Pilot Watch 2013: The 10 Potential New Shows I Most Want to See
Pilot Watch 2013: The 10 Potential New Shows I Most Want to See
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Pilot season is upon us again, that time of the year when the networks move forward on dozens of new pilots to see which ones make the 2013-2014 TV schedule and which ones go away forever. For the past two years I've looked at all the potential pilots being filmed and made my picks for the 10 I most want to see get picked up. First you can go to THR for a complete rundown of all the pilots in development at the five major networks.

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Last year I had particularly good luck as eight of the shows I picked made it to air, including many of this season's newest hits like Revolution, Arrow, The Following and Elementary.

So what do I hope to see this fall? Well, we have aliens, superheroes, killers, crime fighters, Joss Whedon and a comedy starring Mork and Buffy.

#10 Delirium (FOX)

Premise: This fantasy series is set in a world where love is illegal and can be eliminated with a special procedure, and 95 days before a young woman is supposed to be cured, she falls in love.

Cast: Emma Roberts (Julia's niece), Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Billy Campbell (The Killing), Jeanine Mason (So You Think You Can Dance, Bunheads), Gregg Sulkin (Pretty Little Liars, Wizards of Waverly Place)

Why I Want to See It: Sure, the whole YA angle feels more CW than FOX, but the network has skewed younger before with The O.C. and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This seems like a truly ridiculous premise that could make for a great guilty pleasure.

#9 Unauthorized Greg Garcia Project (CBS)

Premise: A recently divorced man's life gets complicated when his parents move in with him.

Cast: Will Arnett (Up All Night, Arrested Development), Margo Martindale (Justified), Beau Bridges, J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Why I Want to See It: This is a multi-camera sitcom from Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope), which sounds odd until you realize he previously co-created Yes, Dear, which ran for six seasons on CBS. He knows how to play the CBS comedy game, and with a fantastic cast, this could make Arnett the major, high-paid sitcom star he deserves to be.

#8 Oxygen (The CW)

Premise: Ten years after aliens land on Earth and are kept in designated areas, nine young aliens are integrated into a human high school and forbidden love develops.
Cast: Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), Matt Lanter (90210), Grey Damon (The Nine Lives of Chloe King), Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries), Greg Finley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager)

Why I Want to See It: The sci-fi twist on U.S. history (parallels to the integration of public schools in the '60s are obvious) sounds like it could make for a perfect CW drama reminiscent of Roswell. It also has what every CW show needs, a great-looking young cast.

#7 The Blacklist (NBC)

Premise: The world's most wanted criminal turns himself in to give up the names of everyone he's ever worked with, but he will only talk to a young, new FBI agent he seems to have connection to.
Cast: James Spader (Boston Legal), Megan Boone (Law and Order: Los Angeles), Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland), Harry Lennix (Dollhouse), Ryan Eggold (90210)

Why I Want to See It: The Following proved that the cat-and-mouse game between a criminal and an FBI agent can work, and I think James Spader is such a phenomenally unconventional actor that I would love to see what he could do playing a notorious criminal allegedly working for the good guys.

#6 Murder in Manhattan (ABC)

Premise: A dramedy about a mother and daughter who are amateur sleuths in New York City.
Cast: Annie Potts (Designing Woman), Bridget Regan, Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse), Brendan Hines (Lie to Me)

Why I Want to See It: OK, this one might be my weirdest pick, but I love the idea of a mother and daughter solving crimes in New York City, like Gilmore Girls meets Castle. I also love Annie Potts and Dollhouse's Enver Gjokaj. This could work well for ABC's female-skewing audience.

#5 Boomerang (FOX)

Premise: A drama about a family business, only their business is being private assassins for the U.S. government.
Cast: Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace)

Why I Want to See It: Two words: Felicity Huffman. When you have an Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning actress as great as her, anything is possible. Throw in a family of assassins and you have the makings of a fun drama. Plus the writer and producers come from Shameless, which found a great way to use Huffman's husband, William H. Macy.

#4 Enlisted (FOX)

Premise: A comedy about three brothers who work together on an Army base in Florida.
Cast: Geoff Stults (The Finder), Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars, Private Practice), Parker Young (Suburgatory)

Why I Want to See It: It's from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, which is good enough for me. Throw in the casting of three insanely good-looking (and funny and charming) guys, and how could anyone resist? Throw it on Tuesday nights with Raising Hope, New Girl and The Mindy Project and you have two great hours.

#3 S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

Premise: A drama from Joss Whedon centered on the Marvel Comics intelligence organization that helps to fight evil.

Cast: Ming-Na (ER, Eureka), Clark Gregg (The Avengers, The New Adventures of Old Christine)

Why I Want to See It: If you put Joss Whedon's name on a box of adult diapers, I would buy and wear them. It's really that simple, and after The Avengers, he's suddenly a lot more than just that guy who makes shows that networks put on Friday nights then cancel right away.

#2 The Crazy Ones (CBS)

Premise: A comedy about a father and daughter who work together at an ad agency.
Cast: Oscar winner Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), James Wolk (Lone Star, Political Animals), Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine)

Why I Want to See It: If the thought of a sitcom starring Mork and Buffy doesn't get you excited then I have nothing more to say to you. It's such a weird mix, and when you add the fact that it comes from David E. Kelley (the creator of Boston Legal and Ally McBeal), this is something I absolutely need to see.

#1 The Tomorrow People (The CW)

Premise: Based on a British series, The Tomorrow People follows a group of young people with special powers who team up to fight the forces of evil.

Cast: Robbie Amell (1600 Penn), Peytlon List (Mad Men), Mark Pellegrino (Supernatural, Lost)

Why I Want to See It: The CW had a huge hit this season with Arrow, so superheroes are hot right now. It also has the executive producers of Arrow and The Vampire Diaries behind it (Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec), plus the writer, Phil Klemmer, who wrote for Chuck and Veronica Mars. If that's not enough, it would just be cool if the CW had two hot members of the Amell family on the schedule (Robbie is Arrow star Stephen Amell's cousin).

(Image courtesy of Marvel/CW)