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


2016 ABC Pilots


AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (fka The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport; single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Kapital Entertainment/ABC Studios
TEAM: Sarah Dunn (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Rick Weiner (ep), Kenny Schwartz (ep), Ruben Fleischer (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Katie Otto, a confident, unapologetic, plump wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, CT, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring. She lets us in on her deepest, most unfiltered thoughts through voice-over as the she lives her life as the second fattest housewife in Westport.
CAST: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Johnny Sequoyah, Daniel DiMaggio, Julia Butters, Carly Hughes, Ali Wong

CHUNK & BEAN (single camera)
Not going forward
TEAM: Ed Herro (w, ep), Brian Donovan (w, ep), Dave Hemingson (w, ep), Chris Koch (d)
LOGLINE: Centers on the unlikely friendship of two misfits, Chunk and Bean, who benefit from having two very different sets of parents living next door to each other.
CAST: Anna Gunn, Cyrus Arnold, Simon Belz, Hassie Harrison, Sofia Marie Gonzalez, Adam Rodriguez, Andy Daly

DOWNWARD DOG (single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Legendary TV/ABC Studios
TEAM: Samm Hodges (w, ep), Michael Killen (w, d, ep), Jimmy Miller (ep), Sam Hansen (ep), Kathy Dziubek (ep), Lee Eisenberg (ep), Gene Stupnitsky (ep)
LOGLINE: Story of a struggling millennial, Nan, told from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst, they may be the best thing for each other.
CAST: Allison Tolman, Lucas Neff, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Barry Rothbart, Mo Collins

DREAM TEAM (single camera)
Not going forward
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Kari’s Logo Here/Here Comes Scrappy
TEAM: Kari Lizer (w, ep), Bill Wrubel (w, ep), Marc Buckland (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Marty Schumacher coached his last club soccer team for 10 years, ultimately taking them to the National Championships. He now has to start from scratch with a diverse group of 8-year-olds —  and their disparate parents.
CAST: Justin Long, Michelle Buteau, Michael Mosley, Wynn Everett, Wanda Sykes, Lindsey Kraft, Carlos Leal, Osta Smith

THE FLUFFY SHOP (multi-camera)
TEAM: Tim Doyle (w, ep), Jay Lavender (w, ep), Gabriel Iglesias (w, ep), Joe Meloche (ep), Becky Clements (ep), Marty Adelstein (ep), Ted Wass (d)
LOGLINE: A stepfather and boss to his family and friends navigates his home life during the few days he spends off the road each week.
CAST: Gabriel Iglesias, Gloria Garayua, Juliocesar Chavez, Tommy Savas, Tyler Hilton, Richard Gant

HAIL MARY (single camera)
STUDIO: Sony TV/ABC Studios
TEAM: Brian Gallivan (w, ep), Seth Gordon (ep), Tariq Jalil (ep), Julie Anne Robinson (d)
LOGLINE: A young small-town mayor named Mary Wolf has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck. Only a miracle can help her. So she fakes one. Based on the Austrian series entitled Braunschlag.
CAST: Casey Wilson, Gareth Reynolds, Sarah Baker, Retta, Tom Stourton, Jackee Harry

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV/Happy Madison
TEAM: Adam F. Goldberg (w, ep), David Guarascio (w, ep), Doug Robinson (ep), Patrick Osborne (ep), Shawn Levy (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Live-action/CGI project centers on Alice, a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
CAST: Jenna Elfman, Stephen Schneider, Rachel Dratch (voice-over), Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener, Erica Tremblay

TEAM: Kenya Barris (w, ep), Vijal Patel (w, co-ep), Felicity Huffman (ep), Courtney B. Vance (ep), E. Brian Dobbins (ep)
LOGLINE: Two polar opposite political pundits fall in love despite all odds and form an insta-family as well as a work partnership.
CAST: Felicity Huffman, Courtney B. Vance

PEARL (single camera)
TEAM: Andrew Reich (w, ep), Jim Field Smith (d)
LOGLINE: A larger-than-life family matriarch finds out she has cancer and becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies.
CAST: Candice Bergen, Zach Knighton, Richard Masur, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Ren Colley, Halina James

SPEECHLESS (originally set up at Fox last season; single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Scott Silveri (w, ep), Jake Kasdan (ep), Melvin Mar (ep), Christine Gernon (ep)
LOGLINE: Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy and her kids Ray, Dylan and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”
CAST: Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kennedy, Cedric Yarbrough

SQUARE ROOTS (single camera)
TEAM: Vijal Patel (w, ep), Mike Fresco (d)
LOGLINE: A man from a family of logic-driven engineers is determined to use his “gift” to help the people he loves with their everyday issues — whether they like it or not.
CAST: Adhir Kalyan, Katie Walder, Isabella Day, Callan Farris, Bernard White, Nina Wadia, Noureen DeWulf

TOAST (hybrid)
TEAM: Scott Foley (w, ep), Greg Grunberg (w, ep), Gregg Mettler (ep, sr), Shonda Rhimes (ep), Betsy Beers (ep), Gail Mancuso (d)
LOGLINE: Over the course of Max and Page’s wedding rehearsal dinner, their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple. But flashbacks reveal the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the real story of their complicated, funny, and relatable road to marriage.
CAST: Jerrika Hinton, Jono Kenyon, Punam Patel, Brooks Wheelan, Tessa Ferrer, Frankie Faison

UNTITLED WEEKS & MACKAY (single camera)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Kindle Entertainment
TEAM: Ed Weeks (w, co-ep), Hannah Mackay (w, co-ep), Andrew Reich (ep), Siobhan Bachman (ep), Anne Brogan (ep), Val Ames (ep), Melanie Stokes (ep), Leslye Headland (d)
LOGLINE: An unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, navigate their dysfunctional, co-dependent friendship and the world of dating.
CAST: Tattiawna Jones, Andy Ridings, Christine Horn, Julie Goldman


BROKEN (fka Untitled Meaghan Oppenheimer and Please Don’t Go)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Pacific Standard
TEAM: Meaghan Oppenheimer (w, co-ep), Reese Witherspoon (ep), Bruna Papandrea, Jeremy Podeswa (d)
LOGLINE: A ruthless Dallas divorce attorney’s life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets.
CAST: Anna Paquin, Charity Wakefield, Thad Luckinbill, Enrique Murciano, Blair Underwood, T.R. Knight, Penelope Ann Miller, Zeb Sanders, Charity Wakefield

Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/The Mark Gordon Company
TEAM: Liz Friedman (w, ep), Liz Friedlander (d, ep), Mark Gordon (ep)
LOGLINE: Carter Morrison, the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former president, is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She and her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts work to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person might have been convicted of a crime.
CAST: Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, Merrin Dungey, Emily Kinney, Manny Montana, Donald DiTomasso

Not going forward
TEAM: Charise Castro Smith (w, ep), Michele Fazekas (ep), Tara Butters (ep), Robert Atwood (ep)
LOGLINE: An immigrant who rose from rags to riches, Eva Sofia Valdez is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and champion for immigrant rights. But her success is fueled by an insatiable ambition that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover who betrayed her and ghosts from the past who threaten to reveal the dark sacrifices she made to attain the American Dream. Macbeth with a Cuban twist.
CAST: Gina Torres, Eric Close, Christian A. Ochoa, Raul Castillo, Marta Milans, Zabryna Guevara, Melora HardinAlison Fernandez, Christina Pickles, Angelica Celaya, Debra Mooney, Jeimy Osorio, Angelica Celaya, Alison Fernandez

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/The Mark Gordon Company
TEAM: David Guggenheim (w, ep), Kiefer Sutherland (ep), Simon Kinberg (ep), Aditya Sood (ep), Suzan Bymel (ep), Amy B. Harris (ep, sr), Paul McGuigan (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A lower-level U.S. Cabinet member suddenly is appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the line of succession.
CAST: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, Tanner Buchanan, LaMonica Garrett

STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV
TEAM: VJ Boyd (w, ep), Mark Bianculli (w, co-ep), Neil Burger (d) Carol Mendelsohn (ep), Julie Weitz (ep)
LOGLINE: Examines “the ultimate social experiment” that happens thousands of times a day in the U.S.: A person’s fate is placed in the hands of 12 strangers. It follows a single murder trial a season as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment and how their preconceptions change along the way.
CAST: Archie Panjabi, Jeremy Sisto, Brian Howe, Eve Harlow, Kevin Rankin, Ben Esler, JD Pardo, Nikki DeLoach, Brandon Jay McLaren, Adina Porter, Hina Abdullah, Jayne Taini

MARVEL’S MOST WANTED (aka Mockingbird)
Not moving forward
STUDIO: Marvel Television
TEAM: Jeffrey Bell (w, ep), Paul Zbyszewski (w, ep), Jeph Loeb (ep), Jim Chory (ep)
LOGLINE: Centers on Bobbi Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird) and Lance Hunter of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., two ex-spies and ex-spouses who are on the run with no friends, no S.H.I.E.L.D. and a long list of enemies looking to claim a bounty on their heads. Able to trust no one but each other, Bobbi and Hunter form an uneasy alliance with Dominic Fortune, a rogue adventurer with a wealth of resources and even more adversaries, who agrees to protect them so long as they help him with his own agenda. These two heroes will help anyone in need, all while trying to uncover the conspiracy that put their own lives in jeopardy.
CAST: Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood, Delroy Lindo, Oded Fehr, Fernanda Andrade

STUDIO: TriStar Television/ABC Studios
TEAM: Helen Childress (w, ep), Rosalie Swedlin (ep), Scarlett Lacey (ep), Richard Shepard (d)
LOGLINE: Set in the late 1970s during the notorious Model Wars, it centers on Bertie Geiss, a tempestuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman at the helm of an internationally renowned modeling agency. Inspired by Robert Lacey’s book, Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty.
CAST: Andie MacDowell, Steven Weber, Dan Byrd, Chris Mason, Caitlin Carver, Madeline Blake, Kaley Ronayne, Jamie Bamber, Nicole Ari Parker, Marcus Callender, Jamie Bamber, Kaley Ronayne, Marcus Callender

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony/ABC Studios
TEAM: Josh Berman (w, ep), Allie Hagan (w, ep), Mark Geragos (ep), Wendy Walker (ep), Michael Engler (d, ep), Kenny Meiselas (ep), Brian Gersh (ep), Jeff Kwatinetz, (ep), Josh Barry (ep)
LOGLINE: Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.
CAST: Piper Pirabo, Daniel Sunjata, Sepideh Moafi , Kate Jennings Grant, Ryan Guzman, Kevin Zegers, J. August Richards, Aimee Teegarden

TEAM: John Ridley (w, d, ep), Michael McDonald (ep)
LOGLINE: Army veteran Presence Foster finds herself interacting with a widely divergent and highly colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed private investigator.
CAST: Stephanie Sigman, Marcus Anderson, Rick Gonzalez, Colin Woodell


TEAM: Michael Cooney (w, ep), Ian Sander (ep), Kim Moses (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, it centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires.
CAST: Antonia Thomas, Tom Brittney, Austin Hébert, Rege-Jean Page, Alex Lanipekun, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Lena Olin,Tracy Ifeachor, Rachel Hurd-Wood

Picked up to series
TEAM: Heather Mitchell (w, ep), Shonda Rhimes (ep), Betsy Beers (ep), Michael R. Goldstein (ep), Michael Offer (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the book by Melinda Taub and set in 16th century Verona, it picks up where William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet left off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.
CAST: Wade Briggs, Anthony Head, Zuleikha Robinson, Lashana Lynch, Ebonée Noel, Sterling Sulieman, Medalion Rahimi, Grant Bowler, Susan Wooldridge,Torrance Coombs, Dan Hildebrand

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Skydance Television
TEAM: Tassie Cameron (w, ep, sr) Kyra Sedgwick (ep), Jill Littman (ep), David Ellison (ep), Dana Goldberg (ep) Marcy Ross (ep)
LOGLINE: Jane Sadler is an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a fractious separation. When her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane’s world — and her controversial police series — implodes. Life imitates art, everything’s a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted.
CAST: Kyra Sedgwick, Erika Christensen, Felix Solis, Kick Gurry

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Outerbanks Entertainment/Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Kevin Williamson (w, ep), Marcos Siega (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the novel by Karl Alexander and movie, it delivers a fantastical cat-and-mouse adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is transported to modern-day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought possible and a young woman who captivates him.
CAST: Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman, Genesis Rodriguez, Regina Taylor



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