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

2017 Lifetime Pilots

2017 Lifetime Pilots


Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: A+E Studios/IM Global Television
TEAM: Jamie Denbo (w, ep), Jenji Kohan (ep), Tara Herrmann (ep)
LOGLINE: An Upper East Side socialite runs away after her dream wedding goes awry, only to find herself stranded in the middle of a Renaissance Faire with no phone and no way home. She soon discovers her outburst has made tabloid headlines and experiences a nervous breakdown, leading her to re-evaluate her life.

A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE (originally set up in 2014)
STUDIO: A+E Studios
TEAM: Anthony Jaswinski (w, co-ep), Jeff Kwatinez (ep), Josh Barry (ep), Gary Fleder (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Four young lovers steal off into the woods in pursuit of their romantic desires, but their plans are quickly thwarted when terrifying forces target the stranded group, using their own fantasies and darkest secrets against them. Will they rise above their own frailties in order to survive sinister forces? It’s only a matter of time until the faces of love and terror wear the same mask.
CAST: Dominic Monaghan, Daisy Head, Jake Robinson, Ellie Gall, Casey Deidrick, Eric Balfour, Chelsea Gilligan, Paul Walter Hauser, Gary Fleder, Rhys Ward, Thomas Cadrot, Anjali Jay, Courtney Love

SEA CHANGE (two-hour pilot)
STUDIO: MarVista Entertainment and Piller/Segan
TEAM: Liz Sczudlo (w), Fernando Szew (ep), Lloyd Segan (ep), Sharon Bordas (ep), David MacLeod (ep), Adam Fratto (ep), Chris Grismer (d, ep)
LOGLINE: After the death of her father, a strong 17-year-old girl moves to a small Nantucket-like island to live with her estranged mother. There she is pulled into classic small-town rivalries and clashes with her mother but quickly learns the depth of those conflicts when the island legend about dangerous Sea Walkers appears to be true, presenting a mystery for her and her family.
CAST: Emily Rudd, Maria Dizza, Keenan Tracey, Skyler Maxon

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Berlanti Productions
TEAM: Greg Berlanti (w, ep),  Sera Gamble (w, ep), Sarah Schechte (ep), Leslie Morgenstein (ep), Gina Girolamo (ep),
LOGLINE: A 21st century love story that asks, “What would you do for love?” When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the Internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way.
CAST: Penn Badgley


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