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Pilot Season Trends: Thirtysomethings, Dysfunction and Adaptations

January 28, 2013

After a deluge of pilot orders that brought the network pilot count to nearly 50 on Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter took a closer look at what, and who, was faring particularly well thus far this season. Among the trends: more adaptations -- from books, plays or even blogs -- as well as thirtysomething characters, dysfunctional themes and semi-autobiographical story lines.

What’s Old Is New Again

In a bid for built-in brand equity and proven plot lines, the latest crop of pilots again is heavy on adaptations. At least 15 efforts -- or nearly a third of those pilots already ordered -- have their roots in books (see Bill Lawrence’s I Suck at Girls effort at Fox), movies (CBS’ Beverly Hills Cop from Shawn Ryan), plays (NBC’s Assistance from Bachelorette's Leslye Headland), graphic novels (NBC’s The Sixth Gun from Lost’s Carlton Cuse) and overseas series (CBS’ Backstrom from Bones’ Hart Hanson). And that doesn’t include the two spinoffs -- from NCIS: LA and The Vampire Diaries) that are in contention at CBS and the CW, respectively. Read More