ABC Pilots (spoilers for Time After Time)

Find most of the trailers here.

Comedies – Not really impressed by much here.  American Housewife seems to have the most potential.

Conviction and Notorious – Crime shows with sexual tension between the leads.  These shows have worked in the past and will work in the future, but only time will tell if these two particular ones will catch on.  They do seem to be solidly cast though, so that’s a mark in their favour.

Designated Survivor – Okay, now here is a show that looks like it could be a huge hit.  My one concern is that there has been some behind the scenes shakeups.  It was created by David Guggenheim, then Amy B Harris was brought in to run the show, and now Jon Harmon Feldman is in charge.

Time After Time – In the trailer we see H.G. Wells being approached by his descendent.  The trailer doesn’t reveal what she tells him, but pilot reports have let us know that apparently Wells creation Dr. Moreau has come to life.  Soon to be followed by The Invisible Man and the aliens from War of the Worlds?  So does this mean the show will be less Wells chasing Jack the Ripper through time, and more a new version of Sleepy Hollow, where a guy travels from the far past to the present to fight supernatural enemies?

Still Star-Crossed – Okay, let’s get one thing straight.  This is a reimagining, not a sequel.  The story of the feud between the families continuing completely contradicts the original source material.  That is not a sequel.  Unless, of course, the original author is the one contradicting the original material.  JRR Tolkien and Sara Shepard, I am looking at you.

You know, I’m honestly intrigued by all of ABCs new drama projects.  My one question is why did they only pick up four of their drama pilots?  I heard one report that it was because they were so happy with their comedy pilots, but I can’t say I agree with them on that.  I think they should have picked up Presence, another crime drama with potential mass appeal, and then took a big swing and went with the alternate reality project Spark.


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