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


2018 ABC Pilots & Series Orders


BLESS THIS MESS (single camera; originally piloted at Fox)
Picked up to series; six episodes
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television
TEAM: Lake Bell (w, d, ep), Liz Meriwether (w, ep), Katherine Pope (ep)
LOGLINE: A newlywed couple gives up their drab and unfulfilling lives in NYC and moves to Nebraska to live a simpler life. It doesn’t work out like they planned.
CAST: Lake Bell, Dax Shepard, Ed Begley Jr., Pam Grier, JT Neal, Christina Offley

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios
TEAM: Rachna Fruchbom (w, ep), Nahnatchka Khan (ep), Mandy Summers (ep), Tawnia McKiernan (ep), Christine Gernon (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Meera is a 30-year-old woman who loves tequila and karaoke and has spent her life searching and failing to find meaning, much to the chagrin of her traditional Indian-American family. An inexplicable event occurs that will change the course of Meera’s life forever: She is entrusted with a super suit to protect the planet. Meera finally might have found purpose, but the world has never been in more unreliable hands. Inspired by the 1980s TV show.
CAST: George Wendt, Hannah Simone, Gia Sandhu, Zenobia Shroff, Shoniqua Shandai, Dennis Andres, Humphrey Ker, Ellie Reed

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (single camera; fka Untitled Tim Doyle Project)
Picked up to series
TEAM: Tim Doyle (w, ep), Randall Einhorn (d)
LOGLINE: Set in the 1970s, an Irish-Catholic family with a working-class dad, traditional mom and eight boisterous sons navigates changes big and small during one of America’s most turbulent decades.
CAST: Michael Cudlitz, Mary McCormack, Jack Gore, Sam Straley, Caleb MArtin Foote, Christopher Paul Richards, Sawyer Barth, Andy Walken, Sawyer Barth, Santino Barnard

MAN OF THE HOUSE (multi-camera hybrid)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/The Jackal Group/Simpson Street
TEAM: Frank Pines(w, ep), Vijal Patel (w, ep), Gail Berman (ep), Joe Earley (ep), Kerry Washington (ep), Pilar Savone (ep), Richie Keen (d)
LOGLINE: Two recently divorced sisters decide to move in together to raise their kids under one roof. The oldest kid and only son is left to figure out what manhood means in a world where he’s now completely surrounded by females.
CAST: Alyson Hannigan, Leslie Bibb, Jake Short, Jenna Ortega, Reece Caddell, Jimmy Kimmel (voice-over narrator)

MOST LIKELY TO (multi-camera)
STUDIO: /Berlanti ProductionsWarner Bros. TV
TEAM: Diablo Cody (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Pam Fryman (d)
LOGLINE: In high school, Liz Cooney had everything and Markie McQueen had nothing. Twenty years later, they’re reunited under the same roof as single moms and unlikely housemates.
CAST: Yvette Nicole Brown, Lesli Margherita, Laya DeLeon, Ashton Arbab, Mia Allan, Ella Allan, Donald Faison, Laya DeLeon

SINGLE PARENTS (single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: 2oth Century Fox Television/ABC Studios
TEAM: J.J. Philbin (w, ep), Liz Meriwether (ep), Katherine Pope (ep), Jason Winer (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A group of dysfunctional single parents lean on one another as they raise their kids, look for love and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of one another.
CAST: Jake Choi, Taran Killam, Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett, Kimrie Lewis, Jake Choi, Sadie Hazelett, Grace Hazelett, Devin Trey Campbell

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY (single camera; fka Three Rivers)
TEAM: Sherry Bilsing-Graham (w, ep), Ellen Kreamer (w, ep), Tristram Shapeero (d)
LOGLINE: Rebecca left her family’s Texas ranch years ago to work at an upscale hotel in New York, but after being promised ownership of the ranch by her smooth-talking cowboy dad Beau, she’s back and ready to utilize her big-city tactics to turn their rustic ranch into a destination spot oozing Southern hospitality. Getting her siblings to fall in line with her vision will be the real thorn in Rebecca’s side — and that’s going to be even harder once Beau reveals a life-changing family secret.
CAST: Annaleigh Ashford, John Larroquette, Stephanie Styles, Shakira Barrera, Andrew Keenan-Bolger

STEPS (single camera; cast options extended)
TEAM: Kristin Newman (w, ep), David Hoberman (ep), Todd Lieberman (ep), Laurie Zaks (ep), Todd Holland (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Four adults in three houses raise three kids after two divorces — together. Based on the Swedish format Bonus Family.
CAST: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kyle Bornheimer, Barry Rothbart, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Julie Hagerty, Cameron Boyce

SUE SUE IN THE CITY (single camera; fka The Middle Spinoff)
Not going forward; might be shopped
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Blackie and Blondie Productions
TEAM: Eileen Heisler (w, ep), DeAnn Heline (w, ep)
LOGLINE: The Middle spinoff follows the twentysomething adventures of eternal optimist Sue Heck as she leaves the small town of Orson to navigate the ups and downs of a career and young adulthood in the big city of Chicago.
CAST: Eden Sher, Brock Ciarletti, Kimberley Crossman, Finesse Mitchell, Aaron Branch, Chris Diamantopoulus

STUDIO: ABC Studios/Condé Nast Entertainment/3 Arts Entertianment
TEAM: Bobby Bowman (w, ep), Dawn Ostroff (ep), Jon Koa (ep)
LOGLINE: Inspired by Bobby Bowman’s childhood growing up with a father with mental illness, it features a dysfunctional family that perseveres despite their differences and finds happiness in unexpected places.
CAST: Lilla Crawford, Brooke Elliott, Johnny Sneed, Brenna D’Amico, Carson E. White, Will Kindrachuk

STUDIO: CBS TV Studios/ABC Studios
TEAM: Justin Noble (w, co-ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Will Gluck (d, ep), Richard Schwartz (ep), Wendi Trilling (ep), Kat Dennings (p)
LOGLINE: Revolves around two guest service associates at a high-end resort and the co-workers and guests that they’re stuck with for eight to 16 hours a day. Based on the book and blog How May We Hate You?
CAST: Kat Dennings, Elizabeth HoJason Michael Snow, Angela Kinsey, Derek Richardson, Nicole Byer

Order reduced to pilotoriginally ordered straight to series
TEAM: Kenya Barris (w, ep, sr), Julie Bean (w, ep, sr), Alec Baldwin (ep)
LOGLINE: A stuck-in-his-ways and opinionated fading TV star moves in with his progressive daughter, her girlfriend and the child they are raising together.

SCHOOLED (single camera; fka Untitle The Goldbergs Spinoff)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony TV/Happy Madison/Exhibit A
TEAM: Marc Firek (w, ep), Adam F. Goldberg (w, ep), Doug Robinson (ep), Seth Gordon (ep), Doug Robinson (ep), Jay Chandrasekhar (d)
LOGLINE: Set in the 1990s, it follows the faculty of William Penn Academy – led by Principal Glascott, Coach Mellor and Lainey Lewis – who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students.
CAST: Bryan Callen, Tim Meadows, AJ Michalka, Brett Dier


Not going forward; being shopped
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Jason T. Reed Productions
TEAM: Kayla Alpert (w, ep), Jason Reed (ep), Sabrina Wind (ep), Paul McGuigan (d)
LOGLINE: Follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.
CAST: Bellamy Young, Shelley Hennig, Kosha Patel, Vanessa Williams, Ben Lawson, Mark L. Young, Kapil Talwalka, Marcus Coloma

STUDIO: Imagine Television/20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Tate Taylor (w, d, ep), John Norris (ep), Brian Grazer (ep), Francie Calfo (ep)
LOGLINE: When the wealthy CEO of the world’s largest Christian network dies in a plane crash, his wife and adult children are stunned to discover that he has grown, illegitimate kids who are also in his will. When the steel azalea matriarch of the family tries to pay them to go away, these newly legitimized heirs have very different ideas and insist not only on staying in town but becoming part of the family empire. Based on the New Zealand series.

Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Mandeville
TEAM: Elizabeth Craft (w, ep), Sarah Fain (w, ep), Marcia Clark (w, ep), David Hoberman (ep), Todd Lieberman (ep), Laurie Zaks (ep), Larysa Kondracki (d)
LOGLINE: After losing the biggest case of her career and being shredded by the media, former prosecutor Maya Travis has left Los Angeles for a quiet life in rural Oregon. Eight years after her devastating defeat, the murderer strikes again, forcing Maya to return to L.A. to confront him one more time. Will she play by the rules, or will she do whatever it takes to get him behind bars?
CAST: Robin Tunney, Merrin Dungey, Breckin Meyer, Mouzam Makkar, Scott Cohen, Marc Blucas, Adam Rayner, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Alex Saxon

TEAM: Michael Cooney (w, ep), Kim Moses (ep), John Dahl (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Five years ago, Hope Castille’s fiancé was killed. This morning she received a phone call from him. An epic love triangle set against a grounded, secret world of magic in present-day New Orleans.
CAST: Lex Scott Davis, Ethan Peck, Jon Ecker, Luke Arnold, Rachel Skarsten, Isabella Russo,

STUDIO: Lionsgate Television/Universal Television
TEAM: Courtney A. Kemp (w, ep), Vin Diesel (ep), Debra Martin Chase (ep), Shana Waterman (ep), Stephen Williams (d)
LOGLINE: Music-driven action drama centers on Christie Love, an African-American female CIA agent who leads an elite ops unit. She transforms into whomever she needs to be to get the job done, especially when it’s down to the wire and the stakes are life and death. The high-adrenaline missions of the series are anchored by an emotional mystery about Christie’s first love — unearthing the truth about this relationship will be the biggest mission impossible of her life. Inspired by the 1970s ABC TV movie and series.
CAST: Kylie Bunbury, Julia Kelly, Camille Guaty, Thomas Cocquerel, Shea Buckner, Juan Javier Cardenas, Steven Weber, Lisseth Chavez, Dennis Oh

Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/UnbeliEVAble/Beta
TEAM: Brian Tanen (w, ep), Eva Longoria (ep), Ben Spector (ep), Oliver Bachert (ep), Christian Gock (ep), Ramon Campos (ep), Teresa Fernandez-Valdes (ep), Ken Olin (d)
LOGLINE: Soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel revolves around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. Based on the Spanish format.
CAST: Demián Bichir, Roselyn Sanchez, Chris Warren, Denyse Tontz, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Shalim Ortiz, Bryan Craig, Anne Winters, Justina Adorno, Feliz Ramirez, Justina Adorno, Katey Sagal (recurring), Freddie Storma (recurring), Ken Kirby (recurring)

Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: DJ Nash (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), James Griffiths (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Dramedy about a group of friends who, for different reasons and in different ways, are all stuck in their lives, but when one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living.
CAST: David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, James Roday, Stephanie Szostak, Lizzy Greene

THE MISSION (fka Safe Harbor)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Mandeville
TEAM: Jason Richman (w, ep), David Hoberman (ep), Todd Lieberman (ep), Laurie Zaks (ep), Michael Offer (d)
LOGLINE: Chronicles the colorful, complicated lives of cops on and off the beat in harrowing, emotional and often humorous situations.
CAST: Lynn Collins, Wood Harris, Aasif Mandvi, Kris Lofton, Josh Randall, Vannessa Vasquez, Alexander Karim, Jee Young Han

REEF BREAK (for summer)
Series pickup from France’s M6; 13 episodes
STUDIO: ABC Studios International/ABC Studios
TEAM: Ken Sanzel (w, ep, sr), Poppy Montgomery (ep)
LOGLINE: Cat Chambers is a thief-turned-fixer for the governor of a stunning and seductive Pacific Island paradise. Impulsive, reckless and irresistible, Cat’s less-than-perfect past gives her an instinctive gift for understanding crime and criminals as she becomes enmeshed in fast-paced, high octane adventures and island intrigue.
CAST: Poppy Montgomery, Ray Stevenson, Desmond Chiam

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: The Mark Gordon Company/ABC Studios
TEAM: Alexi Hawley (w, ep), Nathan Fillion (ep), Mark Gordon (ep), Nicholas Pepper (ep), Michelle Chapman (ep), Jon Steinberg (ep), Liz Friedlander (d, ep)
LOGLINE: John Nolan is the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable small-town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies 20 years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count. Inspired by a true story.
CAST: Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter, Richard T. Jones, Melissa O’Neil, Titus Makin, Alyssa Diaz, Mercedes Mason

TEAM: Don Todd (w, ep), Uta Breisewitz (d)
LOGLINE: Ex-cop Jimmy Hill just wants to be left alone after moving back home in rural Florida. But when a local murder is linked to the sunken treasure of a lost Spanish galleon, he’s drawn into the investigation by an idealistic deputy and pitted against the powerful town patriarch, outside criminal agents and his own father.
CAST: Toby Kebbell, Charity Wakefield, Jim Belushi, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Jim Kaplan, Will Patton, Larcetta, Joelle Carter, Evan Parke

STUDIO: ABC Studios/Maniac Productions
TEAM: Matt Partney (w, ep), Corey Evett (w, ep), Michael Seitzman (ep), Christina Davis (ep), Rob Bowman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Hard-charging NYPD detective Eliza Cortez is banished to the boonies after a high-profile mistake and is paired with a new partner, Oregon State Trooper Sam King.  Sam’s investigative techniques don’t exactly follow protocol, as evidenced by his talking to trees for clues and his obsession with flying kites. Eliza is a fish out of water in this police procedural set in an eccentric town of quirky characters in coastal Oregon.
CAST: Annie Ilonzeh, Andy Karl, Justin Johnston Cortez, David Zayas, Jennifer Aspen, Alexander Sokovikov, Ava Capri, Justin Johnson

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Tandem Productions
TEAM: Andrew W. Marlowe (w, ep), Terri Edda Miller (w, ep), Rola Bauer (ep), Tim Halkin (ep)
LOGLINE: Ella is the former star of a hit cop series who’s fresh out of rehab following a bender of epic proportion. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing rough-and-tumble private investigator Eddie as research for a potential comeback role. Ella proves to be valuable, drawing on her acting skills and 200 episodes of playing a detective. When the press touts her role in solving a high-profile case, Eddie finds his phone ringing off the hook with new clients looking to hire them.
CAST: Rachel Bilson, Eddie Cibrian, Xavier de Guzman, Aliyah O’Brien, Alice Lee

STUDIO: ABC Studios/Rock’N’Robin Productions/Royal Ties
TEAM: Pam Veasey (w, ep), Robin Roberts (ep), Regina King (d)
LOGLINE: Explores the lives of five African-American sisters, all officers in the NYPD, as they face the challenges of their high-risk jobs while juggling the responsibilities of marriage, motherhood and family.
CAST: Frances Turner, Amirah Vanh, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Frances Turner, Aubin Wise, Michael Beach, Leigh-Ann Rose

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV/Doozer Productions
TEAM: Dave Hemingson (w, ep), Bill Lawrence (ep), Jeff Ingold (ep), Peter Atencio (d, ep), Scott Foley (p)
LOGLINE: After an emotional breakup, FBI agent Will Chase (codename: Whiskey Cavalier) is assigned to work with CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: Fiery Tribune). Together, they lead an inter-agency team of spies who periodically save the world (and one other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics.
CAST: Scott Foley, Lauren Cohan, Ana Ortiz, Tyler James Williams, Vir Das, Marika Domińczyk, Christa Miller, Dylan Walsh (recurring)


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