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

2016 Showtime Pilots

2016 Showtime Pilots


Picked up to series
STUDIO: Endemol Shine Studios/Assembly Entertainment
TEAM: Dave Flebotte (w, ep), Jim Carrey (w, ep), Jonathan Levine (d), Michael Aguilar (ep), Christina Wayne (ep)
LOGLINE: Story revolves around the famous Hollywood comedy clubs of the 1970s, which launched the careers of a slew of comedy superstars. It delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the complex business of making an audience laugh. Based on the nonfiction book by William Knoedelseder.
CAST: RJ Cyler, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Sebastian Stan, Clark Duke, Stephen Guarino, Brianne Howey, Richard Kind

MATING (originally set up in 2014)
STUDIO: Universal TV/True Jack Productions
TEAM: Stu Zicherman (w, ep), Jason Katims (ep), Michelle Lee (ep), Craig Johnson (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Explores modern dating and relationships, with each season chronicling a different protagonist’s journey. The first season-long arc will center on a recently divorced guy who tries to evolve and connect one date at a time.
CAST: Taran Killam, Jim Belushi

STUDIO: ABC Signature/Showtime
TEAM: Frankie Shaw (w, d, p), Lee Eisenberg (ep), Gene Stupnitsky (ep), Michael London (ep)
LOGLINE: A raw look at a single twentysomething in Boston whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of being a young single mother.
CAST: Frankie Shaw, Rosie O’Donnell, Samara Weaving, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Alex Brightman (guest), Kyle Vincent Terry (guest), Graham Rogers (guest)

STUDIO: Lionsgate TV/Showtime
TEAM: Jamie Foxx (ep), Tom Kapinos (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Centers on a talented young African-American comedian whose star is rising, forcing him to navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining his credibility as he begins to cross over toward becoming “white famous.”
Jay Pharoah, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jamie Foxx (recurring)


PURITY (limited series)
Ordered straight to series; 20 episodes
STUDIO: Scott Rudin Productions
TEAM:  Todd Field (w, d, ep), Jonathan Franzen (w, ep), David Hare (w,ep), Scott Rudin (ep), EIi Bush (ep)
LOGLINE: Pip is a young American woman who does not know who she is. Andreas Wolf is a charismatic German provocateur who heads a South America-based organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world. Pip gets an internship there in search of her identity.
CAST: Daniel Craig

Pilot being recast and re-shot
STUDIO: Fox 21 TV Studios
TEAM: Lena Waithe (w, ep), Common (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Rick Famuyiwa (d, ep), Elwood Reed (ep, sr)
LOGLINE: Set in Chicago, it’s the coming-of-age story of a young African-American male in which growing up can be a matter of life and death.


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