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

2018 Apple Pilots & Series Orders

2018 Apple Pilots & Series Orders


Picked up to series; two seasons, 26 episodes
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Loren Bouchard (w, ep), Nora Smith (w, ep), Josh Gad (w, ep),
LOGLINE: The story of a how a family of caretakers who live and work in Central Park end up saving the park — and basically the world.
VOICE CAST: Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs, Kathryn Hahn

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: wiip
TEAM: Alena Smith (w, ep), Darlene Hunt (ep),
LOGLINE: Set during Emily Dickinson’s era with a modern sensibility and tone, it takes viewers into her 19th century world, audaciously exploring the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view.
CAST: Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski, Matt Lauria


Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Television/Amblin Television
TEAM: Steven Spielberg (ep), Darryl Frank (ep), Justin Falvey (ep), Edward Kitsis (ep, sr), Adam Horowitz (ep, sr)
LOGLINE: Remake of the 1985-87 NBC anthology series.
CAST: Edward Burns

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Hello Sunshine/Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content
TEAM: Nichelle Tramble Spellman (w, ep, sr), Octavia Spencer (ep), Reese Witherspoon (ep), Lauren Neustadter (ep), Peter Chernin (ep), Jenno Topping (ep), Kristen Campo (ep)
LOGLINE: This unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.
CAST: Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Ron Cephas Jones, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood, Tami Roman, Nic Bishop, Annabella Sciorra, Molly Hagan, Billy Miller (recurring), Brett Cullen (recurring), Hunter Doohan (recurring)

Ordered straight to limited series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Paramount Television/Anonymous Content
TEAM: Mark Brombeck (w, ep), Morten Tyldum (d, ep), Chris Evans (ep)
LOGLINE: A father dealing with the accusation that his 14-year-old son is a murderer. Based on William Landay’s novel.
CAST: Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Skydance Television
TEAM: David S. Goyer (w, ep, sr), Josh Friedman (w, ep, sr), David Ellison (ep), Dana Goldberg (ep), Marcy Ross (ep), Robyn Asimov (ep)
LOGLINE: Chronicles the thousand-year saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it. Based on the Isaac Asimov novel.
CAST: Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Nesta Cooper

LITTLE AMERICA (half-hour)
Ordered straight to series 
STUDIO: Universal Television
TEAM: Lee Eisenberg (w, ep, sr), Kumail Nanjiani (ep), Emily V. Gordon (ep), Alan Yang (ep), Joshuah Bearman (ep), Joshua Davis (ep), Arthur Spector (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Anthology series about a small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself. Inspired by true stories in Epic magazine.

LITTLE VOICE (half-hour)
Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Bad Robot Productions
TEAM: Sara Bareilles (w, ep), Jessie Nelson (w, d, ep, sr), J.J. Abrams (ep), Ben Stephenson (ep)
LOGLINE: A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York, the series explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s. A fresh, intensely romantic tale of the search to find your true voice — and then having the courage to use it.

Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content
TEAM: Steven Knight (w, ep), Francis Lawrence (d, ep), Peter Chernin (ep), Jenno Topping (ep), Kristen Campo (ep)
LOGLINE: An epic, world-building drama set in a a future when the human race has lost the sense of sight, and society has had to find new ways to interact, to build, to hunt, to survive. All of that is challenged when a set of twins with sight is born.
CAST: Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Nesta Cooper, Christian Camargo, Hera Hilmar

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Imagine Television/CBS TV Studios
TEAM: Reggie Rock Blythewood (w, d, ep, sr), Kevin Durant (ep), Brian Grazer (ep), Francie Calfo (ep), Rich Kleiman (ep)
LOGLINE: Explores the world of AAU basketball in the nation’s capital and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Inspired by NBA star KEvin Durant’s youth basketball experiences.

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Anonymous Content/Paramount Television
TEAM:  Dana Fox (w, ep), Dara Resnik (w, ep), Joy Gorman Wettels (ep), Sharlene Martin (ep). Jon M. Chu (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A young girl moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury. Inspired by the real-life story of Hilde Lysiak.
Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Louis Herthum, Michael Weston, Kylie Rogers, Aziza Scott, Adrian Hough, Joelle Carter, Jibrail Nantambu, Deric McCabe

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Fox 21 Television Studios/Teakwood Lane Productions/Keshet Studios
TEAM: Howard Gordon (w, ep, sr), Warren Leight (ep, sr), Richard Gere (ep), Dror Sabo (ep), Lee Yardeni (ep), Avi Nir (ep), Alon Shtruzman (ep), Rachel Kaplan (ep), Peter Traugott (ep), Yoram Mokady (ep), Mirit Toovi (ep)
LOGLINE: Two elderly Vietnam vets and best friends find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved 50 years ago is killed in an accident. Their lifelong regrets and secrets collide with their resentment of today’s self-absorbed millennials, and an act of self-defense snowballs into a tragic series of events. Based on the Israeli series Nevelot.
CAST: Richard Gere

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Blinding Edge Pictures/Escape Artists
TEAM: Tony Basgallop (w, ep), M. Night Shyamalan (d, ep), Ashwin Rajan (ep), Jason Blumenthal (ep), Todd Black (ep), Steve Tisch (ep), Taylor Latham (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Under wraps.
CAST: Lauren Ambrose, Nell Tiger Free

Ordered straight to series; two-season order
Media Res
TEAM: Kerry Ehrin (w, ep, sr), Michael Ellenberg (ep), Reese Witherspoon (ep), Jennifer Aniston (ep), Mimi Leder (d, ep)
LOGLINE: An inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual.
CAST: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nestor Campbell, Mark Duplass

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: RCG/3Arts/Ubisoft
TEAM: Rob McElhenney (w, ep), Charlie Day (w, ep),  Michael Rotenberg (ep), Nicholas Frenkel (ep), Gérard Guillemot (ep), Jason Altman (ep), Danielle Kreinik (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in a video game development studio, it explores the intricacies of the human condition through hilarious and innovative ways.
CAST: F. Murray Abraham, Imani Hakim, David Hornsby, Danny Pudi, Ashly Burch, Charlotte Nicdao, Jessie Ennis

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Sony Pictures Television/Tall Ship Productions
TEAM: Ronald D. Moore (w, ep), Matt Wolpert (w, ep), Ben Nedivi (w, ep), Maril Davis (ep)
LOGLINE: Explores what would have happened if the global space race never had ended.
CAST: Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones, Michael Dorman, Eric Ladin, Arturo Del Puerto, Rebecca Wisocky


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