2012-2013 TV Season Pilot Reviewsby whifferrack | created - 05 Sep 2012 | updated - 24 Aug 2013 | Public
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Requirements: -All pilots I choose to watch (Not premieres of existing shows, NEW SHOWS) -Both fall and mid season -Anything from September 2012-August 2013 is fair game.
These are my impressions of the pilots only-they are not an indication of what I may think later.
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Last Resort (2012–2013)
TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
Captain Marcus Chaplin is commander of the USS Colorado, a ballistic missile submarine. He has a good crew and all are quite good at their jobs. They receive an order to launch two missiles... See full summary »
9.5-amazing Wow. That was an amazing pilot. The acting (Andre Braugher is awesome, as always) was great and the intensity was through the roof. I commend Shawn Ryan And Karl Gadjusek for being able to create such a great atmosphere on the submarine, and I would definitely like to see more of the D.C. storyline (I got a little "24" vibe from that). My main concern was that everything moved a little too fast, but I understand given it was only a one hour premiere. I have no idea where the show goes from here (that could be good/bad), but hopefully this will turn out to be a great show.
TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen, has been considered dead for five years. Now, he has returned. But something, during those five years, has changed him into a mysterious green hooded archer.
8-great It was an enjoyable pilot, that's for sure. The action was well done and I actually like how they tried to make it more of a darker superhero show. Amell is good, but there's not much special about him. I liked Paul Blackthorne and the rest of the supporting cast, but once again, nothing special. This show is very different from the rest of TV, however, and I look forward to seeing what their procedural and serial storylines will be like.
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
15 years after a global shutdown of all electricity, the Matheson family are hunted by an authoritarian regime known as the Monroe Militia.
7.5-good This obviously had massive expectations, coming from the Abrams/Kripke/Favreau team, and while I don't think it'll be as good as everyone thinks, it was still an enjoyable pilot. Tracy Spiridakos is a promising yet annoying actress (plus she's really attractive), and Giancarlo Esposito was magnificent as always. However, the rest of the characters seemed flat. Billy Burke was passable, but J.D. Pardo was not that great and Elizabeth Mitchell was underused. The visuals were excellent, and while the sword stuff can get cheesy, this show has massive potential. Remember Supernatural's pilot? It wasn't that great either, and look where that show is now. But, to be honest, the pilot was kind of boring. This family stuff will get old like that, and I wish the creators had the intelligence to come up with an original story. I've seen this all before. They could've explored our reliance on technology and the chaos ensuing rather than just jump forward in time. That aspect was sorely disappointing.
TV-PG | 43 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Rayna, an aging country music star, is upset when her record company asks her to tour as the opening act to a new up-and-coming singer named Juliette.
8.5-great I'm surprised at how much I liked this show. Like 666 Park Avenue, the soapy elements are very fun and are definitely a necessary part of this show. Britton and Panettiere are both fantastic, and the singing isn't as annoying as I thought it would be. The supporting characters are also great, as well as the whole "Nashville" feel. This has the potential to be a hit like Revenge was.
TV-14 | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama
While the Chicago mob sends Vincent Savino to Las Vegas to take over a casino and uncover a rat, the mayor appoints local rancher Ralph Lamb sheriff to investigate the murder of the governor's niece.
8-great This is a beautifully shot, well acted, and ambitious pilot (especially for CBS). Much like "The Good Wife" and most recently "Person of Interest", this show does so much more than just the regular, boring procedural stuff. Hopefully the procedural stuff doesn't take too much away from the setup of Quaid vs Chiklis. Chiklis was fantastic (as always), and Quaid was a pretty good lead. The supporting characters were interesting as well, which is great. I can definitely see this getting boring (it's already slow paced), but I can also see it evolving into a great show.
TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy
Ryan King, a radio sports personality, returns to work after grieving for his wife's recent death. His boss says he is not ready to return to work and must attend counseling. He reluctantly... See full summary »
7-good Matthew Perry is funny enough, and you can see that it definitely is taking pointers from Community on how to run things. However, it definitely is no Community yet. It has potential, though.
The Mindy Project (2012– )
TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy
Mindy is a 30 something Ob/Gyn whose love life hits a snag after a messy break up with her long term boyfriend. After getting drunk and making a scene at his wedding, Mindy vows to put the ... See full summary »
7-good Mindy Kaling is kind of annoying. I found her annoying in this pilot as well. None of the other characters were memorable (I only remember Ed Helms' cameo), but there were some moments worth laughing at.
666 Park Avenue (2012–2013)
44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A young couple, Jane Van Veen and Henry Martin, are looking to move up the ladder in New York City and are successful in becoming the resident managers of a swank Park Avenue apartment ... See full summary »
8-great This is a fun show. It's soapy,yes, but it's the kind of guilty pleasure stuff you would watch on TV. There are only a few to none scares, but the atmosphere and just the general "feel" of it is really great. Terry O'Quinn is great, and the leads are surprisingly watchable. There are a little too many storylines, but the pilot set up what is going to be an enjoyable, although quite stupid, series.
Elementary (2012– )
TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes, fresh out of rehab, is teamed with a sobriety partner, a former surgeon named Watson. They have to learn to work together even as they tackle their first case, the mysterious death of a doctor's wife.
7.5-good It's an enjoyable enough series, and while it's obviously nowhere near the level of "Sherlock", I liked the overall vibe I got from it. Jonny Lee Miller was good as Holmes and Liu, while not making much of an impression yet, was okay but definitely interesting as Watson. The format, I'm sure, will get boring. However, I'm interested to see how they'll integrate the mythology.
Ben and Kate (2012–2013)
TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy
When they were orphaned, goofy rascal Ben Fox broke away from his uptight sister Kate, who became a single but devoted mother to Maddie. Ben, years ago often drops by, using Kate's ... See full summary »
7.5-good This is definitely a promising show. The lead is remarkably similar to Zooey Deschanel and her quirky style. Ben gets annoying, but I laughed enough during this to make me hang around a little more.
Animal Practice (2012–2013)
TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy
"Animal Practice" is a new comedy centering on Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk), a top veterinarian with an impressive list of famous animal patients at the Crane Animal Hospital - a ... See full summary »
7.5-good I love the monkey. It's awesome. I don't see why everyone hates this so much, but it was an enjoyable half hour. It's not a show I think will be consistently good, but Kirk does a good job here in the pilot.
The Mob Doctor (2012–2013)
TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Surgical resident Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) juggles her promising medical career with a secret deal to offer her medical services to a mob boss in order to save her ne'er-do-well younger brother's life.
7.5-good Let me just say, this show is a mess. It really has no idea what it wants to be. The mob stuff is intercut awkwardly with the medical stuff, and the medical stuff is bland and unnecessary. There were some things to like, though. William Forsythe was excellent, and Jordana Spiro is a potentially good character. However, Zeljko Ivanek was wayy underused. I don't hate it as much as the critics, but it needs to find a way to make everything run smoothly.
The New Normal (2012–2013)
TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy, Romance
Spoiled-rotten Angelino gay 'queen' Bryan Collins's latest 'must have' infatuation is a tall order, but nothing is cuter then a baby. His indulgent partner, doctor David Sawyer, even agrees... See full summary »
6-ok The lack of laughs was definitely a disappointment, and it tries a little too hard to be heartwarming/sweet IMO. I like Justin Bartha, but the lead seems a little flat. There were some seriously painful stretches to sit through in this pilot, and I'm not sure it can improve.
Beauty and the Beast (2012–2016)
TV-PG | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
When she was a teenager, Catherine "Cat" Chandler witnessed the murder of her mother. Cat would have been killed too, but someone - or something - saved her.
The Neighbors (2012–2014)
TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
Soon after arriving in their new home, the Weavers discover all of their neighbors are from a distant planet called Zabvron.
2-Disaster I don't know how this made it to TV. That's all I'll say.
The Following (2013–2015)
TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is brought on board as a consultant when the serial killer he arrested many years before, Joe Carroll, escapes from prison killing several guards in the process.... See full summary »
TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
When investigative reporter Jeff Sefton's (MATT DAVIS) brother disappears, Jeff uncover the dark underworld of the TV show "Cult" and its rabid fans - in the series premiere.
TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
The head of the FBI Behavioral Science unit, Jack Crawford, calls on profiler Will Graham to assist them catch a serial killer. The killer has now kidnapped eight women, all similar in ... See full summary »
Next Caller (2012– )
Chicago Fire (2012– )
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama
Members of the Chicago Firehouse 51 are shaken after the loss of firefighter Andy Darden. Truck leader Matthew Casey and Rescue Squad leader Kelly Severide blame each other for Darden's ... See full summary »
Welcome to Brickleberry
TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy
Steve is threatened when Ethel, a new ranger, comes to town. Malloy gets put on a diet.
TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After completing his 15 year prison sentence, an ex-con tracks down his former partner, now known as Carrie Hopewell, in Banshee County Pennsylvania who it turns out is now married to the ... See full summary »
TV-MA | 59 min | Action, Drama
Sam Hunter,an agent for private security firm Byzantium,is left for dead during an operation in Tangiers. A year later,having recuperated in a remote Scottish cottage,she returns to ... See full summary »
The Americans (2013– )
TV-MA | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings are two seemingly normal Americans who are really undercover KGB agents. After kidnapping a Soviet defector they discover their new neighbor is an FBI agent assigned to their case.
This was wonderful. All the actors are top notch, and the intensity is off the charts.
TV-14 | 48 min | Drama
After 19 years on Georgia's death row, DNA evidence gets Daniel Holden released. He's survived by reading books and meditation (doing time by escaping time), and he's ill-prepared for life ... See full summary »
Ray Donovan (2013– )
The Bag or the Bat
TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama
Raymond's day begins with a call from a guy who just woke up in bed with a corpse. Then he pays a visit to an old contact after a client requests him to spy on that contact. Meanwhile, he learns his father just got out of prison.