The New Fall TV Shows You Will and Won’t Be Seeing

May 20, 2013

Last week in New York, the big 5 broadcast networks (and some of the cable networks) held their annual “upfronts.” What is that? NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and the CW unveil their new fall TV shows and introduce the new schedule they’ll be airing, all so advertisers can decide whether or not they want to buy commercial space.

New Fall TV Shows Agents of ShieldThere look to be some surefire hits on the way—ABC’s spinoff of The Avengers called Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and NBC’s The Michael J. Fox show both got a positive response. But you’ll be seeing those soon enough—what about the rest? Here are some of the more “out there” shows that were up for a spot on the fall schedule. Most of these didn’t make it…but some did!

• Big Thunder. In the late 1800s, a big city doctor and his family move to a creepy Western mining town run by an enigmatic tycoon. Like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Big Thunder is loosely based on a Disneyland ride, in this case, the Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster.
Passed on by ABC.

• Intelligence. The U.S. Cyber Command—an anti-computer-crime agency—has a secret weapon: an agent with a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to interact with “the entire electromagnetic spectrum,” whatever that means.
Picked up by CBS.

• Gothica. A sexy soap opera in which the characters are Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dorian Gray.
Passed on by ABC.

• Super Clyde. A fast food worker decides to quite his job to become a superhero. This comedy stars Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies.
Passed on by CBS.

• Girlfriend in a Coma. Douglas Coupland’s 1998 novel was about a teenager who falls into a coma after a skiing accident the day after unknowingly becoming pregnant. The book details her boyfriend’s struggle to mature and move on from that traumatic event and raise their troubled daughter. The book ends with the end of the world. Seriously. NBC commissioned a pilot based on that novel, but in name only—it’s a comedy about a woman who wakes up from a coma only to find she has a teenage daughter she barely knows.
Picked up by NBC.

• The Ordained. An action drama about a man who is part of a well-connected New England political family who must prevent his sister from being assassinated, but first…he must leave the priesthood.
Passed on by CBS.

• The Family Guide. A teenager tries to navigate life in his crazy family, which includes an elderly, blind father and a thirtysomething mother having a midlife crisis. Oh, and the parents just divorced but they’re all still living together.
Picked up by NBC.

• Delirium. In the distant future, love is illegal and feelings are eliminated with brain surgery. In the pilot episode, a character falls in love and doesn’t want to get the surgery.
Passed on by Fox.

• Donor Party. An immature man meets a woman and her young son, and romance starts to develop. Then the man realizes the boy is the result of a years-ago sperm donation.
Passed on by NBC.

• Jessica. Remember pop star Jessica Simpson? On this show, produced by Simpson and her father/manager Joe Simpson, Jessica Simpson would have played Jessica Simpson on this show loosely based on the life of Jessica Simpson.
Passed on by NBC.

• The 100. A century in the future, the world has been destroyed by nuclear war. But a spaceship housing the last of humanity aims to repopulate and recolonize…by sending down 100 juvenile delinquents.
Picked up by The CW.