The Sound of the Crowd

It’s About Time You Got To Know Your Pilot Season

Noting some potentially interesting TV series announced to be in the works…

Buffy and American Pie star Alyson Hannigan is joining Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ed O’Neill on ABC’s upcoming comedy series In the Game.

The good news is, Alyson Hannigan and Ed O’Neill can certainly play comedy. The bad news is, Jennifer Love Hewitt can’t (I mean, have you seen Heartbreakers?)

The rest of these come from a mediaweek.com writeup, with my comments in italics. Granted that who does a series and how they do it is at least as important as its premise (there have been a lot of series set wholly or partially in bars, but only one Cheers), but:

  1. Commander in Chief (ABC: drama)

The first female President of the United States is the focus.

In other words, someone said “The West Wing is vulnurable…and nobody remembers that awful Patty Duke show, do they?”

  1. Evidence (ABC: drama)

Two homicide detectives who happen to also be best friends investigate murders together.

In other words, someone noted the success of the Starsky & Hutch movie and said “Let there be homoerotic subtext!” (I’m guessing).

  1. Westside (ABC: drama)

A dramatic series set against the world of Los Angeles real estate.

In other words, somebody said…zzzzz….no, I’m sorry, I don’t know what they’re thinking.

  1. What About Brian (ABC: drama)

A character driven ensemble drama about a 30-something eternal bachelor and his engaged and married friends who look after him.

Stephen Sondheim’s Company: The Series.</i>

  1. Four Kings (NBC: comedy)

Loosely based on the friendship of Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, four 20-something best friends living in New York is the focus.

“Guys, make us another Friends but with two fewer stars so they won’t hold quite so many cards come option time.”


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