Summer TV: Pilots

TV-on-the-BeachSometimes summer TV can be a blessing in disguise. It’s true that real crap can premiere during the summer, but the stuff that lasts is usually a delight! I love warm summer nights with my window open, cuddled in bed with my fav ice cream and wine, totally engrossed in Pretty Little Liars or True Blood. We’ve got some interesting new-comers this summer, and maybe a few of them are worth watching! Below are my quick thoughts on the new summer pilots this year. I’ll be updating this as shows begin, so be sure to check back!

Here’s a summer premiere guide by E! if you want a full and organized list of everything going on these next few months. I’m only going to talk about new the shows (excluding most reality, TV movies, and TV events).

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Upfronts and Looking Forward to the Fall

five_networksOk guys…this week was Upfronts in New York, so it’s time to talk some TV. All the networks have decided on their new pilots, canceled shows that weren’t pulling in the viewers, and released their fall schedules. This is a summary of my thoughts, including full schedules, what I’m mad about, and what I’m excited for. I’m not getting into mid-season stuff, but I will say I’ve read the pilot for The 100 (The CW), and it’s garbage. I’ve also seen the pilot for Killer Women (ABC), and it too is garbage.

Let me begin with expressing my disappointment about two pilots in particular that weren’t picked up: BLINK and Mulaney.

saraff__130403164548-200x266I’m not-so-secretly stalking BLINK creator Vera Herbert. Her twitter is hilarious. She’s like a year or two younger than me, wrote an adorable short in college called ZomRomCom: The Musical, which is a musical about a scientist falling in love with a zombie (yes I dug through the internet and read it), and then worked as an assistant on Awkward., which is one of the best shows ever. She’s like 24 and not only was her BLINK pilot ordered by the CW, but she had a feature script put on the blacklist. It’s now being produced. BLINK is about a man who goes into a coma but can hear everything that’s going on around him, and his daughter struggling with it. It’s a darker family dramedy and seemed like it had a lot of buzz. Unfortunately, the CW passed. I’d love to see the pilot though, if anyone like has it or anything.

Mulaney was the multi-cam semi-biographical comedy from SNL writer John Mulaney. I LOVE Mulaney’s stand-up and his work on SNL, as well as The Kroll Show. This pilot also starred Nasim Pedrad, Martin Short (!!!!), Elliot Gould, and had a cameo from Jimmy Fallon. I guess we’ll never know how genius it could’ve been. I’m voting for Mulaney as the next Weekend Update Anchor!

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Here’s a great link to 10 pilots that sounded amazing and were passed over.

Many good shows were killed over the course of the year. Allow me to list the ones I’m most upset over:

  • Happy Endings
  • The Mob Doctor
  • 666 Park Avenue
  • Ben & Kate
  • Don’t Trust  the B—- in Apt. 23
  • Deception
  • Up All Night (although it became serious garbage so maybe I’m not that sad)

Also, just for good measure, I will NEVER get over The Secret Circle‘s cancellation last year. Ever. But hopefully this summer’s Under the Dome will quench my thirst for Britt Robertson (SOSOSOEXCITED!!).

Now on to what’s happening in the fall:

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