nbc pilots 'County,' 'Friday Night Dinner' and more NBC pilots to keep an eye on for 2012 13NBC’s slate of pilots run the gamut from hospitals and fire department to trailer parks and prison and even the White House. Here are the NBC pilots of the 2012-13 television season.


“Bad Girls”: Amy Smart (“Shameless”) and Jurnee Smollett (“Friday Night Lights”) star in this drama about women in federal prison and their scandalous female warden. John Wells (“Shameless,” “The West Wing”) is the executive producer. It’s based on a British series.

“Beautiful People”: This drama set in the near future features a society where humans co-exist with mechanical androids, who are treated as second-class citizens. Until the androids begin to awaken. Frances Conroy, David Conrad and Ernie Hudson have been cast.

“Chicago Fire”: A new action drama that focuses on the men and women of the Chicago Fire Department, starring “House” alum Jesse Spencer, “Vampire Diaries” Taylor Kinney and executive-produced by “Law & Order’s” Dick Wolf.

“County”: The latest medical drama, it chronicles a group of young doctors, nurses and administrators in the underfunded LA County hospital. Jason Ritter, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Imperioli and Norbert Leo Butz have been cast. “Friday Night Lights” helmer Jason Katims is the creator.

“Do No Harm”: A quiet medical show, this drama is about a famous neurosurgeon (Steven Pasquale) who has a dangerous Mr. Hyde-type alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his life. Phylicia Rashad has also been cast.

“The Frontier”
: A group of travelers set out to explore the west on a cross-country adventure, starring Ethan Embry, Clancy Brown and Jake McLaughlin. Shaun Cassidy and “The West Wing’s” Tommy Schlamme are the executive producers.

“Midnight Sun”: Julia Stiles returns to TV as an FBI cult expert who investigates the mysterious disappearance of a commune group in Alaska. Titus Welliver, David Harbour and Emma Bell also star.

: This soap centers on a female detective returning to the wealthy family where she grew up to investigate the murder of the heiress who was once her best friend. Victor Garber stars as the family patriarch.

“Revolution”: This J.J. Abrams project is about a group of people trying to survive and find their loved ones in a world where all forms of energy mysterious cease to exist. Giancarlo Esposito, Billy Burke and Tim Guinee have been cast.


“1600 Penn”: Bill Pullman stars as the President of the United States, in this comedy that focuses on the president’s family members. Josh Gad, Jason Winer, Brittany Snow and Andre Holland will co-star.

“Animal Kingdom”: Justin Kirk (“Weeds”) stars as a “House”-esque veterinarian who loves animals but hates their owners. Tyler Labine, Amy Huberman and Bobby Lee will also star in this vet’s office-based comedy.

“Daddy’s Girls”: A woman returns from overseas to find that her father has begun dating the “mean girl” from her high school. Christine Woods, Nicky Whelan, Dana Klein, Brenda Song and Cedric Yarbrough star.

“Downwardly Mobile”
: Roseanne Barr returns to TV as the proprietor of a trailer park populated by a cast of colorful characters. John Goodman, Romy Rosemont and Mary Birdsong have been cast.

“Friday Night Dinner”: This comedy focuses on a quirky family that has dinner together every Friday night. Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) and Allison Janney (“The West Wing”) are the heads of the family, while “The Office’s” Greg Daniels will executive-producer alongside Ken Kwapis and Howard Klein.

“Go On”: Matthew Perry makes his return to TV after the unsuccessful (but funny) “Mr. Sunshine.” He plays a sportscaster trying to move on from a personal tragedy, who surprisingly finds comfort in his mandatory group therapy session. Suzy Nakamura, Khary Payton and Allison Miller co-star.

“Isabel”: A familiy must deal with the challenges of raising a daughter who possesses magical abilities. Marcia Gay Harden and Kevin Nealon are the parents, while Sophia Mitri Schloss is the daughter. It is based on a successful French-Canadian series, “Le Monde de Charlotte.”

“Lady Friends”: Two female friends, one who is a mess (Minnie Driver) and one who has a perfect life (Andrea Anders) can’t live without each other. Josh Hopkins and Rachel Dratch have also been cast.

“The New Normal”: A gay couple try to start a family with a surrogate. Ryan Murphy will executive-produce. Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, Ellen Barkin and Bebe Wood will star.

“Next Caller Please”: Dane Cook is the meathead alpha male paired with a feminist co-host for his radio show (Collette Wolfe). Shenanigans ensue.

“Save Me”: Anne Heche is a woman who believes she is channeling God after an accident. Alexandra Breckenridge and Michael Landes will star. Heche also serves as a producer on the project.

“Susan 313”: Sarah Silverman is a woman whose long-time relationshp has ended and she must adjust to being single. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will executive-producer. Kel Leung and Jeff Goldblum have also been cast.

Untitled Hilary Winston project: A woman is dumped by her fiance and must get her co-workers help to plot her revenge. Mena Suvari, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Wright and Kyle Howard star.

Untitled Jimmy Fallon project
: This has been referred to as “DILFs,” but that is not its official title. It stars Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger and Anthony Anderson as grown men with families who haven’t yet grown up themselves. Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Tempestt Bledsoe have been cast as two of the wives.

Which ones are you keeping an eye on?

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