TEAM: Whitney Cummings (w, ep), Jenny Bicks (w, ep), Tom Werner (ep), Jimmy Miller (ep), Maureen Dowd (ep)
LOGLINE: A comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior. Inspired by Maureen Dowd’s 2005 book.
CAST: Whitney Cummings, John Ratzenberger, Brett Goldstein, Lucy Punch, Krystal Smith, Jen Tullock
Picked up to series
TEAM: Bill Hader (w, d, ep), Alec Berg (w, ep)
LOGLINE: An ex-Marine who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest is lonely and dissatisfied in his life. He begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene.
CAST: Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, Gene Cousineau, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler
Picked up to series
TEAM: Judd Apatow (d, ep), Pete Holmes (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Semi-autobiographical project about a sweet, wholesome comedian who, after his wife leaves him, has nowhere to stay but on the couches of New York’s finest comics.
CAST: Pete Holmes
THE GORBURGER SHOW
STUDIO: 3 Arts/Funny or Die/Party Over Here
TEAM: T.J. Miller (w, ep), Josh Martin (w, ep, d), Ryan McNeely (w, ep, d), Dave Becky (ep), Sean Boyle (ep), Mike Farah (ep), Akiva Schaffer (ep), Jorma Taccone (ep)
LOGLINE: A giant blue space monster invades a Japanese morning talk show and holds its staff hostage as he attempts to understand what it means to be human by interviewing celebrities, musicians and cultural icons.
CAST: T.J. Miller
TEAM: Lena Dunham (d, ep), Murray Miller (w, ep), Jenni Konner (ep), Ilene Landress (ep)
LOGLINE: Described as a raucous comedy set in 1963 about the struggles of second-wave feminism, centered on an ambitious magazine writer, Maxine Woodruff, looking for liberation.
CAST: Zoe Kazan, Cary Elwes, Mary Birdsong
UNTITLED LUCY PREBBLE
TEAM: Lucy Prebble (w, ep), Sarah Silverman (ep), Ash Atalla (ep), Amy Zvi (ep), Dan Hine (ep), Charlie McDowell (d)
LOGLINE: A pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis.
CAST: Sarah Silverman, Jack Davenport, Kerri Kenney, Mark Cohen
Picked up to series
TEAM: David Simon (w, ep), George Pelecanos (w, ep), Michelle MacLaren (d, ep), Richard Price (ep), James Franco (ep), Nina K. Noble (ep), Megan Abbott (w), Lisa Lutz (w)
LOGLINE: Named for 42nd Street, the project follows the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. It explores the rough-and-tumble world that existed in Midtown Manhattan until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market all ended the bawdy turbulence.
CAST: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Dominique Fishback
TEAM: K’naan Warsame (w, d, ep), Kathryn Bigelow (ep), Carolyn Strauss (ep)
LOGLINE: Family drama grapples with what it means to be American – among the Somalis of Minneapolis.
CAST: Elvis Nolasco, K.C. Collins, Rif Hutton, Ezana Alem, Hanad Abdirahman Abdi, Selam Tadese, Prince Abdi, Yusra Warsama, Liya Kebede
Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
TEAM: Marti Noxon (w, ep, sr), Jean-Marc Vallée (d, ep), Gillian Flynn (w, ep), Jason Blum (ep), Charles Layton (ep), Jessica Rhoades (ep), Nathan Ross (ep)
LOGLINE: Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, reporter Camille Preaker must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. Based on the 2006 book by Gillian Flynn.
CAST: Amy Adams
TEAM: Jesse Armstrong (w, ep) Adam McKay (d, ep), Will Ferrell (ep), Frank Rich (ep), Kevin Messick (ep), Ilene S. Landress (ep)
LOGLINE: Saga of a fictional American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful but also powerfully dysfunctional. It explores family loyalty, international business and the perils of power in the 21st century.
CAST: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Hiam Abbass, Alan Ruck, Rob Yang, Parker Sawyers, Peter Friedman
UNTITLED ALAN BALL
Ordered straight to series
TEAM: Alan Ball (w, ep), Peter Macdissi (ep)
LOGLINE: A tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today, it focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot. Is it mental illness? Or something else?
CAST: Holly Hunter
STUDIO: Universal Television/True Jack Productions
TEAM: Jason Katims (w, ep), Michelle Lee (ep)
LOGLINE: A sweeping examination of the often baffling, sometimes unexpected but ultimately heart-wrenching ways love and human connection can be found today through a vast web of seemingly unconnected people.