If it runs true to its history of axing promising or beloved shows, Fox is wasting no time in getting the next batch lined up. The Hollywood Reporter has a story about a collection of seven pilots that Fox has picked up. They break down like so:
The Station, a single-camera pilot from 20th and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films, revolves around a covert CIA operative and his workmates who are embedded in a South American banana republic with a mission to install a new dictator.
The Unit meets Moon Over Parador. Kooky.
Walorsky, a single-camera pilot from 20th TV/American Work, is in the tone of the 2003 comedy “Bad Santa” and centers on a lazy ex-cop-turned-security guard patrolling a mall in Buffalo, N.Y., who is forced to grudgingly step it up after he is assigned an idiot partner.
The legacy of Paul Blart: Mall Cop is instantaneous.
Two Dollar Beer, a multicamera pilot from 20th/3 Arts, is set in Detroit and revolves around a blue-collar couple and their extended family and friends.
Sounds just like…well…everything.
Sons of Tucson, a single-camera pilot from 20th and J2TV, is channeling the spirit of Slums of Beverly Hills. It centers on a charming but misguided hustler hired by three rich young brothers to act as their “father” while their real one serves time for a white-collar crime.
Sounds like Slums of Beverly Hills.
Maggie Hill, from 20th and Imagine, is about a brilliant female surgeon who thrives despite enduring adult-onset schizophrenia. “Shark” creator Ian Biederman penned the script and is exec producing with David Nevins.
Grey’s Anatomy meets A Beautiful Mind.
Human Target, from WBTV, DC Comics and McG’s Wonderland, is based on the DC Comics title. It centers on Christopher Chance, a mysterious security-for-hire who assumes the identities of people in life-threatening danger, becoming the “human target” on behalf of his clients.
The Pretender meets The Equalizer.
Untitled Reincarnation Project, from WBTV, revolves around past-life investigators who use the concept of reincarnation to solve mysteries of their clients’ previous lives in order to resolve their problems in the present.
Sounds interesting, sort of an X-Files meets Cold Case. Which means Fox will probably kill it very quickly. This makes a total of four comedies and three dramas. These will join already picked up pilots, Eva Adams and Boldly Going Nowhere.
No word on when the wrap party for Dollhouse is scheduled, if you believe the gloom and doom hype.