NBC orders sci-fi pilots with robots, magic teens and The Munsters

The Munsters are coming back, but not as funnyBy Kathie Huddleston, Source: Blastr.com

NBC is going seriously sci-fi these days and it’s working on several new pilots to prove it. The ratings-challenged network released the official descriptions for five pilots and promised that more would be coming our way.

While we won’t bother with the Sarah Silverman description, the rest of the shows feature mechanical human beings (as in robots?), a dramatic version of The Munsters, a comedy about a middle-class family with a magical teen, and a woman who creates miracles.

We don’t know if NBC is going to finally come up with a great new series or two out of the bunch, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed. Here’s the descriptions:

Beautiful People is an imaginative and thematically rich ensemble “what if” drama set 10 minutes in the future where families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population — that is until some of the mechanicals begin to “awaken.” Michael McDonald (Cougar Town, MADtv) is the writer and executive producer, Robert M. Sertner (Revenge, No Ordinary Family) is the executive producer and Stephen Hopkins (Californication, Shameless) directs the pilot. Beautiful People is from Universal Television and ABC Studios.

From writer-executive producer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes), The Munsters is an imaginative reinvention of The Munsters as a visually spectacular one-hour drama from Universal Television. Bryan Singer (X-Men: First Class, House) is the director of the pilot and an executive producer; John Wirth (Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles) also is an executive producer.

Isabel is a comedy centering on an otherwise normal middle-class family that wrestles with the challenges of everyday life while raising a daughter (Sophia Mitri Schloss, Grimm) who has magical abilities. Abigail Mavity and Skyler Gisondo also star. Howard Busgang (The Closer, Boy Meets World) and Tom Nursall (Single White Spenny) are the executive producers and writers. Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle) directs the pilot and is an executive producer. Karey Burke (Free Agents), Aaron Kaplan (Terra Nova) and Jocelyn Deschenes also are executive producers. Isabel is produced by Universal Television, Kapital Entertainment and Sphere Media.

Save Me (cast contingent) — A woman who lets herself go while in a broken marriage goes through a transformation where she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles along the way. The single-camera project is from Sony Television and Original Film & Television. John Scott Shepherd (The Days) is the writer-executive producer and Scott Winant (Breaking Bad, True Blood, Californication) is the director and executive producer. Neal Moritz (The Big C, Prison Break) and Vivian Cannon (The Big C) also are executive producers.

Are any of these worthy?

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