Two More Pilots Nixed

Two More Pilots Nixed

Two more pilots were considering filming at Cinespace in Chicago if they were to receive a series order. Unfortunately, as of today, we’ve received word that neither survived the network cut. Here’s a little more about these two pilots…

THE RETURN OF BABYLON FIELDS: A pilot that was originally developed six years ago at CBS was brought back from the dead for NBC and now will apparently be returning to its grave. Oscar nom Virginia Madsen co-starred opposite Meagan Good and Kyle Schmid in the NBC drama pilot BABYLON FIELDS, from Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta and Michael Atkinson. In this pilot, “the dead return to earth in an attempt to restore old wounds” (plot as listed on IMDB). Madsen played Rhonda Wunch, CDC scientist Thomas Wunch’s (played by Schmid) mother who is close to her son and wants him to stay home in Babylon. Rounding out the pilot’s cast were Ritchie Coster as Ernie Wunch, Thomas’ father and Rhonda’s husband, a former cop who most people thought ran away to Daytona, and Yul Vazquez as Chief of Police Matt Conte. More about BABYLON FIELDS here.

MEET CLEMENTINE: The other pilot eyeing Chicago for its series run was executive produced for ABC by Mark Gordon and directed by Emmy winner Michael Dinner. CLEMENTINE centered on Clementine Ross (played by Australian actress Sarah Snook), a troubled 28-year-old psychic who sees her life begin to change in unexpected ways when she decides to stop running from her past. Supporting cast included JUSTIFIED star Mykelti Williamson as Ray, a hard-working, recently divorced detective with the Philadelphia Police Department, and Oscar nom David Strathairn as Clementine’s father. The CLEMENTINE pilot was filmed in Toronto, more about CLEMENTINE here.

By the way, Chicagoans should all be big fans of Michael Dinner. Mr. Dinner has fought to bring quite a few pilots and series to Chicago, including THE BEAST and MOB DOCTOR, both of which filmed their sole season here. Mr. Dinner also developed the FX pilot POWERS in Chicago; while the pilot didn’t receive a series order, apparently there’s a chance this piece might finally air as a TV movie later this year.

As always, I’ll keep you posted!

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.