The word “cancellation” has become a dirty one with the networks, as none of them really seem to be anxious to use it.
So while everyone tries to find room on the schedule for mid-season shows that would otherwise replace failed shows. And now it’s time for networks to start thinking of next season as pilot season officially gets underway.
But will there be room? Here are the latest developments in pilot season so far.
Black’s Law (ABC)
ABC seems to have no issue continuously looking to Shonda Rhimes for many of its dramas. And do you blame them? Rhimes has produced hit after hit.
The network obviously thinks the producer might be onto something with Paul William Davies after ordering a pilot from the Scandal writer that has yet to earn an official title, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but which Internet Movie Database is calling Black’s Law.
The project is set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court.” The drama … follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides – for both the defense and the prosecution – as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.
Rhimes’ production company, Shondaland, already has an extensive library on ABC with the likes of Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and of course, Grey’s Anatomy.
The Crossing (ABC)
Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie will have a chance to try and bring a futuristic war drama to ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America, and the war they are fleeing is 500 years in the future.
The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent, and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter, drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.
Dworkin and Beattie created MTV’s Scream: The Series, and are the creators of El Rey’s Matador. Their credits also include Criminal Minds for CBS and Revenge on ABC among others.