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Default ABC Sitcom Pilots for 2013-2014 Season

It's that time of the year again! Our 11th Annual ABC sitcom pilot development! The last ten years we provided in-depth coverage of all the sitcom pilots on ABC:

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(Head on over to the General Drama Discussion board for the drama pilots.)

This year, we'll do the same. This thread will be updated constantly, so keep checking back for title updates, cast updates, photos, which make it and more. There are 12 ABC sitcom pilots in development. Which do you think will make it? Only between 4-5 will make it I think, so make your picks now.
(NOTE: WE DO NOT HAVE DETAILED INFORMATION ON OTHER NETWORK PILOTS, SO PLEASE CHECK OUT VARIETY.COM, HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM OR THEFUTONCRITIC.COM FOR DETAILS ON THOSE PILOTS)


2013-2014 SEASON SITCOM PILOTS:

"Adopted"
Half Hour Single Camera

CAST
Kelly Preston
Isaac White
Ella Anderson
Steve Talley
Jane Seymour
Rhys Darby
Ashley Williams
Haley Lu Richardson

CREDITS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrea Abbate, Christine Zander, Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy, Becky Clements
DIRECTOR: Gail Mancuso



Karey (Kelly Preston) is a happily married college graduate with no chemical dependencies or warrants so she’s the black sheep of her family. As she likes to say, “Someone definitely peed in my gene pool.” But with bad genes comes great responsibility… so when her brother Vince is sent to prison, she becomes the stay-at-home-mom to her brother’s two kids. Destiny (Haley Lu Richardson), a delinquent 15 year old and Sam (Ella Anderson) a military obsessed 8 year old. She’s also raising her son Arkel (Isaac White), an African American teenager she adopted along the way. Out of all Karey’s kids, he does the best at school and is the easiest to get along with… probably because he’s not blood related. Now, along with her husband, John (Rhys Darby), Karey’s trying to give these kids the normalcy they’ve never had.

But normal doesn’t come naturally to a family like this. Karey’s mother Dotty (Jane Seymour) calls herself “The Liz Taylor of Whittier”, she’s been married and divorced 5 times! She’s the type of woman whose glass is always half full and it is. Her brother Jeff (Steve Talley) is a bona-fide NINJA—No Income, No Job, No Assets. But unlike an actual Ninja, he is neither stealth nor quiet… turning Karey’s living room into his bedroom and settling in as a permanent member of the family. Her narcissistic sister, Penny (Ashley Williams) believes herself to be a better parent than Karey, even though her “child” is a pampered Pomeranian named Vivian.

Even though Norman Rockwell never painted a family like this… Karey is hell-bent on making it work. But between Destiny stealing the car, Arkel teaching Joey Three Card Monte, and Sam digging foxholes in the front lawn - she has her hands full. This comedic, original and heart-warming series dives into the many challenges and rewards of adoption, redefining what it means to be a family and giving a voice to the millions of kids in foster care waiting for a “forever home.”

Inspired by actress and writer Andrea Abbate’s (Accidentally On Purpose, Rude Awakenings) real life, she’s teamed up with producers Shawn Levy, Marty Adelstein (Teen Wolf, Last Man Standing, Prison Break) & Becky Clements (Last Man Standing) of 21 Laps/Adelstein and director Gail Mancuso (Modern Family) to bring you an outrageous comedy about a new kind of family with an odd sense of values: ADOPTED.








"Back In the Game"
Half Hour Single Camera

CAST
Maggie Lawson
James Caan
Griffin Gluck
Ben Koldyke
Lenora Crichlow
Cooper Roth
Kennedy Waite
J.J. Totah

CREDITS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Robb Cullen, Mark Cullen, Aaron Kaplan, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
DIRECTORS: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra



Baseball might be America’s favorite pastime, but for the Gannon family it’s also in their blood. Terry Gannon Jr. (Psyche’s Maggie Lawson) was an All Star Softball player until life threw her a couple curve balls: a baby, a lost college scholarship and a loser for a husband. After striking out on her own, Terry heads home with her son Danny (Griffin Gluck) in tow and moves in with her estranged father, Terry Sr. aka The Cannon (James Caan). The Cannon is an opinionated, beer-guzzling, ex-athlete who never quite made the cut as a single father or professional baseball player. Terry is determined to make her temporary stay back home as brief as possible and immediately sets out to find a job and keep Danny as far away from The Cannon’s bad influences as possible.

As hard as Terry tries to keep Danny away from the sports-driven lifestyle of her youth, Tommy has shown an interest in playing Little League for the first time in his life. Terry soon discovers that his new interest in baseball is not because of The Cannon’s influence, but rather to impress a girl at his new school. Always the supportive mom, Terry reluctantly agrees to let him try-out for the team, but unfortunately the Gannon legacy of stellar athletic ability appears to have skipped 3rd generation Danny. His stunning lack of baseball skills (he doesn’t even know which hand the mitt goes on) makes him the laughing stock of the baseball field. . .and his grandfather’s living room.

When Danny and a group of other athletically-challenged hopefuls fail to make the team, Danny’s disappointment forces Terry to face her past. Even though she vowed never to let baseball dominate her life again, she wants her son to be happy. So when a wealthy neighbor volunteers to finance a separate team for the rejected kids, Terry reluctantly steps up to the plate and offers to coach the team of misfits.

This funny, heartwarming comedy comes from the producing team of Mark and Robb Cullen (Lucky, Las Vegas), John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Bad Santa, Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors).






"Bad Management"
Half Hour Single Camera

CAST
Sharon Horgan
Alan Thicke
Rachael Harris
E.J. Bonilla
Greta Lee
Bradley Dodds
Rob Huebel
David Spade

CREDITS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Kat Likkel, John Hoberg, Aaron Kaplan
DIRECTOR: Ben Taylor



Welcome to the glamorous world of Eastmore’s department store — second only to Bergdorf Goodman and third only to Neiman Marcus in quality and style. This is a place where you can get everything from Tom Ford Cologne, to a Gucci iPad cover, to diamante studded Christening spoons — served by staff who are there for the glamour, for the job security, but mostly for the employee discount.

Tobias Eastmore Sr. (Alan Thicke) may run an upscale store but his employees are definitely rough around the edges. At the helm of the luxury goods department is the fiercely ambitious but equally lazy Eve (Sharon Horgan), who believes that getting ahead is 10% perspiration and 90% making sure her boss sees the 10% perspiration. Eve heads a team that includes her best friend Linda (Rachael Harris), a spray-tan addicted, divorced mother of three; and Ramon (E.J. Bonilla), gay and vain, whose only creative outlet is adding flair to his promotional displays. Eve’s easy life as head of luxury goods (promoted at the tender age of 38!) is suddenly threatened when the boss’s son, Tobias Eastmore, Jr. (David Spade), is brought in to head up electronics. The overly confident Tobias, (with an impressive resume of failed dot-com businesses behind him) wants to revamp Eastmore’s image by bringing “sexy back” and his first order of business is hiring a super-smart, but mostly super-hot clerk, Melanie (Greta Lee), who has an eye for Eve’s job. Now, Eve — in order to stay on top — will have to summon up all of her human resources to step up her game (and her life) to make her department of misfits worthy of the luxury goods name.

Starring Sharon Horgan and written in collaboration with Holly Walsh. Executive produced by Kat Likkel & John Hoberg (My Name is Earl, The Neighbors), and Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors) comes an ensemble workplace comedy about an unlikely team that forms a family despite the: BAD MANAGEMENT.







"Divorce: A Love Story"
Half Hour Multi Camera

CAST
Jason Jones
Andrea Anders
Adam Goldberg
Regina King
Amy Aquino

CREDITS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Sony Pictures Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Mike Sikowitz, Daniel Lappin, Noa Tishby
Jamie Tarses
DIRECTOR: Pam Fryman



Kenny (Jason Jones) and Robin (Andrea Anders) were terrible as a married couple but as exes, they’re extraordinary. If only they’d skipped the marriage completely and gone straight to the divorce. Their friends Ike (Adam Goldberg) and Cassandra (Regina King) enjoy a happily dysfunctional marriage while Kenny’s long wedded parents, Harold and Irma, enjoy a level of intimacy that involves a daily discussion of their fiber intake.

For newly-divorced Kenny and Robin, everything was rosy: they were finally getting along and had clear boundaries. Robin was living with their infant daughter Maya and Kenny was back in his parents’ home on the other side of town. Things were going so well, in fact, they decided to celebrate their 1-month divorce anniversary…by sleeping together. Twice. Now they’re in serious danger of screwing up the best thing that ever happened to them. Kenny’s convinced that the problem with their marriage was the marriage and now that that’s out of the way, he sees no reason why they can’t be together. So he moves from his overbearing parents’ home into a brand new apartment, right across the hall from Robin. Robin thinks the secret to their successful divorce is boundaries, and with Kenny now right across the hall, their un-wedded bliss could be in jeopardy.

From executive producers Daniel Lappin, Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement), Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings) and Noa Tishby and based on Israel’s longest running sitcom, comes a contemporary comedy about modern romance: DIVORCE: A LOVE STORY.







"The Goldbergs"
Half Hour Single Camera

CAST
Wendi McLendon-Covey
Jeff Garlin
Hayley Orrantia
Troy Gentile
Sean Giambrone
George Segal

CREDITS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Sony Pictures Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson,
Seth Gordan
DIRECTOR: Seth Gordon



Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, or peanut allergies, there was a simpler, awesome time called the ‘80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam (Sean Giambrone) these were his wonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy.

The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey, Bridesmaids) is a classic “smother”; an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin, Curb Your Enthusiasm) is a gruff, hot-tempered father who is learning how to parent without screaming after a recent health scare… and having little luck. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, a grade A spaz with a classic middle child syndrome. Adam (Sam Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who’s crushing on an older woman, 15 year-old Zoe. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al “Pops” Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who’s schooling Adam in the ways of love. When Pops buys a new sports car and offers his Caddy to middle child Barry, it’s enough to drive this already high-strung family to the brink of chaos.

From Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison, directed by Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses) and inspired by writer and Executive Producer Adam F. Goldberg’s (Breaking in, Fanboys) own experiences growing up as the youngest child in a highly screwed-up but loving family comes a hilarious new comedy, THE GOLDBERGS.








"King John"
Half Hour Multi Camera

CAST
John Leguizamo
Andrea Savage
Luke Ganalon
Elizabeth Pena
Ariela Barer
Troy Garity

CREDITS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jeff Astrof, John Leguizamo, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Jeff Golenberg, Sam Maydew
DIRECTOR: Ted Wass



Every man wants to be the king of his castle and John (John Leguizamo) is no different. While on the road doing his one-man show, he dreams about coming home to a wife and children who’ve been longing for his triumphant return. But when John comes home a day earlier than expected he is shocked to discover that while the King is away no one follows his royal “edicts”: his son is alone in his room on his computer, his daughter is skipping her cello lessons and his wife has fired John’s mother as their accountant.

John’s life is a series of balancing acts: he’s a comedian who demands to be taken seriously at home, a financially-independent man who’s hired his mother to watch his money, and a kid from the projects who wants to remember where he’s from, while living in a trendy section of Greenwich Village with his upscale wife. Above all, John wants to make sure his kids have a better upbringing than he had. The question is, how to do it? Growing up without a father figure, John believes that kids need strict discipline. His wife, Juicy (Andrea Savage) has a different point of view: she grew up as a Jewish Princess on the Upper East Side and believes that kids need space to flourish. The kids in question are their 14-year-old daughter, Sofie (Ariel Barer), an over-achieving straight-A student who is trying to figure out who she’s going to be in high school, and their 11- year old son, Toby (Luke Ganalon), an outside-the-box, quirky kid who wears large-rimmed glasses by choice and would rather collect antiques than play with other kids. Adding her voice to the mix is John’s strong-willed mother, Olga (Elizabeth Pena) who is best described as a “South American dictator in a Chanel suit”. Rounding out the family is John’s best friend from the old neighborhood, Crash (Troy Garity), who still acts and talks like he did back in the day when he was a skilled graffiti artist, but who now lives in the basement until he gets his act together. All of these personalities make life in their home, the 3rd narrowest brownstone in New York, truly unique.

Based on John Leguizamo’s real life challenge of being a husband, father, and fish-out-of-water, trying to stay true to his roots in the projects, while raising a family in an upscale neighborhood of Manhattan. From Jeff Astrof (New Adventures of Old Christine) and John Leguizamo, this fast-paced hybrid show blends the gritty, honest and edgy humor of John’s one-man shows into a contemporary family comedy. KING JOHN. Directed by Ted Wass (Rules of Engagement) and executive produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman (The Muppets) and Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew.








"Middle Age Rage"
Half Hour Sinlge Camera

CAST
Annie Mumolo
Will Sasso
Skyler Gisondo
Wyatt Oleff
Melanie Leishman
Kellee Stewart

CREDITS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Cheryl Holliday, Stacy Traub,
Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank
DIRECTOR: Julie Anne Robinson



Meet Carol Bobeck (Annie Mumolo), an Oprah-loving suburban housewife who is overworked, unseen, and unheard. She has spent her life accommodating everything and everyone. Then, one day, at her beloved sanctuary: her Oprah Book Club, she has the gall to wonder out loud if the woman who wrote “Eat Pray Love” might be a little selfish for dumping her husband and eating and sleeping her way through Europe. This blasphemy gets her promptly booted from the sacred book club.

This humiliating rejection, along with the constant stream of slights, and chronic invisibility, causes Carol to completely lose it in the glitter glue aisle at the local crafts store.

Now, after three weeks in the Psych ward, Carol is returning home. Her kids, Cass (Melanie Leishman), 19 – an ambitious, pre-law, hipster, barista, Hunt (Skyler Gisondo), 15 – the world’s most annoying existentialist, and Oliver (Wyatt Oleff), 10 – the only emotionally connected person in the family, are anxious about the fragile state their mom will be in when she gets back. What returns is a woman who refuses to silent or invisible.

She’s definitely not gonna take it anymore…from anyone–not her kids, school bullies, nor anyone else who takes her for granted. She finds herself speaking up about all the petty indignities that all the invisible nobodies experience every day.

Her husband, Leonard (Will Sasso) isn’t sure what to make of the new, kick-ass, amazing, emotionally available, Carol. He does know one thing: If this is what “crazy” looks like, Leonard is in.

From Executive producers Cheryl Holliday (Mike & Molly, King of the Hill), Stacy Traub (Glee, Notes from the Underbelly), Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (Smash, United States of Tara) and directed by Julie Anne Robinson (The Middle) comes a comedy about finding your voice and reclaiming your life: MIDDLE AGE RAGE







"Mixology"
Half Hour Single Camera

CAST
Sarah Bolger
Adam Campbell
Alexis Carra
Craig Frank
Ginger Gonzaga
Blake Lee
Vanessa Lengies
Andrew Santino
Kate Simses
Adan Canto

CREDITS
PRODUCTION STUDIO: ABC Studios
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, Nina Wass,
Ryan Seacrest
DIRECTOR: Larry Charles



One bar. One night. Ten single people. Welcome to Union, a high-end bar in Manhattan’s trendy meat-packing district and the backdrop for a sexy new high-concept comedy from the writers of The Hangover.

Recently dumped by his fiancé, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn’t been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, handsome and confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fast-talking Bruce (Andrew Santino), are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom’s first encounter is with Maya (Ginger Gonzaga), an attorney who’s as beautiful as she is brutal. Before long, Tom is in tears. After that, it only gets worse.

Rounding out Union’s chic crowd is Maya’s engaged-for-now friend Liv (Kate Simses); aggressive single mom Jessica (Alexis Carra); her younger, naive sister Janey (Sarah Bolger); bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies); dark, mysterious bartender Dominic (Adan Canto); and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell), who’s drunk and having the worst night of his life.

Each episode will highlight two characters meeting for the first time. The pilot focuses on Tom meeting Maya, but across the course of this one night — and the entire season — each of our five guys will meet each of our five girls. Will they find love? Will they find a warm bed for the night? Will they find a cold drink in their face? All questions will be answered by the season finale of this highly intoxicating new comedy.

Executive produced by Ryan Seacrest & Nina Wass, written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, 21 and Over), and directed by Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Entourage, Borat).






"Pulling"
Half Hour Single Camera

CAST
June Raphael
Kristen Schaal
Jenny Slate
Matt Oberg

CREDITS
PRODUCTION STUDIO: ABC Studios
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Aaron Kaplan, Sharon Horgan, Dennis Kelly
DIRECTOR: Jason Moore



There’s a difference between what society says you need to be happy and actually being happy. Securing a job, finding a husband and having a baby–these are the “boxes” women feel pressured to check off in order to feel like they matter. Abby (June Raphael) has a job. Check. She’s this close to getting married to a good-on-paper guy. Check. And yet, something’s not quiet right. Her job at a publishing company isn’t fulfilling and her completely unspontaneous fiancé Scotty (Matt Oberg) is solid and dependable but he’s not exactly blowing her skirt up.

Abby is not alone in her search for love and fulfillment: her pals Brooke (Jenny Slate) and Paige (Kristen Schaal) are also trying to find their way. Naďve Brooke is desperate for a man to complete her and goes to hilarious extremes to land one. Paige, an up-for-anything-party-girl, has been playing the field too but it becomes more like a minefield with her uncanny talent for saying the wrong things to the wrong people.

Before any more time is wasted, Abby’s going to start unchecking some boxes: quit the job and quit the man. However, getting out of these two situations is going to be more complicated than she imagined. Now she’s turning to the only thing in her life that she’s truly positive about: her friendship with her two besties. These three charming and dysfunctional women might not yet have what they want but together they’ll learn about life and love in the most hilarious ways.

Written by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky (The Office), directed by Jason Moore and from executive producers Sharon Horgan, Dennis Kelly, and Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors) based on the hit BBC show, comes a comedy about three singles living life by their own rules: PULLING.







"Spy"
Half Hour Single Camera

CAST
Robb Corddry
Ken Jeong
Paget Brewster
Mason Cook
Moshe Kasher
Camille Guaty

CREDITS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Simeon Goulden, Jeff Filgo, Jackie Filgo,
Jimmy Mulville, Helen Williams
DIRECTOR/CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Alex Hardcastle



When Tim Elliot (Rob Corddry) is unexpectedly awarded custody of his acerbic and precocious 10-year-old son Marcus (Mason Cook), he realizes he must prove to his son and his acidic ex-wife Erica (Paget Brewster), that he is not a complete loser. So he quits his dead-end barista job, much to the surprise of his anti-social best friend Chris (Moshe Kasher), and applies for a boring office job doing data entry.

But when he accidentally takes the wrong assessment test his life changes forever. Miraculously, he is recruited by the CIA as a trainee spy by irrepressible maverick CIA boss, The Examiner (Ken Jeong). And so Tim sets about juggling his family life and his professional life, all the while having to keep secret the one thing that might actually win him the respect of his son.

Romance may also be in the cards for recently divorced Tim in the form of fellow spy Caitlin (Camille Guaty), provided she can let her guard down long enough, or perhaps if he’s really unlucky, he may fall into the web of obsessive family therapist, Paula .

From executive producers Simeon Goulden and Jimmy Mulville (Hat Trick Productions), and Jeff & Jackie Filgo (That 70’s Show), and based on the hit Sky show comes a hilarious comedy about the lengths one dad will go to win over his son… SPY.






"Super Fun Night"
Half Hour Single Camera

CAST
Rebel Wilson
Liza Lapira
Lauren Ash
Kelen Coleman
Kevin Bishop
Ashley Tisdale

CREDITS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Warner Brothers Television
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Rebel Wilson, John Riggi, Conan O'Brien,
David Kissinger, Jeff Ross
DIRECTOR: John Riggi

How well do you know your neighbors?



All work and no play makes Kimmie a dull girl. No chance of this young junior attorney being called that. Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson, Bridesmaids) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) have a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call FRIDAY NIGHT FUN NIGHT: “Always together! Always Inside!” Kimmie’s sister Jazmine (Ashley Tisdale) thinks having a real life is within Kimmie’s grasp, if only she’d ditch her awkward high school friends. But Kimmie is forever loyal to her pals.

However, Kimmie’s recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into their Friday Night Fun Night (#723 to be exact), an epic cat-sitting extravaganza. Not only is she now working with her idol, “Lady Lawyer of the Year” Felicity Vanderstone (Kelen Coleman. Newsroom), but she even meets a dashingly handsome British attorney named Richard Lovell (Kevin Bishop) who invites her to his party at a trendy New York club. Determined to spend quality time with Richard and heed Felicity’s advice about the importance of networking, Kimmie sets out to convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road…and so a new tradition is born: Friday Night SUPER FUN NIGHT. New York City may never be the same.

Executive Produced by Conan O’Brien, David Kissinger, and directed by John Riggi (30 Rock), comedian Rebel Wilson writes and stars in this outrageous comedy that chronicles three lifelong friends figuring out how to fit in outside of their comfort zone for, SUPER FUN NIGHT.





"Trophy Wife"
Half Hour Single Camera

CAST
Malin Akerman
Bradley Whitford
Marcia Gay Harden
Michaela Watkins
Natalie Morales
Gianna Lepera
Ryan Scott Lee
Albert Tsai

CREDITS
PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky
DIRECTOR: Jason Moore



They say the third time’s the charm and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes the third wife of a slightly older man, Pete (Bradley Whitford). They fell into each others’ arms (literally) at a karaoke bar and flash forward a year later, Kate finds herself with an insta-family complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. But Kate is determined to make this work and become a part of the family no matter what.

Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense and over-achieving former Olympic athlete and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Gianna LePera) and Warren (Ryan Scott Lee). Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate’s barely tapped maternal instincts. Daughter Hillary is not a fan of her new step-mom either despite Kate’s attempts to win her trust. And son Nelson may have an erotic fixation on his dad’s beautiful, young spouse. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son, Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete’s strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness.

Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate who finds support in the most unusual place–with her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales) a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she has.

Written by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and based on Sarah’s real life and from executive producers, Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky (The Office), producer Malin Ackerman, and directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, Avenue Q) comes a comedy about the trials and tribulations of being the newest member of a large, colorful and imperfect blended family.







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There is way more singe camera comedies this pilot season and less multi camera sitcom pilots, with 10 single camera ones and 2 multi-camera ones. It is too early to tell which will make it, because some have not been even taped/filmed yet. It is hard to pick something that hasn't been seen yet, but going by plot and casting I already have some favorites...but it is just based on casting/plots. I will know more soon when I see these.

Anyway, I hope we REALLY see these sitcoms for 2013-2014, whether it be fall or mid-season:
Bad Management (single camera), The Goldbergs (single camera), King John (multi-camera), Spy (single-camera), and Super Fun Night (single camera). Hoping at least 4 of these 5 are picked-up. My wildcard is Pulling (single camera)--depending on how it comes out.



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Bad Management is the only one that sounds remotely good and I think I'm biased toward it because I like nearly everything David Spade is in.

The rest....no thanks (at least by the descriptions).
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all i care about is that the one with Psych’s Maggie Lawson tanks - because it would be a tragedy if she left Psych
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I love the sound of Super Fun Night, but I'm skeptical it'll be able to do well on ABC after what's happened to most of their non-family sitcoms lately.
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A new show with Alan Thicke might have been good... but they had to ruin it by putting David Spade as well. Overall not an impressive list. Maggie Lawson's show might be good but I wouldn't want her leaving Psych either.
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Initial Thoughts:

Adopted - sounds interesting & some good cast members, could be a nice family comedy which is what ABC should focus on since it's the only type of sitcom working for them

Back in the Game - I've heard James Caan is great in this. It also seems to fit the ABC mold

Bad Management - Not a big David Spade or Alan Thicke fan so this doesn't interest me at all

Divorce: A Love Story - this doesn't sound all that great to me, it sounds sort of generic and didn't Happy Endings start with this same type of premise (to an extent)?

The Goldbergs - Love this idea. An 80s family comedy would be great if its done well

King John - ABC keeps trying to make John Leguizamo work with pilots but he's not that likable and there's a lot of sitcom cliches in the description

Middle Age Rage - It's always hard to tell from loglines but this seems like one of the weaker family comedy entries

Mixology - I'm a little bit intrigued but this has niche written all over it. It would not be a smart pickup by ABC since none of their trendy urban comedies work

Pulling - not interested

Spy - interesting premise but could also be niche. I do like Paget Brewster though

Super Fun Night - I liked this idea last year and I still think it could work

Trophy Wife - This sounds better than the other multicam (King John) - better cast and better premise and I think it would fit better with ABC's Friday night multicams
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Very interested in Bad Management. Alan Thicke hasn't been in a sitcom in forever and it would be fun to see him in one again.
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5 comedy pick-ups so far:

“SUPER FUN NIGHT”
Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call “Friday Night Fun Night”: “Always together! Always Inside!” However, Kimmie’s recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition. Not only is she now working with her idol, “Lady Lawyer of the Year” Felicity Vanderstone (Kelen Coleman), but she meets a dashingly handsome British attorney, Richard Lovell (Kevin Bishop), who invites her to his party at a trendy club. Determined to spend time with Richard and heed Felicity’s advice to network, Kimmie sets out to convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road.

“Super Fun Night” stars Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect,” ”Bridesmaids”) as Kimmie, Lauren Ash (“Lars and the Real Girl”) as Marika, Liza Lapira (“Don’t Trust the B—in Apt. 23”) as Helen-Alice, Kelen Coleman (“The Newsroom”) as Felicity, Kevin Bishop (“Star Stories”) as Richard.

“Super Fun Night” was written and executive produced by Rebel Wilson. Executive producers are Conan O’Brien, David Kissinger, and director John Riggi (“30 Rock”). “Super Fun Night” is from Conan O’Brien’s production company, Conaco Prods and is produced by Warner Bros. Television.


“THE GOLDBERGS”
Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ‘80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam (Sean Giambrone) these were his wonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) is a classic “smother,” an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff, hot-tempered and trying to parent without screaming. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, a grade A spaz with classic middle child syndrome. Adam (Sam Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who’s crushing on an older woman. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al “Pops” Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who’s schooling Adam in the ways of love. When Pops buys a new sports car and offers his Caddy to middle child Barry, it’s enough to drive this already high-strung family to the brink of chaos.

“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as Beverly, Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) as Murray, George Segal (“Don’t Shoot Me”) as Pops, Hayley Orrantia (“The X Factor”) as Erica, Sean Giambrone as Adam, and Troy Gentile (“Good Luck Chuck”) as Barry.

“The Goldbergs” was written and executive produced by Adam F. Goldberg (“Breaking In,” “Fanboys”) and executive produced by Doug Robinson. The pilot was directed by Seth Gordon (“Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses”). “The Goldbergs” is from Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison and is produced by Sony Pictures Television.



BACK IN THE GAME”
Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson) was an All Star Softball player until life threw her a couple curve balls: a baby, a lost college scholarship and a loser for a husband. After striking out on her own, Terry and her son Danny (Griffin Gluck) move in with her estranged father, Terry Sr. aka “The Cannon” (James Caan). The Cannon is an opinionated, beer-guzzling, ex-athlete who never quite made the cut as a single father or professional baseball player. As hard as Terry tries to keep Danny away from the sports-driven lifestyle of her youth, Tommy wants to play Little League. His stunning lack of baseball skills (he doesn’t even know which hand the mitt goes on) makes him the laughing stock of the baseball field and his grandfather’s living room. When Danny and a group of other athletically-challenged hopefuls fail to make the team, Danny’s disappointment forces Terry to face her past. So when a wealthy neighbor volunteers to finance a team for the rejected kids, Terry reluctantly offers to coach the team of misfits.

“Back In The Game” stars Maggie Lawson (“Psych”) as Terry, Jr., James Caan (“Las Vegas”) as Terry “The Cannon” Gannon, Sr., Lenora Crichlow (“Being Human,” “Fast Girls”) as Gigi, Griffin Gluck (“Private Practice”) as Danny, Ben Koldyke (“Big Love”) as Dick, Kennedy Waite (“I-Doll”) as Vanessa, J.J. Totah (“Jessie”) as Michael, Cooper Roth as David.

“Back In The Game” was written by Mark and Robb Cullen (“Lucky,” “Las Vegas”), who also executive produce along with directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“Bad Santa,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Aaron Kaplan (“The Neighbors”). “She’s Got Game” is from 20TH Century Fox Television/ Kapital Entertainment.


“TROPHY WIFE”
They say the third time’s the charm and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes Pete’s (Bradley Whitford) third wife. She fell into his arms (literally) at a karaoke bar and a year later, Kate’s got an insta-family complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense, over-achieving doctor and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Gianna LePera) and Warren (Ryan Scott Lee). Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate’s barely tapped maternal instinct. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son, Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete’s strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness. Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate who finds support with her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales) a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she has.

“Trophy Wife” stars Malin Akerman (“Suburgatory”) as Kate, Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) as Pete, Marcia Gay Harden (“Into the Wild,” “Damages”) as Diane, Michaela Watkins (“Saturday Night Live”) as Jackie, Natalie Morales (“90210”) as Meg, Ryan Scott Lee (“Super 8”) as Warren, Albert Tsai (“How I Met Your Mother”) as Bert, Gianna LePera (“Modern Family”) as Hillary.

“Trophy Wife” is written and executive produced by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky (”The Office”), produced by Malin Ackerman. The pilot was directed by Jason Moore (“Pitch Perfect,” “Avenue Q”), “Trophy Wife


“MIXOLOGY”
One bar. One night. Ten single people. Welcome to Union, a high-end bar in Manhattan’s trendy meat-packing district. Recently dumped by his fiancé, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn’t been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, handsome, confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fast-talking Bruce (Andrew Santino), are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom’s first encounter is with Maya (Ginger Gonzaga), an attorney who’s as beautiful as she is brutal. Before long, Tom is in tears. After that, it only gets worse. Rounding out Union’s chic crowd is Maya’s engaged-for-now friend Liv (Kate Simses); aggressive single mom Jessica (Alexis Carra); her younger, naive sister Janey (Sarah Bolger); bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies); dark, mysterious bartender Dominic (Adan Canto); and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell), who’s having the worst night of his life.

“Mixology” stars Blake Lee (“Parks and Recreation”) as Tom, Andrew Santino (“Punk’d”) as Bruce, Kate Simses (“What’s Your Number” as Liv, Adam Campbell (“Epic Movie”) as Ron, Craig Frank (“8.13”) as Cal, Vanessa Lengies (“Glee”) as Kacey, Alexis Carra (“Incredible Girl’) as Jessica, Sarah Bolger (“Once Upon A Time”) as Janey, Ginger Gonzaga (“Legit”) as Maya, Adan Canto (“The Following”) as Dominic.

“Mixology” was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (“The Hangover,” “21 and Over”), executive produced by Lucas, Moore, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Adam Sher. Directed by Larry Charles (“Seinfeld,” “Entourage,” “Borat”), “Mixology” is produced by ABC Studios.
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How come there has to be a thread for ABC pilots for next season every April (drama and comedy)?
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A new show with Alan Thicke might have been good... but they had to ruin it by putting David Spade as well. Overall not an impressive list. Maggie Lawson's show might be good but I wouldn't want her leaving Psych either.


Alan Thicke and David Spade in the same series? Better make mine a double!



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IN the first several episodes of Mixiology, actress Vanessa Langies is appearing in two shows, still guest appearing from her previous show and then officially becomes permanent member of Mixiology, afterwards.
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I quite watching comdeys after 1990s and some of 200;s i do enjoy the big bang theory i;ll hve to check out the micheal j fox show hes one of my favorite actors ilove him in family ties.
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