Sure, it’s only June, but for TV networks, these past couple of weeks have been filled with massive decisions that will affect all of our TV-watching habits come this fall. Between renewals, cancellations and more than 20 new shows that have been picked up to series, decision-makers have been busy.
What we don’t often hear about are the shows that were in development — pilots with full casts — that were passed over at the last minute for one reason or another. Dozens upon dozens of them, in fact. Here, we’ve handpicked 11 of the most interesting shows that almost had a spot on the TV schedule this fall.
11 TV shows that almost happened this fall
ChevyA comedy starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as two baby boomers. Their fun, relevant and somewhat selfish retirement is suddenly interrupted when they're left to raise their grandchildren.
Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo Getty
Sneaky PeteFrom Canadian producer David Shore (House) and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, this one follows a 30-something conman who leaves prison and takes on his cellmate’s identity in order to escape his debts.
Cast: Giovanni Ribisi (Dads), Margo Martindale (The Millers) Mark Petersen, Sundance
Untitled Johnny Knoxville ProjectFamily comedy following the exploits of a 12-year-old Johnny as he navigates the "outlaw culture" of his family and small hometown of Knoxville, Tenn.
Cast:Narrated by Johnny KnoxvilleGetty
Studio CityFollows a young singer's path to stardom as she comes of age living with her songwriter father. Unfortunately, he also happens to be a drug-dealer to the stars. Inspired by Krista Vernoff's real-life experiences.
Cast: Eric McCormack (Will & Grace's), Heather Graham TNT
The Perfect StanleysA family comedy told from the point-of-view of a working mother who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay at home sister-in-law.
Cast: Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg), Liza Lapira (Dexter)NBC/Fox
Broad SquadInspired by true stories, the drama from the makers of Gossip Girl follows the first four women to graduate from Boston’s Police Academy in 1978.
Cast: Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Rutina Wesley (True Blood)Getty
Tales From The DarksideReinvention of the horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series from the 1980s. Each episode features at least one story with a completely different cast.CBS Home Entertainment
The 46 PercentersRomantic comedy about the 46 per cent of the population who actually decide to stay married.
Cast: Angela Kinsey (The Office), Ian Gomez (Cougar Town), Nazneen Contractor (Covert Affairs) Getty
The King Of 7BAn agoraphobic recluse ventures outside for the first time in 20 years when he spies what could be his soul mate moving into the building across the street.
Cast: Craig Ferguson CBS
Untitled Judah Miller ProjectA Tony award-winning mother and a brainiac, risk-hating dad have a son who is a natural competitor and athlete, forcing everyone to readjust.
Cast: Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Megan Hilty (Smash)NBC/Getty
Untitled NBA ProjectA buddy comedy that follows an NBA rookie who doesn’t speak any English and a translator who doesn’t speak basketball.
Cast: Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) YouTube