Pilot Watch 2014: ‘The Flash’


Show: “The Flash”

Starring: Grant Gustin (“Arrow”), Candice Patton (“The Game”), Jesse L. Martin (“Law & Order”), Rick Cosnett (“The Vampire Diaries”), Danielle Panabaker (“Justified”), Carlos Valdes (“Arrow”) and Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”)

Genre: One-hour drama

Premiere Date: Tuesday, October 7, 8 p.m., The CW

Direct Competition: “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Utopia” (Fox), “Selfie”/”Manhattan Love Story” (ABC)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A book smart twenty-something is struck by lightning, which grants him the supernatural ability to run faster than the speed of light.

Initial Response: Of all of this year’s new comic-based programs, “The Flash” is most sure of what it wants to be. Continue reading…

Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Madam Secretary’


Show: “Madam Secretary”

Starring: Téa Leoni (“Fun with Dick and Jane”), Bebe Neuwirth (“Cheers,” “Frasier”), Geoffrey Arend (“Body of Proof”), Patina Miller (“The Hunger Games” trilogy), Erich Bergen (“Jersey Boys”), Tim Daly (“Private Practice”), Katherine Herzer and Evan Roe

Genre: One-hour drama

Premiere Date: Sunday, September 21, 8:00 p.m., CBS

Direct Competition: Sunday Night Football (NBC), “The Simpsons”/”Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox), “Once Upon a Time” (ABC)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A former CIA agent turned college professor is asked to fulfill the role of Secretary of State after an unforeseen tragedy takes place.

Initial Reaction: I like Téa Leoni. I like this cast. I wish I liked this show. Continue reading…

Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Gotham’


Show: “Gotham”

Starring: Ben McKenzie (“Southland”), Donal Logue (“Terriers”), Jada Pinkett-Smith (“Hawthorne”), Sean Pertwee (“Elementary”), David Mazouz (“Touch”), Zabryna Guevara (“Burn Notice”), Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards (“Breaking In”), Cory Michael Smith and Victoria Cartagena

Genre: One-hour drama

Premiere Date: Monday, September 22, 8 p.m., Fox

Direct Competition: “The Big Bang Theory” (Sept. 22-Oct. 20) / “2 Broke Girls” (Oct. 27-) and “Mom” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), “The Originals” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): Rookie detective, James Gordon, and his partner, Harvey Bullock, work to solve the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Initial Reaction: The show takes itself too seriously, and outside of key casting, there’s nothing grabbing me here.  Continue reading…

Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Scorpion’


Show: “Scorpion”

Starring: Elyes Gabel (“Body of Proof”), Katharine McPhee (“Smash”), Robert Patrick (“True Blood”), Eddie Kaye Thomas (“Til’ Death”), Jadyn Wong (“Being Erica”) and Ari Stidham (“Huge”)

Genre: One-hour drama

Premiere Date: Monday, September 22, 9 p.m., CBS

Direct Competition: “The Voice” (NBC), “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox), “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), “Jane the Virgin” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A team of beautiful minds (and Katherine McPhee) partner with Homeland Security to help stop high-tech threats.

Initial Reaction: It’s standard CBS fare disguised as a show for tech nerds. “Scorpion” is not a show for tech nerds. Continue reading…

Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Gracepoint’


Show: “Gracepoint”

Starring: David Tennant (“Broadchurch”), Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”), Jack Irvine (“The Killing”), Josh Hamilton (“American Horror Story”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch”), Virginia Kull (“The Following”), Madalyn Horcher, Nick Nolte (“Luck”), Jackie Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Kevin Rankin (“Breaking Bad”), Kendrick Sampson (“The Vampire Diaries”), Sarah-Jane Potts (“Holby City”), Kevin Zegers (“Gossip Girl”), Stephen Louis Grush (“Lucky 7″) and Jessica Lucas (“Cult”)

Genre: One-hour drama (“limited event series”)

Premiere Date: Thursday, October 2, 9 p.m., Fox

Direct Competition: Thursday Night Football (through Oct. 23)/”Two and a Half Men” and “The McCarthys” (Oct. 30-) (CBS), “Bad Judge” and “A to Z” (NBC), “Scandal” (ABC), “Reign” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): This remake of the U.K. program “Broadchurch” follows the mystery of a young boy’s death, and the lives of a small town’s inhabitants.

Initial Reaction: If Anna Gunn weren’t here, I’m not sure I’d watch a second episode. Even now I’m not so sure. Continue reading…