‘Tis the season for casting pilots. And while we wouldn’t normally have anything negative to say about headlines that consistently tout the return of some of our favorite stars of TV season’s past (see: Liza Weil, Matt Long, Becki Newton, among others), we can’t help but feel that media outlets who normally break such casting scoops are being somewhat disingenuous in their reporting by neglecting to remind readers as to just how few of these shows actually make it to air. Which is why we’re dedicating “Today’s TV Addict Top 5” to a handful of pilots that didn’t make it on a Network schedule last season despite their showrunner’s pedigree and stars attached.
INSIDE THE BOX, ABC
From Shonda Rhimes (GREY’S ANATOMY, PRIVATE PRACTICE) came the story of an ambitious Washington based female news producer (Kim Raver) and her colleagues (Sarah Drew, Jason George, Jennifer Finnigan, Martin Henderson, among others) whose extracurriculars will be more exciting than the stories they cover.
LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER, CBS
From Carter Bays and Craig Thomas (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) came a multi-camera comedy about an unmarried couple (Kyle Bornheimer and Lindsay Sloane) in Pittsburgh and their friends (Joe Manganiello, Jaime Pressly).
BEACH LANE, NBC
From Paul Simms (NEWSRADIO) came a multi-camera comedy about a celebrity author (Matthew Broderick) hired by an irresponsible millionaire heir to run his struggling small-town newspaper in the Hamptons. Small town denizens included: Patton Oswalt, Kristen Johnson and Aimee Garcia.
PLEADING GUILTY, FOX
From Hart Hanson (BONES) came an hourlong drama based on the popular Scott Turow book of the same name that followed an ex-cop (Jason Isaacs) turned attorney who winds up having to help find a partner in his firm who goes missing. Also starred, Melinda McGraw, John Larroquette, Madchen Amick.
THE UNTITLED WYOMING PROJECT, CW
From Dan and Amy Sherman-Palladino (GILMORE GIRLS) came a story chronicling the ups and downs on a small midwest ranch for a family of genetically blessed individuals including Tom Cruise lookalike Sean Faris.