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

2017 CBS Pilots

2017 CBS Pilots


BROTHERED UP (multi-camera)
TEAM: Mark Gross (w, ep), James Burrows (d, ep)
LOGLINE: An emotionally guarded African-American cop gets partnered with an emotionally available Pakistani cop and they are forced to find a way to connect as they patrol a Detroit neighborhood.
CAST: D.J. Hughley, Adhir Kalyan, Nishi Munshi, Glynn Turman, Merrin Dungey, John. C. McGinley

BY THE BOOK (multi-camera; fka Living Bibically)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Patrick Walsh (w, ep), Johnny Galecki (ep), Spencer Medof (ep), Andy Ackerman (d)
LOGLINE: A modern-day man at a crossroads in his life decides to live according to the Bible. Based on A.J. Jacobs’ bestseller The Year of Living Biblically.
CAST: Jay R. Ferguson, Lindsey Kraft, Ian Gomez, David Krumholtz, Tony Rock, Camryn Manheim

DISTEFANO (multi-camera/hybrid)
TEAM: Carter Bays (w, ep), Craig Thomas (w, ep), Chris Distefano (co-ep),  Brian Bockrath (ep), Pamela Fryman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Izzy and Chris are twentysomethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their loud families – one Puerto Rican, one Italian. Inspired by the comedy of Chris Distefano.
CAST: Chris Distefano, Annie Potts, Diane Guerrero

STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV/CBS Television Studios/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Matt Tarses (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Wendi Trilling (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Fiona Clark (ep), Steve Pink (d)
LOGLINE: A woman has made some interesting choices throughout her life – namely, having three kids with three different men – but all have led her to having a very unique, loving, blended family.
CAST: Alice Eve, Tyler Labine, Kyle Howard

ME, MYSELF AND I (single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Kapital Entertainment/Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Dan Kopelman (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Randall Einhorn (d, ep; pilot only)
LOGLINE: Examines one man’s life over a 50-year span, focusing on three distinct periods: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day and a 65-year-old in 2042.
CAST: Bobby Moynihan, Jack Dylan Grazer, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Kelen Coleman, Skylar Gray, Christopher Paul Richards, Mandell Maughan, Reylynn Caster, Sharon Lawrence, John Larroquette

9JKL (multi-camera; fka 9J, 9K and 9L)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Dana Klein (w, ep), Mark Feuerstein (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Wendi Trilling (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Pamela Fryman (d, ep), Austen Earl (co-ep)

LOGLINE: Inspired by a time in Mark Feuerstein’s adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby’s apartment, 9L, and his attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well-meaning family.
CAST: Mark Feuerstein, Linda Lavin, Elliott Gould, David Walton, Liza Lapira, Matt Murray, Albert Tsai, Paul Feig (guest)

REAL LIFE (hybrid)
TEAM: Hilary Winston (w, ep), Carter Bays (ep), Craig Thomas (ep), Pam Fryman (d)
LOGLINE: Chronicles the relationship of two twentysomethings who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in the same office.
CAST: Rebecca Rittenhouse, Brenda Song, Luke Hazlett, Kristen Johnston, Bret Harrison, Ryan Hansen (guest)

YOUNG SHELDON (single camera)
Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Chuck Lorre Productions 
TEAM: Chuck Lorre (w, ep), Steven Molaro (w, ep, sr), Jim Parsons (ep), Todd Spiewak (ep), Jon Favreau (d, ep)
LOGLINE: The Big Bang Theory prequel follows Sheldon Cooper at age 9, who can figure out almost anything but his football-loving, churchgoing, small-town Texan family.
CAST: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord, Montana Jordan, Jim Parsons (narrator)


BLOOD & TREASURE (for summer 2019)
Ordered straight to series; 13 episodes
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Matt Federman (w, ep), Stephen Scaia (w, ep), Taylor Elmore (ep, sr), Ben Silverman (ep), Marc Webb (d, ep), Mark Vlasic (ep)
LOGLINE: A brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. As they crisscross the globe hunting their target, they unexpectedly find themselves at the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.

STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Bridget Carpenter (w, ep), James Strong (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A team of tireless Internet journalists pursue and expose stories of injustice using their unconventional investigative techniques in today’s anything-goes world of reporting.
CAST: Amy Brenneman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Brad Garrett, Alex Fitzalan, Jeananne Goossen, Michael Rady

Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Michael Rauch (w, ep), Alex Kurtzman (ep), Heather Kadin (ep), James Patterson (ep), Bill Robinson (ep), Leopoldo Gout (ep),Alan Cumming (ep), Marc Webb (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A former CIA operative who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Based on James Patterson’s upcoming book.
CAST: Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Naveen Andrews, Sharon Leal

STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Andy Weir (w, ep), Brian Buckner (ep, sr) Simon Kinberg (ep), Charles Eglee (ep, sr), Courtney Conte (ep), Quan Phung (ep), Aditya Sood (ep), Jeremy Podeswa (d)
LOGLINE: The next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists juggle both their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error.
CAST: David Giuntoli, Poppy Montgomery, Ricardo Chavira, Peyton List

STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Craig Turk (w, ep), Paris Barclay (d, ep)
LOGLINE: After his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, the former General Counsel for the NSA embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston, facing the reality that while half the country thinks he’s our greatest patriot, the other half thinks he’s a traitor.
CAST: Noah Wyle, Kristin Chenowith, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lenny Platt, Shanley Caswell, Adrienne Warren, Stephanie Szostak

SEAL TEAM (fka Untitled SEAL project)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Ben Cavell (w, ep), Sarah Timberman (ep), Ed Redlich (ep, sr), Carl Beverly (ep), Chris Chulack (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them.
CAST: David Boreanaz, Max Thierot, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks, Jessica Paré

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV/CBS Television Studios/Perfect Storm Entertainment
TEAM: Aaron Thomas (w, ep), Shawn Ryan (ep), Neal Moritz (ep), Marney Hochman (ep), Danielle Woodrow (ep), Pavun Shetty (ep), Justin Lin (d, ep),
LOGLINE: A locally born and bred SWAT lieutenant is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. . Inspired by the 2003 Sony movie.
CAST: Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Peter Onorati

STUDIO: CBS Television Studios/Secret Hideout
TEAM: Jenny Lumet (w, ep), Katie Couric (ep), David Marshall Grant (ep), Alex Kurtzman (ep), Heather Kadin (ep), Richard Shepard (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Members of an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit solve myriad crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases.
CAST: Sharon Leal, Omar Metwally, Grace Rex, Sheaun McKinney, Brad William Henke, Zach Appelman, Kevin Daniels

Pushed for casting reasons
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Paul Attanasio (w, ep), Rodrigo Garcia (d, ep), Leonard Goldberg (ep), David Barrett (ep)
LOGLINE: Revolves around the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement.
CAST: David Castaneda, Roberto Aguire

Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/Universal Television/Keshet Studios
TEAM: Ted Humphrey (w, ep), Avi Nir (ep), Alon Shtruzman (ep), Peter Traugott (ep), Rachel Kaplan (ep), Dror Mishani (ep), Shira Hadad (ep), Adam Davidson (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, it centers on a tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowd-sourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionizing crime solving in San Francisco. Based on the Israeli format.
CAST: Jeremy Piven, Richard T. Jones, Jake Matthews, Blake Lee, Natalia Tena, Monica Potter



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