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2013 Women-Created TV Pilots

Women and Hollywood By Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood January 30, 2013 at 11:00AM

It’s prime pilot season for the networks. After all the news that’s been coming out in the last six months or so about women-created shows, we wanted to see how that’s holding up with official announcements. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter’s amazing and extensive guide of all the pilots announced thus far, we have a rough idea. So far, The CW leads with 6 women-created shows on their roster. NBC has 4 and Fox, CBS and ABC are tied for last place with only 3 women-created shows. We will continue to update as more shows are announced.
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It’s prime pilot season for the networks. After all the news that’s been coming out in the last six months or so about women-created shows, we wanted to see how that’s holding up with official announcements. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter’s amazing and extensive guide of all the pilots announced thus far, we have a rough idea. So far, The CW leads with 6 women-created shows on their roster. NBC has 4 and Fox, CBS and ABC are tied for last place with only 3 women-created shows. We will continue to update as more shows are announced.

All descriptions are from The Hollywood Reporter. You can find a list of all pilots at the link below.

ABC

Super Fun Night

Logline: Revolves around three nerdy female friends, including Pitch Perfect's Rebel Wilson, on a "funcomfortable" quest to have "super fun" every Friday night.

Cast: Rebel Wilson, Kelen Coleman, Kevin Bishop, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira

Team: W/Co-EP Rebel Wilson; EP Conan O'Brien, David Kissinger, Jeff Ross, EP/D John Riggi

Trophy Wife

Logline: A reformed party girl finds herself with an instant family when she falls in love with a man who has three manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives.

Cast: Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins, Natalie Morales, Ryan Lee

Team: W/EP Emily Halpern (Private Practice), Sarah Haskins; EP Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg; D Jason Moore

Killer Women

Logline: It's hard to fit in when you're the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, but that doesn't stop Molly Parker -- our ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas.

Team: W Hannah Shakespeare (The Raven); EP Sofia Vergara, Martin Campbell

CBS

Bad Teacher

Logline: Based on the film, a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee becomes a teacher to find her next husband.

Team: W/EP Hilary Winston (Community); EP Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky (the original Bad Teacher screenwriters), Sam Hansen, Jimmy Miller

Friends With Better Lives

Logline: A group of thirtysomething friends who each think the other has it better.

Team: W/EP Dana Klein (Friends); EP Aaron Kaplan

The Ordained

Logline: The son of a Kennedy-esque family leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated.

Team: W/EP Lisa Takeuchi Cullen; EP Frank Marshall, Larry Shuman, A.B. Fischer; co-EP Robert Zotnowski

CW

Blink

Logline: A warm, quirky, humorous drama about a family whose lives are forever changed, for better and worse, when the patriarch has a car crash resulting in a coma-like syndrome where he cannot speak or move, but can see and hear all. His narration and fantasy sequences emanating from his mind provide context and a wry counterpoint to the stories and conflicts of the family and his own situation.

Team: W/EP Vera Herbert (Awkward); EP David Marshall Grant (Brothers and Sisters), Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly

Company Town

Logline: A scandal at a Naval base in Virginia touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel in the area, launching the drama into a multigenerational, multiclass, family and relationship series centered around two early twentysomething women who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the townie/military divide.

Team: W/EP Sera Gamble (Supernatural); EP/D Taylor Hackford (Ray); EP Bill Haber

The Originals (back-door pilot)

Logline: A spinoff of the CW's The Vampire Diaries revolving around the Original family in New Orleans. In the episode, Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago, and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel.

Cast: Joseph Morgan, Phoebe Tonkin, Daniel Gillies

Team: W/EP Julie Plec, EP Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo

Oxygen

Logline: Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.

Team: W/EP Meredith Averill (The Good Wife); EP Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst, Daniel Gutman

Reign

Logline: The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots' rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue.

Team: W/EP Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw), Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami)

The Selection

Logline: Set 300 years in the future, the drama is an epic romance centering on a working-class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince's hand to become the nation's next queen. Balancing her loyalty to family, true love and the kingdom, she must attempt to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue, all while a budding rebellion threatens to topple the crown. Based book by Kiera Cass.

Team: W/EP Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain (The Vampire Diaries)

FOX

2 Wrongs

Logline: Two star-crossed lovers, Nick and Jenny, must contend with Nick's family's strong dislike of Jenny, which is not helped by the fact that Jenny left Nick at the altar seven years ago.

Team: W/EP Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely); EP Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone

To My Assistant

Logline: Based on the blog and upcoming book To My Assistant, by Lydia Whitlock, the comedy revolves around assistants at a big New York law firm who band together as a family to help each other cope with the obnoxious overbearing bosses who challenge their sanity on a daily basis.

Team: W/EP Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer (Friends); EP Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz

Delirium

Logline: Based on best-selling trilogy about a world where love is deemed illegal and is able to be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway does the unthinkable: she falls in love.

Team: W/EP: Karyn Usher (Prison Break, Bones); EP Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope

NBC

Assistance

Logline: Based on Leslye Headland's play of the same name, the female-fronted comedy revolves around Nora, an idealistic assistant who attempts to find balance in her life while juggling the demands of a larger-than-life boss. The project is described as a fast-moving comedy centered on an idealistic "working girl" assistant who is pulled between her colleague ("work husband") and her real life fiancé while trying to manage a demanding (translation: crazy) boss.

Team: W/EP Leslye Headland (Bachelorette); EP Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Owen Burke

The Gates

Logline: Based on the British comedy of the same name, Gates revolves around the parents and staff who navigate the twice-daily social landmine that exists at the school drop-off gates of an elementary school.

Cast: Ken Marino, Aasif Mandvi, Diana Maria Riva, John Grisetti, Justin Chon, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Christina Kirk, Kylie Rogers

Team: W/EP Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith ('Til Death, The King of Queens); EPs Aaron Kaplan

Girlfriend in a Coma

Logline: After almost two decades, a 34-year-old woman wakes up from a coma to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of when her life was put on hold.  (Single)

Team: EP/W: Liz Brixius (Nurse Jackie); EP Dick Wolf, Danielle Gelber

Untitled Jessica Simpson comedy -- (pilot presentation)

Logline: A comedy loosely based on Simpson's life.

Cast: Jessica Simpson

Team: W/EP Robin Bakay, Nick Bakay (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, 'Till Death); EP Ben Silverman, Joe Simpson, co-EP Jimmy Fox

TV Pilots 2013: The Entire Guide (The Hollywood Reporter)

This article is related to: Women Writers, Television, Women Producers, Rebel Wilson, Leslye Headland, showrunner