Pilot Season 2018: Breakthrough For Female Directors, Modest Gains In Director Diversity
Last year’s broadcast pilot season was dismal for female directors — out of the 41 drama pilots ordered, only one, ABC’s Las Reinas, was directed by woman. A total of four women were hired to direct 10 of 70 broadcast pilots in 2017. It was a low point, and a turning point.
This year, out of 41 broadcast drama pilots, 14 are directed by women. The haul sharply reverses the downward trend of the past three years (four drama pilots in 2015, two in 2016, one in 2017) and is… Read
‘Three Rivers’: John Larroquette To Star In ABC Family Comedy Pilot
Emmy winner John Larroquette has been tapped to star opposite Annaleigh Ashford in ABC's Three Rivers single-camera comedy pilot, from I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer and ABC Studios.
Written and executive produced by Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer and directed by Tristram Shapeero, Three Rivers centers on Rebecca Watts (Ashford), who left her family's Texas ranch years ago to work at an upscale hotel in New York, but after being… Read
‘Charmed’: Sarah Jeffery Cast As A Lead In The CW Reboot Pilot
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Jeffery (NBC’s Shades of Blue) has been cast as one of three sisters at the center of the CW's dramedy pilot Charmed, from Jane the Virgin creator-showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman and CBS TV Studios. She joins Melonie Diaz, who recently was cast as another sister.
Penned by Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin and created with Urman, the Charmed reboot centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural… Read
Anthony Hemingway To Direct CBS Drama Pilot ‘Murder’
Prolific helmer Anthony Hemingway is set to direct and executive produce CBS’ drama pilot Murder, from producer Dan Lin.
Written by Amanda Green based on the BBC miniseries, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing… Read
‘Grand Hotel’: Roselyn Sanchez To Star In ABC Drama Pilot, Ken Olin To Direct
Former Devious Maids executive producers Eva Longoria and Brian Tanen have recruited one of the series’ stars, Roselyn Sanchez, as the female lead of their ABC drama pilot Grand Hotel. Ken Olin (This Is Us) has been tapped to direct the pilot, from ABC Studios.
Written by Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive… Read
‘Abby’s’: Natalie Morales To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot
Former The Grinder regular Natalie Morales has landed the lead role in NBC comedy pilot Abby’s from Josh Malmuth, Mike Schur's Fremulon, 3 Arts and Universal TV.
Written by Malmuth, Abby's echoes the tradition of one of NBC's classic comedy series Cheers. It is set at an unlicensed bar in San Diego where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other… Read
‘In Between Lives’: Harriet Dyer To Topline NBC Clairvoyance Crime Drama Pilot
In her American television debut, young Australian actress Harriet Dyer (Love Child) has landed the female lead in In Between Lives, NBC’s drama pilot from writer Moira Kirland, Heyday Television — the joint venture of Harry Potter and Paddington producer David Heyman and NBCUniversal International Studios — and Universal TV.
Written by Kirland, In Between Lives centers on Cassie (Dyer), a mysterious young woman who reluctantly uses her gift of clairvoyance to help a… Read
Lea Thompson To Co-Star In Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Our People’ From Lee Daniels
In her return to comedy series two decades after her starring turn on NBC’s Caroline in the City, Lea Thompson has been tapped for a meaty series-regular role in Our People, Fox’s culture clash single-camera comedy pilot from Lee Daniels and Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran.
The project from Lee Daniels Entertainment, Endemol Shine and 20th Century Fox TV is based on the Israeli format Nevsu: A Young Multicultural Couple.
Written by Chandrasekaran and… Read
‘Fam’ CBS Comedy Pilot Casts Odessa Adlon; Dennis Andres Joins ABC’s ‘Greatest American Hero’
Odessa Adlon (Nashville) is set for a series regular role in CBS comedy pilot Fam, from writer Corinne Kingsbury (The Newsroom), Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios. Written by Kingsbury and directed by Andy Ackerman, Fam is about a woman's younger half-sister who comes to live with her and her fiancé to escape their train wreck of a father. Adlon will play Shannon, Clem's younger half-sister who shows up on her doorstep unannounced. Shannon is a wild child who has… Read
‘Pandas In New York’: Nishi Munshi Joins CBS Comedy Pilot
The Originals alumna Nishi Munshi has booked a series regular role in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot Pandas In New York from writer Ajay Sahgal (The Carmichael Show) and CBS TV Studios.
Pandas In New York is about a family of Indian doctors with a successful group practice in New York City who embark on a project to arrange their youngest son's life, unaware he's made plans of his own.
Munshi will play Gita Panda, tough and like a second parent to her siblings, she’s also… Read
‘L.A. Confidential’: Brian J. Smith To Star In CBS Drama Pilot
Sense8 alum Brian J. Smith is set as a lead in CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's classic noir novel. It comes from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie; CBS TV Studios; New Regency; and Lionsgate TV.
Written by Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, L.A. Confidential follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect as the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer… Read
‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young To Topline ABC Comedic Soap Pilot ‘False Profits’
As Scandal is coming to an end, co-star Bellamy Young is staying in the ABC/ABC Studios fold as the lead in pilot False Profits, a comedic soap set in the world of cosmetics marketing from former Code Black writer-producer Kayla Alpert, Jason Reed, and ABC Studios.
Written by Alpert, ABC’s False Profits is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glen Ross. It follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the… Read