NBC has ordered pilots from The Office crew Greg Daniels and Craig Robinson, as well as one starring Party Down‘s Ken Marino. Meanwhile, HBO has asked for Togetherness from Mark and Jay Duplass (Jeff, Who Lives At Home).
So, I admit it; I watched Once Upon A Time last night, and really enjoyed it. It’s not for everyone – Anyone who has a problem with the idea of turning fairy tales into what is essentially supernatural soap opera, this really isn’t the show for you – but there was something in particular about the show that made me think that it could be the Next Big Thing to influence genre TV to come… and that, weirdly enough, it may be the first piece of post-Lost genre drama on mainstream television.
The arrival of summer doesn’t signal a drought of genre television series. Spinoff Online offers a rundown of science fiction, fantasy and horror viewing for the Dog Days, from True Blood and The Phantom to Futurama and The Venture Bros.
ABC will unleash the supernatural on the suburbs this summer with The Gates, a crime drama that appears to be equal parts Eureka, Cape Wrath/Meadowlands and Durham County — with a sprinkling of vampires and werewolves.