With the new year comes the talk of television pilots. Below is a list of just some of what ABC has in store for us T.V. fans.
Middle Age Rage
ABC has given the green light to Middle Age Rage, a single-camera comedy pilot from veteran writer-producer Cheryl Holliday, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and ABC Studios. Written by Holliday, Middle Age Rage reflects Holliday’s personal frustration about how the average middle-age woman is treated in the world today. It chronicles what happens when a middle-aged wife and mother is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned.
ABC has ordered another single-camera comedy pilot. Bad Management is about a slightly self-centered female boss at a high-end luxury goods department store whose methods are challenged when her boss’ son arrives and makes youth and sex the company’s new focus. Free Agents alum Sharon Horgan will star in pilot, which she wrote with Holly Walsh. Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors) is on board as an executive producer.
How the Hell Am I Normal
A single-camera comedy about growing up in the 1980s with a highly screwed up but loving family. Written by Adam Goldberg and to be directed by Seth Gordon.
A half-hour single camera comedy that tells the story of three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point.
A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.
An adaptation of the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas, follows the only woman in the Texas Rangers, a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there.
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet-esque drama about two rival families and the forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as they battle for control of Venice.
The Returned will ask what happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Aurora are forever changed when their deceased loved ones… return.
In Doubt, a former cop who’s now a cunning, but charming low-rent lawyer uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife.
A provocative workplace ensemble centered on the complicated relationship between two brothers who head a unique agency designed to attack their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.
ABC has given green light to Lucky 7, a drama pilot based on Kay Mellor’s BBC series The Syndicate, which premiered last year and has been renewed for a second season. This is ABC’s 12th and last drama pilot pickup this season.
Murder in Manhattan
Murder in Manhattan is an hour-long dramedy set in New York City that sees a mother and daughter team up as amateur sleuths. Maria Maggenti will write.
In Reckless, when a man’s wife is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, he desperately pursues every legal option to secure her release. But when he’s stymied by the U.S. government in the name of diplomacy, he is forced to consider less-than-legal options. Chris Black will write while Martin Campbell will executive-produce.
Safe At Home
A recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts coaching her son’s underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
Spy centers on a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, who also happens to be his complete opposite, who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father.