Guide To The 2012 Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Pilots

Posted Monday, February 27th, 2012 02:02 pm GMT -4 by

Coming soon TV Pilots

There seems to be a supernatural/sci-fi trend this year when it comes to television pilots. Many of those that have been green lit seem to be in this genre. Since we’ve covered a lot of news about them here on ScienceFiction.com, we thought it would be a good idea to put them all in one spot so you can have a one stop look of what may be coming to television during the next fall season.

This list only covers pilots that are in production and have a sci-fi/fantasy connection. It is also limited to pilots ordered by the  network channels (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and CW).  Since these are just pilots, there is no guarantee that we will see this episode or that the show will become a series and make it in the line-up for next season.

So here’s the list! Let me know which pilots you think should be made into a series.

ABC

Untitled Dan Fogelman project (Comedy)

Logline: Centers on a family that moves into a coveted New Jersey gated community only to discover that the entire neighborhood is comprised of aliens disguised as humans.
Cast: Lenny Venito, Jami Gertz, Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Tim Jo, Max Charles, Isabella Cramp, Clara Mamet, Ian Patrick
Director: Chris Koch
Writer: Dan Fogelman
EP: Chis Koch, Dan Fogelman, Aaron Kaplan

666 Park Ave (Drama)

Logline: When a young couple accepts an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City, they unwittingly begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building. Based on the book by Gabriella Pierce.
Cast: Terry O’Quinn, Dave Annable,Rachael Taylor
Director: Alex Graves
Writer: David Wilcox
EP: Alex Graves, David Wilcox, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo

Beauty and the Beast (Drama)

Logline: A fantasy reimagining of the classic fairy tale set in a mythical, dangerous world where a beautiful and tough princess discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast.
Cast: Chris Egan, Darius Campbell
Director: Yves Simoneau
Writer: Jon Steinberg
EP: Jon Steinberg, Gary Fleder, Mary Beth Basile

Gotham (Drama)

Logline: After pursuing a seemingly unsolvable case, a female cop discovers a magical world that exists within New York City. A world that goes unseen by normal humans takes all of the familiar N.Y. landmarks and reinvents them in a magical, otherworldly manner.
Cast: Barry Sloane
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writer: Michael Green
EP: Michael Green, Erwin Stoff

Untitled Roland Emmerich project (Drama)

Logline: An astrophysics grad student in NYC learns that he is the chosen one to destroy the forces of evil.
Cast: Max Thieriot, Martin Landau, Yaya DaCosta, Gabriella Wilde, Linus Roache
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Roland Emmerich, Harold Kloser
EP: Roland Emmerich, Harold Kloser, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper

Still in development: AKA Jessica Jones

CBS

Super Fun Night (Comedy)

Logline: Revolves around three nerdy female friends on their “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night.
Cast: Rebel Wilson
Director:  Unknown
Writer: Rebel Wilson
EP: Rebel Wilson, Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross, David Kissinger

Quean (Drama)

Logline: An edgy and independent millennial hacker girl teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes.
Cast: Unknown
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown
EP: Ilene Chaiken, Joel Silver.

CW

Arrow (Drama)

Logline: Based on the DC Comics title, published by DC Entertainment, this hour-long drama is a modern retelling of the legendary DC Comics character Green Arrow.
Cast: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland
Director: David Nutter
Writers: Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim
EP: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg

Beauty and the Beast (Drama)

Logline: Loosely based on CBS’ Beauty and the Beast series from the 1980s, this is a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist.
Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Austin Basis, Nicole Gale Anderson, Nina Lisandrello
Director: Gary Fleder
Writers: Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper
EP: Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper, Paul J. Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow, Bill Haber

Joey Dakota (Drama)

Logline: Based on the Israeli format Danny Hollywood.  In this romantic-time-travel-musical, a documentary filmmaker travels back in time to the 1990’s where she meets and falls in love with the rock star subject of her film. When she unexpectedly returns to present day, she must find her way back to the past to reunite with her love and prevent his untimely death.
Cast: Unknown
Director: Unknown
Writer: Bert Royal
EP: Mark Harmon, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Martha Haight

The Selection (Drama)

Logline: Based on the forthcoming series of books by Kiera Cass, The Selection is an epic romance set 300 years in the future which centers on a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.
Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Ethan Peck, Sean Patrick Thomas
Director: Mark Piznarski
Writer: Elizabeth Craft
EP: Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain

FOX

Prodigy Bully (Comedy)

Logline: A rare child prodigy with an attitude shakes up his Hogwarts-like academy, while bringing the rarified world of his school back home to his aggressive working class family in Lowell, Mass. Based on the one-minute movies by Hank Perlman.
Cast: Mike O’Malley
Director: unknown
Writer: Mike O’Malley
EP: Mike O’Malley, John Wells, Paris Barclay and Andrew Stern

Untitled Kevin Williamson serial killer drama (Drama)

Logline: A thriller revolving around a diabolical serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers and the FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of it.
Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Valorie Curry
Director: Marcos Siega
Writer: Kevin Williamson
EP: Kevin Williamson

Still in Development: The Punisher, The Spectre

NBC

Isabel (Comedy)

Logline: Inspired by the French-Canadian series Le Monde De Charlotte, a normal angry middle-class family wrestles with the challenges of everyday life while raising a daughter with magical qualities.
Cast: Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Nealon, Sophia Schloss, Abigail Mavity, Skyler Gisondo
Director: Todd Holland
Writer: Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall
EP: Todd Holland, Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall, Aaron Kaplan, Jocelyn Deschenes and Karey Burke

Mockingbird Lane (Drama)

Logline: From writer-executive producer Bryan Fuller, Mockingbird Lane is an imaginative reinvention of The Munsters as a visually spectacular one-hour drama.
Cast: Unknown
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer:  Bryan Fuller
EP: Bryan Fuller, Bryan Singer

Beautiful People (Drama)

Logline: An imaginative and thematically rich ensemble “what-if” drama set 10 minutes in the future where families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population — until some of the mechanicals begin to “awaken.”
Cast: James Murray, Patrick Heusinger, Frances Conroy, Andrea Parker, Jud Tylor, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Madisen Beatey, Cody Christian, David Conrad, Tovah Feldshuh
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writer: Michael McDonald,
EP: Stephen Hopkins, Michael McDonald, Robert M. Sertner, and Kate Garwood

Midnight Sun (Drama)

Logline: A thriller in which a female FBI cult specialist begins to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a group commune in Alaska who uncovers a larger conspiracy in the process. Based on an Israeli format.
Cast: Titus Welliver, Michael Raymond-James
Director: Unknown
Writer: Lisa Zwerling
EP: Lisa Zwerling, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Alon Aranya, Efrat Shmayadron, Minit Toovi, Noah Stollman, Oded Davidoff

Do No Harm (Drama)

Logline: A brilliant neurosurgeon wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life.
Cast: Steven Pasquale, Alana De La Garza, Mousa Kraish, Michael Esper
Director: Michael Mayer
Writer: David Schulner
EP: David Schulner, Michael Mayer, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan

Revolution (Drama)

Logline: Follows a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.
Cast: Tracy Spiridakos, Graham Rogers, Anna Lise Phillips, Giancarlo Esp0sito
Director: Jon Faveau
Writer: Eric Kripke
EP: Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk

In Development: Dracula

Source: THR, EW, Imdb

  • Crimson

    FYI, Deadline reported today that Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) was added to the cast of Revolution. That definitely increases my excitement level for it.

  • Aubrechon

    I love this website. Is there any way you could post this guide onto the main tv page as a semi-permanent link? Then you could add updates as needed without having to write a whole new article. Just a suggestion. Keep up the great work.

    • Janice Kay

      Thanks for the suggestion, but one of the advantages of writing an article associated with a pilot is that we can mention not only who was added but what the role that actor is playing. Also, some people may not know the name of the actor but once they’ve seen the face and read what other shows they’ve been in they can associate the name. I have, however, updated this article to add Giancarlo Esposito and Martin Landau with their respective shows and plan to keep this page updated as news comes in. As for pinning this page, well, that’s up to my editor. :)  But thanks for liking the post!

    • http://www.sciencefiction.com Patrick Ruddell

      Thanks for the suggestion, it is something we will consider.

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