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


2015 Fox Pilots


DETOUR (single camera)
Not going forward
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Tagline Pictures
TEAM: Steve Franks (w, ep), Willie Mercer (ep), Chris Henze (ep), Rivers Cuomo (ep), Dan Field (ep), Jeremy Garelick (d)
LOGLINE: Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, a rock star who made the unexpected choice at the age of 30 to quit his band and go back to college.
CAST: Ben Aldridge, Peter Gallagher, Olivia Thirlby, Joey Morgan, Affion Crockett

FANTASY LIFE (multi-camera hybrid)
Not going forward
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/3 Arts
TEAM: Tim McAuliffe (w, ep), Kevin Connolly (ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep), Jonathan Berry (ep), Greg Walter (ep), Troy Zien (ep), Mark Cendrowski (d)
LOGLINE: When a hard-working guy lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show, he’s forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be. Based on Matthew Berry’s book Fantasy Life.
CAST: Vanessa Williams, Kevin Connolly, Chris McDonald, Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Chris McDonald

48 HOURS ‘TIL MONDAY (single camera)
Passed on
STUDIO: Universal TV
TEAM: Charlie Grandy (w, ep), Peter Traugott (ep), Rachel Kaplan (ep)
LOGLINE: A show about one husband’s desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell.
CAST: Rob Riggle, Sarah Chalke, Joe Spano, Jane Curtin, Merrin Dungey, Kyla Kenedy, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

GREATEST AMERICAN HERO (single camera; pilot production commitment)
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Rick Famuyiwa (w, d, ep), Phil Lord (ep), Chris Miller (ep), Tawnia McKiernan (ep), Seth Cohen (ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the 1980s TV series, it’s the story of what happens when great power is not met with great responsibility. An ordinary man, completely content with being average, wakes up with a superpower suit he never asked for and has to deal with the complications it brings his life.

THE GRINDER (single camera)
Picked up to series
TEAM: Andrew Mogul (w, ep), Jarrad Paul (w-ep), Rob Lowe (ep), Nick Stoller (ep), Jake Kasdan (d, ep)
LOGLINE: When TV lawyer Dean Sanderson’s (aka “The Grinder”) long-running hit series comes to an end, he finds himself at a crossroads in life and decides to move back to his small hometown thinking he has the experience to take over his family’s law firm, where he butts heads with his brother.
CAST: Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Natalie Morales, William Devane

Picked up to series
STUDIO: 20th TV/The Jackal Group
TEAM: Jay Lacopo (w, ep), Gail Berman (ep)
LOGLINE: After a particularly calamitous experience, 26-year-old Cooper Barrett turns to a camera and, using cautionary tales from his own life, episode by episode, helps the youth of America survive the ridiculous disaster that is life and love in your 20s.
CAST: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Meaghan Rath, James Earl, Charlie Saxton, Maureen Sebastian

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Dana Klein (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Pam Fryman (d)
LOGLINE: A family comedy told from the point-of-view of a working mother who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay at home sister-in-law.
CAST: Jenna Elfman, Matt Letscher, Bret Harrison, Liza Lapira, Nancy Lenehan, Izzy Watts, Peter Riegert

GRANDFATHERED (fka GRANDPA) (single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Rhode Island Ave Productions
TEAM: Danny Chun (w, ep), Dan Fogelman (ep), John Stamos (ep)
LOGLINE: A longtime bachelor’s life is upended when he discovers he’s a father — and a grandfather.
CAST: John Stamos, Josh Peck, Christina Milian, Kelly Jenrette, Ravi Patel


Picked up to series
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Rand Ravich (w, ep), Howard Gordon (ep), Michael Cuesta (d)
LOGLINE: Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop, is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose.
CAST: Rob Kazinski, Tim DeKay, Dilshad Vadsaria, Adhir Kalyan, Philip Baker Hall

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Jerry Bruckheimer Television/Aggressive Mediocrity
TEAM: Tom Kapinos (ep), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), Len Wiseman (d, ep), KristieAnne Reed (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Lucifer, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. Based on the Vertigo comic book.
CAST: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Rachael Harris, D.B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Nicholas Gonzalez, Scarlett Estevez, Kevin Rankin

Cast-contingent order
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Chernin Entertainment/BBC Worldwide Productions
TEAM: Neil Cross (w, ep), Idris Elba (ep), Peter Chernin (ep), Katherine Pope (ep), Jane Tranter (ep), Julie Gardner (ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the format and from the same creators of the successful and award-winning BBC series. Centers on John Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.
CAST: Tom Ellis

Picked up to series
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV and Paramount TV/Amblin Entertainment
TEAM: Max Borenstein (w, ep), Steven Spielberg (ep), Kevin Falls (ep), Justin Falvey (ep), Darryl Frank (ep), Mark Mylod (d, ep)
LOGLINE: 10 years after the end of Precrime in DC, one of the three Precogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions the future, when he meets a detective haunted by her past, who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.
CAST: Meagan Good, Stark Sands, Laura Regan, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, Wilmer Valderrama, Nick Zano

Picked up to series
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Temple Hill Entertainment
TEAM: Todd Harthan (w, ep), Wyck Godfrey (ep), Marty Bowen (ep), Richard Shepard (d)
LOGLINE: This close-ended, investigative series centers around the brilliant Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., the top private pathologist in all of Miami. As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism will frustrate the cynical female detective he often works with, but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides.
CAST: Morris Chestnut, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Anna Konkle, Gabrielle Dennis

Passed on
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Krista Vernoff (w, ep), John Wells (ep) Andrew Stern (ep), Sanaa Hamri (d)
LOGLINE: The story of a young singer’s path to stardom, as she comes of age living with her songwriter father — who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars. Inspired by Krista Vernoff’s real-life experience.
CAST: Eric McCormack, Florence Pugh, Heather Graham, Jeanine Mason, Riley Smith, Samantha Logan, Jordan Calloway, Timothy Granaderos, Chris Daughtry



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