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Fall Pilots 2012: CBS

A full list of the Fall 2012 CBS pilots

Here is the full list of the CBS fall pilots. Any new additions/updates are in bold. Network executives will decide this spring which will be ordered to series.

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APPLEBAUM (CBS Television Studios)

Writer: Ayelet Waldman and Sherri Cooper & Jennifer Levin

Producers: Jeff Rake, Ayelet Waldman, Sherri Cooper, Jennifer Levin, Christopher Columbus

Director: Christopher Columbus

Logline: Based on Ayelet Waldman’s "Mommy Track Mysteries" series of books in which a former public defender becomes a private investigator to keep from being bored to death as a stay-at-home mom.

Rachelle LeFevre as “Juliet”
Jay Mohr as “Al”
Rhys Coiro as “Peter”
James Hiroyuki Liao as “Tze”
Marlowe Peyton as “Sadie"
Emjay Anthony as “Leo”
August Maturo as “Isaac”

BABY BIG SHOT (Sony Pictures Television/CBS Television Studios)

Writer: Dana Calvo

Producers: Jamie Tarses, Julia Franz, Kevin Falls, Mark Waters, co-executive producer Dana Calvo

Director: Mark Waters

Logline: A working class woman uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a tony Manhattan law firm.

Janet Montgomery as "Martina”
Kyle MacLachlan as "“Donovan”
Erin Cummings as “Bonnie”
Pablo Schreiber as “Luke"
Stephanie March as "“Natalie”
Toni Trucks as "Cyndi"

ELEMENTARY (CBS Television Studios)

Writer: Rob Doherty

Producers: Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly, Michael Cuesta

Director: Michael Cuesta

Logline: Modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with Sherlock now living in New York City.

Jonny Lee Miller as "Sherlock"
Lucy Liu as “Joan Watson”
Aidan Quinn as “Gregson”

GOLDEN BOY (Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television)

Writer: Nicholas Wootton

Producers: Greg Berlanti, Nicholas Wootton, Richard Shepard, co-executive producer Melissa Kellner Berman

Director: Richard Shepard

Logline: Show about the making of a man that tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to Police Commissioner.


Walter Williams Clark Jr. as "Theo James"
Chi McBride as "Det. Owen"
Kevin Alejandro as "Arroyo"
Stella Maeve as “Agnes”
Bonnie Somerville as “Mackenzie” 
Holt McCallany as “Det. Diaco”

TROOPER (Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Warner Bros. Television)

Writer: Aaron Eli Coleite

Producers: Aaron Eli Coleite, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Craig Gillespie, co-executive producer KristieAnne Reed

Director: Craig Gillespie

Logline: A common-sense mother turns New York State Trooper. 

Mira Sorvino as "“KJ”
Jay Hernandez as "Coto”
Timothée Chalamet as “Lee”
Quinn Shephard as "Olive”
Lily Pilblad as “Ruby”
Anna Wood as “Dakota Flaxton”

WIDOW DETECTIVE (CBS Television Studios)

Writer: David Hubbard

Producers: David Hubbard, Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, Davis Guggenheim

Director: Davis Guggenheim

Logline: After losing three partners in the line of duty, a decorated police detective becomes surrogate husband, lover and father to their families.

John Corbett as “Denny Brennan”
Natalie Martinez as “Maya”
Jennifer Beals as "Lainey"
Paula Marshall as “Jill”
Conor Leslie as “Amanda”
Elyes Gabel as “Troy”
Jason Hernandez as “Dante”


Writers: Nicholas Pileggi, Greg Walker

Producers: Nicholas Pileggi, Greg Walker, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian, co-executive producers Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid

Director: James Mangold

Logline: Period piece set in the 1960s centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb — rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas.

Dennis Quaid as "Ralph Lamb"
Michael Chiklis as "Savino"
Jason O'Mara as "Jack"
Taylor Handley as “Dixon”
Carrie-Anne Moss as “Katherine”


FRIEND ME (CBS Television Studios/ The Tannenbaum Co)

Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum & Ajay Sahgal

Producers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Ajay Sahgal, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum

Nicholas Braun as “Rob”
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as “Evan”
Parvesh Cheena as “Mike”
Tim Robinson as “Sully”
Dan Ahdoot as “Reggie”

Logline: Twenty-something best friends, Evan and Rob, move from their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon. Evan is having trouble breaking his old slothful habits and rather than go out after work to explore LA and meet new people, prefers to play online poker with his buddies back home. Rob has different plans and is determined to drag Evan, kicking and screaming, along with him.

PARTNERS (KoMut Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television)

Writers: David Kohan & Max Mutchnick

Producers: David Kohan & Max Mutchnick

Director: James Burrows

Logline: From multiple Emmy winners David Kohan & Max Mutchnick comes this personal story of two lifelong friends and business partners. Architects Charlie and Louis’ friendship has lasted longer than either of their romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage.  When Charlie decides to propose to his girlfriend, Louis’ neurotic attempts to be supportive nearly result in the breakup of his own relationship.

David Krumholtz as “Charlie”
Michael Urie as "Louis"
Sophia Bush as "Ali"
Brandon Routh as "Wyatt"
Tracy Vilar as “RoRo” (guest star)

SUPER FUN NIGHT (Conaco, Warner Bros. Television)

Writer: Rebel Wilson

Producers: Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross, David Kissinger, Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen, co-executive producer Rebel Wilson

Director: Mark Cendrowski

Logline: A half hour multicam comedy following three nerdy female friends on their “funcomfortable” quest to have SUPER FUN every Friday night.

Rebel Wilson
Jenny Slate as “Helen-Alice”
Kevin Bishop as “Richard”
Deborah Baker, Jr. as “Jazmine”
Alan Ritchson as “Jason”


Writers: Larry Dorf and Ben Falcone

Producers: Larry Dorf and Ben Falcone, Shana Goldberg-Meehan, co-executive producer: Melissa McCarthy

Director: Ken Whittingham


Ben Falcone as "David"
Rachael Harris as "Lisa"
Judd Hirsch as “Ira”
Andrea Martin as “Shelli”
Emily Rutherfurd as “Julie”
Emily Alyn Lind as “Hannah”
Quinn Friedman as “Martin”

Logline: Multi-cam comedy series about a single 37-year-old man (Ben Falcone) who loses everything he has in the real estate collapse and finds himself back home in the house he grew up in…with his parents.

UNTITLED LOUIS CK/SPIKE FERESTEN PROJECT (Berman/Braun, Universal Television, CBS Television Studios)

Writers: Louis CK and Spike Feresten

Producers: Louis CK, Spike Feresten, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Gene Stein

Director: Andy Ackerman

Logline: Ensemble of young people trying to achieve their creative dreams in these tough financial times.

Ann Guilbert as "Lily"
Ashley Tisdale as "Petra"
Dan Byrd as “Fred”
Ryan Hansen as “Mitch"
Patti Murin as “Anna”


Writers: Greg Malins, Greg Berlanti

Producers: Greg Malins, Greg Berlanti and co-executive producer Melissa Kellner Berman

Director: James Burrows

Logline: Nick has a health scare and realizes Wendy, his best friend and business partner of 15 years, is "the one." Now he has to figure out how to break it to her.

David Walton as “Nick”
JoAnna Garcia Swisher as "Wendy"
Greg Grunberg as "Charlie Cooke"
Matt Cook as “Spencer”
Ryan Gaul as “Warren”


Writers: Mike Lisbe & Nate Reger

Producers: Mike Lisbe & Nate Reger, Michael Green and Sam Maydew

Director: Fred Savage

Logline: Martin Lawrence stars as a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46.

Martin Lawrence as "Ty"
Ethan Suplee as “Travis”
Regina Hall as “Lisa aka Katie"
John Amos as “Captain Lorenzo”
PJ Byrne as “Kip"
Colleen Smith as “Peg”
Sydney Park as “Kim”

UNTITLED NICHOLAS STOLLER PROJECT (Chernin Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Television)

Writer: Nicholas Stoller

Producers: Nicholas Stoller, Katherine Pope, Peter Chernin

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Logline: A 20-something ensemble comedy about a guy who gets his heart broken by his girlfriend and now has to work one cubicle away from her at an ad agency.

Michael Angarano as "Jake"
Brie Larson as "Laura"
Chris Smith as "Graham"
Adam Campbell as “Will”
Liz Cackowski as “Ingrid”
Amanda Lund as "Hannah"
Randall Park as "Jun"