Lately, the news has been filled with reports of pilot episodes for new series getting ordered by all of the major networks, not to mention basic and premium cable channels. And while it's presumptuous to form opinions about them based on little more than a one-sentence description, once you factor in casting news and who the writer and director are, you start to get a pretty good idea of what to expect. Not counting shows still in the scripting stage, or shows that already have a series commitment, here are some of the best- and worst-sounding pilots being developed -- although since they get added and dropped frequently, this may not be fully accurate for long. (Generic-sounding romantic comedies and family dramas get a bye this round, because it's hard to muster strong feelings about them, but we'll revisit them if and when they make it to series.)
Kristen Bell commands you to watch her new Showtime series, House of Lies!
It's Labor Day weekend and we want to get our picnic on, so let's get 'er done!
Today we learned just what evils CBS has been forced to do thanks to Charlie Sheen's love of nose candy.
When the news broke yesterday that Sharon Stone will be playing a former cop (!) turned prosecutor (!!) on SVU for four episodes in April, I got pretty excited. First of all, that's hilarious. Secondly, it made me think of all the other washed-up actors who have yet to make an appearance on the guest-star haven that is the Law & Order franchise. Certainly there are other people who used to be in movies who have since self-sabotaged their way into needing an SVU guest star paycheck, or just might randomly show up for no other reason than to confuse people (like Robin Williams did). I've come up with a few who might work. Would they be good? Not necessarily. But are they available? Most definitely, and that's all that matters.
At first, the news that ABC would be remaking Charlie's Angels made me roll my eyes in annoyance at yet another remake, as I'm sure it caused most people to do, but after looking closer at the story, I kind of think it could be fun. Josh Friedman, former showrunner of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is writing and executive producing this remake as well, and he's actually a very smart guy, and a good writer, despite Terminator's storytelling missteps. At the very least, he writes women well, and as long he doesn't fall into the traps of turning Charlie's Angels into a character melodrama, as Fox's Terminator budget cuts forced him to on that show, this could be the kick-ass, female-driven, addictive series that Dollhouse was supposed to be, if they're careful, and if they cast it right. I can't write the scripts for them, but I can tell you who has Angel potential and who is Olivia Wilde (for example). Here are our Charlie's Angels casting hopes and dreams.
All right, I may have lured you in under some false pretenses. There will never, ever be Veronica Mars action figures. There are a few busts of Veronica and Logan Echolls, but manufacturing action figures is far too expensive a process for the few thousand they would likely sell. Heroes, on the other hand, is still on the air -- and still pretty popular, despite last season's meanderings -- which means the action figures are coming fast and furious. Hmm... What Veronica Mars cast member is on Heroes now? Let me think...
There have been a lot of TV shows based on movies. Some go into development soon after the movie becomes a success. Some, like Eastwick, come out nearly 20 years later. But in the case of 2012, the upcoming John Cusack disaster movie, work has already begun on a follow-up TV series called 2013 -- and the film's not even out yet! Wanting to get on the bandwagon early, we looked at the upcoming slate and found ten movies that would make for entertaining TV series. Feel free to take these ideas and run with them, Hollywood!
There's a slow and steady buzz building for the forthcoming ensemble comedy Party Down, about a group of deluded, down-on-their-luck actors and writers cooling their heels in the catering biz while waiting for their big break. Much as I'm loathe to let the opinions of other pop culture commentators like myself influence my own predilections, I have to say that this little gem looks straight up amazing. We've still got a ways to go before the show premieres March 20 on Starz! (yes, Starz!), so to help fuel the fire, I'm here to tell you why you should be effing stoked about this show.