The fall TV season is taking shape. Networks have ordered dozens of new pilots starring familiar faces like Friends' David Schwimmer, Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter, Southland's Benjamin McKenzie and Grey's Anatomy alum Katherine Heigl, and from proven producers like The Mentalist's ...
The fall TV season is taking shape. Networks have ordered dozens of new pilots starring familiar faces like Friends' David Schwimmer, Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter, Southland's Benjamin McKenzie and Grey's Anatomy alum Katherine Heigl, and from proven producers like The Mentalist's Bruno Heller, Sleepy Hollow creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, How I Met Your Mother bosses Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Arrow's Greg Berlanti.
To keep track of who's doing what, read our complete list of all the projects in contention - there are nearly 100! - and check back for updates on their status. Here are the CBS pilots: (Click here for ABC, CW, Fox and NBC.)
Madam SecretaryA drama about the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State (Tea Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. Joan of Arcadia creator Barbara Hall will write and executive-produce with Oscar winner Morgan Freeman.
NCIS: New OrleansThe two-episode backdoor pilot takes a look at NCIS' New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola, Fla., through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. New Orleans, with its rich setting of music, fun and debauchery, is a magnet for military personnel on-leave. And with the fun comes trouble. NCIS' Gary Glasberg and Mark Harmon will executive-produce. Scott Bakula, Zoe McLellan, Lucas Black and CCH Pounder will star.
Scorpion An eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. Sleepy Hollow creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will executive-produce the project from Prison Break's Nick Santora.
Untitled Cusack/McCabe/Elmore/Cavell ProjectThe drama from John Cusack is set in the world of Wall Street power and money. The Say Anything... actor co-wrote the story with Justified producers Taylor Elmore, Ben Cavell and Kevin McCabe, who will all serve as executive producers, alongside Elementary producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
Untitled David Marshall Grant ProjectA soapy medical show stars quadruplets - three brothers and a sister - who grew up on a reality show. Elementary producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly will executive-produce with writer David Marshall Grant (Looking).
Untitled Toscano/Ehrin ProjectWhen a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., a retired CIA operative is pulled back into action and forced to investigate the next generation of terrorists being bred closer to home. Revenge's Nikki Toscano will write and executive-produce with Bates Motel's Kerry Ehrin.
Untitled Kevin Williamson Project A pair of detectives handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD in this thriller. The Following's Kevin Williamson will write and executive-produce.
Cuz-BrosThe perfect life of a successful, suave ladies' man gets turned upside-down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay. Happy Endings creator David Caspe and Erik Sommers will write and executive-produce with Jamie Tarses.
Good SessionA happy couple decides to see a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby, but they quickly discover that they have more to discuss. From I Love You, Man's John Hamburg and Chuck's Matt Miller.
How I Met Your Dad This How I Met Your Mother spin-off tells the story of flighty Sally (Greta Gerwig), whose stuck in a bad marriage and perhaps ready for a fresh start. HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and Up All Night creator Emily Spivey will write and executive-produce.
McCarthy'sThis family comedy is about a loud, sports-crazy Boston clan that includes Laurie Metcalf, Jack McGee, Joey McIntyre, Tyler Ritter, Jimmy Dunn and Kelen Coleman. Brian Gallivan (Are You There, Chelsea?) will write and executive-produce with Friends with Benefits' Will Gluck and Mike Sikowitz.
The MistakeThis multi-camera comedy tells the story of a couple who discovers they're going to have another baby just when they think they're "finished" raising the kids they already have. Friends producers Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan will write and executive-produce with Seinfeld's David Mandel and Andy Ackerman, who will also direct the pilot.
More Time with Family Comedian Tom Papa stars as a husband and father making a career change to, well, spend more time with his family. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will executive-produce with writers Papa and 'Til Death's John Goldsmith. Alyson Hannigan will also star.
Save the DateNewly single Katie (Psych's Maggie Lawson) drunkenly books a wedding venue and is now faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. That '70s Show's Jackie and Jeff Filgo will write and executive-produce.
Taxi-22Based on the French-Canadian series of the same name, this comedy introduces us to a misanthropic, politically incorrect New York City cab driver. Scrubs' Tad Quill will write and executive-produce the project, which was originally championed by the late James Gandolfini.
Untitled Jim Gaffigan ProjectJim Gaffigan stars as a happily married, harried NYC father of five -- as he is in real life. Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan and Gaffigan will write and executive-produce. Ashley Williams, Michael Ian Black, Adam Goldberg and Tongayi Chirisa will also star.
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