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TV Upfronts 2014 Cheat Sheet: Everything That Has Been Picked Up So Far


Benjamin McKenzie, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Octavia Spencer

Let the wild rumpus begin!

Each and every May, the TV world succumbs to pilot season fever as the five major networks finally make their decisions about which projects they'll be picking up to series and adding to their 2014-15 fall schedules. It's like the Super Bowl for TV nerds—it's crazy. It's exhausting. It's awesome.

ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox and NBC all announce their fall schedules at their Upfronts presentations in New York City, but they've already started announcing which new shows were lucky enough to receive series orders.

Here's a rundown of everything that's been picked up to series so far, broken down by network. And make sure to keep checking back with us for the latest pickups and TV news during the 2014 Upfronts...



Astronaut Wives Club: Ordered for 10 episodes at midseason, the period drama, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, tells the real story of the women behind some of America's biggest heroes during the '60s space race. Dominique McElligott, Odette Annable, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Desmond Harrington and Bret Harrison star.

The Club: Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt and Boris Kodjoe star in this Dowton Abbey-esque soap (Upstairs vs. Downstairs drama, duh!) set at a private country club.

Josh Duhamel


Battle Creek: Given the team behind the drama, Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and House's David Shore, it's not hard to see why CBS picked this one up straight to series. Centering on two detectives with very different world views (Anyone else picking up True Detective vibes?), they must team up to clean up the streets of Battle Creek, Mich. Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters and Kal Penn star.

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Gotham: One of the most buzzed-about new offerings of pilot season, the DC Comics drama centers on a young Jim Gordon, played by The O.C.'s Ben McKenzie, and the villains who eventually will make Gotham City famous (and in desperate need of saving from Batman). The Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman, Bruce Wayne, the gang's all here. Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett Smith also star. (Watch the first trailer.)

Empire: This family hip-hop drama from The Butler's Lee Daniels and Danny Strong stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, and will have mega-producer Timbaland serving as songwriter and song producer. Viewers can expect to hear original music, as well as current hits. American Horror Story: Coven's Gabourey Sidibe is set to recur.

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Red Band SocietyStarring The Help's Octavia Spencer, this hospital drama focuses on a group of teens who meet as patients in the children's wing and form an unlikely bond. Dave Annable also stars, while Steven Spielberg is one of the EPs.

BackstromThe Office's Rainn Wilson returns to TV in another hate-to-love-him role in Bones creator Hart Hanson's new crime drama. "He's truly despicable. He's really mean. And racist. And he hates women. And he hates himself," Wilson recently told us.

Hieroglyph: Given a 13-episode order, this fantastical action-drama set in ancient Egypt follows a thief who tasked with serving the Pharaoh after being plucked from prison. Hieroglyph comes from Travis Beacham and will blend fantasy and reality. (Insert Walk Like an Egyptian pun here.)


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Last Man on Earth: Starring and written by former SNL standout Will Forte, this comedy, set for midseason, is basically exactly what you think it's about: a stranger becoming the last human on Earth.

Weird Loners: From Michael Weithorn and Jake Kasdan, this comedy tells the story of four relationship-phobic people who form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens. I(t's like Girls meets New Girl, but Queens-ier?)

Mulaney: Created and written by SNL's John Mulaney, the sitcom will star him and Martin Short as a young aspiring comedian and his boss/mentor, respectively. Sticking around as Mulaney's boss is Lorne Michaels, who will serve as a producer.


State of Affairs, Katherine HeiglNBC


State of Affairs: Grey's Anatomy's Katherine Heigl makes her return to TV in this CIA drama, which is being described as Scandal meets The West Wing. In addition to playing a CIA officer who becomes the President's daily briefer, Heigl will also serve as an executive producer.

Allegiance: Another CIA drama, Gavin Stenhouse plays an analyst who is horrified to learn his parents are deactivated Soviet spies. In a bold twist, his 'rents (Scott Cohen and Hope Davis) are tasked with one final mission: get their son to betray his country and become a Russian asset.(Hm…are Cohen and Davis just playing older version of The Americans' Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell?!)

Aquarius: The X-Files and Californication fan favorite David Duchovny will take on the role of a '60s cop tracking infamous serial killer Charles Manson's rise to popularity in this period thriller from John McNamara.

Emerald City: Ordered for midseason, this drama looks to reimagine the classic Frank L. Baum books that inspired the Wizard of Oz. Viewers will meet Dorothy Gale, a headstrong 20-year-old, who finds herself at the center of an epic battle for control of Oz.

Odyssey: Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson and Anna Friel star in this international thriller.


Marry Me, Casey Wilson, Ken MarinoNBC

Marry Me: Happy Endings creator David Caspe's new comedy series stars the beloved-and-canceled-too-soon ABC sitcom's standout Casey Wilson (his real-life fiancé), who gets engaged to Veronica Mars' Ken Marino and realizes it's harder than it looks.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Talk about a dream team: this comedy comes from Tina Fey and stars The Office's Ellie Kemper as a woman who escapes from a cult to start a new life in New York City.

Mr. Robinson: The Office's Craig Robinson will play a musician who gets a job as a middle school music teacher in this sitcom, which was picked up for six episodes.

Working the Engels: A sitcom centering on the Engels, a family that must band together and run their late father's law firm when his death leaves them in massive debt. Eugene Levy and Martin Short are set to guest.

- Tierney Bricker/E Online

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