Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders
2014 HBO Pilots
THE BRINK PICKED UP TO SERIES
TEAM: Roberto Benabib (w, ep), Aasif Mandvi, (w, ep), Kim Benabib (w, co-ep), Jay Roach (d, ep), Jerry Weintraub (ep)
LOGLINE: Dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men — the U.S. Secretary of State, a lowly Foreign Service officer and an ace Navy fighter pilot — who must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III.
CAST: Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Aasif Mandvi, Pablo Schreiber, Maribeth Monroe, Geoff Pierson, Esai Morales, Eric Ladin, Carla Gugino, Rob Brydon, Michelle Gomez
PEOPLE IN NEW JERSEY PASSED ON
TEAM: Bruce Eric Kaplan (w, ep), Jason Reitman (d, ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Helen Estabrook (ep), Andrew Singer (ep)
LOGLINE: A hilarious, poignant look at life today as seen through the prism of an adult brother and sister living in New Jersey. They each struggle to get through the day, asking themselves the big questions, the little questions, and everything in between.
CAST: Topher Grace, Sarah Silverman, Patti Lupone
UNTITLED DIALLO RIDDLE & BASHIR SALAHUDDIN
TEAM: Diallo Riddle (w, ep), Bashir Salahuddin (w, ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Dave Flebotte (ep, showrunner), Jamie Babbit (d), Andrew Singer (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Two 30-year-old reporters try to make it big in the burgeoning black mecca of contemporary Atlanta.
CAST: Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, Dorian Missick, Tasie Lawrence, Barry Shabaka Henley
UNTITLED LUCY PREBBLE
TEAM: Lucy Prebble (w, ep), Sarah Silverman (ep), Ash Atalla (ep), Amy Zvi (ep), Dan Hine (ep)
LOGLINE: A at a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis.
CAST: Sarah Silverman
BALLERS PICKED UP TO SERIES
TEAM: Dwayne Johnson (ep), Mark Wahlberg (ep), Steve Levinson (w, ep), Peter Berg (d, ep), Dany Garcia (ep)
LOGLINE: A look at the lives of athletes — some retired, some still active — living in Miami.
CAST: Dwayne Johnson, Omar Miller, Troy Garity, John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Donovan Carter, Jazmyn Simon, Taylor Cole, LaToya Luckett
CODES OF CONDUCT
TEAM: Steve McQueen (w, d, ep), Matthew Michael Carnahan (w, ep), Russell Simmons (ep), Iain Canning (ep), Emile Sherman (ep)
LOGLINE: Beverly Snow is a young man from Queens as talented as he is ambiguous. His self-confidence will enable him to break into the social circles of Manhattan’s elite, testing the boundaries of access and social mobility. Throughout the series, Beverly’s ability will grant him access to a life larger in every way than the one to which he was born. His chameleon-like approach to life will test his nerve as he takes his future into his own hands.
CAST: Devon Terrell, Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter, Rebecca Hall
THE MONEY PASSED ON
TEAM: David Milch (w, ep), Art Linson (ep), John Linson (ep), Frank Rich (ep), Justin Chadwick (d, co-ep), Eric Roth (co-ep), Sarah Caplan (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Focuses on wealth and corruption among the super elite, focusing on American mogul and patriarch James Castman, who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family.
CAST: Brendan Gleeson, Nathan Lane, Andrea Riseborough, Patrick Kennedy, Dominique McElligott, Laila Robins, Billy Magnussen, Morgan Spector, Rosemary Harris, Mamie Gummer, Ray Liotta, John Carroll Lynch, Tracee Chimo
OPEN NOT GOING FORWARD
STUDIO: Fox 21
TEAM: Ryan Murphy (w, ep), Lauren Gussis (w),
LOGLINE: A modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships.
CAST: Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley, Anna Torv, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Monaghan, Cheyenne Jackson, Jaimie Alexander, Lina Esco
UNTITLED ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DRAMA PICKED UP TO SERIES
TEAM: Martin Scorsese (d, ep), Terence Winter (w, ep), Mick Jagger (ep), George Mastras (w, ep), Victoria Pearman (ep), Emma Tillinger Koskoff (ep), Rick Yorn (ep), Allen Coulter (ep)
LOGLINE: Amid the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out in 1970s New York, record executive Richie Finestra is trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. He is undergoing a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision.
CAST: Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Juno Temple, Andrew Dice Clay, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, James Jagger, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Sorenson, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Bo Dietl, Robert Funaro, Joe Caniano
WESTWORLD PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Jonathan Nolan (w, d, ep), Lisa Joy (w, ep), Jerry Weintraub (ep), J.J. Abrams (ep), Bryan Burk (ep), Kathy Lingg (co-ep), Athena Wickam (p)
LOGLINE: A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 film.
CAST: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Tessa Thompson