What's in store for us on television this fall? If the pilot scripts the networks have ordered are anything to go by, there'll be lots of zombies, fantasy police work, angels, and superheroes. Here's our complete run-down of the pilot scripts that each of the major networks is looking at for Fall 2011 at the moment.

Obligatory disclaimer: Most of these shows will never reach your screen. The ones which are just "in the pipeline" are apparently just in the script stage, and may or may not get an order to film an actual pilot. (On the other hand, a number of them probably will get a pilot order soon, it's still early.) And the ones which are already filming a pilot may not get any farther. If you don't believe me, do some searching on video sites for the unaired pilots for Global Frequency, Aquaman and Justice League, among many others.


Also, television being television, the more hideous a show sounds, the likelier it is to make it on the air — and to be a huge hit that stays on for the next seven years.


Actually filming a pilot:

Charlie's Angels. Like The CW's Nikita, this is barely science fiction, and we hesitate even to mention it. But these sorts of techno-spy-fi type shows often wind up revolving around unfeasibly advanced gadgets, not to mention McGuffins that are straight out of cyberpunk. Plus Smallville's Millar and Gough are in charge.


Hallelujah. Almost hesitate to mention this, but it could be supernatural. The town of Hallelujah, TN is being torn apart by forces of good and evil, until a mysterious stranger shows up to restore the residents' faith. A gospel choir serves as a sort of "Greek chorus" narrating the action.

Once Upon A Time. A young boy gets drawn into a town where it turns out that fairy tales may be real. We called it "Fables: the TV series," although it's not strictly an adaptation of Fables. From Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, writers of Lost and Tron Legacy.

Poe We wrote about this recently. The famous horror/science fiction author is a detective, solving mysteries in 19th Century America.

The River. Paranormal Activity's Oren Peli is the mastermind behind this story of a fabled adventurer/TV personality who goes missing on the Amazon River. His family and friends go looking for him, and they discover lots of paranormal occurrences and mysteries along the way. ABC just ordered this one to pilot.

In the pipeline:

AKA Jessica Jones. Based on the awesome comic book Alias by Brian Bendis, this is the story of a failed superhero who's now working as a private detective in a world full of superheroes. This can't possibly be as cool as the comic, but here's hoping.

Being Erica. An adaptation of the Canadian series about a woman who can travel back in time and revisit her past mistakes.

Incredible Hulk. Do you really need an explanation of this one? You won't like him when he's angry. But Guillermo del Toro, David Eick and Jeph Loeb are hoping you'll like him enough to tune in every week.

Inhuman. It's a thriller about which almost nothing is known. But the title certainly sounds science fiction-y.

Patient Zero. Based on the novel by Jonathan Maberry, this show follows Baltimore detective Joe Ledger as he joins a new secret department called the Department of Military Sciences, which deals with threats that Homeland Security can't handle. First up: a new bio-weapon that turns people into zombies.


Supermom. A frazzled mother finds a supersuit (just like the Greatest American Hero!) that gives her superpowers. No, really.

True Lies. An adaptation of the James Cameron film of the same name. Could have some science-fictional gadgets or storylines.


Actually filming a pilot:

Untitled Susannah Grant Project. A high-powered surgeon finds that his life changes when his wife commits suicide — and then her ghost starts teaching him about the meaning of life, from beyond the afterlife.

In the pipeline:

Grave Sight. Based on the novels by Charlaine Harris, whose Sookie Stackhouse books already gave us True Blood. Harper Connelly can find the final location of someone who's just died, and sense their final moments. Naren Shanker (Star Trek, Farscape) is on board, and Ridley Scott and Tony Scott are both producing.

The Wild, Wild West. From Ron Moore and former Star Trek/Farscape writer Naren Shankar, comes this update/remake of the old 1960s steampunky series about a version of the Wild West with tons of gadgets and weird tech. Not to be confused with the Will Smith movie.

The CW:

In the pipeline:

Awakening. Two sisters deal with their relationship while battling a zombie outbreak. Could be fun.


Chloe. A female con artist dies, and then returns to Earth as a "divine covert operator." Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Marti Noxon is producing.

Heavenly. An attorney teams up with — wait for it — a former angel, and they run a legal aid clinic together. The attorney saves people's butts, while the angel saves their souls.

Raven. The DC Comics character, a former member of the New Teen Titans, goes out on her own. Raven is the daughter of a demon and a human, and she has the ability to read people's emotions and discover their secrets. She fights evil and the darkness in her own soul.


Secret Circle. A California teenager moves to Salem, her mom's hometown, and discovers that her mom is a witch. Sarah Craft and Elizabeth Fain (Reaper, Dollhouse) are producing.

Spirits. Three young women solve paranormal mysteries.

Untitled Kevin Williamson Project. A group of people solve paranormal mysteries. Hopefully they don't run into the gang from Spirits, that would be embarrassing.


Actually filming a pilot:

Alcatraz. The new J.J. Abrams weird-fest. A group of prisoners and guards disappear from the notorious island prison 30 years ago, and then reappear in the present day. Time travel? Astral projection? We'll find out!

Locke & Key. Based on the Joe Hill comic, this series follows a family who tries to rebuild by moving with their dead father's brother, in a house that turns out to have supernatural doorways. Steven Spielberg, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are all producing, and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) is the head writer. Miranda Otto is starring. Here's hoping!

Terra Nova. This doesn't really belong on this list, since the pilot's reportedly airing this May. But this show starts next fall anyway — it's Steven Spielberg's time-travel show about a group of colonists from the future who go back to the dinosaur era. Brannon Braga (Star Trek) is the showrunner.


Touch. Tim Kring's first show since Heroes. A man discovers that his mute, autistic son can predict the future.

In the pipeline:

Magical Law. Another show set in a world where magic and the supernatural are real. This show follows both cops and attorneys having to deal with supernatural beings and magical occurrences, and all of the weird legal issues that crop up with them. Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) is producing, and there are penalties if this doesn't get made.


Smokers. This is the show makes us want to send peanuts to the network to get them to make the freakin pilot already. It's a show about a group of blue-collar heroes who go in and eliminate alien threats in deep space, and it's from the mind of Brian K. Vaughn, writer of Y: The Last Man! Why isn't this on our screens NOW?

Splitting Adams. A young prosecutor finds herself caught between two alternate realities — one in which she's a prosecutor, one in which she's the woman on trial.

Untitled Rick Eid Project. They should just keep that title for this show, it's catchy. Basically, a prosecutor suddenly develops the supernatural ability to tell if the defendant is innocent or guilty. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek and a million other things) are producing.


Actually filming a pilot:

17th Precinct. This is the "Harry Potter police drama" from Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore. It's a world where magic works instead of science, and we follow a group of cops who deal with supernatural crimes.


Grimm. A cop show about characters from Grimm's Fairy Tales. And yes, this is about the 100th paranormal/fairy tale cop show we've listed for this fall. This one comes from David Greenwalt, who helped create Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then produced Angel's spin-off show.

Wonder Woman. From David E. Kelley comes this newly relevant imagining of Wonder Woman as a business woman who occasionally fights crime. See our post earlier today for details.

In the pipeline:

Dark Tower. This would be the television companion to the movie trilogy by Ron Howard et al., adapting the Stephen King books. Possibly the biggest epic ever to be created on TV or movies.


Echelon. Another paranormal procedural, this time about a team called GHOST (Global Hierarchical Observation Strategy Taskforce) who investigate supernatural occurrences.

Emerald City. It's a reimagining of the Wizard of Oz, only in the present-day, in New York.

Ghost Angeles. A young woman starts seeing dead people, who help her deal with her life. (This show has a penalty if they don't make it, so a pilot order is likely.)


Guardians. Guardian angels live among us, but they're disguised as Starbucks baristas, and they help customers who come into Starbucks. (What do they do if you don't tip? I'm scared to find out.)

Mars Direct. Not much is known about this show, but it's a drama about the first mission to Mars.

The Munsters. A new show from Pushing Daisies' Bryan Fuller! It's a reimagining of the classic 1960s show about the domestic lives of monsters. Too bad it's not the Addams Family.

Rest. Heroes' Milo Ventimiglia would probably star in this series about a workaholic who takes an experimental drug that eliminates the need for sleep. It's based on a comic book co-created by Ventimiglia.


Sand Men. A team of dream cops enters your dreams to help conquer your nightmares. No, seriously. They're called the Sleep and Nightmare division. Do they need a warrant? Does the Fourth Amendment apply? So many questions.

Zombies Vs. Vampires. Amazing title. And it gets even better — there are two cops, and one of them is secretly a vampire. And the two of them get assigned to a special police squad that deals with zombie-related crimes.

Sources: Futon Critic, Variety and EW

Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta.