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

2016 NBC Pilots

2016 NBC Pilots


Ordered straight to series; six episodes 
STUDIO: Studio Lambert
TEAM: Stephen Lambert (ep), Tania Alexander (ep), Alex Katz (ep), Greg Lipstone (ep), Greg Goldman (ep)
LOGLINE: A cast of recurring characters in different states — duos and trios made up of friends, colleagues or family members — share their opinions on seven or eight news stories of that week, from the big headlines to the random local happenings.

CRUNCH TIME (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Universal TV
TEAM: Betsy Thomas (w, ep), David Janollari (ep), Phil Gurin (ep)
LOGLINE: Hybrid game show/comedy intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.
CAST: Craig Ferguson, Andrea Anders, Kyle Howard, Kellee Stewart, Caitlin McGee, Eugene Cordero, Rizwan Manji

GOOD FORTUNE (multi-camera)
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Le Train Train
TEAM: Matt Zinman (w, ep), Craig Gerard (w, ep), Rashida Jones (ep), Will McCormack (ep), Pam Fryman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Centers on a hyper-structured young woman whose life is upended when she starts taking advice from a mysterious fortune teller.
CAST: Jessy Hodges, Tone Bell, Beau Mirchoff, Diane Guerrero, Blake Lee

Ordered straight to series; 13 episodes
STUDIO: Universal TV/3 Arts Entertainment/Fremulon
TEAM: Mike Schur (w, ep), David Miner (ep), Drew Goddard (d)
LOGLINE: Centers on a woman wrestling with what it means to be good.
CAST: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, D’Arcy Carden

GREAT NEWS (fka Untitled Tracey Wigfield)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal TV
TEAM: Tracey Wigfield (w, ep), Tina Fey (ep), Robert Carlock (ep), David Minor (ep)
LOGLINE: Centers around a millennial woman whose life is complicated when her New Jersey mother gets an internship at the cable network where she works.
CAST: Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Kimrie Lewis-Davis, Adam Campbell

STUDIO: Universal TV, Hazy Mills
TEAM: Kassia Miller (w), Sean Hayes (ep), Todd Milliner (ep). Paul Briganti (d)
LOGLINE: An intelligent yet unmotivated woman discovers a special and unexpected way of dealing with her mediocre life.
CAST: Megan Neuringer, Kalia Prescott, Alex Newell

MARLON (multi-camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal TV
TEAM: Chris Moynihan (w, ep, sr), Marlon Wayans (ep), Rick Alvarez (ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep)
LOGLINE: An inappropriate but loving father is committed to successfully co-parenting with his polar-opposite ex-wife. Loosely inspired by Marlon Wayans’ life.
CAST: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Bresha Webb, Diallo Riddle

ME AND MEAN MARGARET (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Universal TV/Chernin Entertainment
TEAM: Adam Barr (w, ep), Peter Chernin (ep)
LOGLINE: Unlikely-buddy comedy follows a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress and the ambitious 27-year-old lawyer forced to babysit her.
CAST: Stockard Channing, Gavin Stenhouse

POWERLESS (single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Ben Queen (w, ep), Michael Patrick Jann (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America — with the twist being that it also takes place in the universe of DC Comics. It’s about the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains.
CAST: Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, Christina Kirk

SEBASTIAN (multi-camera; originally developed during the 2014-15 season)
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/Amigos de Garcia Productions
TEAM: Austen Earl (w, co-ep), Sebastian Maniscalco (co-ep), Greg Garcia (ep),  Judi Marmel (ep), Norman Aladjem (ep), Alix Jaffe (ep)
LOGLINE: Sebastian old-school values, instilled by his opinionated Italian father, constantly are put to the test by his new wife, her family and the absurdities of the modern world.
Sebastian Maniscalco, Tony Danza, Steve Talley, Owen Smith

STUDIO: Universal TV
TEAM: Aaron Colom (w), Adriano Valentini (w)
LOGLINE: A group of millennial friends struggle with their own made-up rules for personal and professional success.
CAST:  Julianna Guill, Cass Bugge, Brandon Kyle Goodman

TRIAL & ERROR (aka The Trail; single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Barge Productions & Good Session Productions in association with Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Jeff Astrof (w, ep), Matt Miller (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Documentary-style procedural revolves around a young big-city lawyer and his oddball defense team during a high-profile murder trial in a small Southern town.
CAST: Nick D’Agosto, Jeff Blitz, Steven Boyer, John Lithgow, Sherri Shepherd, Jayma Mays, Krysta Rodriguez

UNTITLED AMY POEHLER/CHARLIE GRANDY (aka Dumb Prince; single camera)
STUDIO: Universal TV/Paper Kite Productions/3 Arts
TEAM: Charlie Grandy (w, ep), Amy Poehler (ep), Brooke Posch (ep), Dave Becky (ep)
LOGLINE: After years of partying that earned him the “black sheep” label, a reluctant crown prince returns home to compete with his brother for the family throne.
CAST: Nico Evers-Swindell, Tim Baltz, Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins, Tiya Sircar, Patrick Gallagher

STUDIO: Universal TV/3Arts
TEAM: Matt Hubbard (w, ep), Mike Schur (ep), David Miner (ep), Claire Scanlon (d)
LOGLINE: A guy is learning to manage the expectations and strong cultural traditions of his in-laws after he moves his family to his wife’s hometown. Loosely based on comedy writer-producer’s Matt Hubbard’s life
CAST: Chris Smith, Elizabeth Ho, Jack McBrayer, Francois Chau, Susan Chuang, Concetta Tomei

UNTITLED VLADIMIR CAAMAÑO (aka Vlad; multi-camera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Doozer
TEAM: Vladimir Caamaño (w, co-ep), Adam Sztykiel (w, ep), Bill Lawrence (ep), Jeff Ingold (*ep)
LOGLINE: The son of Dominican immigrants, Vlad wants to carve his own path in life, which proves difficult as his father has no desire to change their extremely co-dependent relationship. Inspired by Vladimir Caamaño’s real-life family dynamic and stand-up comedy.
CAST: Vladimir Caamaño, Maria Canals-Barrera, Josh Segarra, Lilah Richcreek, Liche Ariza


CHICAGO JUSTICE (planted spinoff from Chicago P.D.)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal TV/Wolf Films
TEAM: Dick Wolf (ep), Matt Olmstead (ep), Michael Brandt (ep), Derek Haas (ep), Arthur Forney (ep), Danielle Gelber (ep), Mark Tinker (ep), Peter Jankowski (ep), Jean de Segonzac (d)
LOGLINE: Fourth installment of Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise revolves around Chicago State’s Attorney’s team of prosecutors and investigators as they navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on while fearlessly pursuing justice.
CAST: Philip Winchester, Carl Weathers, Nazneen Contractor, Joelle Carter and Ryan-James Hatanaka

Not going forward; pilot being shopped elsewhere
STUDIO: Sony TV/Original Film/AMBI
TEAM: Roger Kumble (w, ep), Lindsey Rosin (w, co-ep), Jordan Ross (w, co-ep), Neal H. Moritz (ep), Pavun Shetty (ep), Becky Hartman Edwards (ep, sr)
LOGLINE: Based on the 1999 movie, it is set in present day and picks up more than 15 years after the movie left off. Kathryn Merteuil vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove. Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
CAST: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Taylor John Smith, Kate Levering, Samantha Logan, Sophina Brown, Coby Bell, Bryce Cass

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal TV/David Janollari Entertainment
TEAM: Monica Owuso-Breen (w, ep), David Janollari (ep), Niels Arden Oplev (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the trilogy from the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, it’s Twin Peaks meets True Blood in Midnight, a remote Texas town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf and even an angel. Mystery, horror and romance combine to both enthrall and frighten any outsiders who decide to venture into this unusual place.
CAST: Sarah Ramos, Dylan Bruce, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Yul Vazquez

STUDIO: Universal TV/John Glenn Entertainment
TEAM: Katie Lovejoy (w, ep), John Glenn (ep), Jennifer Getzinger (d)
LOGLINE: An hourlong legal soap about an idealistic group of lawyers who not only work together but live together at their start-up firm.
CAST: Rebecca Breeds, Parker Sawyers, Ruffin Prentiss, Jamie Chung, John Gabriel, Monique Coleman, Noel Fisher, Gail O’Grady

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: EuropaCorp TV/Universal TV
TEAM: Alexander Cary (w, ep, sr), Luc Besson (ep), Matthew Gross (ep), Edouard de Vesinne (ep), Thomas Anargyros (ep), Adam Graves (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Modern-day prequel to the feature franchise about retired CIA operative Bryan Mills’ one-man mission to save his kidnapped daughter. The new project depicts how a young Mills develops his particular skill set.
CAST: Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Monique Gabriela Curnen, James Landry Hebert, Michael Irby, Brooklyn Sudano, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Jennifer Marsala, Simu Liu

TIMELESS (fka Time)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV/Davis Entertainment/Kripke Enterprises/MiddKid Productions
TEAM: Eric Kripke (w, ep), Shawn Ryan (w, ep, sr), John Davis (ep), John Fox (ep), Marney Hochman (ep), Neil Marshall (d, ep)
LOGLINE: An unlikely who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.
CAST: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Visnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey, Claudia Doumit

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony TV, Davis Entertainment
TEAM: Jon Bokenkamp (w, ep), John Eisendrath (w, ep), John Davis (ep), John Fox (ep), Michael Dinner (d)
LOGLINE: Tom Keen joins forces with Susan “Scottie” Hargrave, the brilliant and cunning chief of Grey Matters, a covert mercenary organization that solves problems governments don’t dare touch.
CAST: Famke Janssen, Ryan Eggold, Edi Gathegi, Tawny Cypress

THIS IS US (fka 36)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Dan Fogelman (w, ep), John Requa (d, ep), Glenn Ficarra (d, ep), Jess Rosenthal (ep), Charlie Gogolak (ep)
LOGLINE: Dramedy follows an ensemble — some of them sharing the same birthday — whose life stories intertwine in curious ways.
CAST: Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Ron Cephas Jones



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