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

2017 Showtime Pilots

2017 Showtime Pilots


STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV Studios/Showtime
TEAM: David Caspe (w, ep, sr), Jordan Cahan (w, ep, sr), Seth Rogen (d, ep), Evan Goldberg (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Set against the events of October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in U.S. history – it’s the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party and the glass ceiling.
CAST: Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
TEAM: Dave Holstein (w, ep, sr), Michel Gondry (d, ep), Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente (ep), Raffi Adlan (ep), Michael Aguilar (ep)
LOGLINE: Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, is an icon of children’s television who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire. But when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
CAST: Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella

MATING (originally set up in 2014)
Not going forward
STUDIO: Universal TV/Showtime/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

Picked up to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: ABC Signature Studios/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)

Picked up to series
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)


THE CHI (formerly Untitled Lena Waithe/Common)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Fox 21 TV Studios/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Lena Waithe (w, ep, sr), Elwood Reed (ep, sr), Common (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Rick Famuyiwa (d, ep), Adam Glass (co-ep)
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.
CAST: Jason Mitchell, Tiffany Boone, Alex R. Hibbert, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jahking Guillory, Steven Williams (recurring)

STUDIO: Showtime/Pearl Street
TEAM: Chuck MacLean (w), Ben Affleck (ep), Matt Damon (ep), Jennifer Todd (ep), James Mangold (ep), Michael Cuesta (d, ep), Kevin Bacon (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Set in Boston in the early 1990s when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies, in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it all suddenly was changed by what was called the “Boston Miracle.” An African-American district dttorney comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo.
CAST: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Kevin Chapman, Jere Shea, Lauren E. Banks

Limited series; five episodes
STUDIO: Showtime/Sky Atlantic/Two Cities Television
TEAM: David Nicholls (w), Michael Jackson (ep), Rachael Horovitz (ep), Benedict Cumberbatch (ep), Adam Ackland (ep), Edward Berger (d)
LOGLINE: Follows Patrick Melrose’s life from his horribly abusive youth at the hands of his father and the mother who tacitly condones the behavior to the outrageous playboy he becomes and the struggles he endures to defy the damage of his own past. Each episode is devoted to one of Edward St. Aubyn’s five semiautobiographical novels.
CAST: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving


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