Progress Report: End of Season Report Card for 2014-2015 Pilots

Though I’m behind on TV, you don’t have to be!  Below is handy report card on the status of piloted programs scheduled to premiere sometime during the 2014-2015 season, based on the Fall Selection entry published in the summer, as of the end of the official viewing season.  I will also follow up with an end of season report card for long-running series covered by this blog.

Piloted series previously reported as canceled have been deleted from the list.  The Mid-Season Report Card can be read here.

Thanks to TVLine for helping a girl out.




WHEN | Midseason

WHAT | The 12-episode miniseries picks up where History’s The Bible left off. In the dark days after Jesus’ betrayal and death, a perfect storm brews in the Holy Land, fueled by social injustice, Roman military oppression and religious unrest. High priests and the Herod dynasty vie for power. Zealot revolutionaries turn to violence to regain what they believe is their promised land. And in the face of terrible odds and brutal persecution, the small band of Jesus’ disciples stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities. In a generation of rebellion, war, famine, and carnage, who can they trust? Who should they fear? Will tomorrow bring a violent death? For many, it does … but others survive, and as the storm around them breaks, the fate of Israel, of Rome and of their faith is decided.

I initially passed on this Biblical miniseries, being that it’s really not my cup of tea.  But to each his or her own.  I prefer English Breakfast.

STATUS: It is still currently airing.  Episode 10  of twelve will air this Sunday.  No renewal decision has yet been announced, but ever reliable is calling renewal a “long shot.”


Allegiance, NBC


WHEN | Midseason

WHO | Hope Davis (The Newsroom), Scott Cohen (The Carrie Diaries, Necessary Roughness), Gavin Stenhouse (the UK’s Iconicles), Margarita Levieva (Revenge), Kenneth Choi (Ironside), Annie Ilonzeh (Arrow), Morgan Spector (Person of Interest)

WHAT | Thriller revolving around the O’Connor family and their son Alex, a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst who is a true patriot and loves his country and family. Unbeknownst to him, both of his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Once the parents are reluctantly pulled back in, the stakes rise as they are coerced into spying on their own son and turning him against his country.

I initially passed on a TV show that blends The Americans with Mr. and Mrs. Smith and brings retro nostalgia for the Cold War once again to the forefront.

STATUS: Officially canceled.

American Crime

American Crime, ABC

PREMIERE DATE | March 15, 2015

WHO | Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Timothy Hutton (Leverage), Benito Martinez (Sons of Anarchy), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), Penelope Ann Miller (Mistresses), Richard Cabral

WHAT | Set in California’s Central Valley, it centers on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved. The case takes on greater meaning in the community, bringing to the forefront America’s hardened views on race, class and gender politics.

I hesitantly picked up this show, fearing it might be derivative of the film Crash, which was controversial and somewhat manipulative in its Best Picture winning presentation.  I have not watched any episodes yet, but it seems to be critically well received.

STATUS: Officially renewed.

Aquarius, NBC

PREMIERE DATE | May 28, 2015

WHO | David Duchovny (Californication)

WHAT | The “event” series follows a 1960s cop who is tracking serial killer Charles Manson’s rise to popularity.


VERDICT: Pick up.  This may just be morbid curiosity on my part, and I don’t know how I feel about a series that documents a serial killer’s rise to popularity when that killer is still alive.  Also, I was not aware that Californication is apparently over.  I do, however, love David Duchovny thanks to his stint as Mulder, and the subject of Manson’s cult like following is somewhat fascinating given its time, at the heyday of peace and love.  Also, the program has a catchy title.  This could be bad, but I think I want to give it a shot.

The Astronaut Wives Club, ABC


WHEN | Midseason

WHO | JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time, Better With You, Gossip Girl), Odette Annable (House), Azure Parsons (True Detective), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl), Erin Cummings (Spartacus: Blood & Sand), Dominique McElligott (Hell on Wheels), Bret Harrison (Reaper), Aaron McCusker (Shameless, Dexter), Joel Johnstone (The Newsroom), Kenneth Mitchell (Switched at Birth, Jericho)

WHAT | Chronicles the lives of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo mission crews’ spouses.


VERDICT: Pass.  I think this is a remake of a film; even if it’s not, it sounds like a cross between Apollo 13 and The First Wives Club.  If it is reviewed well, I might reconsider, as I do have some interest in the space program.  Yet, I feel this is going to be a dated throwback to decades gone by, complete with gossip and wifely fretting over the husbands that risk their lives to go into space, which doesn’t do much for me.


Backstrom, Fox

PREMIERE DATE | January 22, 2015

WHO | Rainn Wilson (The Office), Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer), Dennis Haysbert (24), Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen (Blue Mountain State), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Genevieve Angelson (House of Lies)

WHAT | Offensive, irascible Detective Everett Backstrom tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior while leading his team, the Serious Crimes Unit, as they navigate Portland’s most sensitive cases.

I initially picked up this new showcase for the erstwhile Dwight Schrute, Rainn Wilson, thinking that between him and the fact that it was created by the man responsible for Bones, it was worth a shot.  I have not watched any episodes of this program yet.

STATUS: Officially canceled. Because it’s a FOX show, I’m going to check it out and see if it really merited cancellation or not.  After all, we know their track record. 

Battle Creek

Battle Creek, CBS

PREMIERE DATE | March 1, 2015

WHEN | Sundays

WHO | Dean Winters (Law & Order: SVU), Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas), Kal Penn (House), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Damon Herriman (Justified), Aubrey Dollar, Edward Fordham Jr.

WHAT | Two detectives with very different worldviews are teamed up and must answer the question: Are cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Mich., in the face of a complete lack of resources; or is the exact opposite true — it takes naïveté, trust and a boatload of resources?

I initially picked up this procedural cop drama because Battle Creek is a city in my home state of Michigan.  That was basically the only reason.  I haven’t seen any of this program yet.

STATUS: Officially canceled.  I will still check it out – morbid curiosity.


Black-ish, ABC

WHEN | Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c

WHO | Anthony Anderson (Guys With Kids), Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends), Yara Shahidi (Scandal), recurring star Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal)

WHAT | An upper-middle class black man struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father and his own assimilated, color-blind kids.

I initially passed on this culturally-based sitcom that takes elements of the Bernie Mac Show and sets them in the suburbs.  I might have to change my mind.

STATUS: Officially renewed.


Bordertown, Fox


WHO | Nicholas Gonzalez, Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle, Judah Friedlander, Efren Ramirez

WHAT | A satirical look at the cultural shifts taking place in America. Exploring family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink, the series centers on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border.


VERDICT: Pass.  Again, a culturally relevant, now animated sitcom will be introduced by Fox.  I don’t really gravitate toward adult cartoons beyond the mainstays like The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy, but if the show garners good reviews and/or readings, I may reconsider.


Constantine, NBC

WHO | Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths (True Blood), Harold Perrineau (Lost)

WHAT | Based on the characters in DC Comics’ stories about John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.

I initially picked up this comic adaptation of DC’s Hellblazer, given its Friday fright night aspects that reminded me of The Exorcist, Supernatural, etc.  

STATUS: Officially canceled.  I still plan to watch it; there was a bunch of groundswell and cult support for it.


Cristela, ABC

WHEN | Fridays at 8:30/7:30c

WHO | Cristela Alonzo, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Andrew Leeds, Sam McMurray

WHAT | In her sixth year of law school, Cristela is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She’s stuck straddling the old culture she’s trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she’s trying to embrace in her professional career.

I initially passed on what seemed to be George Lopez’s prior sitcom meets Family Matters.

STATUS: Officially canceled.

CSI: Cyber

CSI: Cyber, CBS

PREMIERE DATE | March 4, 2015

WHEN | Wednesdays at 10/9c

WHO | Patricia Arquette (Medium), Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal)

WHAT | Centers on Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA. Ryan is tasked with solving high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live on-line, and play out into the real world.

I initially passed on yet another version of CSI because I don’t watch any CSIs and probably never will.  Procedurals are not my bag, sadly.

STATUS: Officially renewed.

Emerald City

Emerald City, NBC


WHEN | This one has disappeared from the grids.  Even though NBC ordered it to series, reports from August 2014 show that NBC canceled that order, though the show creators were looking to sell it elsewhere.

WHAT | The “event” series is a modern and dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz that includes lethal warriors, competing kingdoms, and the infamous wizard as we’ve never seen him before. A headstrong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is unwittingly sent on a journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz.

I initially picked up this dark re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, but NBC stopped production, according to my research.  It’s really too bad.  I’m always game for a re-imagining like Once Upon a Time.  Unfortunately, I will remove this show from the list.


Empire, Fox

PREMIERE DATE | January 7, 2015

WHO | Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest), Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Malik Yoba (Revolution, Alphas), Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, recurring player Gabourey Sidibe (American Horror Story: Coven)

WHAT | A unique family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire and centering on music mogul Lucious Lyon.

I initially picked up this high stakes drama about a hip hop mogul’s family and his ambitions for his legacy, feeling the King Lear undertones in the story.  This show has become something of a runaway success for the Fox Network.  I haven’t seen any of the program yet.

STATUS: Officially renewed.


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  1. kyliekeelee · June 3, 2015

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