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Old January 23 2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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2010-11 pilot pickups

Good GAWD! It's pretty bad this year.

Look at this stunningly original lineup!

Cop/detective shows: Breakout Kings, True Blue, The Killing, The Odds, Hawaii Five-0, Ridealong, 187 Detroit, NCIS: Los Angeles

Doctor shows: Off the Map, Body of Evidence

Spy shows: Undercovers, Covert Affairs

Lawyer shows: Matadors, The Whole Truth

School/teen drama: Generation Y

Workplace Sitcoms: Strange Brew, The Strip, untitled sitcom about computer crackers

Family- and Friend-based Sitcoms: Nevermind Nirvana, Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid, Happy Endings (they really going with that name?), Mr. Sunshine, Awkward Situations for Men, True Love, untitled Adam Carolla show

Sci Fi: Walking Dead, and that alien invasion show with Spielberg

And that ever elusive hard-to-categorize segment:

Cutthroat
-a dramedy about an ambitious single mother who finds running her own international drug cartel is perfect training for navigating the cutthroat world of Beverly Hills high society

Midland
- soap set against the backdrop of an oil business that centers on a polygamist living a double life

Luck - a provocative look at the world of horse racing and gambling told through a diverse group of characters surrounding a racetrack

Lights Out - an aging former heavyweight boxing champion struggles to support his wife, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and three daughters after his fighting days are over

Boardwalk Empire - chronicles the early 20th century origins of Atlantic City and revolves around Nucky Johnson, who runs a liquor-distribution ring, and Jimmy Darmody, his ruthless flunky

Considering the volume of new shows, there are very few that sound interesting to me. The two sf/f shows so far get an automatic tryout. Cutthroat and Boardwalk Empire both sound possible. Midland sounds too much like it's covering Big Love territory. I like Covert Affairs for the cast.

I know pilot pickup season always has a tsunami of crap and very few gems, but it seems like it's worse than ever this year.
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Old January 23 2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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Oops, I thought this was Gen Media. Oh well, I spose it will be booted in that direction soon enough.
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Old January 23 2010, 10:44 PM   #3
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Boardwalk Empire sounds like it could be excellent. Or terrible, I don't know, but I'm leaning towards excellent.
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Old January 23 2010, 10:59 PM   #4
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I think you mean 2009-2010, not 2010-2011.
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Old January 24 2010, 12:43 AM   #5
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I think you mean 2009-2010, not 2010-2011.
No; the 2009-2010 season is already more than half over. These are pilots picked up for the following season, which will be 2010-2011. (You are remembering to put 2010 on your checks now, right? I almost forgot that today.)
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Old January 24 2010, 12:46 AM   #6
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Interesting bit I jsut found:

"Hawaii Five-0 is iconic. It's the definition of cool-cop, and it's coming back to the airwaves as a sequel from CBS. Instead of a straight remake like the offerings above, it's to be a continuation, a generation later, with McGarret's son Chris in control of the iconic police department. This means that there's space for the previous actors to come back and reprise their roles, if any of them are still around to do so, and means that all the story lines from the second-longest-running police drama in TV history are all cannon, informing the history and available for plot-mining. And it means that half the problem of establishing a world is already done. What it also means is that there's a whole generation or two of viewers who remember what it was like, and the update can't tick off too many of them or the show won't work. But there's at least one little ray of hope: They're keeping the theme song, and that speaks volumes on how they trust the classic show to still be relevant now."
This will either do the new contiuation show justice, or be epic fail like the pilot from a few years ago.
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Old January 24 2010, 01:03 AM   #7
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Cutthroat and Boardwalk Empire both sound possible. Midland sounds too much like it's covering Big Love territory.
I was thinking that Cutthroat sounds very much like Weeds-- a dramedy about a single mother involved with drugs...sounds awfully familiar to me, and a lot less edgy if it's on network television. Boardwalk Empire will probably have a short lifespan--period dramas are expensive and unless it performs very well right away, I see it getting the axe.

Overall this is a pretty grim-sounding list.
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Old January 24 2010, 01:04 AM   #8
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"Midland" sounds potentially hilarious.
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Old January 24 2010, 01:19 AM   #9
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Lights Out - an aging former heavyweight boxing champion struggles to support his wife, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon,
Because, as we know, pediatric orthopedic surgeons are basically charity workers who don't charge massive fees for consults, let alone operations.

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Old January 24 2010, 01:25 AM   #10
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Re: 2010-11 pilot pickups

hey whatever happened to Amy Ackers Happytown? Did that not get picked up coz I thought it did
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Old January 24 2010, 01:33 AM   #11
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Maybe she lost her license to alcoholism and now she works for the Mexican cartels and he's trying to "buy" her back by getting his ass kicked in the ring taking dives in bare fisted illegal matches every week?
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Old January 24 2010, 01:33 AM   #12
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hey whatever happened to Amy Ackers Happytown? Did that not get picked up coz I thought it did
But that's for this season, at least filming was, it's the reason why she couldn't be in season two of Dollhouse very much (Three episodes...), at least the pilot's done anyway. When it starts, I have no idea all I know so far is "2010" it'd be shitty to find out it doesn't come on until fall, meaning her being unable to be in Dollhouse due to commitment for this show is almost wasted.
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Old January 24 2010, 01:33 AM   #13
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Damn, you ain't kidding!

Oh well, that's TV one step closer to the end.
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Old January 24 2010, 01:53 AM   #14
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So Cutthroat is them taking Weeds and amping it up?
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Old January 24 2010, 01:53 AM   #15
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