2012 Fall Upfronts: Three Sitcom Pilots I’m Surprised Weren’t Picked

If there was one big takeaway from this past television season, it’s that comedies are back. The genre was in rough shape, but thankfully a few breakouts this season including “2 Broke Girls” and “New Girl“, coupled with existing hits including “Modern Family” and “The Big Bang Theory”, proved that the sitcom is back and here to stay. That trend is nowhere more evident than at the recent upfronts. There are 29 sitcoms scheduled to hit the air this fall. On Tuesday night alone, CBS, NBC and ABC have comedies battling it out during the 9pm hour. May the funniest survive.

With so many comedies taking up the schedule, a few promising sitcom pilots failed to make the cut. Based on the trailers of some of the comedies that were picked up, I definitely feel some pilots got the shaft. Seriously NBC, “Guys With Kids“? What the eff were you thinking? ABC, you’re not off the hook either. What was up with “The Family Tools“?.

Mark my words, these two programs will be among the first to get the axe come September. I’m sure at that point the networks will wish they had picked up the following pilots instead. Hindsight is 20/20 right? Check out three sitcoms below that I wished were picked up.

Downwardly Mobile

Logline: This multi-cam comedy brings Roseanne Barr back to series television as the proprietor of a mobile-home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy.

Cast: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

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Logline: A single-camera comedy in which series star Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) returns to her old life after a breakup, ready to pick up where she left off, and finds it’s not as easy as she thought because those around her have moved on.

Cast: Sarah Silverman, Ken Leung

Little Brother

Logline: A former rocker who runs a music store discovers he has a brother, who is an ex-con and ready to move in.

Cast: John Stamos, TJ Miller, Rosa Salazar, Gillian Vigman

Even though, the following isn’t technically a comedy, I’m also bummed it wasn’t picked up. I love me some Julia Stiles and think this would’ve been a great vehicle for her. Check out the description below.

Midnight Sun

Logline: This thriller follows the mysterious disappearance of a group living on a commune in Alaska. Based on an acclaimed Israeli format, a female FBI cult specialist starts an investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy.

Cast: Julia Stiles, Titus Welliver

Personally, I’m sad that we won’t get to see Roseanne Barr and John Goodman reunite for another comedy. A sitcom starring Roseanne set in a trailer park. How could that go wrong? Which, if any, of the aforementioned do you wish made the Fall schedule? Sound off below.

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  • CT

    I was very suprised NBC didn’t pick up Downwardly Mobile. Any chance ABC would pick it up, possibly for midseason? it would fit in perfectly with their new TGIF line up on Friday, with Last Man Standing (Tim Allen) and Malibu Country (Reba), they could also throw in that Kirstie Alley show that I guess didn’t get picked up either. Anyways, Guys With Kids looks dumb, but the worst one I think is the alien one, The Neighbors, the WTF-ness of it all astounds me.

  • Sasha

    Only care for Julia, miss her!

  • Mixon

    Those all sound worthy to me, but I was also upset about the American Judy (Greer) Pilot as well as the Untitled Mandy Moore Pilot.

  • Brian

    Considering the CRAP that NBC has on already,just thinking about how beyond BAD a show must be for them not to pick it up is frightening!

  • Trent

    Downwardly Mobile would have been a huge success for NBC, I was at the taping of the pilot and it was so funny, like what sitcoms use to be like. Was great seeing Roseanne and John back together again. What a shame NBC.

  • Carly

    They don’t give these shows long enough to develop a following. They are yanking them after only airing a couple of times. Thank God these same morons weren’t around when “Mary Tyler Moore” “Dick Van Dyke” “Andy Griffith” “Leave it to Beaver” “Seinfeld” “Everybody Loves Raymond” “Golden Girls” “King of Queens” all aired …we would never have seen them! You just know that Roseanne and Stamos’ shows would have been hits. Who listens to these knucklehead (probably 25 year olds) projections? It’s ridiculous!