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

2015 HBO Pilots

2015 HBO Pilots


Not going forward; had been picked up to series
STUDIO: Broadway Video
TEAM: Diallo Riddle (w, ep), Bashir Salahuddin (w, ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Andrew Singer (ep), Tim Story (d), Jeff Field (p), Doug Griffin (p)
LOGLINE: Struggling entertainers and best friends Langston and Moose try to navigate relationships and life in the black Mecca of Atlanta.
CAST: Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, Maya Rudolph, Jaden Smith

Picked up to series
TEAM: Sharon Horgan (w, ep), Paul Simms (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Sarah Jessica Parker (ep), Alison Benson (ep)
LOGLINE: Influenced by her two recently single friends, a middle-aged woman impulsively brings up the idea of divorce with her husband but then can’t decide whether to actually go through with it — until her husband discovers the affair she’s been having and calls the marriage off.
CAST: Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Jemaine Clement, Sterling Jerins

Picked up to series
STUDIO: 3 Arts
TEAM: Issa Rae (w, ep), Larry Wilmore (w, ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep), Dave Becky (ep), Jonathan Berry (ep), Prentice Penny (ep, sr), Melina Matsoukas (d)
LOGLINE: Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.
CAST: Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Picked up to series; 10-episode order
TEAM: Rich Wilkes (w, ep), Bob Stevenson (w, ep), David Fincher (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Set in 1983 Los Angeles, it revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs. It’s told through the eyes of newcomer Robby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic and lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos.
CAST: Charlie Rowe, Sam Page, Corbin Bernsen

Not going forward
TEAM: Mike White (w, ,d, ep), Dede Gardner
LOGLINE: A conservative family in Texas who unwittingly hires a hard-living drag queen, Liberty, as their live-in nanny. Liberty appears to be an attractive woman with a flirty side — but she’s really a drag queen with an upbeat personality. On a path that leads to jail or prostitution or both, Liberty (aka Albert) sees a future that will destroy his basically optimistic spirit and re-invents himself to get a job as a nanny to three children of a conservative Texan family.
CAST: Augustus Prew, Paul Fitzgerald, Mary Catherine Garrison, Nico Tortorella, Talitha Bateman, Gabriel Bateman

TEAM: Lucy Prebble (w, ep), Sarah Silverman (ep), Ash Atalla (ep), Amy Zvi (ep), Dan Hine (ep), Charlie McDowell (d)
LOGLINE: A at a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis.
CAST: Sarah Silverman, Jack Davenport, Kerri Kenney, Mark Cohen


Picked up as six-episode limited series
TEAM: Steve McQueen (w, d, ep), Matthew Michael Carnahan (w, ep), Russell Simmons (ep), Iain Canning (ep), Emile Sherman (ep), Alan Poul (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

STUDIO: HBO/Lionsgate TV
TEAM: Jenji Kohan (w, ep), Bruce Miller (ep), Gus Van Sant (d, ep), Tracy Miller (w, sp)
LOGLINE: Explores the circumstances around one of the most compelling chapters in American history, where intolerance and repression set neighbor against neighbor and led a town to mass hysteria.
CAST: Eddie Izzard, Nadia Alexander, Ismenia Mendes, Ever Carradine, Damien Molony, Julian Rhind Tutt, Matthew James Thomas, Nigel Lindsay, Ewen Bremner, Karen Gillan, Hannah Nordberg, Naian Gonzalez Norvind, Zawe Ashton, Will Pullen, Kate Nash, Seana Kofoed, Mary Mouser, Beanie Feldstein, Mia Barron

TEAM: David Simon (w, ep), Carl Bernstein (ep), Nina K. Noble (ep), Ed Burns (ep), William F. Zorzi (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in the present-day world of Capitol Hill, it’s a detailed examination of partisanship and the influence of money on national governance.

TEAM: Alan Ball (w, ep), Peter Macdissi (w, ep), Steve Hamilton Shaw (w. ep), Elton John (ep), David Furnish (ep)
LOGLINE: Set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna, it follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence.
CAST: Peter Macdissi, Iva Babic, Francois Civil, Lindsay Farris, Nico Mirallegro, Alex Lawther, Shannon Tarbet


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