BLACK MONDAY (for 2019; fka Ball Street)
Picked up to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV Studios/Showtime
TEAM: David Caspe (w, ep, sr), Jordan Cahan (w, ep, sr), Seth Rogen (d, ep), Evan Goldberg (d, ep)
LOGLINE: October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday – saw the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. No one knows who caused it, until now. A group of outsiders takes on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and end up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party and the glass ceiling.
CAST: Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Yassir Lester, Michael James Scott, Eugene Cordero, Casey Wilson (recurring), Ken Marino (guest), Kurt Braunohler (guest), Kadeem Hardison (guest), Bruce Dern (guest), Melissa Rauch (guest), Horatio Sanz (guest), Julie Hagerty (guest), Vanessa Bell Callowa (guest), Tim Russ (guest), Jason Michael Snow (guest)
Ordered straight to series; 10 episodesSTUDIO:
TEAM: Dave Holstein (w, ep, sr), Michel Gondry (d, ep), Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente (ep), Raffi Adlan (ep), Michael Aguilar (ep)
LOGLINE: Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, is an icon of children’s television who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire. But when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
CAST: Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella, Judy Greer
THE WRONG MANS (single camera)
Ordered straight to seriesSTUDIOS: Bad Robot Productions/Warner Bros TV/BBC Studios
TEAM: James Corden (w, ep), Matthew Baynton (w, ep), Ian Maxtone-Graham (w, ep), Jim Field Smith (d, ep), J.J. Abrams (ep), Ben Stephenson (ep), Ben Schwartz (p)
LOGLINE: Two ordinary office workers have their menial existence turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity: “If you are not here by 5 o’clock, we will kill your wife.” As the only people who can help, these two unlikely characters must find their inner hero in their quest to save not just themselves but their loved ones and ultimately their whole town. Based on the British series.
CAST: Ben Schwartz, Jillian Bell
CITY ON A HILL
Picked up to series; 10 episodes for 2019
STUDIO: Showtime/Pearl Street
TEAM: Tom Fontana (w, ep, sr), Chuck MacLean (w), Ben Affleck (ep), Matt Damon (ep), Jennifer Todd (ep), James Mangold (ep), Michael Cuesta (d, ep), Kevin Bacon (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Set in Boston in the early 1990s when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies, in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it all suddenly was changed by what was called the “Boston Miracle.” An African-American district dttorney comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo.
CAST: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman, Jere Shea, Kevin Dunn (recurring)
HALO (for 2019; working title)
Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Showtime, Amblin Television, Microsoft/343 Industiries
TEAM: Kyle Killen (w, ep, sr), Rupert Wyatt (d, ep), Scott Pennington (ep), Justin Falvey (ep), Darryl Frank (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Based on Xbox video game franchise
Limited series; five episodes
STUDIO: Showtime/Sky Atlantic/Two Cities Television
TEAM: David Nicholls (w), Michael Jackson (ep), Rachael Horovitz (ep), Benedict Cumberbatch (ep), Adam Ackland (ep), Edward Berger (d)
LOGLINE: Follows Patrick Melrose’s life from his horribly abusive youth at the hands of his father and the mother who tacitly condones the behavior to the outrageous playboy he becomes and the struggles he endures to defy the damage of his own past. Each episode is devoted to one of Edward St. Aubyn’s five semiautobiographical novels.
CAST: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving
PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS
Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Desert Wolf Productions
TEAM: John Logan (w, ep), Michael Aguilar (ep), Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris (ep), James Bagley (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Described as a spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. The series is rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the devil.
CAST: Daniel Zovatto
STUDIO: Showtime/Sony Pictures Television
TEAM: Eileen Myers (ep), Sian Heder (d, ep), Deb Spera (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in a small town in Central Florida, a place where beauty pageants, gun culture, Cuban revolutionaries and Southern hospitality co-exist and collide. And at the center of it all is Macy Dunleavy, a curvy, sexy, unapologetic high school dropout who is finding her womanhood and is ready to seize a big opportunity.
CAST: Lily Mae Harrington, Kim Dickens, Michael Mosley, Jon Foster, Joshua Mikel, Keith Machekanyanga, Spencer Howell
UNTITLED ROGER AILES PROJECT
Ordered straight to limited series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Blumhouse Television/Showtime
TEAM: Tom McCarthy (w, ep), Gabriel Sherman (w), Jason Blum (ep), Russell Crowe (ep), Alex Metcalf (ep), Marci Wiseman (ep), Jeremy Gold (ep), Liza Chasin (ep), Kari Skogland (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Follows the sordid allegations of sexual harassment that prompted the Fox News to fire its founder and chairman Roger Ailes ouster from the conservative news organization. Based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestseller The Loudest Voice in the Room and his extensive reporting for New York magazine.
CAST: Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney, Annabelle Wallis, Aleksa Palladino