Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders
2017 USA Network Pilots
Not moving forward after being ordered straight to series STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/Platform One Media TEAM: Brian McGreevy (w, ep), Lee Shipman (w, ep), Philipp Meyer (w, ep), Micharl De Luca (ep), David Gordon Green (d, ep), Quan Phung (ep), Elisa Ellis (ep), Courtney Conte (ep), Elishia Holmes (co-ep) LOGLINE: Set in a small Pennsylvania rust belt town, it follows the rise and fall of a crime-riddled community as seen through the eyes of a sheriff with a history of violence.
DAMNATION Picked up to series STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/Netflix TEAM: Tony Tost (w, ep), Guymon Casady (ep), James Mangold (ep), Daniel Rappaport (ep), Gillian Berrie (ep), David Mackenzie (d, ep) LOGLINE: An epic saga of the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, chronicling the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, charlatans and prophets. The pilot centers on Seth Davenport, a man masquerading as a small-town Iowa preacher in the hope of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo. Focused on his mission, he is unaware that an industrialist tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker to stop the uprising by any means necessary. But unbeknownst to those around them, these two men already share a secret bloody past. CAST: Killian Scott, Logan Marshall-Green, Sarah Jones, Chasten Harmon, Christopher Heyerdahl, Melinda Page Hamilton
OLIVE FOREVER Not going forward; will be shopped STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/AwesomenessTV TEAM: Brian Duffield (w, ep), Brian Robbins (ep), Nicki Cortese (ep), Matt Kaplan (ep), Brett Bouttier (ep), Matt Shakman (d, ep) LOGLINE: Olive is a mysterious high school student with an affection for cat burglary-type shenanigans, mostly because she is a cat burglar. New to a sleepy town with a criminal underbelly, Olive must navigate new foster parents, new boyfriends, new gangsters — and new crime opportunities. CAST: Emily Rudd, Sarah Yarkin, Adam DiMarco
THE SINNER Picked up to series STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions TEAM: Derek Simonds (w, ep), Jessica Biel (ep), Michelle Purple (ep), Antonio Campos (d, ep) LOGLINE: Overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, a young mother commits a startling and very public act of violence – and to her horror has no idea why. A rogue investigator finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive, and together they travel into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past. CAST: Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman
THE TAP (originally set up at USA in 2014) Not going forward STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions TEAM: Andrew Lenchewski (w, ep), Aaron Tracy (w, co-ep), Rob Reiner (ep), Alan Greisman (ep), Charlie Ebersol (ep), Simon Cellan Jones (d) LOGLINE: Set at Yale University circa 1969, during the height of America’s cultural and political revolution — a time when the campus is being upended by antiwar protests, race riots and the arrival of its first female students. There, three students struggle to find their true identities, including the ambitious and self-consciously conservative Jay, who desperately aspires to join the powerful secret society of Skull and Bones; Michelle, a strong minded feminist who has difficulty finding her community at the predominantly male institution; and Gloria, a student who’d prefer to focus on her education rather than involve herself in racial politics.
CAST: Colin Woodell, Erinn Westbrook, Ginny Gardner and David Corenswet
UNSOLVED: THE MURDERS OF TUPAC AND THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Picked up to series STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions TEAM: Kyle Long (w, ep), Anthony Hemingway (d, ep), Mark Taylor (ep). Greg Kading (co-ep) LOGLINE: Chronicles the two major police investigations into the murders of rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who wrote the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. CAST: Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson, Bokeem Woodbine, Marcc Rose, Wavyy Jonez, Luke James, Aisha Hinds, Letoya Luckett, Jamie McShane, Brent Sexton
UNTITLED SUITS SPINOFF (backdoor pilot) Picked up to series STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions TEAM: Aaron Korsh (w, ep), Daniel Arkin (ep), Anton Cropper (d), Doug Liman (ep), David Bartis (ep), Gene Klein (ep) LOGLINE: Powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics and must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate the unknown territory. CAST: Gina Torres, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Morgan Spector