Usually, it’s hard to think about next fall’s TV lineup when we haven’t even caught up on all the American Idol audition episodes in our DVR, but this year, we’re allowing ourselves to be a wee bit excited. ‘Tis the season for networks to order up pilots, and they seem to have done so with us in mind. The CW is delivering us another hot superhero, while Fox and ABC have gotten the memo that funny ladies are SO IN. Here are some pilots we’re crossing our fingers for:
- Stephen Amell was announced today as the title character of the CW’s Green Arrow, a rich playboy who saves his down with, you guessed it, super special arrows. The show’s being produced by Green Lantern’s Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, and Fringe co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. Amell most recently played a male prostitute on Hung, but in our minds he will always be known as the vindictive werewolf who tortured Caroline on The Vampire Diaries. And an image search for pics of him shirtless will lead you to some interesting websites. Just saying.
- Arrested Development vet Judy Greer, who’s been getting rave reviews for her small but pivotal role in The Descendants, is the star of American Judy, a single-camera comedy ordered by ABC, per Deadline. The story, loosely based on her own experience, follows a woman who gets married, moves to the suburbs and becomes a step-mother to kids whose mom is the sheriff of the town.
- Mindy Kaling may be leaving The Office if Fox picks up the show she’s created and would star in about a “young Bridget Jones-type Ob/Gyn doctor” in a small town.
- No matter how skeptical you (and Sarah Jessica Parker) may be about a Sex and the City prequel, we really and truly loved the Carrie Diaries book, and Josh Schwartz has his hand in the potential CW series, so we actually have high hopes for this one.
- J.J. Abrams, who was Felicity’s creator before he was a big fancy Alias/Lost/Star Trek/Super-8/Fringe/Alcatraz guy, is going back to his younger, lighter roots for Shelter, written by One Tree Hill’s showrunner/writer Mark Schwahn. Deadline says it’s about the staff of a New England summer resort. (Is it silly to hope it’s run by Sean and Meghan?)
- And here’s one more CW show we’d check out: The Selection, based on an upcoming dystopian series by Kiera Cass set 300 years in the future about a girl who’s picked by a lottery to compete to become the queen of a war-torn nation.
Phew! We’d better make sure the DVR is in shape by September.
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