ABC Pilots 2013

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ABC Pilots 2013

(Latest updates: Wyatt Oleff joins "Middle Age Rage,"  Emma Booth joins "Gothica")

Here is the full list of the ABC pilots in contention this pilot season, and some facts at a glance.

Network executives will decide in the spring what shows to order to series. What do you think looks good? What looks bad? And what do you think ABC will order to series?

See also: Every 2013 Network Pilot

Tell us what you think in the comments, and check back regularly for additions and updates we'll post in bold.


BETRAYAL (ABC Studios) Writer: David Zabel Producers, David Zabel, Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya

Director: Patty Jenkins Logline: 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.

DOUBT (Sony Pictures Television)

Writer: David Shore

Director: Tommy Schlamme

Logline: 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.

BIG THUNDER (ABC Studios) Writer: Jason Fuchs

Producer: Chris Morgan

Logline: When a brilliant, late 19th century New York doctor and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful but mysterious tycoon, they quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems.

GOTHICA (ABC Studios / Mark Gordon Company) Writer: Matt Lopez

Logline: A sexy gothic soap set in present day that weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray among others.

Chris Egan as "Dorian"

Tom Ellis as "Victor"

Emma Booth as "Madeline Usher"

INFLUENCE (20th Century Fox Television) Writer: Kyle Killen

Producer: Keith Redman

Logline: 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.


Writer: Hannah Shakespeare

Producers: Martin Campbell, Electus, Latin World Entertainment, and Sofia Vergara

Director: Martin Campbell

Logline: It's hard to fit in when you're the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, but that doesn't stop Molly Parker - our ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers. Based on the Argentine series "Mujeres Asesinas." Tricia Helfer as "Molly Parker" Mark Blucas as "Dan") Martha Milans as "Nessa"

LUCKY 7 (ABC Studios and Amblin TV) Writers: David Zabel and Jason Richman

Producers:  Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Steven Spielberg, David Zabel, Jason Richman Director: Paul McGuigan

Logline: A show about seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot.


Summer Bishil for "Samira"

Anastasia Phillips for "Leanne"

Christine Evangelista for "Mary"

Lorraine Bruce for "Denise"

MURDER IN MANHATTAN (ABC Studios) Writer: Maria Maggenti

Producers: Maria Maggenti, Ryan Reynolds, Jonathon Komack Martin, Allan Loeb, Steven Pearl

Logline: Hour long dramedy set in NYC centering on a mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths. Shirley Rumierk as "Winsome"

Bridget Regan as "Lex"

RECKLESS (ABC Studios) Writer: Chris Black

Producer/Director: Martin Campbell

Logline: When his wife is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resourceful problem solver David desperately pursues every legal option to secure her release.  But when he's stymied by the U.S. government in the name of diplomacy, David is forced to consider less-than-legal options – entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes as he crafts an elaborate scheme to do what our government cannot: topple a brutal dictator and bring his wife home. Inspired by real events. Patrick Fugit as "David"

Ashton Holmes as "Wyatt"

Lou Taylor Pucci as "Ryan" THE RETURNED (ABC Studios/Brillstein Entertainment Partners/Plan B) Writer: Aaron Zelman Producers: JoAnn Alfano, Jon Liebman, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner Director: Charles McDougall Logline: 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 Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones, return. Based on a novel by Jason Mott

S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC Studios/Marvel TV) Writers: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen

Producers: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen , Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb

Director: Joss Whedon Logline: Based on the fictional and secret law-enforcement agency in the Marvel Universe. Cast: Clark Gregg Ming-Na Brett Dalton Elizabeth Henstridge  Ian De Caestecker Chloe Bennet VENICE (Warner Bros. TV/ Wonderland Sound and Vision) Writer: Byron Balasco Producers:  McG, Byron Balasco, Peter Johnson Director: McG Logline: A soap about the haves and the have-nots of California's most seductive city, Venice. It will focus on two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the two families battle for control of Venice.


Michael Graziadei as "Josh" Bruce Greenwood as "Gordy Nance"


BAD MANAGEMENT (ABC Studios / Kapital Entertainment)

Writers: Sharon Horgan & Holly Walsh

Producers: Aaron Kaplan, Sharon Horgan

Logline: A slightly self-centered female boss at a high end luxury goods department store finds her ways challenged when the boss's son comes to town and makes youth and sex the new company focus.

Cast: Sharon Horgan as "Eve"

DIVORCE: A LOVE STORY (Sony Pictures Television, ABC Studios and Reshet)

Format: Multi-camera Writers: Mike Sikowitz & Daniel Lappin

Producers: Mike Sikowitz & Daniel Lappin, Noa Tishby

Logline: A multi-camera comedy revolving around Kenny and Robin, a recently divorced couple, who were bad together but discover they're even worse apart and can't seem to stay out of each others' lives. Based on the Israeli format, "Life Isn't Everything."


Format: Single camera

Writer: Cheryl Holliday

Producers: Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Cheryl Holliday

Logline: A middle-aged mother is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she's earned.

Annie Mumolo as "Carol"

Will Sasso as "Leonard"

Melanie Leishman as "Cass"

Wyatt Oleff as "Oliver"


Format: Single camera

Writers/ Producers: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore Logline: Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept comedy from the writers of "The Hangover" chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love– all over the course of one night.


Format: Single camera Writers: Lee Eisenberg , Gene Stupnitsky

Producers: Lee Eisenberg , Gene Stupnitsky, Aaron Kaplan ,Sharon Horgan, Dennis Kelly Logline: 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. SPY (ABC Studios and Hat Trick Productions)

Format: Single camera

Writer: Simeon Goulden

Producers:  Jimmy Mullville and Helen Williams

Logline: A well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, who also happens to be his complete opposite, inadvertently takes a job at the secret service in order to prove himself a worthy father.

Cast:  Rob Corddry as "Tim"

Moshe Kasher as "Chris"

SUPER FUN NIGHT (Warner Bros. TV/Conaco Prods.)

Format: Single camera Writer: Rebel Wilson

Producers: Rebel Wilson, John Riggi, Conan O'Brien, David Kissinger, Jeff Ross Director:  John Riggi

Logline: Kimmie and her two best friends since high school have an awesome Friday night tradition of staying home in their pj's and hanging out with each other, but when Kimmie gets a big promotion at her law firm and is invited to a party by the cute transfer from the London office, she realizes that she needs to step-up her game and convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road. 

Cast: Rebel Wilson Lauren Ash Liza Lapira Kelen Coleman Kevin Bishop


Format: Single camera

Writers:  Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins Producers:  Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg

Director:  Jason Moore

Logline: Reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) finds herself with an insta-family when she falls in love with a man, Brad (Bradley Whitford) with three manipulative kids and two judgmental ex-wives. Cast: Malin Akerman Bradley Whitford Marcia Gay Harden Michaela Watkins Natalie Morales Ryan Scott Lee Albert Tsai Gianna LePera

UNTITLED ADAM GOLDBERG PROJECT (Sony Pictures Television/Happy Madison)

Format: Single camera

Writer:  Adam F. Goldberg

Producers: Adam F. Goldberg, Seth Gordon, Doug Robinson

Director:  Seth Gordon Logline: A multigenerational, dysfunctional Wonder Years set in simpler times, inspired by Goldberg's own experience growing up in the '80s with a highly screwed up but loving family. Cast:

Wendi McLendon-Covey as "Beverly"

Jeff Garlin as "Murray" Hayley Orrantia as "Erica"  

UNT. ANDREA ABBATE (20th Century Fox Television and 21 Laps/Adelstein)

Format: Single camera

Writer: Andrea Abbate Producers: Shawn Levy, Marty Adelstein, and Becky Clements Logline: Karey is the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists - but when her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted African American son and give them the normal lives they deserve.

Cast: Jane Seymour as "Dotty" Majandra Delfino as "Penny"  

UNT. CULLENS PROJECT  (20TH Century Fox Television/ Kapital Entertainment)

Format: Single camera

Writers:  Mark & Robb Cullen

Producer:  Aaron Kaplan

Logline: When Terry Gannon, a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father, 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.

Maggie Lawson as "Terry Gannon, Jr." James Caan as "The Cannon" Griffin Gluck as "Gigi Fernandez-Lovette" Ben Koldyke as "Dick Slingbaugh"


Writer: John Leguizamo Producers:  David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Jeff Golenberg

Logline: Based on John Leguizamo's life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality. Cast: John Leguizamo as "John" Luke Ganalon as "Toby"

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