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

2017 Syfy Pilots

2017 Syfy Pilots


STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV Studios/Universal Cable Productions
TEAM:  Rick Remender (w, ep), Miles Feldsott (w, ep), Joe Russo (ep), Anthony Russo (ep), Mike Larocca (ep). Adam Targum (d, ep), Lee Toland Krieger (ep, sr)
LOGLINE: Coming-of-age journey set against the backdrop of late-’80s counterculture follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a storied high school for assassins. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties might prove fatal.
CAST: Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, Maria Gabriela de Faria, Luke Tennie, Liam James, Michel Duval

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions
TEAM: Grant Morrison (w, ep), Brian Taylor (w, d, ep), Patrick Macmanus (ep, sr), Neal Moritz (ep), Pavun Shetty (ep), Toby Jaffe (ep), Chris Meloni (ep), Chris Meloni (ep), Bill Butler (p)
LOGLINE: Nick Sax is an intoxicated, corrupt cop-turned-hitman who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is changed forever by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse. Based on the graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson.
CAST: Chris Meloni, Bobby Moyhihan (voice), Lili Mirojnick, Patrick Fischler, Zabryna Guevara, Ritchie Coster, Debi Mazar (recurring) and Michael Maize (recurring)

Not going forward
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions
TEAM: Noga Landau (w, co-ep), James Frey (ep), Todd Cohen (ep)
LOGLINE: Supernatural horror-drama revolves around four siblings who reunite following their parents’ deaths. As they try to overcome their fractured personal relationships, they find that they also must face the literal ghosts from their past in order to survive.
CAST: Lyndsy Fonseca, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Steve Kazee, David Alpay, DeVaughn Nixon

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Horizon TV/Phantom Four
TEAM:  Damian Kindler (w, ep, sr), David S. Goyer (w, ep), Ian Goldberg (ep), Colm McCarthy (d, co-ep),
LOGLINE: Based on DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, it is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. It follows Superman’s grandfather, whose House of El was ostracized and shamed, as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.
CAST: Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre, Ian McElhinney, Shaun Sipos, Blake Ritson, Paula Malcomson (guest)

Not going forward
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions
TEAM: Caradog James (w, d, ep), John Giwa-Amu (ep), Andrew Miller (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence, it explores the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters – each of whom holds the key to humanity’s victory or its destruction. Based on the 2013 feature.
CAST: Annet Mahendru, Bridger Zadina, Olly Rix, Malachi Kirby, Indira Varma, Katee Sackhoff, Lance Henriksen, Jaeden Bettencourt

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/Netflix
TEAM: Jeff Buhler (w, ep), Dan Cerone (ep/sr), Gene Klein (ep), David Bartis (ep), Doug Liman (ep), Alison Rosenzweig (ep), Michael Gaeta (ep), Lloyd Ivan Miller (ep), Alice P. Neuhauser (ep), Mike Cahill (d), Robert Jaffe (p)
LOGLINE: Set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction, it follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hope of making contact with alien life. They are aboard the Nightflyer, a ship with a small, tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question one another — and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

Ordered straight to series; 13 episodes
STUDIO: XLerator Media/MVPTV
TEAM: Mario Van Peebles (w, d, p), Barry Gordon (p), Joel Anderson Thompson (sr), Laurence Andries (ep), Brusta Brown (w), John Mitchell Todd (w)
LOGLINE: Centers on the Mosley family, owners of the only funeral home in a fictitious town on the outskirts of New Orleans where they’re also keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor named The Dredge.
Robinne Lee, Brad James, W. Earl Brown, Demetria McKinney, Diamond Dallas Page, Morgana Van Peebles, T.C. Carter, Tatiana Lia Zappardino, Mario Van Peebles (recurring)

STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/Blumhouse Productions
TEAM: Andrew Miller (w, ep, sr), Kevin Bacon (ep), David Schiff (ep), Jessica Rhoades (ep), Vincenzo Natali (d)
LOGLINE: The killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back, and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee, who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex. Based on the 1990 movie.
CAST: Kevin Bacon, Emily Tremaine, Megan Ketch, Shiloh Fernandez


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