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

2016 CBS Pilots

2016 CBS Pilots


FURST BORN (single camera)
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/ABC Studios/Dark Toy Entertainment
TEAM: Dan O’Shannon (w, ep), Robyn Butler (w, ep), Wayne Hope (ep), Todd Holland (d, ep)
LOGLINE: An extended family show inspired by the Australian format Upper Middle Bogan, about a wife and mother who learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag racers.
CAST: Poppy Montgomery, Katey Sagal, John Carroll Lynch, Swoosie Kurtz, Brooke Elliott, Kelli Goss, Talitha Bateman

THE GREAT INDOORS (multi-camera)
Picked up to series
TEAM: Mike Gibbons (w, ep), Chris Harris (ep, sr), Andy Ackerman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: An adventure reporter must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.
CAST: Joel McHale, Stephen Fry, Chris Williams, Shaun Brown, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko, Susannah Fielding

KEVIN CAN WAIT (fka Untitled Kevin James; multi-camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV/CBS TV Studios/Hey Eddie Productions
TEAM: Kevin James (w, ep), Bruce Helford (w, ep, sr), Rock Reubin (w, ep), Jeff Sussman (ep), Andy Fickman (d)
LOGLINE: A newly retired police officer is looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.
Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Mary Charles Jones,James DiGiacomo,  Ryan Cartwright, Leonard Earl Howze, Lenny Venito, Gary Valentine

THE KICKER (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Universal TV
TEAM: Jeff Burditt (w, ep), Tina Fey (ep), Robert Carlock (ep)
LOGLINE: An oddball athlete drives his family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his pro football team.
CAST: Geoff Stults, David Spade, Joanna Garcia, J.B. Smoove

MAN WITH A PLAN (fka I’m Not Your Friend; multi-camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/3 Arts Entertainment
TEAM: Jeff Filgo (w, ep), Jackie Filgo (w, ep), Matt LeBlanc (ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep), Troy Zien (ep), James Burrows (d)
LOGLINE: A contractor whose wife goes back to work starts spending more time with his kids and discovers the truth every parent eventually realizes: his little angels are maniacs.
CAST: Matt LeBlanc, Jessica Chaffin, Matt Cook, Grace Kaufman, Hala Finley, Matthew McCann

STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/Sony Pictures TV
TEAM: Hilary Winston (w, ep), Carter Bays (ep), Craig Thomas (ep), Pam Fryman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Chronicles the relationship of a young couple as they begin dating long distance. Based on the web series 7P/10E by Avital Ash.
CAST: Jane Levy, Nicholas Braun, Izzie Steele, Tone Bell

REAL GOOD PEOPLE (fka Y’all in the Family; multi-camera)
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/Amigos de Garcia Productions
TEAM: Stephnie Weir (w, ep), Greg Garcia (ep), Alix Jaffe (co-ep)
LOGLINE: A conservative, small-town Texas family is forced to reconcile their family values when they discover that their children’s lives are less than perfect.
CAST: David Keith, Julie White, Ross Kimball, Beth Hoyt, Lindsey Gort, Betsy Beutler

SUPERIOR DONUTS (multi-camera)
Picked up to series; 13 episodes for midseason
TEAM: Bob Daily (w, ep, sr), Neil Goldman (w, ep), Garrett Donovan (w, ep), Jermaine Fowler (ep), Mark Teitelbaum (ep), John R. Montgomery (ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep), Josh Lieberman (ep), James Burrows (d)
LOGLINE: Based on the play by Tracy Letts, series follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago.
CAST: Jermaine Fowler, Judd Hirsch, Maz Jobrani, David Koechner, Megyn Price, Sarah Stiles, Rell Battle, Katey Sagal

STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Dan Kopelman (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Tim Story (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Two fortysomething parents who were wild and reckless teenagers now face their worst nightmare: raising three teenagers of their own.
CAST: Alyssa Milano, Jason Lee, Matt Murray


Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/Amblin Television/Stage 29 Productions
TEAM: Paul Attanasio (w, ep), Dr. Phillip C. McGraw (w, ep), Steven Spielberg (ep), Justin Falvey (ep), Darryl Frank (ep) Jay McGraw (ep), Rodrigo Garcia (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw as the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick.
CAST: Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, Chris Jackson, Jaime Lee Kirchner, , Annabelle Attanasio

DOUBT (repiloted from last year)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/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: Joan Rater (w, ep), Tony Phelan (w, ep), Dan Jinks (ep)
LOGLINE: A contemporary take on the character from the iconic Nancy Drew book series. Now in her 30s, Nancy is a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.
CAST: Sarah Shahi, Anthony Edwards, Felix Solis, Rob McClure

STUDIO: CBS TV Studios & Timberman/Beverly Productions
TEAM: Becky Mode (w, ep), Sarah Timberman (ep), Carl Beverly (ep), RJ Cutler (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Revolves around two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, FL, who make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security.
CAST: Bruce Greenwood, Steven Bauer, Ashley Zuckerman, Wilmer Valderrama, Bojana Novakovic, Ana Cruz Kayne, Danielle Savre

Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/Atomic Monster
TEAM: Peter Lenkov (ep), Henry Winkler (ep), Lee Zlotoff (ep), James Wan (ep), Michael Clear (w, ep), David Von Ancken (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A reimagining of the 1985-92 series of the same name follows a twentysomething MacGyver as he creates a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
CAST: Lucas Till, George Eads, Addison Timlin, Joshua Boone, Michelle Krusiec

PURE GENIUS (working title; fka Bunker Hill)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal TV/CBS TV Studios
TEAM: Jason Katims (w, ep), Michelle Lee (ep), David Semel (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting edge, “new school” approach to medicine.
CAST: Augustus Prew, Dermot Mulroney, Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton, Aaron Jennings, Odette Annable

STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/Sony TV/Scott Free Prods
TEAM: David Zabel (w, ep), Ridley Scott (ep), David Zucker (ep), Roger Freet (ep)
LOGLINE: Inspired by the the true story of Dr. Joel Salinas, a neurologist and researcher at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, it centers around a veteran neurologist and her protégé who, like Salinas, has mirror-touch synesthesia, a neurological trait that causes him to experience other people’s sensations.

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Jerry Bruckheimer Television/Fuqua Films/Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Will Beall (w, ep), Danny Cannon (d, ep), Antoine Fuqua (ep), Barry Schindel (ep, sr)
LOGLINE: An idealistic young African-American police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective. Set 15 years after the feature film left off.
CAST: Bill Paxton, Justin Cornwell, Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz



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