The following shows are among new productions planned by the networks for later in 2012-13. Returning shows are in a separate list.
If you read a lot about entertainment, you see frequent reports about series pilots and other deals being made, but they may not yield immediate on-air results. The following shows have been announced for airing in this season by ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and the CW. And even that information is subject to change.
1600 Penn, NBC. Comedy. Bill Pullman is the POTUS and Jenna Elfman his wife in this show about family life in the White House.
The Carrie Diaries, the CW. Drama. It’s 1984, and Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw is a 16-year-old suburbanite discovering her great love: New York City.
Crossbones, NBC. Drama. It’s 1715. Blackbeard and his gang rule a Bahamian island. And an assassin has been sent undercover to take down the famous pirate.
Cult, the CW. Drama. With the most muddled and incomprehensible series pilot I have seen, this show involves a TV series (called Cult) and a real-life mystery that arises from it.
The Following, Fox. Drama. Kevin Bacon comes to series TV in conjunction with writer-producer Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries, Dawson’s Creek); Bacon plays a former FBI agent brought back to hunt down a notorious serial killer who has formed alliances with other killers.
Do No Harm, NBC. Drama. Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) is a Jekyll-and-Hyde surgeon who has been suppressing his scarier side — until now. But is that an entirely bad thing?
The Family Tools, ABC. Comedy. When his father has a heart attack, a failed businessman must take over his dad’s handyman firm. Coming in January 2013.
The Goodwin Games, Fox. Drama. The producers of How I Met Your Mother offer a new show about three adult siblings who return home after their father’s death. With Scott Foley and Becki Newton.
Hannibal, NBC. Inspired by Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs and other novels, this has young profiler Will Graham teaming with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter — with only the audience knowing about Lecter’s more gruesome activities.
How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, ABC. Comedy. Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett are the parents; Sarah Chalke a divorced mom who has to move back home. Coming in January 2013.
Howie Mandel’s White Elephant, NBC. Game show involving mystery boxes, hosted by the Deal or No Deal/America’s Got Talent star.
Infamous, NBC. Drama. Ensemble piece about a police detective (Meagan Good) reconnecting with a wealthy family from her past in order to solve the death of a notorious party girl and heiress.
Mistresses, ABC. Drama. Alyssa Milano and Lost’s Yunjin Kim are among four girlfriends who, according to ABC, are “caught in storms of excitement and self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal.” And of course, sex.
Next Caller, NBC. Comedy. An “NPR feminist” (Collette Wolfe) is teamed with an abrasive star (Dane Cook) on a radio talk show.
Ready for Love, NBC. Reality. Bill Rancic and wife Giuliana DePandi-Rancic host this matchmaking show.
Red Widow, ABC. Drama. Gangland tale with Radha Mitchell as a newly widowed woman who wants to protect her family and solve her husband’s murder — and who will use her underworld connections to do so.
Save Me, NBC. Comedy. Anne Heche stars as Beth, a woman whose near-death experience appears to give her a direct line to God; NBC says, “if God had a desperate housewife as His mouthpiece, Beth would be it.” Eek,
Surprise With Jenny McCarthy. NBC. Reality. Folks get “surprises of a lifetime.”
Zero Hour, ABC. Drama. After his wife disappears, a paranormal expert (Anthony Edwards) begins a complicated, mystery-laden search for his wife, an effort that may also save humanity.
— Rich Heldenfels