BRIARPATCHPicked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/Paramount Television
TEAM: Andy Greenwald (w, ep), Sam Esmail (ep), Chad Hamilton (ep), Yann Demange (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Allegra Dill is a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered by a car bomb. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring the corrupt hometown Allegra thought she left behind to its knees. based on the novel by Ross Thomas.
CAST: Rosie Perez, Jay R. Ferguson, Edi Gathegi, Brian Geraghty
DARE MEPicked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/Film 44
TEAM: Megan Abbott (w, ep), Gina Fattore (w, ep), Peter Berg (ep), Michael Lombardo (ep), Sarah Condon (ep), Karen Rosenfelt (ep)
LOGLINE: An unflinching exploration of volatile female friendships, jealousy, loyalty and the dynamics of power in a small Midwestern town. Peering behind the all-American façade, it dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading, following the fraught relationship between two best friends after a new coach arrives to bring their team to prominence. It exposes the physical and psychological extremes that some young women are willing to endure in order to get ahead. Based on the novel by Megan Abbott.
CAST: Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen Guardiola, Marlo Kelly
ERASENot going forward
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions
TEAM: Denis Leary (w, ep), Alex Cary (w, ep), Jim Serpico (ep)
LOGLINE: Donal O’Neal is a dirty ex-cop who decides to do the right thing and bring down his complicit superior officers. But his best weapon in this battle – a photographic memory – suddenly is compromised by symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer’s. In this gritty crime thriller, laced with elements of black comedy, Donal races against time to repair the damage he’s done to his estranged family while trying to avoid being killed by his enemies.
CAST: Denis Leary, Callie Thorne, Elaine Hendrix, Christine Evangelista, Donald Faison, Eric Nelson
THE PURGE (also for sibling Syfy)
Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/Blumhouse Productions
TEAM: James DeMonaco (ep), Sebastien K. Lemercier (ep), Thomas Kelly (ep, sr), Anthony Hemingway (d)
LOGLINE: After receiving a cryptic letter from his little sister, a U.S. Marine returns to town on Purge Night — prepared to face the senseless violence in the streets alone in order to protect what he loves most — his family. Based on the Universal/Blumhouse feature franchise.
CAST: Gabriel Chavarria, Jessica Garza, Amanda Warren, Colin Woodell, Lili Simmons, Hannah Anderson, Lee Tergesen, Bily Baldwin (recurring), Fiona Dourif (recurring)
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/Blumhouse Television
TEAM: Chris Cullari (w, co-ep), Jennifer Raite (w, co-ep), Patricia Riggen (d, co-ep), Jason Blum (ep), Jeremy Gold (ep), Marci Wiseman (ep), Jessica Rhoades (ep)
LOGLINE: Centers on the last night of Dia de Los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead), when a grieving detective is thrust into a deadly game to bring someone back from the dead.
CAST: Josh Segarra, Andrew Jacobs, Carlos Leal, Danube Hermosillo, Angela Alvarado, Jennifer Landon, Kadeem Hardison, Fernanda Andrade
Ordered straight to series; originally ordered to pilotSTUDIO: Universal Cable Productions
TEAM: Tim Kring (w, ep), Ramin Bahrani (d, ep), Ben Smith (ep), Jeffrey Weiner (ep), Justin Levy (ep), Bradley Thomas (ep), Justin Levy (ep)
LOGLINE: Explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone, a covert operation that uses behavior-modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. It follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.
CAST: Jeremy Irvine, Brian J. Smith
PEARSON Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions
TEAM: Aaron Korsh (w, ep), Daniel Arkin (w, ep, sr), Anton Cropper (d), Doug Liman (ep), David Bartis (ep), Gene Klein (ep)
LOGLINE: Powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics and must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate the unknown territory.
CAST: Gina Torres, Simon Kassianides, Morgan Spector, Bethany Joy Lenz, Chantel Riley, Isabel Arraiza, Eli Goree