The Silver Lining | Annual TV Pilot wish list!

With only two weeks until the annual TV Upfronts, which is where most networks announce their Fall schedules and we find out which TV pilots have been picked up to series, I thought it was time to do my list of pilots I’m most excited about. If you’re a longtime reader of this blog, you know I’ve done this before. If you’re new here, then you might be able to get a taste for the things I like from this list.

For a complete list of all potential TV pilots in the running, go here.



Network: FOX

Based on bestselling trilogy about a world where love is deemed illegal and is able to be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway does the unthinkable: she falls in love.

This is the number one pilot I’m hoping gets picked up for obvious reasons. First, it’s based off a YA series. A YA series i happen to love by an author I really admire. Second, the concept is one I think will translate really well from book to screen. Third, I like the actors. And though this is a terrible reason, I’m curious to see if the guy from THE SECRET LIFE OF AN AMERICAN TEENAGER can actually act when he has decent material to work with.


Network: FOX

Follows Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil.


Though I hate horror and severed heads, I love me a good retelling. As long as this isn’t a procedural and aligns more closely with ABC’s Once Upon A Time, I might enjoy this show. Blood and gore is usually Shana-proof and tame on network TV.



Network: FOX
Two successful guys in their 30s have their world turned upside down when their dads move in with them. Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Brenda Song stars.


The concept doesn’t intrigue me so much as the cast. I love Seth Green. I think this could be very funny.



Network: ABC

A sexy gothic soap set in present day that weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray among others.


As I mentioned above, I looooooove retellings and this one seems about as fun and unique as you can get! I really hope this gets picked up. I think it would be a great match for Once Upon a Time.



Network: ABC

A spin-off of Once Upon A Time. The story is told through the point of view of Alice (Sophie Lowe) who has a generous heart but carries the scars of a long hard life. She is joined by Cyrus (Peter Gadiot), Alice’s love interest, and the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha), a sardonic adventurer. The White Rabbit will be a CG character voiced by Reubens.


Speaking of things that would be a great match for Once Upon a Time, the spin-off set in Wonderland would obviously be perfect! I spent a long time writing my own Wonderland retelling, so I have a deep love for the world and story. I’ve read the original book countless times. I can’t wait to see what they do with this!



Network: ABC

What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones, RETURN. Based on a novel by Jason Mott.


This could be cool! Depends how they execute it. But I’m intrigued enough to find out.



Network: ABC

A soap about the haves and the have-nots of California’s most seductive city, Venice. VENICE will focus on two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the two families battle for control of Venice. Jennifer Beals, Bruce Greenwood, Michael Graziadei star.

This premise reminds me a lot of Veronica Mars. Maybe Veronica Mars meets Romeo and Juliet. I’m a lot more intrigued by the have and have-not dynamic than the forbidden love story. Though I will most likely get hooked on it if done right.



Network: ABC

The story of three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. June Raphael, Matt Oberg, Jenny Slate and Kristin Schaal star.


I’m intrigued by this mainly because of Jenny Slate. I think she’s hilarious. I loved her on SNL and then on Parks and Rec. Plus, I happen to be a woman in my 30s, so there’s a good chance I’ll relate!



Network: ABC

Kimmie and her two best friends since high school have an awesome Friday night tradition of staying home in their pj’s and hanging out with each other, but when Kimmie gets a big promotion at her law firm and is invited to a party by the cute transfer from the London office, she realizes that she needs to step-up her game and convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road. Rebel Wilson, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira, Kelen Coleman and Kevin Bishop star.


Rebel Wilson is pretty funny so hopefully this is too!



Network: CBS
Single-camera comedy about a meek, unassuming fast food worker decides to become a super hero. Cast: Rupert Grint, Tyler Labine.


Ron Weasley. Enough said.



Network: CBS
Single-camera comedy about a father and daughter who work together in an advertising office. Cast: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar.


Sarah Michelle Gellar. Enough said.
Wait, no, that’s a lie. If I erase Ringer and her terrible acting in it from my memory and remember her from Buffy, THEN I can say, “enough said.”



Network: NBC

From producer-director Pete Berg, Bloodline is a pulpy, highly stylized, thrill ride that catapults the viewer into the cheeky world of Bird Benson, a smart, irreverent and strong young girl who, due to an accident of birth, finds herself caught in the middle of an epic struggle between two warrior families set against the backdrop of modern suburbia. Skyler Samuels, Jonathan Banks star.


Could be cool. I liked Skyler Samuels when she starred in THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING. I like shows about kick butt teen girls.



Network: NBC

A drama that’s based on the best-selling supernatural graphic novel that follows the story of six mythical guns, each with its own other-worldly powers. Michiel Huisman, Laura Ramsey star.

This is being created by Carlton Cuse, aka one of the masterminds behind LOST. Though I haven’t yet forgiven him for season 6 of LOST and the horrible, predictable outcome of the show, I still enjoyed the ride of LOST and the way the story unfolded. I was hooked from minute one. I hope this has the same appeal, but with a better final mystery solution!



Network: NBC

This drama series re-introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as Alexander Grayson, an American entrepreneur who claims that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: he’s fallen hopelessly in love with a young woman who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife. (Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers)

I hope by now it’s been well-established I love retellings. I love them ALMOST as much as I love vampires. This sounds like REVENGE meets SUPERNATURAL. As long as it’s not procedural, I’m in!



Network: NBC

A single-camera comedy centered on an idealistic working girl assistant who is pulled between her colleague — aka work husband — and her real life fiance while trying to manage a demanding (translation: crazy) boss. Krysten Ritter stars.


I love the idea of a show revolving around a “work husband” plus I love Krysten Ritter.



Network: CW

Based on the original UK series, The Tomorrow People is the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together, they work to defeat the forces of evil. Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell star.


This is created by Julie Plec, the showrunner of The Vampire Diaries. It’s well established how much I adore that show. I’m excited to see what she does with this intriguing sci-fi premise!



Network: CW

Spin-off of The Vampire Diaries and centers on the Original family, as Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel. Elijah, intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel’s enemies in order to keep Klaus in line. Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Daniel Gilles star. (PICKED UP)

This back-door pilot already aired and was picked up to series! Klaus is one of the most compelling characters on the show, and I’m intrigued by the idea of making a villain the protagonist. Klaus is evil, yet still sympathetic. He’s a bad guy who sometimes does good things and sometimes does bad things. He’s gray. And I think that’s awesome. I also love Rebekah and Elijah is mysterious and fun. I’m not too into (SPOILER ALERT: the Renesmee-esque plotline) but I have faith that Julie Plec and the other writers can make this show just as awesome as its original (ha, see what I did there?) counterpart.



Network: CW

97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a massive spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents with dark secrets back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Eli Goree, Bob Morley, Henry Ian Cusick star.

CW + sci-fi seems made of win! Plus, this is based off a YA book.



Network: CW

Set 300 years in the future, an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Balancing her loyalty to family, true love, and kingdom, she must attempt to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue, all while a budding rebellion threatens to topple the crown. Based on the book by Kiera Cass. Yael Grobglas, Lucien Laviscount star.


The CW tried to make this pilot last year but ultimately passed on it, instead requesting a major overhaul. This is obviously based off a YA book, one that I haven’t read yet, but I love when YA books succeed in other mediums. So if it gets picked up (which doesn’t look likely), I’d watch!



Network: CW

Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since. Aimee Teagarden, Matt Lanter star.

This seems similar to the premise of Melissa Lander’s upcoming YA book ALIENATED. My sister used to be obsessed with ROSWELL back in the day, pulling me into her obsession as well, so I’m excited about the next generation of alien romances on the CW. If it’s anything like The Vampire Diaries in comparison to Buffy, then it will be awesome!

What shows are you looking forward to?

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