Next week marks the start of the upfronts, when television networks unveil their upcoming schedules and make their pitch to advertisers with an official big reveal, including ranging levels of celebrity and relatively fancy parties. While a number of questions about next fall's primetime lineup still remain, Fox has jumped the gun with the shows it is (and isn't) pushing next season, and NBC has already shot down hopes and dreams of eager executive producers, so there's early word on those stars who will and will not be taking up your TV screen later in 2013. The Hollywood Reporter has updated its list of pilots for checking in on all developments, but we've decided to let you know which types of famous faces you'll be encountering.
Celebrities You Will See Next Season (on Fox)
Seth MacFarlane Acolytes: Yes, he's getting hard to avoid nowadays. The problematic Oscar host—who may be back again next year—has another show going to series. He's the executive producer of Dads, which stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as two guys whose fathers move back in with them. The fathers will be played by Martin Mull and Peter Riegert.
(Some) People Who've Already Been On Successful Series: Did you miss Rory Gilmore? The mom from Malcolm in the Middle? Detective Elliot Stabler? Well, they're about to be back. The first two, Alexis Bledel and Jane Kaczmarek—along with Parenthood's Jason Ritter—are starring in Us & Them, an adaptation of the BBC's Gavin & Stacey. The latter, Christopher Meloni, will be featured in a comedy from the Shit My Dad Says guy titled Surviving Jack, based on his book I Suck at Girls.
Sorta Movie Stars: At last, Greg Kinnear gets his chance to hold down a TV drama—this time as a lawyer in Rake—while Andy Samberg will abandon his post-SNL movie career for a cop comedy from Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur.
Star Trek descendants: The man who plays Bones in Star Trek, Karl Urban, will beam onto screens in another J.J. Abrams project, this one a cop-robot drama called Almost Human. And Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have created a new take on Washington Irving for Sleepy Hollow.
RZA: Yup, Wu-Tang's RZA plays a Task Force member taking on gangs in Gang Related.
Celebrities You Will Not See Next Season (on Fox and NBC)
Soon-to-Be-Former Stars of The Office: The future isn't looking so bright for some Office veterans who were hoping to jump to new things now that the longtime comedy has wrapped. (The series finale is next Thursday, in case you hadn't heard, or cared in a couple years.) Fox has said no to The Gabriels, a comedy staring Angela Kinsey, while NBC has denied Ellie Kemper the chance at her own show by passing over Brenda Forever.
Julia Roberts's Niece: The Y.A. adaptation series Delirium, about a world where love is illegal and starring Emma Roberts, will not get the Fox treatment.
(Other) People Who Have Already Been on Successful Series: Sorry, Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman, Fox will not take your assassin drama with Anthony LaPaglia. And Jesse L. Martin did not score the former Law & Order detective jackpot as NBC decided it was a no-go on his drama The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives.
Hatfields, McCoys: Despite the success of History's Hatfields and McCoys miniseries, an NBC drama executive-produced by Charlize Theron and starring Rebecca De Mornay will not perpetuate the feud.
(Stay tuned to the Wire's Upfront Central for the latest on all the new shows all week long.)
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