Every network has a mandate and a current agenda that you can't always figure out from what's on the air now. They may have all procedurals and feel they need something else. They may have all procedurals and, really, they don't want anything else. A good agent has his or her ear to the ground and can tell you where they're at. Here's some intel I've got -- what's yours?
CBS: I am told they've pretty much decided that cop procedurals work for them and they don't want anything else. Guy with a special ability, ass-kicking chick cop, they solve crimes. Embrace it, love it.
SyFy: "no hardware." They want character based shows that have one element that allow them to be considered SF or F. Key word is "relatable." Sounds like more MEDIUM than BATTLESTAR.
FX: Male-oriented. If anything, more visceral than HBO. Hard drama with deep emotional underpinnings.
USA: Their slogan is "characters wanted." They seem to mostly want male characters. Nothing too heavy. They have a spy who solves mysteries, a con artist who solves mysteries, a blind guy who solves mysteries...
Fox: "anti-authority" "attitude" "off-beat" "subversive" FWIW.
NBC: Insert snippy comment here.
SyFy: It goes further than that: nothing in space. If it's got spaceships, don't even bother pitching it. (Unless you're one of the big guys and you can do whatever you want.) They want soft sci-fi, essentially, shows that don't immediately turn off female viewers.
FX: Morally-questionable characters.
USA: Must be procedural.
ABC: They've been looking for procedurals that work for their audience (they've supported Castle, which is growing, and 187 Detroit was their first drama pilot pick-up this year).
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