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

2017 TBS Pilots

2017 TBS Pilots


CLOSE ENOUGH (animated)
Ordered straight to series; 13 episodes
STUDIO: Cartoon Network Studios/Studio T
TEAM: J.G. Quintel (w, ep)
LOGLINE: A surreal take on transitioning from twentysomething to thirtysomething, the show revolves around a married couple juggling such everyday challenges as parenthood, friendship, ham theft, stripper clowns and choosing the right day care.

THE GUEST BOOK (single camera)
Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios/Studio T
TEAM: Greg Garcia (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Centering on a small-town vacation home and its visitors, it is based on fictitious stories Greg Garcia had been writing in the guest books of various rental cabins in an effort to freak out the next renters. The house and cast of characters living in this mountain town remain the same, with each episode featuring a different set of guests renting the house.
CAST: Maureen McCormick (guest)

Ordered straight to series; seven episodes
STUDIO: Broadway Video/Studio T
TEAM: Simon Rich (w, ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Daniel Radcliffe (ep), Owen Wilson (ep), Andrew Singer (ep)
LOGLINE: Anthology whose first season is set in heaven and follows Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers. His boss, God, pretty much has checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. To prevent Earth’s destruction, Craig must achieve his most impossible miracle to date.
CAST: Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan, Jon Bass, Karan Soni

Not going forward

TEAM: Aubrey Plaza (w, ep), Darcy Fowler (w, co-ep), Kieran Valla (w, co-ep), Seth Kirschner (w, co-ep)
LOGLINE: Set in Aubrey Plaza’s Nightmare Clinic, where celebrity guests check in to overcome recurring nightmares. Every episode features two insane nightmares, inspired by the horrors of modern society, and uses tropes and touchstones of the horror genre to guide audiences through its absurd universe. Thanks to advanced technology, we’re able to peer into their restless minds and witness their nightmares in real time. But what is “real” anyway? Maybe it’s all just a nightmare in Aubrey’s mind — one endless nightmare that eventually could destroy her and the entire world.
Aubrey Plaza (guest)

STUDIO: Principato-Young and IMG Original Content
TEAM: Rob Riggle (ep), Chris Pizzi (ep)
LOGLINE: Weekly late-night program showing the humor in the 24-hour digital cycle of sports, talk, news and entertainment, anchored from the “sports and entertainment capital of the world”: Las Vegas.
HOST: Rob Riggle

TARANTULA (animated)
Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Rough House Pictures/Studio T
TEAM: Carson Mell (w), Danny McBride (ep), Jody Hill (ep), David Gordon Green (ep), Brandon James (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows the residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel (aka “The Tarantula”). It centers on Echo Johnson, a respected but uncertified tattoo artist who delivers absurd yet introspective monologues. Echo’s poetic ramblings spin tales of misadventures with the other residents, as they partake in party crashing, dumpster diving and other socially dubious acts of mischief.

STUDIO: Electus/Studio T
TEAM: Jonathan Ames (w, ep), Ben Silverman (ep), Stephanie Davis (ep), Sean Canino (ep), Alan Poul (ep, d)
LOGLINE: Dark comedy about an asylum that operates like a family, and as in all families, the question of who is sane and who is not is open for discussion. It follows Henry Mueller, a charismatic high school English teacher who has a breakdown and is committed to a mental institution. There, under the watchful eye of Louise Baldwin, he begins to feel “sane.” Henry starts to question the system and the methods used to contain the inmates, ultimately becoming the leader of an inmate revolt. Based on Icelandic dramedy Heimsendir
CAST: Hamish Linklater, Wanda Sykes, Maribeth Monroe, Aasif Mandvi, Maya Kazan, Robin Bartlett, Ajay Naidu, James Ortiz

Ordered straight to series; 13 episodes
STUDIO: Absolutely/Studio T
TEAM: Robb Boardman (w, d), Dave Kneebone (ep), Tim Heidecker (ep), Eric Wareheim (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in a surreal version of Los Angeles, where Donny and Cory are roommates who look out for each other. Donny, a responsible adult with the temperament and outlook of a child, relies on guidance and life advice from Cory, the dad-like thirtysomething who has been crashing on his couch for quite some time.
CAST: Donny Divanian, Cory Loykasek, Robb Boardman (recurring)


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