From Westerns to Pirates to Alien Cops: The TV Dramas in Development for Fall 2012

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Much like the lather-rinse-repeat shampoo circle of life, so too is the TV business in a never-ending cycle of building up, disintegrating, and rebuilding all over again. And now, with the networks' new fall shows not even two months old, and some already vanished down the drain, execs are already on the hunt for new prime-time shows to start all over again with next fall. Right now, we're somewhere in the middle of the never-ending development process: Networks have heard a slew of pitches and have asked hundreds of writers to flesh out their ideas via pilot scripts. Soon, we'll get word on which ideas impressed the suits enough to merit the production of a pilot episode. But for now, TV execs are brimming with possibility, with all manner of crazy concepts and out-there ideas still legitimate contenders for the 2012-13 TV season. As we did last year, Vulture has read over various network tracking reports and media accounts, picked out some of the most interesting ideas, and divided them all into categories both common (crime shows, reboots) and otherwise (pirate adventures and Westerns). (This list is hardly complete: There are literally hundreds of scripts in the networks' hoppers right now, and they'll keep buying new ones through at least Thanksgiving.) This year, we're breaking things up — we'll hit all the drama scripts today, and tomorrow bring you the comedies. But the caveat we cited last year remains: Don't get too excited (or exasperated) by what you read below. Most of these projects will soon be as moribund as Rick Santorum's presidential campaign. Or How to Be a Gentleman.

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