…As in the pilots voted “most likely to succeed and get on the air” by the Hollywood Reporter:
by Lesley Goldberg
As broadcast network executives sit behind closed doors poring over focus group testing results on nearly 100 pilots, scores of showrunners, writers, producers and actors are on stand-by as the decisions on which comedies and dramas will land slots on the 2014-15 schedules are expected to come in the coming weeks.
The Hollywood Reporter dialed up industry insiders and has compiled 10 of the thrillers, soapy procedurals, comic adaptations, and family and workplace comedies that stand the best shot of earning series pickups. Of course, these are in addition to several dramas and comedies that have already landed series orders. Those include Vince Gilligan and David Shore’s Battle Creek, Fox’s Last Man on Earth and NBC’s Ellie Kemper comedy from the producers of 30 Rock, among others.
This year, many sources have noted that there are not as many clear frontrunners on the comedy side beyond CBS’ How I Met Your Mother spinoff as many of the half-hour pilots tend to have a similar premise, with some competing with each other for the same slots. (See CBS’ The Odd Couple and Cuz-Bros and ABC’s Anthony Anderson and Kevin Hart vehicles.)
Here’s a look at the pilots most likely to land series orders: