Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

Ordering pilots and looking for hits

What’s coming up in TVland.

Tue, Jan 28, 2014, 11:06


Madame Secretary
CBS have got Barbara Hall (‘Judging Amy’) to write a pilot about a “maverick Secretary of State”, with a dash of Hillary. Morgan Freeman is producing.

Mozart in the Jungle
This is the most interesting of Amazon Instant Video’s latest three pilot commissions. Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman are amongst the writers. It’s based on the ‘backstage at the symphony’ memoir by Blair Tindall.

Tina Fey’s new show
Fey has been working on a comedy about a women’s university that’s letting men in for the first time with 30 Rock writer Matt Hubbard, and the good news is Margaret Cho is starring in it!

Lean In
Ok, so it’s not TV, and not real, but this Sherly Sandberg biopic “script” by Amanda Hess is hilarious.

The Middle Man
Ben Affleck’s 1960′s Boston crime show for Fox, focusing on the triangle of the FBI, the mafia, and Irish-American gangsters. Affleck will exec produce the series and direct the pilot.

All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go
Everyone’s been paying so much attention to Girls Season 3 that we’ve all forgotten about this Betty Halbreich-based series (go watch Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s) Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner have been working on. In an interview with Forbes, Konner said, “Lena and I go on these little writers’ retreats. We stayed in a hotel and didn’t leave the room for three days and we wrote the pilot… We’re almost done with the pilot and maybe they’ll make it – we’ll see.”

So it turns out Looking might not be Girls for gay boys. The word in nearly all the reviews is, “boring“.

Better Call Saul
Jonathan Banks (Mike) has now joined the cast of this Breaking Bad spin-off.

Black Sails
Sorry, Vikings, Michael Bay’s pirate drama on Starz has become the network’s most-watched series premiere in its history. A second series has already been picked up.

Agent X
Sharon Stone plays US vice president in this upcoming TNT series, written by William Blake Herron (Bourne Identity)

David O. Russell and Susannah Grant’s series
While basking in the inexplicable success of American Hustle, Russell and Erin Brockovich writer Grant have been working away on a 13-part series for ABC set in a posh country club that explores the lives of both staff and members. I’m thinking Downton Abbey meets Vampire Weekend.

Grey’s Anatomy contracts
McDreamy and Meredith have signed on for another two years.

Orange Is The New Black
Filming on season two has wrapped. But Netflix still hasn’t mentioned the date when we can actually watch it.

(Photo via OITNB Instagram.)