Pilot Season Update: Latest on Agent Carter, Flash, Constantine, More
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.27.2014
Find out the latest on potential new shows next season...
We're heavy into pilot season at the TV networks, where executives will figure out which new shows will be airing this coming fall (and/or spring). And Deadline has the latest updates on what's set for a lot of pilots. Here's a heads up on some of the shows that may be coming this season and you may want to look out for:
CSI: Cyber and NCIS: New Orleans: CBS has both of these spin-offs in contention, with it being very likely that they will pick up at least one (and perhaps both of them). The site notes that both franchises are owned by CBS and are popular on an international level, which is great from a financial standpoint. The NCIS show is a traditional spin-off that "carries much of the DNA of the original, even more so than" NCIS: LA. Meanwhile, CSI: Cyber is being called a different show than its franchise and deals with "the darker subject matter of cyber crime." Scott Bakula and Patricia Arquette headline the two respective series, and the site says that NCIS: New Orleans is "very solid" while the network is waiting to see on the reaction to the planted pilot episode of the latter show within CSI before making a decision.
Untitled Kevin Williamson Thriller: This is also set up at CBS and is said to be "dark" like his current series The Following. A limited order along that show's lines is possible.
How I Met Your Dad: This spin-off of How I Met Your Mother, which stars Greta Gerwig and will have Meg Ryan doing the Bob Saget voiceover role, is "very strong" right now with executives.
Agent Carter: No new updates on this one; at last word ABC had ordered a pilot and it was speculated that a series order might come along at the same time as an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. renewal. The show is based on Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) from Captain America: The First Avenger and would star her in another limited-episode series.
Constantine: This series, based on the DC Comics (formerly DC/Vertigo) character currently enjoys "strong support" at NBC.
Babylon Fields: This is a zombie drama at NBC, and may not make the schedule as reactions were said to be mixed.
Gotham and Empire: FOX has these two dramas set up for pilots and they are said to be "very strong contenders for spots on the schedule." Gotham looks at DC's Gotham City before the reign of Batman, with Commissioner Gordan in the lead role. Empire is a hip-hop industry-based drama about Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. The likelihood of both of these series getting orders isn't good news for fans of Almost Human, whose renewal chances are hanging by a thread.
The Flash and iZombie: Nothing new on these shows; they both remain very strong contenders and virtual certainties to be on the CW's schedule. The former stars Grant Gustin as the DC comics character and shares a universe with Arrow. The latter is from Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and centers on med student-turned-zombie Olivia "Liv" Moore (Rose McIver), who takes a job in the coroner's office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. But with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse's memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.
Supernatural: Bloodlines: This series, a spin-off of Supernatural, will likely have its fate determined this week when its planted pilot airs in the main series. It is centered in Chicago in the Supernatural world and examines five greater houses of monster types, with a Romeo & Juliet-type romance between a shapeshifter and a werewolf.
We'll know for sure when the networks announce their lineups at their network upfronts next month.