With networks picking up several new series yesterday comes news of the first collection of pilot victims, with NBC and Fox passing on what seemed to be surefire series orders.
Fox has passed on "Delirium," an adaptation of a popular series of young adult science fiction novels from author Lauren Oliver. The pilot starred Emma Roberts ("Scream 4," "The Art of Getting By") and Billy Campbell ("The Killing," "The 4400") as residents of a dystopian future. A totalitarian government teaches its citizens that love is a disease, with citizens over 18 years old forced to endure surgical treatment to 'cure' them. Roberts would have played the series protagonist Lena Holloway, who falls in love with a man who lives outside the clutches of the government control and has second thoughts about her upcoming surgery.
Over at NBC, an adaptation of comic book series of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's "The Sixth Gun" comic book series also fizzled out. The supernatural drama is set in the Old West, populated by undead outlaws and strange monsters battling for possession of a set of six cursed guns that could potentially change the world. Given that the series involves aspects of genres that are fairly popular right now (westerns and zombies), it's somewhat surprising that the network is passing on this series, which was considered a strong contender for their fall lineup.
Additionally, NBC has opted out of the modern-day retelling of the Hatfields and the McCoys rivalry, starring Virginia Madsen ("Candyman") and Rebecca DeMornay ("The Hand That Rocks The Cradle") as the matriarchs of their respective families.
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