We read all the scripts, now we’re watching all the pilots. SSN brings you our insight on the hot new pilots of the upcoming TV season as we watch the screeners and report back to you.


ABC Comedy
Premieres Fall 2013

Executive Producers: Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins (Family Tools, Private Practice), Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky (The Office)
Director: Jason Moore (Film: Pitch Perfect, TV: Brothers & Sisters, One Tree Hill)
Writers: Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins (Family Tools, Private Practice)
Cast: Malin Ackerman, Bradley Whitford, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins

trophy-wife-tv-show stillLogline: Single-camera comedy about a (somewhat) reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) who becomes Pete’s (Bradley Whitford) third wife. She falls into his arms (literally) at a karaoke bar and a year later, Kate’s got an insta-family with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense doctor and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Gianna LePera) and Warren (Ryan Scott Lee). Diane is quick to convey her disapproval of Kate’s barely-working maternal instinct. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted eight year old son, Bert (Albert Tsai), and pushes Pete’s buttons with her neurotic, new-ageyness. Rounding out the bunch: Kate’s best friend Meg (Natalie Morales), who is still single and the only woman Kate knows with less experience with kids than her.

SSN Insight: Malin Ackerman nails this role. She’s bright, sexy and crazy funny which immediately makes the show a cut above the average family sitcom. Bradley Whitford is the equivalent of TV comfort food: it’s always good to see him in a show (we still love him from his West Wing days as Josh Lyman and the short-lived FOX comedy The Good Guys) and he grounds this show with just enough gravitas as a dutiful husband and father. His trademark wry delivery is also very much in effect here. Marcia Gay Harden is perfectly cast as the all-knowing ex-wife who has clear disdain for Pete’s hotter, younger wife. This pilot made us laugh out loud and we look forward to more family nuttiness in the fall.

Diane Gordon

Diane Gordon is a TV industry veteran who knows how and why shows get made. She loves to watch TV and talk about it with anyone who will listen. A passionate supporter of writers, Gordon’s point of view is savvy, smart, and informed. Gordon covers TV-related events and has also moderated for the Paley Center for Media.

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