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


2017 ABC Pilots


ALEX, INC. (single camera; fka Start Up)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony Television/Davis Entertainment/ABC Studios
TEAM: Matt Tarses (w, ep), Zach Braff (d, ep), John Davis (ep), John Fox (ep), Alex Blumberg (ep), Chris Giliberti (ep), Matt Lieber (ep)
LOGLINE: Alex Schuman is an inquisitive journalist, husband and father who dives headfirst into the brave new world of entrepreneurship when he quits his stable job and starts his own business. Based on the podcast.
CAST: Zach Braff, Tiya Sircar, Hillary Anne Mathews, Michael Imperioli, Elisha Henig, Audyssie James, Chris Sacca

CHARLIE FOXTROT (single camera)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Sam Sklaver (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Todd Holland (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Captain Charlie Taylor is a cautious, lovable dentist stationed at Fort Bragg who promises to look after his brother’s impulsive fiancée and her two misfit teens while the brother is deployed in Iraq.
CAST: Jason Biggs, Anna Ortiz, Swoozie Kurtz, Robert Baker

HOUSEHOLD NAME (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Universal TV/Paper Kite
TEAM: Michael Saltzman (w, ep), Amy Peohler (ep), Brooke Posch (ep), Dave Becky (ep), Michael Pelmont (ep)
LOGLINE: A family gets a chance to buy the house of their dreams but under extremely abnormal circumstances: They must live with the current owner — an eccentric, larger-than-life actress — until she dies.
CAST: Carol Burnett, Mary Holland, Matt Oberg, Timothy Omundson

JALEN VS. EVERYBODY (single camera)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/20th Century Fox Television/Fierce Baby
TEAM: Nahnatchka Khan (w, ep), Jake Kasdan (ep), Melvin Mar (ep), Mandy Summers (ep), Chris Koch
LOGLINE: Follows former NBA star and current TV personality Jalen Rose as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad. 
Jalen Rose, Anna Maria Horsford, Marla Gibbs, Kelly Jenrette, Laysla de Oliveira, Jessica McKenna, Rich Sommer

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, Caitlin McGee

LOSING IT (single camera)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: DJ Nash (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Julie Anne Robinson (d)
LOGLINE: Three misfit adult siblings and their parents who — between divorce, new parenthood, early-onset dementia and let’s just say life — are all losing it in different ways. And family is the only way they’re going to find it.
CAST: Jon Cryer, Natalie Morales, Sam Huntington

THE MAYOR (single camera; fka Untitled City Mayor Project)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Brownstone Productions/Bluegrass FanFare
TEAM: Jeremy Bronson (w, ep), Daveed Diggs (ep), Jamie Tarses (ep), Scott Stuber (ep), Dylan Clark (ep), James Griffiths (d, ep)
LOGLINE:  When an outspoken, idealistic rapper runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall.
CAST: Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele, Bernard David Jones, Marcel Spears, Yvette Nicole Brown

RAISED BY WOLVES (single camera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Berlanti Productions/Big Talk Productions
TEAM: Diablo Cody (w, ep), Greg Berlani (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Caitlin Moran (ep), Caroline Moran (ep), Kenton Allen (ep), Matthew Justice (ep), Caroline Leddy (ep)
LOGLINE: Sheila Gable is one tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town. Based on the UK series.
CAST: Georgia King, Craig T. Nelson, Izabella Alvarez, Talia Jackson, Cooper J. Friedman

ROSEANNE (multicamera; series revival)
Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Carsey-Werner Television
TEAM: Tom Werner (ep), Roseanne Barr (ep), Sara Gilbert (ep), Bruce Helford (ep, sr), Whitney Cummings (ep, sr), Tony Hernandez (ep)
LOGLINE: Revival of 1988-97 ABC sitcom with original cast.
CAST: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Lecy Goranson, Sarah Chalke

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Piece of Pie Productions/A Very Good Productions
TEAM: Emily Kapnek (w, ep), Ellen DeGeneres (ep), Jeff Kleeman (ep), Mette Heeno (ep), Mie Andreasen (ep), Hella Joof (ep), Dean Holland (d)
LOGLINE: The story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Based on the 2016 Danish series.
CAST: Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson, Bobby Lee, Diane Farr, Lindsay Price, Olivia Keville, Van Crosby, Sander Thomas

STUDIO: Warner Bros Television/Brownstone Productions
TEAM: Jay Scherick (w, ep), David Ronn (w, ep), Elizabeth Banks (ep), Max Handelman (ep), Michael Engler (d)
LOGLINE: A driven but stubborn detective finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Although these two have completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a successful partnership is born.
CAST: Meaghan Rath, Laverne Cox, David Warshofsky, Lance Gross, Tim Kang, L. Scott Caldwell, Berto Colon

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony TV/Happy Madison/Exhibit A
TEAM: Adam F. Goldberg (w, ep), Doug Robinson (ep), Marc Firek (w, ep), Seth Gordon (ep), Doug Robinson (ep), Jay Chandrasekhar (d)
LOGLINE: Set in the 1990s, it follows two high school teachers who become unlikely father figures to the kids at their Philadelphia school, the same school Adam of The Goldbergs graduated from. One of the teachers is coach Mr. Mellor, a recurring character on Goldbergs.
CAST: Bryan Callen, Tim Meadows, Rachel Crow, Summer Parker, Nia Long

Ordered straight to series

TEAM: Kenya Barris (w, ep, sr), Julie Bean (w, ep, sr), Alec Baldwin (ep)
LOGLINE: A stuck-in-his-ways, opinionated, fading TV star moves in with his progressive daughter, her girlfriend and the child they are raising together.

TEAM: Dannah Phirman (w, ep), Danielle Schneider (w, ep), Sarah Haskins (ep), Emily Halpern (ep), Beth McCarthy-Miller (d)
LOGLINE: An intellectual but emotionally challenged single dad moves to Queens with his two young daughters and forms an unlikely family with the other residents in their apartment building.
CAST: Rob Riggle, Lombardo Boyar


Picked up to series
TEAM: Dan Dworkin (w, ep), Jay Beattie (w, ep), Jason Reed (ep), Rob Bowman (d)
LOGLINE: Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.
CAST: Steve Zahn, Natalie Martinez, Sandrine Holt, Rick Gomez, Jay Karnes, Marcuis Harris, Simone Kessell, Kelley Missal, Rob Campbell, Grant Harvey, Bailey Skodje, John D’Leo, Luc Roderique, Tommy Bastow,

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Berlanti Productions/Quinn’s House/Warner Bros. Television
TEAM: Chris Fedak (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Martin Gero (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), David Nutter (d, ep), David Kwong (co-p)
LOGLINE: When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion — the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career.
CAST: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Ilfenesh Hadera, Lenora Crichlow, Amaury Nolasco, Justin Chon, Laila Robins, Vinnie Jones

STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV
TEAM: Mark Bianculli (w, ep), VJ Boyd (w, ep), Carol Mendelsohn (ep), Julie Weitz (ep), Joachim Ronning (d)
LOGLINE: In the aftermath of 9/11, the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the list is sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs that’s ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.
CAST: Claire Holt, Jack Davenport, Rachelle Lefevre, Dan Byrd, Taye Diggs, Rochelle Aytes

Picked up to series
TEAM: Paul William Davies (w, ep), Don Todd (ep), Shonda Rhimes (ep), Betsy Beers (ep), Tom Verica (d)
LOGLINE: Set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” legal drama follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution — as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.
CAST: Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Lyndon Smith, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Regé-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Anna Deavere Smith

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV/ABC Studios
TEAM: David Shore (w, ep), Daniel Dae Kim (ep), David Kim (ep), Sebastian Lee (ep), Erin Gunn (co-ep), Seth Gordon (d, ep), Lindsay Goffman (co-ep)
LOGLINE: A young surgeon with Savant syndrome is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. The question will arise: Can a person who doesn’t have the ability to relate to people actually save their lives?
CAST: Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff, Beau Garrett

Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Fazekas & Butters
TEAM:  Michele Fazekas (w, ep), Tara Butters (w, ep), Paul McGuigan (d), Robert Atwood (p)
LOGLINE: Kevin is a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.
CAST: Jason Ritter, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Cristela Alonzo, J. August Richards, Chloe East, Dustin Ybarra, India de Beaufort

LAS REINAS (originally developed in 2014-15)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/The Mark Gordon Company
TEAM: Dean Georgaris (w, ep), Mark Gordon (ep), Nic Pepper (ep), Liz Friedlander (d)
LOGLINE: Detective Sonya De La Reina is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family – the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, Sonya must walk the murky line between the law and her family, and question her true destiny as a De La Reina.
CAST: Daniella Alonso, Matthew Davis, John Corbett, Amanda Warren, Eric Winter, Shalim Ortiz

Ordered straight to series, eight episodes; first two to premiere in Imax theaters
STUDIO: Marvel Television/ABC Studios
TEAM: Scott Buck (w, ep, sr), Jeph Loeb (ep), Jim Chory (ep), Roel Reine (d)
LOGLINE: The Inhumans are a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, and the TV series will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
CAST: Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan, Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moh, Sonya Balmores, Ellen Woglom

STUDIO: ABC Studios/Keshet/Beta
TEAM: Josh Appelbaum (w, ep), Andre Nemec (w, ep), Jeff Pinkner (w, ep), Scott Rosenberg (w, ep), Avi Nir (ep), Alon Shtruzman (ep), Peter Traugott (ep), Rachel Kaplan (ep), Gary Fleder (d)
LOGLINE: A brilliant but misanthropic engineer recruits a skeptical Homeland Security agent to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the elite and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that might be linked to a greater conspiracy. Based on the 2012 Belgian series.
CAST: Larenz Tate, Allison Miller, John Leguizamo, Neil Sandilands, Elaine Tan

Ordered straight to series, 10 episodes
STUDIO: Thunderbird Entertainment/ITV Studios
TEAM: Stephen Tolkin (w, ep), Ivan Fecan (ep), Joseph Broido (ep)
LOGLINE: Superstar news producer and fiercely loving mom Laura Price isn’t crazy: She knows her daughter Serena is going to be murdered. She doesn’t know who the murderer is or why she’ll be killed, but she knows exactly when it will happen, where and how. Despite this, all of her attempts to keep her daughter safe fail, and Serena’s fixed, unmovable, terrifying fate keeps her directly in the path of her killer.
CAST: Paula Patton

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Tandem Productions
TEAM: Andrew W. Marlowe (w, ep), Terri Edda Miller (w, ep), Rola Bauer (ep), Tim Halkin (ep)
LOGLINE: Ella is the former star of a hit cop series who’s fresh out of rehab following a bender of epic proportion. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing rough-and-tumble private investigator Eddie as research for a potential comeback role. Ella proves to be valuable, drawing on her acting skills and 200 episodes of playing a detective. When the press touts her role in solving a high-profile case, Eddie finds his phone ringing off the hook with new clients looking to hire them.
CAST: Rachel Bilson, Eddie Cibrian

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY (held over from 2016)
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

TEAM: Lindsey Shockley (w, ep), Kenya Barris (ep), Toni Collette (ep), David Gordon Green (d)
LOGLINE: Jackie Fink is a brilliant but unassuming CIA engineer and single mom who leads a team of desk jockeys into the field as secret agents. Overlooked in the workplace, their invisibility makes them perfect for the CIA’s most covert missions.
CAST: Toni Collette, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Rob Huebel, Dana Powell, Peter Cambor, Parvesh Cheena, Ayden Mayeri, Jamey Sheridan

STATION 19 (fka Untitled Grey’s Anatomy Spinoff)
Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Shondaland
TEAM: Stacy McKee (w, ep, co-sr), Don Todd (ep), Shonda Rhimes (ep), Betsy Beers (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows a group of heroic Seattle firefighters — from the captain to the newest recruit. These brave men and women risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.
Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Grey Damon, Barrett Doss, Alberto Frezza, Jay Hayden, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre, Miguel Sandoval, Brett Tucker (recurring)

Not going forward; being shopped
TEAM: Marc Cherry (w, ep, sr), Sabrina Wind (ep), Reba McEntire (ep), Mindy Schultheis (ep), Michael Hanel (ep), Michael Offer (d)
LOGLINE: The sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, KY, finds her red-state outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance as the sheriff takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this Southern gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own.
CAST: Reba McEntire, Saamer Usmani, Jack Coleman, Ryan McPartlin, Ben Esler, Natalie Hall, Saidah Ekulona, W. Earl Brown, Roslyn Ruff



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