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Book Review

8

May 2017

Scripted Series For the Next U.S. TV Season

W

hile the TV industry still

doesn’t knowexactlywhich

broadcast network pilots

will be making their way to the U.S.

(and international) TV screens as full

series, there are 139

total series in

contention for the 2017-2018 season

on digital, cable and broadcast (54

of them

already picked up). As far

as the cable and digital networks

specifically, over three dozens pick-

ups have already been announced in

the last few weeks.

Some trends are clear: Reboots

(

Dynasty, Will and Grace

and even

Muppet Babies

are back!), spinoffs

(both

Black-ish

and

TheGoldbergs

may

be getting them,

Big Bang Theory

’s

and

That’s So Raven’s

are both already

picked up) remakes of foreign shows

(from the U.K, Korea and Denmark

just to name a few of many),

comedies about blended families…

and single dads specifically. Below, is

a list of the shows that may very well

be coming to your TV screens in the

next 12 months or so.

(List last updated on May 5, 2017)

ABC

Comedy

Charlie Foxtrot

Captain Charlie Taylor, a cautious,

lovable dentist stationed at Fort

Bragg, looks after his brother’s

impulsive fiancée and her two misfit

teens while he’s deployed in Iraq.

Household Name

A family buys the house of their

dreams with one caveat: they must

live with the previous owner, an

eccentric, larger than life actress

(played by Carol Burnett).

Jalen vs. Everbody

Former NBA player and current ESPN

personality Jalen Rose juggles his

career with the challenges of being a

single dad.

Libby & Malcolm

Two polar opposite political pundits

fall in love and create an insta-family.

Losing It

Three adult siblings and their parents

are all losing it in different ways.

Raised by Wolves

Based on a British series about a

tough mother struggling to support

her five opinionated, eccentric kids.

Splitting Up Together

Based on a Danish series, a couple

finds their marriage reignited by

their divorce.

Start Up

An inquisitive journalist, husband

and father dives headfirst into a new

world of start-up entreprenuership in

the podcast world.

Untitled Blackish Spinoff

A spin-off of the hit comedy, focusing

on Zoey Johnson in college.

Untitled Goldbergs Spinoff

A spin-off of

The Goldbergs,

set in

the 1990s, following two high school

teachers who become unlikely

father figures to the kids at their

Philadelphia school.

Untitled Rapper-Mayor Project

An outspoken, idealistic rapper runs

for office as a publicity stunt and

actually gets elected, but surprises

everyone at how good he is.

Untitled Single Dad Project

An intellectual single dad moves

to Queens with his daughters and

forms an unlikely family with other

residents in their apartment building.

Drama

The Crossing

Refugees from a war-torn country

start showing up to seek asylum in

an American town. But the war they

are fleeing is 250 years in the future…

and they’re Americans.

Deception

When his career is ruined by scandal,

superstar magician Cameron Black

has only one place to turn to practice

his art of deception, illusion and

influence — the FBI.

Doomsday

After 9/11, the U.S. government

instituted

a

secret

think-tank

comprised of the most creative minds

in science and entertainment tasked

solely with dreaming up manmade

disaster scenarios and solutions.

The list was sealed and the program

shut down. But when a catastrophe

occurs, the team is brought back

years later.

The Good Doctor

Based on a South Korean format,

about a young surgeon with Savant

syndrome recruited into a pediatric

surgical unit.

The Gospel of Kevin

Kevin, a down-on-his-luck man, is

tasked by God with a mission to save

the world, in this light drama.

Las Reinas

Follows the men and women in the

criminal investigation division of the

Miami Police Department.

Marvel’s The Inhumans*

About a race of superhumans with

unique powers, specifically the story

of Black Bolt and the Royal Family.

Salamander

Based on a Belgian format, a brilliant

but misanthropic engineer recruits

a skeptical homeland security agent

to help him track a mysterious bank

robber.

Somewhere Between*

Based on a Korean format, a woman

knows her daughter is going to be

murdered.

Ten Days in the Valley*

Follows an overworked TV producer

and mom in the middle of a

separation.

The Trustee

A comedic drama about a stubborn

detective who finds unlikely help

from her precinct’s trustee, a larger-

than-life ex-con finishing out her

prison sentence doing menial tasks

for the police department.

Unit Zero

An action-dramedy following Jackie

Fink, a brilliant but unassuming CIA

engineer and single mom, as she

leads a team of desk jockeys into the

field as secret agents.

Untitled Marc Cherry and Reba

McEntire Project

The Sheriff of Oxblood, Kentucky

finds his belief system challenged

when a young Muslim FBI agent is

sent to the town to help.

Untitled Paul William Davies Projects

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.

AMC

Drama

Lodge 49*

A modern fable set in Long Beach,

following a young man and ex-surfer.

McMafia*

A thriller set in the world of organized

crime.

The Terror*

Set in 1847, a royal naval expedition

crew is attacked by a mysterious

predator that stalks the ships and

their crew.

BBC AMERICA

Drama

Killing Eve*

A psychological thriller series that

follows Eve, a bored and whip-smart

security services operative and

Villanelle, an elegant and talented

killer.

BET

Comedy

Divorce Saved My Marriage*

When a couple realizes that divorce

is the only thing they can agree

on, their attorney recommends a

financial plan instead of a court date,

so they can finally afford to be apart.

CBS

Comedy

9J, 9K, and 9L

A family comedy inspired by a time in

Mark Feuerstein’s adult life when he

lived in apartment 9K in the building

he grew up in, sandwiched between

his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his

brother’s apartment, 9L.

Brothered Up

An emotionally guarded African-

American cop is partnered with an

emotionally available Pakistani cop

in a Detroit neighborhood.

Distefano

Inspired by the comedy of Chris

Distefano, two 20-somethings are

raising their newborn daughter and

merging their meddling families —

one Puerto Rican, one Italian.

Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices

A woman has made some interesting

choices throughout her life—namely,

having three different kids with three

different men — but now has a very

unique, loving, blended family.

Living Biblically

Amodern-day man, at a crossroads in

his life, decides to live life according

to the Bible.

Me, Myself and I

Looks at one man’s life over a 50-

year span. It focuses on three distinct

periods in his life — as a 14-year-old

in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day

and a 65-year-old in 2042.

Real Life

Two 20-somethings go from being

co-workers on opposite coasts to

working in the same office.

Young Sheldon*

Follows the childhood of

Big Bang

Theory

’s Sheldon in East Texas.

Drama

The Get

A team of tireless internet journalists

pursue and expose stories of

injustice using their unconventional

investigative techniques.

Instinct

A former CIA operative who has

since built a “normal” life as a gifted

professor and writer is pulled back

into his old life when the NYPD needs

his help to stop a serial killer on the

loose.

Mission Control

The next generation of NASA

astronauts and scientists juggles

both their personal and professional

lives during a critical mission with no

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