(Article by Nerd Bastards contributor Crystal Halcott)
Pilot scripts have been ordered by the television networks for the Fall 2011 television schedule and thanks to io9, we can get a good look at them in advance! Set your Tivos now if you see anything that pops out at ya. Some of these shows are going to be huge losers, but a few of them look to have promise if they can get the right casting and a good enough script. Those shows are few and far between these days.
Since it seems like every post I write features me bitching about another damned reboot of a series or movie, let’s start with the reboots, shall we? After the jump, because it’s a LOOONG list.
Charlie’s Angels. Yep, this is coming back guys, so watch your ass! All right, I don’t know that it’s actually that hardcore, but we should be seeing this one come to our TVs in the fall. ABC is getting this one, and a pilot is currently being filmed for it. io9 mentions this isn’t really sci-fi but the gadgets they might come up with could push it on over into that realm. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Being Erica. This one is an adaptation of a show that is already on in Canada. The series is about a woman who can travel back in time to see her past mistakes and maybe fix them or remedy things. Isn’t this specifically what Doc Brown was always telling us not to do? It could cause a rift in the space/time continuum! Maggie Friedman (Wasteland, Dawson’s Creek) is writing the show’s pilot episode. My one question: Do we need an adaptation for a Canadian series? It’s not like it’s a different language or anything. Just air the episodes down here and save the money.
Incredible Hulk. Does this surprise anyone? This franchise has seen more remakes than was ever necessary. (Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde anyone?) ABC seems to think another reboot is necessary, so this show may be in the works. Let’s see if the big green guy can show us something new this time around.
True Lies. An adaptation of the James Cameron movie has been ordered, and they should be making a pilot for it sometime soon. Gadgets and extraordinary plot lines could make this more science-fiction-y than the movie was, but we’ll have to wait and see. Since Arnold is no longer governor of California, maybe he could make a few cameos. He might need something to do with all that free time!
The Wild, Wild West. No, it’s not a remake of that Will Smith movie, but it was a television show from the 1960′s that will be making its return to television. Apparently it has a sort of steampunk vibe to it and a lot of funky gadgets. Not too much else is known as of yet and a pilot hasn’t been shot.
Wonder Woman. Our owner, Luke Gallagher has been very vocal on his dislike for this reboot, thinking Wonder Woman is way too boring to have a show of her own. NBC disagrees because they are ordering a pilot to be filmed from writer David E. Kelley. (The Practice, Ally McBeal, Lake Placid) I think this could be a good show, but it is all dependent on the casting at this point.
The Munsters. That’s right, our favorite monster family is returning to our television screens. (Okay, the Addams Family was awesome, too.) The show is from producer Bryan Fuller. (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me) This one might be showing up on NBC. Pilot has not been filmed yet. They can do a lot with this series now, if they do it right. Fingers crossed that it wont end up sucking too badly. The original show only ran from 1964-1966, so that wasn’t too many episodes and yet most people today know what it is. That’s a lot to live up to.
Next up let’s see the shows in the works for fall of 2011 that are based off of books and comics. There are a lot of them this season. Keep in mind that these are just the shows that have a sci-fi or fantasy element to them. God knows how many other shows are also in the works that don’t even sound THIS cool.
BASED OFF OF BOOKS/COMICS:
AKA Jessica Jones. This is based off the comic book Alias by Brian Bendis about a failed superhero who works as a private detective in a world that is full of superheroes. This is not to be confused with the show Alias that aired 2001-2006 about a CIA agent, featuring Jennifer Garner. The show sounds cool, but it has been reported that the script will be written by the screenwriter for Twilight, Melissa Rosenberg. This makes me cringe in so many different ways.
Patient Zero. A new zombie show based off the novel of the same name written by Jonathan Maberry. It is about a detective, Joe Ledger, who joins the Department of Military Sciences and deals with the threats that Homeland Security isn’t prepared to deal with. The first thing that can’t be dealt with? A bio-weapon that can turn living human beings into zombies. Sounds pretty cool. I might have to pick that book up. Not so sure how it’ll transfer to television and what they’ll use for plot-lines once they sum that up.
Grave Sight. Harper Connelly is the main character who can find the locations of recently deceased people and sense their final moments. Interesting. It’s based off the book series by Charlaine Harris from whom we already got True Blood based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels. This show will be aired on CBS, so it won’t be nearly as sexually graphic as True Blood. We’ll have to see how that plays out.
Raven- She is a DC Comics character and also a member of the New Teen Titans. She goes out on her own, and being the daughter of both a human and a demon, she finds she has special powers that allow her to read the emotions and secrets of others. If they cast someone who looks like that picture… I’ll be watching religiously.
Locke & Key. Based on the comic by Joe Hill, a family moves in with the brother of their dead father. The house they move into has doorways to the supernatural. It’s an interesting premise on its own, but add in the fact that Steven Spielberg, Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek, Alias) and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Cowboys & Aliens) are all producing AND the head writer is Josh Friedman who did War of the Worlds and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Steven Spielberg did Tiny Toons. That’s all I need to know. Look at the picture of that house! Should be bad ass.
Dark Tower. A television companion show for the movie trilogy Ron Howard is currently working on, based after the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. It is not known yet if the television show will feature the same actors as the ones from the movie trilogy as of yet. It has also been announced that the role of Roland Deschain has been offered to Javier Bardem. (Eat Pray Love and No Country For Old Men.)
Rest. Based off the comic book co-created by Milo Ventimiglia where the main character is a workaholic who takes a new drug being offered that eliminates the need for sleep. Ventimiglia would probably star in this show, since he’s known for his acting and he had a hand in creating the comic book.
Once Upon A Time. This show might make its appearance on ABC. Short story is it’s about a kid who goes to a town where fairy tales might be real. Not much else is known except that the show will be set in a small Maine town. From writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost and Tron: Legacy) .
Poe. Another ABC show, where Edgar Allan Poe is a detective in 1840′s Boston. I’m scratching my head at this one. From what I have heard, the premise is he’s a detective and the things he goes after are what become his stories and poems? Weird idea. That’s not to say I wont be tuned in.
Supermom- A normal every day mother finds a superhero suit that gives her powers. What will she do with this power? What will the powers be? The power to make all children in a five mile radius brush their teeth thoroughly? Who gives a shit? If this pilot even gets made, I’m pretty positive it will tank.
Alcatraz- This is the new TV show coming out by J.J. Abrams. A group of prisoners and inmates disappear from Alcatraz and then show up again 30 years later mysteriously. An FBI team is sent to track them. A cast is already being assembled for the pilot. This looks pretty interesting. Or at least, it has the potential to be interesting.
The CW has several shows in the works that you might see pilots for on the Fall 2011 lineup. They all focus on a leading female in paranormal situations, here’s a brief description of each.
- Awakening- In the midst of a zombie attack, two sisters work out their problems.
- Chloe- Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is producing this show about a con artist who dies and then comes back as a divine covert operator. Whatever that means.
- Secret Circle- A teen girl from California moves to Salem, MA and discovers that her mother is a witch.
- Spirits- A group of young women are solving some paranormal mysteries.
Maybe if they just take all of those show ideas and spin it into one giant show, it might be worth watching.
Terra Nova- This pilot might be airing in May of 2011, so it doesn’t really fall under fall (so clever) but it should be added to this list just because of what it is. A group of people from the future go back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the earth. There they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans intent on having a second chance to rebuild all of human civilization. Great premise! I can’t wait to see how this one is executed. Steven Spielberg has his hands in this one, too.
Magical Law. According to Deadline, this show is set in a world where “the existence of supernatural beings is commonplace and follows the specialized cops and lawyers who face the unique challenges of prosecuting otherworldly crimes.” Heading up this show will be Gore Verbinski, and this drama show will be on Fox. (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Smokers. Brian K Vaughn (Y: The Last Man and Lost) created the idea for this show where a group of blue collar workers go and exterminate aliens in deep space. A documentary crew follows along and films it, making it a show about a reality tv show. Hmm.
17th Precinct. In the 17th Precinct, detectives follow crimes that are of the supernatural nature instead of natural. Who knows what crazy shenanigans they might run into? Is there a separate court of law to try the criminals with supernatural powers? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. NBC snagged this one.
Grimm. New show from David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) is a cop show about characters from the Grimm Brothers fairy tales. Sounds a lot like “Fables”, no? Will the cops be the fairy tale characters, or is it just a poor cop partner duo who has to deal with the shenanigans that go on in the lives of fairy tale characters? Interesting either way.
Echelon. Another detective show where a group call GHOST, or Global Hierarchical Observation Strategy Taskforce, go around chasing supernatural phenomena. So basically if Ghost Hunters was a fiction show.
Emerald City. The Wizard of Oz, but re-imagined and set in modern day New York City. I would have put this under reboots or remakes, but because of how different it is, I’d say this is something completely separate from the books and movie. The only question that remains now is; Will Dorothy still wear gingham?
Mars Direct. Not too much is known yet about this show except that it seems to be about a mission to the planet Mars. Look to hear more about this one, soon.
Sand Men. This is about a group of cops who can enter your dreams and help you overcome your nightmares. They’re being called The Sleep and Nightmare Division. I think the creators of this show took a tip from the hat of Inception. Granted they’re not stealing anything or implanting thoughts and ideas, but inside the dreams is definitely into that thought process. Though I suppose then you could say that’s entering Freddy Krueger territory, too. Sounds horrifying. I’d probably be arrested if cops ever entered my head; dreaming or awake.
Zombies vs. Vampires. NBC brings us this series about a world where vampires make great cops and zombies can be controlled with the right dosage of a medication. Do you really need to know anything more than this to start watching the show? I didn’t think so, but here’s a bit more. The main vampire character is a cop, and he is on a special task force charged with handling zombie-related crimes and incidents. Wow. Can’t wait. I’m sure this vampire will have a reason that it’s okay to be out in the daylight too, right?
Well that about sums it up. There are a few other projects on the horizon that we didn’t mention here, but mostly because they were either boring, or exactly like one of the other shows we already wrote about. A lot of cop shows are coming, and most of them focus around the paranormal. It’ll be interesting to see when they all battle it out, which one will be on top. (If any still remain after their first few weeks.)