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Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders

2015 CBS Pilots

2015 CBS Pilots


ANGEL FROM HELL (single camera)
Picked up to series
TEAM: Tad Quill (w, ep)
LOGLINE: When Amy enters Allison’s life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship, and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts.
CAST: Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson

THE HALF OF IT (multi-camera)
TEAM: Mike Gibbons (w, ep)
LOGLINE: A newly divorced dad revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married.
CAST: Jon Dore, Christine Ko, Beth Hoyt, Morgan Krantz, David Del Rio, Andrea Anders

HAPPY LIFE (multi-camera) (fka JOE TIME)
Not going forward
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Bill Wrubel (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), James Burrows (d)
LOGLINE: Centers on family man who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is.
CAST: Steven Weber, Minnie Driver, Duane Martin, Eric Petersen, Rita Moreno, Alli Kinzel, Noland Ammon, Bill Smitrovich

LIFE IN PIECES (single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: 20th TV/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Justin Adler (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep)
LOGLINE: A single-camera comedy that follows the daily ups and downs of one multigenerational family, but is told in four independent, short stories.
CAST: Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski, Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister Jones, Angelique Cabral, Dan Bakkedahl

THE MISTAKE (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Shana Goldberg-Meehan (w, ep), Scott Silveri  (w, ep), David Mandel (w, ep), Andy Ackerman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A couple who had just “finished” raising their kids discovers they are pregnant.
CAST: Julianna Guill

SUPER CLYDE (single camera)
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/Amigos de Garcia
TEAM: Greg Garcia (w, ep)
LOGLINE: A meek, unassuming fast-food worker finds his calling. Remake of 2013 pilot.
CAST: Charlie McDermott, Mark Addy, Diane Guerrero, Annaleigh Ashford

TAXI-22 (single camera)
Not going forward
TEAM: Dennis Erdman (ep), Clark Peterson (ep), Patrick Huard (ep), François Flamand (ep), Nancy Sanders (ep), Mark Armstrong (ep), Tad Quill (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the hit French comedy, it follows a misanthropic NYC cab driver who is politically incorrect in the vein of Archie Bunker.
CAST: John Leguizamo, Chris Smith, Lenny Venito, Sahr Ngaujah, Jennifer Esposito, Rebecca Creskoff, F. Murray Abraham

Not going forward
TEAM: Dan O’Shannon (w, ep), Peter Warren (w, sp), Dennis Erdman (ep), Clark Peterson (ep), Eric Tannenbaum (ep), Kim Tannenbaum (ep), Pam Fryman (d)
LOGLINE: Follows a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives.
CAST: Adam Brody, Tracy Spiridakos, Kelly O’Sullivan, Tyler Labine, Janina Gavankar

Not going forward
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Doozer
TEAM: Tommy Johnagin (w, co-ep), Justin Halpern (w, ep), Patrick Schumacker (w, ep), Bill Lawrence (ep), Jeff Ingold (ep)
LOGLINE: A stand-up comic raises a family in a small Midwestern town.
CAST: Tommy Johnagin, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kevin Nealon, Jane Kaczmarek, Talia Tabin


Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/CBS TV Studios
TEAM: Michael Seitzman (w, ep), David Semel (d, ep), Marti Noxon (ep), Linda Goldstein-Knowlton (ep), Ryan McGarry (ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the feature documentary, it is set at the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation – LA County Hospital – where the extraordinary staff confronts a broken system in order to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.
CAST: Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey, Luiz Guzman, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Kannokada, Ben Hollingsworth

Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/CBS TV Studios
TEAM: Erica Messer (w, ep), Mark Gordon (ep), Nick Pepper (ep)
LOGLINE: FBI agents help American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad. The boss is Jack Garrett, a 20-year veteran of the Bureau, who is currently in charge of the FBI’s top team for handling cases involving Americans abroad.
CAST: Gary Sinise, Tyler James Williams, Anna Gunn

New pilot in works with recast leads
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly Prods
TEAM: Tony Phelan (ep), Joan Rater (ep), Adam Bernstein (d, ep), Carl Beverly (ep), Sarah Timberman (ep)
LOGLINE: Centers on a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets involved romantically with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
CAST: Katherine Heigl, Steven Pasquale, Laverne Cox, Dule Hill, Dreama Walker, Elliott Gould, Kobi Libii

Not going forward
TEAM: Rene Balcer (w, ep), Ava DuVernay (d), Robert De Niro (ep), Jane Rosenthal (ep), James Patterson (ep), Bill Robinson (ep), Leopoldo Gout (ep), Berry Welsh (co-ep)
LOGLINE: An FBI agent who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen. Based James Patterson’s novel The Thomas Berryman Number.
CAST: Anika Noni Rose, Rachel Boston, Tim Blake Nelson, Mario Van Peebles, Leonardo Nam

Not going forward
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/The Dan Jinks Co.
TEAM: Paul Downs Colaizzo (w, co-ep), Dan Jinks (ep), David Slade (d, ep), David Marshall Grant (ep)
LOGLINE: High-octane medical procedural centering on second-year residents at New York City’s top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity.
Ana Kayne, Daniel Sharman, Annie Funke, Andy Mientus, Melissa Leo, Reed Birney, Luke Slattery

Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios, K/O, Relativity TV
TEAM: Craig Sweeny (w, ep), Neil Berger (d, ep), Alex Kurtzman (ep), Roberto Orci (ep), Heather Kadin (ep), Bradley Cooper (ep), Todd Phillips (ep), Ryan Kavanaugh (ep), Tucker Tooley (ep), Tom Forman (ep), Marc Webb (d), Andrew Marcus (co-ep), Ray Ricord (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the 2011 feature, it follows Brian Sinclair as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.
CAST: Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Doozer
TEAM: Bill Lawrence (w, ep), Blake McCormick (w, ep), Arthur Sarkissian (ep), Brett Ratner (ep), Jeff Ingold (ep), Jon Turteltaub (d)
LOGLINE: A stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. Based on the movie franchise.
CAST: Justin Hires, Jon Foo, Aimee Garcia, Jessika Van, Page Kennedy

Moved to Amazon Studios and ordered to series
TEAM: David Shore (w, ep), Bryan Cranston (co-w, ep), James Degus (ep), Erin Gunn (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Upon leaving prison, a thirtysomething con man takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of a cellmate. “Sneaky Pete” then hides out from his debtors while working for his new “family’s” bail bond business. There he uses his considerable charm and criminal prowess to take down bad guys far worse than himself, partnering with a very attractive female “cousin” who has her suspicions about his real motives.
Giovanni Ribisi, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Greg Berlani (w, ep), Ali Adler (w, ep), Sarah Schechter (ep)
LOGLINE: Focuses on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. She is just beginning to use her abilities. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
CAST: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart, Laura Benanti, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Dean Cain, Helen Slater


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