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TV Pilot Seasons Family Affair

As Modern Family grows old, the Big Four networks desperately seek the next all-ages comedy hit as THR

By Bryn Elise Sandberg and Michael OConnell

NO

Nie

THE
HYBRIDS

YES

Two roads diverged in a pitch meeting


and you took the one less traveled. Of
the 44 comedies being made this season,
a mere 17 are not family-focused.

YES

Does it star a
34-year-old
woman playing a
14-year-old boy?

NO

Could it also
be described
as a workplace
comedy?

YES

Foxs The Mick


or
Foxs Untitled
Chris Case
or
ABCs
Untitled Goldberg/
Guarascio

NO

Is one-half of this
family a talkingdog narrator?

Geoff S
t

NO
Is this nondog
family extra
dysfunctional?

Well, is the
comedic foil a pair
of aging parents?

NO

YES

NO
CANT LIVE
WITH OR
WITHOUT EM

PARENTAL
PROBLEMS

YES

But the
kids still are
a pain in
the ass, right?

NO

C andice B

Oh, so its
a Mom show?

CBS Untitled
Stephnie Weir
or
CBS What Goes
Around
Comes Around
or
ABCs Speechless
or
ABCs Chunk
and Bean

NO
Matt LeB

YES

SUBURBAN STRUGGLES

*Projects that already


have received
a series commitment.

THEY SAY
THE DARNDEST
THINGS

ABCs The Second Fattest


Housewife in Westport
or
ABCs Pearl

NO

c
lan

NBCs Untitled Matt Hubbard


or
NBCs Sebastian
or
CBS Untitled Butler/
Hope/OShannon

NO

MOMMIES DEAREST

Are the kids


as prominently
featured
as the adults?
YES

Did these
kids come out
of nowhere,
Baby
Boom-style?

CBS The Kicker


or
ABCs The
Dream Team

YES

ABCs Hail Mary


or
NBCs Untitled
Vladimir Caamano
or
NBCs Untitled
Poehler/Grandy

YES

GO SPORTS!

ge n

YES

YES
s
ult

ABCs
Downward
Dog

er

r
Ped

Foxs The Enforcers


or
NBCs Untitled
Tracey Wigfield

INSTANT
PARENT

NO

Is your
fictional
family
athletically
inclined?

Theres no typecasting on Foxs


Chad: An American Boy, in which SNL alum
Nasim Pedrad tackles the pubescent role.

Nash
y
c

CBS
CBS
ABCs
Foxs
Im Not
Untitled
NBCs
The
Son
of
or
or
or
or
Your
Kevin
Marlon
Fluffy
Zorn*
Friend*
James*
Shop

KUDOS!
Your family comedy is
ABCs Square Roots, which
follows a gaggle of logicdriven engineers and the
son who uses his gift to
help them whatever the
heck that means!