The networks’ pickups and cancellations have been done and their new schedules have all been announced as we wrap another upfront season. Like in a Walking Dead episode, among the countless bodies strewn around, a few are still standing. Here are the pilots and cancelled series that I hear are still alive or hoping for a resurrection in a new home.
Pilots left in contention at the networks they were developed at include comedies Cabot College at Fox, where it has been eyeing a six-episode order; Sober Companion, also at Fox; Gaffigan at CBS; and Old Soul at NBC; as well as drama Agent X, whose pilot is being retooled, at TNT. ABC Brian Gallivan comedy also is a possibility. CW’s Supernatural: Bloodlines is dead but the network will take another stab at a Supernatural spinoff next season.
How I Met Your Dad, which didn’t go to series at CBS, leads the pack of passed-over pilots that are being shopped to other networks. (Digital platforms like Netflix are considered a possibility for the How I Met Your Mother spinoff, along with traditional networks like Fox or NBC.) Other pilots that are expected to be taken out include two comedies that were in contention at ABC, Kevin Hart’s Keep It Together and the Michael Imperioli starrer Saint Francis, as well as the Rob Lowe-Rob Riggle half-hour The Pro, which was in the running at NBC.
Of the recently cancelled series, ABC comedy Suburgatory is being taken out. Cult NBC comedy Community has not been shopped, but there has been incoming interest and, while there initially there was little intention on part of the producers to continue the series elsewhere, that is now considered a possibility. Also not done fighting is freshman CBS comedy Friends With Better Lives.
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