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

2017 The CW Pilots

2017 The CW Pilots


BLACK LIGHTNING (picked up from Fox in turnaround)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Berlanti Productions/Akil Productions
TEAM: Mara Brock Akil (w, ep), Salim Akil (w, ep, d, sr), Greg Berlanti (ep),  Sarah Schechter (ep)
LOGLINE: Jefferson Pierce made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.
CAST: Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, Christine Adams

Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios/Fake Empire
TEAM: Josh Schwartz (w, ep), Stephanie Savage (w, ep), Sallie Patrick (w, ep, sr), Esther Shapiro (ep), Richard Shapiro (ep), Brad Silberling (d), Lis Rowinski (co-ep)
LOGLINE: A modernized reboot of the 1980s primetime soap that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington, and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class. Features the 1% in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals.
CAST: Grant Show, Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, James Mackay, Alan Dale, Sam Adegoke, Robert Christopher Riley, Rafael de la Fuente

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Doozer Productions
TEAM: Erin Cardillo (w, ep), Richard Keith (w, ep) Bill Lawrence (ep), Jeff Ingold (ep), Oliver Goldstick (ep,) Lee Toland Krieger (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Hourlong dramedy centers on a young woman who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. When finds out that she’s not dying after all, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.”
CAST: Lucy Hale, Elliott Knight, Dylan Walsh, Gillian Vigman, Jayson Blair, Brooke Lyons, Carlos PenaVega

Not going forward
STUDIO: Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Television
TEAM: Jason Rothenberg (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Dean White (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A group of unlikely heroes finds themselves on the journey of a lifetime. Ten years after the death of their parents, a pragmatic brother and free-spirited sister are forced to team up when they learn that their mother’s terrifying and bizarre stories might be a road map to discovering the great legends, myths and unexplainable mysteries of the world.
CAST: Zane Holtz, William Miller, Jeanine Mason, Alex McGregor, Josh Kidd, Marc Blucas

Picked up to series
STUDIO:  CBS TV Studios/Warner Bros. Television
TEAM: Kyle Jarrow (w, ep), Anna Fricke (ep., sr), Bill Haber (ep), Michael Robin (d, ep)
LOGLINE: The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.
CAST: Matt Barr, Christina Ochoa, Charlie Barnett, W. Tré Davis, Nigel Thatch, Corbin Reid, Nigel Thatch, Melissa Roxburgh



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