It’s all but over now.

ABC started off as expected, ordering Stumptown to series.  The next step was supposed to be picking up NYPD Blue, but the network instead chose to rework the pilot, hoping to have it ready for midseason.  ABC will also redevelop Heart of Life, though I’m not sure if it could also hit the air midseason, or if it will be on the shelf until next year.  With these two high profile pilots being held back, I’m a bit surprised that the net chose to completely pass on stalker show The Hypnotist’s Love story, which could have worked as a limited series to kill airtime until one of the other show was ready to debut.  Instead, the net picked up the fairly quiet The Baker and the Beauty, while also surprisingly poaching Emergence from NBC, in what seems to be this year’s out of nowhere pick up.  Baker has gotten some mixed feedback, but I can’t help but think it will end up being the first cancellation of the year.  Hopefully Emergence or the apparently still in contention Triangle can become ABC’s next genre mystery hit.  Legal show For Life also got the green light.

CW pretty much followed the expected script, ordering Batwoman, Nancy Drew, and Katy Keane while passing on the Jane the Virgin spinoff.  The Lost Boys will apparently be reworked, leaving only Glamorous as undecided.  I wonder if the net is concerned that Glamorous and Katy Keane could steal viewers from each other, but the latest report from Deadline (via Spoiler TV) says that the intention is very much to pick up this show as well.

CBS went with Evil, the FBI spinoff, and a legal show. The net then picked up Edie Falco’s cop show, while passing on The Republic of Sarah, so I guess it wasn’t just flying under the radar.  Happy about Evil, but the rest isn’t very exciting.

Law is front and centre at Fox, with Deputy, Prodigal Son, and a 911 spinoff joining the lineup.  NeXt also seems to essentially be a law show, though with some genre leanings, which is good with the net saying goodbye to Gotham, The Gifted, and The Passage.  Then there is the Jason Katims soapy pilot Sisters, which has gotten good reviews, but which I have doubts about its ability to grab a large audience.  Fox also picked up another soap, Filthy Rich.

Finally, there is NBC.  The pilot I was most interested in got scooped up by ABC, as the net went with Bluff City Law, Lincoln, Council of Dads and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.  Nothing that immediately jumps out at me, but the pilots did get some good buzz, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see NBC get a hit or two from this group.

Published by Andrew Clendening