Hello TV Ragers, and welcome to a new semi-regular feature entitled Arrivals, Returns & Departures ( at least until I can think of something better). A lot of TV news happens every day, and a good amount doesn't really demand it's own news story. That's where this feature comes in. Each edition of A,R&D will be updated with all the latest in the areas of pilots ordered, renewals and cancellations. Show descriptions are taken from the respective show page on TVR. This first edition will be a super-sized two-part article as it will cover the first 12 days of February. With the introductory portion out of the way, let's jump right in to the:
ARRIVALS (Pilots Ordered)
American Judy, ABC - "Judy Greer, who currently recurs on Two and a Half Men, will star in and executive-produce American Judy. The comedy project focuses on a newlywed city girl who is becomes a fish out of water when she moves to the suburbs and must juggle stepchildren, her mother-in-law and her husband's ex-wife — who is also the town sheriff. Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont wrote the pilot, and David Gardner will also serve as executive producer."
Bad Girls, NBC - "Based on the long-running British hit series of the same name, Bad Girls will focus on a group of unlikely women in a federal prison, which includes a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and various inmates who struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and outside."
Bunheads, ABC - "The series stars Tony award-winning actress Sutton Foster as a Las Vegas showgirl who moves to a small town with her new husband and becomes a teacher at her mother-in-law's dance school."
Danny Hollywood, The CW - "Mark Harmon will team with the Tannenbaums and Martha Haight (Chaos) to executive-produce Danny Hollywood, based on the Israeli series of the same name. In the time-travel musical, a documentary filmmaker travels back to the 1990s, where she meets and falls in love with the rock star/subject of her film. When she unexpectedly returns to present day, she must find her way back to the past to reunite with him and prevent his untimely death. Bert Royal (Easy A) wrote the script."
Devious Maids, ABC - "Based on a Mexican format, Devious Maids follows four maids with ambition and dreams of their own who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Cherry will write and executive-produce alongside Sabrina Wind."
Gotham, ABC - "From executive producer and writer Michael Green, Gotham features a female cop who, after pursuing a seemingly unsolvable case, discovers a magical world that exists within New York City. Erwin Stoff is also executive-producing."
Have Faith, TV Land - "This spin-off of Hot In Cleveland follows Reverend Boyce (Cedric The Entertainer) as he moves from Cleveland to St. Louis and has to balance his wild past as an R&B singer with the expectations of his congregation and his family.
Let It Go, FOX - "Peter Tolan's Let it Go is an ensemble comedy about a married couple and their friends, who are trying to navigate and manipulate society's unspoken rules. D.J. Nash will write and executive-produce alongside Tolan and Michael Wimer.
Malibu Country, ABC - "In Malibu Country, Reba McEntire stars as a broke divorcee who moves her family to Malibu where she attempts to revive her music career while keeping her children from being corrupted by the city. McEntire will reunite with Reba showrunner Kevin Abbott, who will write and executive-produce the pilot, along with Mindy Schultheis, Michael Hanel, Pam Williams, Dave Stewart and Narvel Blackstock."
Mistresses, ABC - "Written by K.J. Steinberg (co-executive producer of Gossip Girl and The Nine), the series follows four women buffeted by the scandalous romantic lives they're leading."
Must Hire, FOX - "Jamie Tarses' Must Hire centers on an uptight, young executive who hires his dad for an entry-level position and is shocked to learn his father is the disruptive office clown. Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne will write the pilot and executive-produce alongside Tarses."
Penoza, ABC - "Based on the Dutch format, Penoza centers on the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband's role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Melissa Rosenberg will write and executive-produce alongside Alon Aranya and Howard Klein."
Prairie Dogs, ABC - "Prairie Dogs follows Neil, an uncool cubicle worker (or "prairie dog") who becomes the victim of identity theft. When he discovers the thief has created a much more fulfilling, kick-ass life with his identity, he decides to make the charismatic conman his life coach. The Filgos will write and executive-produce."
Rebounding, FOX - "Rebounding, executive-produced by Steve Levitan, is an uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiancée with the help of the idiots on his pick-up basketball team. The pilot is based on real-life events in Joe Port's life. Port will write and executive-produce alongside Joe Wiseman. Jason Winer is slated to direct."
Revolution, NBC - "In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology (computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights) has mysteriously blacked out.”
Scruples, ABC - "Natalie Portman will make her first foray into TV as an executive producer on the drama Scruples. Based on the Judith Krantz novel and adapted by Bob Brush and Mel Harris, the project follows a socialite in the '70s who tries to open a fashion-forward boutique in Beverly Hills after her husband dies. Tony Krantz and Annette Savitch are also on board to executive-produce."
The Selection, The CW - "The Selection, will be based on the upcoming book series by Kiera Cass. The project is an epic romance set 300 years in the future about a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads. Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (Vampire Diaries) will write and executive-produce."
Shelter, The CW - "From J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, and written by Mark Schwahn (One Tree Hill), Shelter is set at a historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the needs of the guests while navigating their own friendships, rivalries and romances."
Zero Hour, ABC - "Written and executive-produced by Paul Scheuring, Zero Hour is the tale of a skeptics magazine editor who gets pulled into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history. Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Dan McDermott are also attached to executive-produce."
And now, because this is already incredibly long as it is, click here to continue to Part 2.