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Unsuccessful Pilots May Still Prevail as Networks Shop Leftovers

Pilot season has come and gone, but a handful of those that didn’t end up on the networks’ fall slates may still see the light of day, with the studios that made them shopping for new buyers. One of the biggest surprises was Fox passing on Warner Bros.’ dramedy “Studio City,” the Eric McCormack vehicle about a celebrity drug-dealing singer-songwriter. When McCormack took to Twitter to express his anger after learning of the project’s fate, exec producer Krista Vernoff demonstrated the kind of optimism creatives must have at this time of year. “Life is good,” she replied. “ ‘Studio City’ will land. Don’t doubt it.” Here’s a look at some shows that might not die after all:


Studio: 20th Century Fox TV

Logline: A woman who’s told her that her husband died in a plane crash discovers the story is a lie. To uncover the truth, she follows a trail that leads her into the world of Mexican cartels. Star Paula Patton and early buzz give Fox hope that ABC’s pass isn’t the finish line.

Sneaky Pete

Studio: Sony Pictures Television

Logline: A con man (Giovanni Ribisi) recently released from jail hides from the mob by taking on the identity of his former cellmate. CBS still holds the rights to the drama, written by David Shore and “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston, but Sony is trying to extricate the show.

Untitled NBA Comedy

Studio: ABC Studios

Logline: Comedy about an NBA rookie who doesn’t speak English, and his translator, who doesn’t understand basketball. The creative team, which includes Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, hasn’t yet given up on original home ABC, a broadcast partner of the NBA.

Tales From the Darkside

Studio: CBS TV Studios

Logline: Remake of the 1980s horror anthology series, retold by writer Joe Hill and exec producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. CW passed, but many outlets, including MTV, Syfy and Hulu, have reportedly shown interest, and will consider screening the revival.

Strange Calls

Studio: 20th Century Fox TV

Logline: Comedy about a police officer (“Community’s” Danny Pudi) who discovers the rural town to which he’s been transferred is steeped in the supernatural. The show, based on an Australian series, could potentially get a second shot at NBC, the network to first order the pilot.

The Advocate

Studio: Warner Bros.

Logline: “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Kim Raver stars as a woman fighting the hazards of the U.S. healthcare system. ABC, which renewed “Grey’s” for season 12, decided it didn’t need another medical drama.


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