A.P. BIO Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Television/Broadway Video
TEAM: Mike O’Brien (w, ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Seth Meyers (ep), Andrew Singer (ep), Michael Showmaker (ep), Osmany Rodriguez (d)
LOGLINE: When a philosophy scholar loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher, he makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, he decides instead to use the kids to his own benefit.
CAST: Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Aparna Brielle, Jacob McCarthy, Nick Peine, Vanessa Bayer (guest on pilot)
CHAMPIONS Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal TV/Kaling International/3 Arts Entertainment
TEAM: Charlie Grandy (w, ep), Mindy Kaling (w, ep), Howard Klein (ep), Michael Alan Spiller (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Vince is a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when Vince’s teenage son is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya, one of his old high school flings.
CAST: Anders Holm, Andy Favreau, J.J. Totah, Mouzam Makkar, Nina Wadia, Mindy Kaling (recurring)
RELATIVELY HAPPY Not going forward
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Max Mutchnick (w, ep), Jeff Astrof (w, ep), James Burrows (d, ep)
LOGLINE: An adult brother and sister wind up living together for the first time since they were kids, after one of them suffers a big loss. They become each other’s wingmen, shoulder to cry on, best friend and punching bag as they navigate love, loss and work while helping to get each other “un-stuck.”
CAST: Jon Rudnitsky, Genevieve Angelson, Jane Lynch, Diona Reasonover, Derek Gaines
THE SACKETT SISTERS
STUDIO: Universal TV/Little Stranger/3 Arts Entertainment
TEAM: Luke Del Tredici (w, ep), Tina Fey (ep), Robert Carlock (ep), David Miner (ep)
LOGLINE: Two estranged sisters perform a Sully Sullenberger-esque act of public heroism, then are forced to navigate their newfound notoriety together.
CAST: Busy Philipps, Bradley Whitford, Casey Wilson
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Doozer
TEAM: Adam Sztykiel (w, ep), Bill Lawrence (ep), Jeff Ingold (ep), Ruben Fleischer (d)
LOGLINE: Follows a working-class genius and his struggles to fit in with an established team, all made more difficult when their job is building a rocket to Mars.
CAST: Brett Goldstein, Miranda Cosgrove, Donald Faison, Ken Kirby, Matt Shively, Christine Woods
UNTITLED KOURTNEY KANG PROJECT (single camera)
Not going forward
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Fierce Baby
TEAM: Kourtney Kang (w, ep), Nahnatchka Khan (ep), Mandy Summers (ep), Fred Savage (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Explores what it’s like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world issues like race and gender while never losing focus of her life goal: to become a Laker Girl like her idol, Paula Abdul.
CAST: Isabella Russo, Kenneth Choi, Rebecca Creskoff, Ben Taylor, Cade Izuno, Paula Abdul
WHAT ABOUT BARB?
Not going forward
STUDIO: ABC Studios
TEAM: Joe Port (w, ep), Joe Wiseman (w, ep)
LOGLINE: A psychotherapist tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process. Female-led reboot of 1991 movie.
CAST: Leah Remini, Jessica Gunning, Ben Lawson, Eddie Shun
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal TV/Keshet Studios
TEAM: Dean Georgaris (w, ep), Matt Corman (ep, sr), Chris Ord (ep, sr), Peter Traugott (ep), Avi Nir (ep), Alon Shtruzman (ep), Rachel Kaplan (ep), Brad Anderson (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes. While DIA Deputy Director Patricia Campbell and her team of analysts wield the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., Adam Dalton and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.
CAST: Anne Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas, Tate Ellington, Natacha Karam, Demetrius Grosse, Noah Mills, Hadi Tabbal
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal TV/Amblin
TEAM: Jenna Bans (w, ep), Avi Nir (ep), Dean Parisot (d, ep), Jeannine Renshaw (ep)
LOGLINE: Three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back.
CAST: Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Izzy Stannard, Matthew Lillard
LAW & ORDER: TRUE CRIME – THE MENENDEZ MURDERS ()
Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Universal Television/Wolf Entertainment
TEAM: Rene Balcer (w, ep), Dick Wolf (ep), Peter Jankowski (ep), Arthur W. Forney (ep), Lesli Linka Glatter (d)
LOGLINE: Focuses on Lyle and Erik Menendez, brothers who killed their parents in 1989, claiming they had suffered a lifetime of abuse from them. After a mistrial and deadlocked juries — there was one trial but two separate juries, one for each brother — the young men later were re-tried and convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.
CAST: Edie Falco, Gus Halper, Miles Gaston Villanueva
STUDIO: Universal TV/David Janollari Entertainment
TEAM: Shaun Cassidy (w, ep), Kelly Sue DeConnick (w, ep), David Janollari (ep), Jason Ensler (d)
LOGLINE: A pair of former operatives get reactivated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives.
CAST: Hannah Ware, Jerod Haynes, Greg Germann, Alan Powell, Tommy Flanagan, Rodney To
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Television/Amblin Television
TEAM: Mickey Fisher (w, ep, sr), Brooklyn Weaver (ep), Darryl Frank (ep), Justin Falvey (d, ep), Jaume Collet-Serra (d)
LOGLINE: A former detective specializing in human behavior is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.
CAST: Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Kathryn Morris
RISE Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal TV/True Jack Productions/Seller Suarez Productions
TEAM: Jason Katims (w, ep), Michelle Lee (ep), Jeffrey Seller (ep), Flody Suarez (ep), Mike Cahill (d, ep)
LOGLINE: When dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. Inspired by Lou Volpe as chronicled in the book Drama High.
CAST: Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Marley Shelton, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Amy Forsyth, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Casey Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett, Shirley Rumierk
STUDIO: Sony TV
TEAM: Warren Leight (w, ep), Paul Haggis (ep), Charles McDougall (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Real-time “extreme event” medical series follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough’s last viable trauma center after a catastrophic hurricane wreaks havoc on the city. On a holiday weekend with few doctors on call, the medical staff will be pushed to make the most difficult life-and-death choices as they work to save their patients and themselves.
CAST: Rachel Griffiths, Paola Lazaro, Matthew James Thomas, Nikki M. James, JJ Feild, Latarsha Rose, Jamie McShane