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CBS Pilots 2013

Every 2013 CBS pilot

(Latest update:  Matthew Broderick joins "Untitled Tad Quill Project.")

Here is the full list of the CBS pilots in contention this pilot season, and some facts at a glance.

Network executives will decide in the spring what shows to order to series. What do you think looks good? What looks bad? And what do you think CBS will order to series?

See also: Every 2013 Network Pilot

Tell us what you think in the comments, and check back regularly for additions and updates we'll post in bold.


THE ADVOCATES (Warner Bros. Television)

Writer: Bruno Heller

Producer: Bruno Heller

Logline: A female lawyer and a male ex-con team up as “victim advocates,” going to the very edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog.


Ben McKenzie
Mandy Moore

ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE (Teakwood Lane in association with 20th Century Fox Television)

Writers: Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, Alex Cary

Producers: Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, Alex Cary

Logline:  A criminal psychologist with expertise in sociopaths partners with a young female detective with whom he shares a conflicted past.


Skeet Ulrich as "Dr. Raines"

BACKSTROM (20th Century Fox Television)

Writer: Hart Hanson

Producers: Hart Hanson, Leif G.W. Persson, Niclas Salomonsson

Logline:  Drama based on the Swedish book series about an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior.

BEVERLY HILLS COP (Sony Television)

Writer: Shawn Ryan

Producers: Shawn Ryan, Eddie Murphy, Marney Hochman, Barry Sonnenfeld

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Logline:  Continuation of the movie franchise, centered around Axel Foley’s police officer son, who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.


Brandon T. Jackson as “Aaron”

Eddie Murphy as “Axel Foley”

Kevin Pollak as “Rodney Daloof”

HOSTAGES (Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television)

Writer: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir, Chayim Sharir

Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Logline: A family is caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever.


Dylan McDermott as "Duncan"

Toni Collette as "Ellen"

Rhys Coiro

THE ORDAINED (CBS Television Studios)

Writer: Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

Producers: Frank Marshall, Larry Shuman, A.B. Fischer

Director: R.J. Cutler

Logline:  The son of a Kennedy-esque family leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated.


Charlie Cox

Jorge Garcia

Nestor Serrano

Sam Neill as "Michael Thomas Riley"

Emmanuelle Chriqui as "Sam"

Hope Davis

THE SURGEON GENERAL (CBS Television Studios)

Writer/Producer: Samuel Baum

Logline:  Medical show centered around America’s doctor: the Surgeon General of the United States.


Jason Isaacs


Producer: Shane Brennan

Logline: The planted spinoff, which will air this spring as an episode of "NCIS: Los Angeles," will follow a small mobile team of agents, who are forced to live and work together, as they crisscross the country solving crimes. 


John Corbett as “Roy Miller”

Scott Grimes as “Dave”

Gillian Alexy as “Special Agent Claire”

Kim Raver as “Paris”


Writers: Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta

Producers: Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta, Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, Paula Milne, Nick Reed & Phil Goldfine

Director: Michael Cuesta

Logline:  Based on the UK series of the same name by Paula Milne, SECOND SIGHT is a gothic psychological thriller about a detective who is suddenly afflicted with an autoimmune virus that causes hallucinations reflective of his subconscious. He discovers that catching the killer depends as much on insight as eyesight.


Writer: Michael Seitzman

Producers: Michael Seitzman, David Semel, Tripp Vinson

Director: David Semel

Logline: "Intelligence" is centered at US Cyber Command, and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.


Josh Holloway as “Gabriel Black”
Marg Helgenberger as "Lillian"
Michael Rady as "Chris Jameson"
James Martinez as "Gonzo Sanchez"

RECKLESS (CBS Television Studios)

Writer: Dana Stevens

Producers: Dana Stevens, Ian Sander, Kim Moses

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Logline:  Sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.


Cam Gigandet


BAD TEACHER (Sony Television in association with Mosaic)

Format: Single camera

Writer: Hilary Winston

Producers: Hilary Winston, Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupinsky, Sam Hansen & Jimmy Miller

Logline: Based on the film, a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee becomes a teacher to find her next husband.


Ari Graynor as "Meredith Davis"
Sara Gilbert as "Irene"
David Alan Grier as "Principal Carl Gaines"
Ryan Hansen as "Joel"
Sara Rodier as "Lily"
Kristin Davis as "Ginny"

CRAZY ONES (20th Century Fox Television)

Writer: David E. Kelley

Producers: David E. Kelley, Dean Lorey, Bill D’Elia, John Montgomery, Mark Teitelbaum, Jason Winer

Director: Jason Winer

Logline: Father/daughter workplace single-camera half-hour comedy set in the world of advertising.


Robin Williams as "Simon Roberts"

Sarah Michelle Gellar as "Sydney Roberts"

Jimmy Wolk as "Zach Cropper"

EX-MEN (CBS Television Studios)

Writer/Creator: Rob Greenberg

Producers: Rob Greenberg, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum

CBS Television Studios

Director: Rob Greenberg

Logline: A young guy finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex.


Chris Smith as "Carter"

Kal Penn as "Gil"

Tony Shalhoub as "Frank"

Jerry O’Connell as "Stuart"

FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES (Studio: 20TH Century Fox Television in association with Kapital Entertainment)

Format: Multi-camera

Writer: Dana Klein

Producers: Dana Klein, Aaron Kaplan

Director: James Burrows

Logline: A group of 30-something friends who each think the other has it better.


James Van Der Beek

Kevin Connolly as "Bobby Lutz"

JACKED UP (Sony in association with Happy Madison in association with CBS Television Studios)

Format: Multi-camera

Writer: Greg Malins

Producers: Greg Malins, Doug Robinson, Patrick Warburton

Logline: Patrick Warburton stars as a beloved, recently retired baseball player finds that adjusting to retirement isn't as easy as he thought it'd be.

MOM (Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television)

Format: Multi-camera

Writers/Producers: Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Gemma Baker

Logline: A newly sober single mom tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley.


Anna Faris as "Christy"

Allison Janney as "Bonnie"

Blake Garrett as "Roscoe"

Nate Corddry as "Gabriel"

THE MCCARTHYS (Sony Television in association with Olive Bridge)

Format: Single camera

Writer: Brian Gallivan

Producers: Brian Gallivan, Will Gluck

Logline: Family comedy about a loud, sports-crazed Boston clan. 


Jacki Weaver as "Marjorie McCarthy"

Jack McGee as "Arthur"

SUPER CLYDE (CBS Television Studios)

Format: Single camera

Writer/Producer: Greg Garcia

Director: Mike Fresco

Logline: A meek, unassuming fast food worker decides to become a super hero. Single camera.


Format: Multi-camera

Writer/Producer: Greg Garcia

Director: James Burrows

Logline: a recently divorced guy’s life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own.


Will Arnett

Beau Bridges

UNTITLED JIM GAFFIGAN PROJECT (Sony Television in association with Fedora Entertainment)

Format: Single camera

Writers: Jim Gaffigan, Peter Tolan

Producers: Jim Gaffigan, Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer, Alex Murray

Logline: Comedian Jim Gaffigan stars as the happily married and harried New York City father of five, as he is in real life.


Jim Gaffigan as "Jim"

Mira Sorvino as "Jeannie"


Format: Single camera

Writers: Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky

Producers: Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky, Avi Nir, Ran Telem, Daniela London-Dekel & Dana Eden

Logline: Based on an Israeli format, a married mom struggles to balance family, life, and work.


Format: Multi-camera

Writer/Producer: Tad Quill

Logline: A recently widowed father raises his 12-year old son while jumping back into the dating pool.

Matthew Broderick as "Jack"