USA today has a brief look at 9 different TV pilots being filmed, all hoping to be picked up for a fall season. It’s an odd assortment, but I’ll only mention the ones that might be of interest to the genre fan:
Alcatraz – “A crime drama involving our country’s most infamous prison, Alcatraz, and the team investigating the mysterious re-appearance of its 1960s inhabitants in the present.” Brought to you by JJ Abrams, trying to recapture the lightning-in-a-bottle magic of Lost (it even features Jorge Garcia in the cast).
Locke & Key – “Based on the graphic novel by Joe Hill, this suspenseful thriller follows a family in crisis as they move into a haunted house full of secrets, dangers and wondrous opportunities.” I just recently read the first 2 trades of this IDW series by Stephen King’s son, and it’s pretty damn good! I’m not even really a fan of the patented “Stephen King New England horror” genre, but Hill does a great job building up his characters and the mystery, and the antagonist is truly creepy, in a very normal way. The source material can surely support a TV show, I guess it just comes down to the execution. I’d love to see this one.
Napoleon Dynamite (animated) – “The quirky Idaho teenager and his pals from the cult movie live on in animated form.” I’ll admit, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. But seriously? 7 years too late, folks.
Terra Nova – “A family heads back to dinosaur age to save humanity in this time-travel fantasy.” Executive producers include the dude that produces “Nikita,” and some dude who did “Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical”. Um, oookay. It’s for Fox, so not sure what to think of this.
There’s also a Charlie’s Angels remake, and the much-talked-about David E. Kelly take on Wonder Woman. But no need to talk about those.