Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders
2017 HBO Pilots
A LOT STUDIO: HBO TEAM: Whitney Cummings (w, ep), Jenny Bicks (w, ep), Tom Werner (ep), Jimmy Miller (ep), Maureen Dowd (ep) LOGLINE: A comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior. Inspired by Maureen Dowd’s 2005 book. CAST: Whitney Cummings, John Ratzenberger, Brett Goldstein, Lucy Punch, Krystal Smith, Jen Tullock
AVENUE 5 (working title) STUDIO: HBO TEAM: Armando Iannucci (w, ep) LOGLINE: Under wraps but set in the future, mostly in space.
THE GORBURGER SHOW Not going forward STUDIO: 3 Arts/Funny or Die/Party Over Here TEAM: T.J. Miller (w, ep), Josh Martin (w, ep, d), Ryan McNeely (w, ep, d), Dave Becky (ep), Sean Boyle (ep), Mike Farah (ep), Akiva Schaffer (ep), Jorma Taccone (ep) LOGLINE: A giant blue space monster invades a Japanese morning talk show and holds its staff hostage as he attempts to understand what it means to be human by interviewing celebrities, musicians and cultural icons. CAST: T.J. Miller
MAX STUDIO: HBO TEAM: Lena Dunham (d, ep), Murray Miller (w, ep), Jenni Konner (ep), Ilene Landress (ep) LOGLINE: Described as a raucous comedy set in 1963 about the struggles of second-wave feminism, centered on an ambitious magazine writer, Maxine Woodruff, looking for liberation. CAST: Zoe Kazan, Cary Elwes, Mary Birdsong
MEXICO CITY: ONLY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN (Spanish language) STUDIO: Broadway Video/Más Mejor TEAM: Fred Armisen (w, ep), Ana Fabrega (w, co-ep), Julio Torres (w, co-ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Alice Mathias (co-ep) LOGLINE: Set in a dreamy version of present-day Mexico City, it follows a group of friends obsessed with horror films and monster makeup. CAST: Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres
MOGADISHU, MINNESOTA Not going forward STUDIO: TEAM: K’naan Warsame (w, d, ep), Kathryn Bigelow (ep), Carolyn Strauss (ep) LOGLINE: Family drama grapples with what it means to be American – among the Somalis of Minneapolis.
CAST: Elvis Nolasco, K.C. Collins, Rif Hutton, Ezana Alem, Hanad Abdirahman Abdi, Selam Tadese, Prince Abdi, Yusra Warsama, Liya Kebede
SUCCESSION Picked up to series; 10 episodes STUDIO: Gary Sanchez Production TEAM: Jesse Armstrong (w, ep) Adam McKay(d, ep), Will Ferrell (ep), Frank Rich (ep), Kevin Messick (ep), Ilene S. Landress (ep) LOGLINE: Saga of a fictional American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful but also powerfully dysfunctional. It explores family loyalty, international business and the perils of power in the 21st century. CAST: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Hiam Abbass, Rob Yang, Parker Sawyers, Peter Friedman
UNTITLED ALAN BALL Ordered straight to series STUDIO: Your Face Goes Here TEAM: Alan Ball (w, ep), Peter Macdissi (ep) LOGLINE: Philosophy professor Greg Bishop and his lawyer wife Audrey Black are socially conscious idealists who decided to build a family by adopting children from Vietnam, Somalia and Colombia before having their own child in their 40s. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot. Is it mental illness? Or something else? CAST: Holly Hunter, Jerrika Hinton, Sosie Bacon, Daniel Zovatto, Raymond Lee
WATCHMEN STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV TEAM: Damon Lindelof (ep) LOGLINE: The dark satirical and dystopian take on the superhero genre is set in an alternate history in the year 1985 at the height of the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union. It revolves around a group of mostly retired American superheroes who investigate the murder of one of their own and in the process uncover a conspiracy that could change the course of history as we know it.