Part three is here. Now I'll have to think of something else to write about.
I kid. Not a lot has changed since the last two columns, where we talked about some of the pilots in production.
Casting of the pilots has begun, and one notable development was the casting of "Touch." Kiefer Sutherland of "24" fame has been cast as the father.
The downside of that casting is the pilot won't be shot until late May/early June, due to Sutherland's current commitments. That does give them more time to find a good actor for the son. In this series, success or failure will rest on the actor hired to play the son.
"Awakening" (The CW), written by William Laurin and Glenn Davis, centers on two sisters who come of age and face off against one another amidst the beginning of a zombie uprising. In centers on the older one, who is a public defender.
What the profession of the older sister has to do with a zombie uprising is baffling to me. Is she going to be a zombie lawyer? Is she going to represent zombies charged with murder?
I am confused by this one. And I don't like being confused.
"Heavenly" (The CW), written by Richard Hatem. It centers on a dedicated young female attorney and a former angel, Dashiel Coffee, only recently turned human, who tackle cases together at the attorney's legal aid clinic -– she saves clients’ butts while he saves their souls.
As an angel, Dash never experienced feelings or emotions, and his “awakening” is a big part of the series, sometimes to hilarious effect. Hatem and Ross Fineman are executive producing.
We have an ex-angel exploring his humanity while helping save the souls of a lawyer's clients. This has a cuteness factor with the ex-angel, and I am sure the casting will be young and adorable for both leads, just like The CW likes them.
"Secret Circle" (The CW) tells the story of a young woman who moves to a new town and discovers that not only is she a witch and part of a secret coven, but she’s also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil.
The CW is stretching here with three genre related pilots of the six they ordered. The thing to remember is that The CW only programs 10 hours of programming a week, and they won't be killing six hours of what they are currently broadcasting (even if they should).
I expect "Secret Circle" to be one of the lucky few, as a replacement for "Smallville." While "The Walking Dead" has made zombies hot, my gut says if they pick a second genre show it will be "Heavenly."
"REM" (NBC) is described as an "Inception"-style thriller about a cop who wakes up after an accident to find he is living in two different realities. The project has been given a cast-contingent order.
I like this concept. The thing is, will NBC? Seeing a person living in two different realities may be confusing to the average viewer. That alone may convince the executives to keep it off the air.
Once Upon a Time
"Once Upon a Time" (ABC) centers on a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real.
Damon Lindelof has been involved with the development of the pilot, but it's not clear yet if Lindelof will be a consultant or executive producer. He worked alongside pilot creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who serve as executive producers. Kitsis and Horowitz were formerly executive producers of "Lost." They recently wrote "Tron: Legacy" for Disney and supervised the "Tron" animated series for Disney XD.
There are a lot of fairy tale-based series popping up this season. It's doubtful each one will make it to series. While this one has a nice pedigree, I think "Precinct 17 has the best chance of making it on the air of this particular niche.
"The River" (ABC), a horror drama about a family who travels to the deep Amazon to locate and rescue their missing father, landed at ABC in September with a big put pilot commitment.
"Paranormal Activity" writer-director Oren Peli wrote the first draft with Michael Perry, writer of the "Paranormal Activity 2" sequel. After ABC was not quite happy with the script, "Heroes" veteran and "Kings" creator Michael Green did a rewrite, which the network loved.
This is another horror series in the vein of "Happy Town." And I don't see this one making it either. These days horror is synonymous with gore. And you just can't get away with gore on television.
"Wonder Woman" (NBC) needs no introduction; it's been hyped on both genre sites and general television sites. With the name recognition, along with the buzz, good or bad, NBC would be fools if they don't pick it up, no matter what shape the pilot ends up in. They can fix it over the summer if need be.
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