-- Chris Harnick

These are just a few of the pilots vying to get ordered to series for the 2011-2012 TV season. Intrigued? Any other pilots you hope make the schedule?

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without even seeing a minute of the pilot i am already sold for a full season!
just cant wait a minute longer.....

May 06 2011 at 3:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bones has been set in DC for 6 years...

However, speaking of Georgetown, I'll tune in to anything that has Josh Schwartz but not teenagers attached. Is McG producing? (Side note: does McG produce everything? [Double-side note: I have no idea why I said that.])

Also, Ringer sounds awesome, and there are plenty of Buffy fans out there hoping it'll succeed. I'm actually not a huge SMG fan (Buffy was all about the supporting characters), but they've got me hooked with this premise.

I've been aware of Locke and Key since it came out (Joe Hill is Stephen King's son, though I'm sure he'd prefer you don't mention that), but I never actually checked it out... I know I should have. Should be pretty awesome... you know, if it succeeds. That's the big question on that one.

And yep, 17th Precinct looks awesome.

May 05 2011 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My top 10 pilots, would really like to see them get picked and think most of them have a strong chance:

1) REM (NBC) - Jason Isaacs...alternate realities...sounds amazing.
2) Ringer (CBS) - Sarah Michelle Gellar in a double role in a thriller...nuff said.
3) Locke and Key (FOX)
4) Halleluah (ABC) - Terry O'Quinn singing...
5) The River (ABC) - A paranormal activity style programme...creepy but interesting.
6) The Assisstants (CBS) - To me the best sounding comedy pilot.
7) Once Upon A Time (ABC) - Fairytales...or are they?
8) Person of Interest (CBS) - Michael Emerson...
9) Playboy (NBC)
10) Alcatraz (Fox) - J.J.Abrams, hope its as awesome as Lost/Fringe and less like Undercovers.

May 05 2011 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cinema Nostalgia

'17th Precinct' looks promising. Looking forward to the pilot.

May 05 2011 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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