The Horror Honeys: The Horror Honeys Do Pilot Season ~ NBC

The Horror Honeys Do Pilot Season ~ NBC



The 2015-16 TV season isn't even over yet, but the 2016-17 pilot season is already heating up, and horror television is hotter than ever. Every major cable network has at least one horror or sci-fi based TV show in their potential roster, so the Honeys decided to take a peek at each one, then rate its odds of getting picked up, as well its odds of survival if it does (on a scale of 1-5).

This episode, we're going through the potential genre pick-ups on NBC!




Midnight, Texas ~ Oh, NBC. We love your enthusiasm. We really do. But your attempts at horror television are way more miss (Dracula, Fear Itself) than hit (Hannibal), and when they do hit, you don't commit. So to think that this series based on True Blood author Charlaine Harris' three-book collection is going to even make it to air might be pushing it. It doesn't help that early buzz on the small town supernatural drama has been really negative.

Linnie's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 3
Odds of Survival ~ 1: Sorry, Charlaine. But this just sounds like another version of True Blood, without any of the promise of male nudity that kept me coming back to Bon Temps. I'm not interested, and I don't think anyone else will be either.

Kat's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 3
Odds of Survival ~ 1: I'm highly pessimistic on this one. If you don't have anything unique to hook viewers back into a series that most feel betrayed them in the end? Sorry about it. 

UPDATE ~ After we wrote this, NBC picked up Midnight, Texas despite the negative buzz on the pilot. From what Variety said, this show is starting to sound like a soapy Nightbreed, so odds of survival are probably still slim.

Only one will be returning... surprise surprise.
Cruel Intentions ~ Given the popularity of nostalgia reboots at the moment, this one is a guaranteed pickup. Add on that the film's original star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, is first on the call sheet, and you have a built-in audience in a generation of people for whom Cruel Intentions was their introduction to the erotic thriller. NBC will be banking on the nostalgia watch, as well the CW crowd, who might turn in for the soapy potential. But will this hook the older crowd? Doubtful.

Linnie's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 5
Odds of Survival ~ 3: This one is really hard to gauge. Personally, I hated the movie, so I don't see myself watching. And the nostalgia boom is currently getting a bit of pushback, so are there enough people in love with the movie to keep this on the air, especially when SMG is the only original in the mix? I'm not seeing it lasting beyond a season, two max. Worst case scenario... this could be the first show cancelled if their nostalgia ploy backfires.

Kat's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 4
Odds of Survival ~ 4: This IS a hard one. I'm in a minority of teens who didn't swoon over Ryan Phillipe, and I honestly have no love for SMG, so I don't know where this will fall. I have a feeling it will get multiple seasons, but it really depends on where they sway their programming focus (teens or their moms) that will determine how it hits. 

UPDATE: Well kids, NBC had their upfronts and there was nothing about Cruel Intentions mentioned. According to E! News, the show is still in contention, but they're just trying to figure out how it fits into their fall schedule. To us, that sounds like a big old "adios" to NBC's attempt to tap into a teen audience. Now the question is... will another network pick it up?

Either/or/both... We're happy.
The Blacklist Spin-Off ~ You may be asking why we're including this crime procedural on our genre list. Because it stars genre icon Famke Janssen, that's why, yo! The Blacklist has been extremely popular among horror fans, both because of star James Spader and the show's extremely dark and gory approach to international crime. So a spin-off in which guest star Janssen gets her own opportunity to fight crime could be amazing. Details are totally under wraps at this point, so right now, it's just a waiting game.

Linnie's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 5
Odds of Survival ~ 5: NBC knows how to work their spin-offs (The Chicago series dominates the network, with another addition already greenlit for the fall), so there is no question this show would carry fans over and survive, especially for those who SPOILER ALERT are grieving the death of Liz.

Kat's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 5
Odds of Survival ~ 5: The Blacklist is amazing, there's no denying. Famke is in need of somewhat of a more substantial hit, Hemlock Grove was kind of meh in the end and honeybee looked bored the whole way through. Plus, let's not forget that she's been rudely shoved over for X-Men... we're watching, Famke, you fucking show them. Love you.

MORE UPDATE: The Blacklist spin-off, titled The Blacklist: Redemption, has been ordered! ROCK ON, FAMKE!


NOTE: not an actual shot from Timeless
Timeless ~ Another time travel show, but this one from the creators of Supernatural and The Shield. According to Variety, "Time follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results." While the plot feels familiar, NBC committed to the pilot based on the script, so there must be something there. But after Heroes Reborn, The Event, and various other sci-fi event series... it's hard to be optimistic. 

Linnie's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 5
Odds of Survival ~ 2: Again, without knowing anything, it's hard to say for sure. But NBC and sci-fi aren't great bedfellows, so unless this stars a newly jobless Stana Katic and Chris Evans, I'm not holding out hope.

Kat's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 5
Odds of Survival ~ 2: No hoverboards, no hope. I'm personally not a fan of watching a bunch of idiots make their way through complex situations thanks to luck and better supporting characters than they deserve, which is the only way a storyline like this moves forward... so, without knowing anything... I'm already checked out. 


UPDATE: After we wrote this, NBC did, indeed, pick-up Timeless with a straight-to-series order. So now it's just a matter of survival.

In addition to a series based on the Taken films, a DC workplace comedy (yup), and a collection of sitcoms, NBC has a seriously eclectic crop of new shows in contention for the '16-'17 pilot season. But what will actually make it to air? That remains to be seen.


Next Up: Fox! 



(Source: Variety)