Pilots coming to FOX
USA Today just posted some first images to some of the pilots coming out soon. I definitely wanted to share a few that I am personally excited about.
- Alcatraz - A crime drama involving our country's most infamous prison, Alcatraz, and the team investigating the mysterious re-appearance of its 1960s inhabitants in the present. Starring Sam Neill, Sarah Jones, Parminder Nagra, and Jorge Garcia. Produced by JJ Abrams. Elizabeth Sarnoff (Lost) wrote the pilot.
My thoughts - This sounds reminiscent of The 4400. I mean, there's got to be something weird going on with these inmates that reappear, right? Special powers? Mutations? Do they remember where they were? Will we go there? There are a bunch of possibilities. And I have read that Jorge plays a hippy geek that is their Alcatraz expert. I really hope he is used for more than comic relief/heart. It would be refreshing if his character was just a real jerk.
- Terra Nova - The show begins in the year 2149, a time when all life on planet Earth is threatened with extinction. In an effort to save the human race, scientists develop a portal allowing travel 85 million years back in time to prehistoric Earth. The Shannon family (father Jim, his wife Elisabeth, and their three children Josh, Maddy and Zoe) join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first human colony on the other side of the temporal doorway. However, they are unaware that the colony is in the middle of a group of carnivorous dinosaurs. Starring Jason O'Mara, Landon Liboiron, Naomi Scott, Alana Mansour, Shelley Conn, Stephen Lang, and Christine Adams. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Craig Silverstein (Nikita, Bones).
My biggest draw to this series is Spielberg producing. His previous television producing credits have all been strong. Although I never saw SeaQuest DSV, he's also produced Band of Brothers, The Pacific and Taken - all excellent. Silverstein has had various failed television projects that haven't lasted past a season. Does anyone remember The Inside, K-Ville or Standoff? However, he struck gold with Bones and stepped up the action with Nikita, which I hope gets renewed. So this thing sounds like Lost in Space crossed with Land of the Lost. I hope it's more thrilling than silly. I wonder if they are going to say that we are descendants of ourselves or something ridiculous like that...
- Napoleon Dynamite - The continuing adventures of a quirky Idaho teenager and his oddball family and friends. This animated show will be voiced by all the original castmembers (Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez, Aaron Ruell) and will be produced by Jared Hess (the movie's writer/director) and Mike Scully (The Simpsons).
I just know the fact that Napoleon is returning will elicit a lot of groans from people who are tired of being called a "frickin idiot" and are happy to not see "Vote For Pedro" everywhere they look. However, if you enjoyed it before everyone else ruined it (hipster), then I suggest you dust off your DVD and get ready because I think this show will be just as hilarious. It's admirable that they got all the original voices and it's being produced by Jared Hess, whose quirk I enjoy so much more than the overrated Wes Anderson (although I loved Fantastic Mr Fox). I'm sure Napoleon will fit right in with the crowd that enjoys Mike Judge's TV work. "Just follow your heart. That's what I do."
- Locke & Key - Based on the graphic novel by Joe Hill, this suspenseful thriller follows a family in crisis as they move into a haunted house full of secrets, dangers and wondrous opportunities. Starring Sarah Bolger, Miranda Otto, Jesse McCartney, Skylar Gaertner, Nick Stahl, and Mark Pellegrino. Produced by Steven Spielberg, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
Saving the most anticipated for last. We're all fans of the ongoing comic series and enjoy the dark places it has taken us. One concern I have would be how much will the violence be toned down to please a primetime FOX audience. A previous concern now eliminated was the casting of Jesse McCartney. I look at this picture and I see Tyler Locke. Other actors I am looking forward to seeing are Mark Pelligrino as Rendell, Nick Stahl as Duncan, and Black Swan and Nikita's Ksenia Solo as Dodge. The pilot is in good hands with Mark Romanek, who just directed Never Let Me Go, another tale with a mysterious setting on the outskirts of town. Add in the fact that you have Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) writing the pilot, I think we may have something special.
I hope you enjoyed this look at a few of the pilots I'm excited about. Please leave a comment below and give your thoughts on any of these pilots. Thanks!
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