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

2018 CBS Pilots & Series Orders

2018 CBS Pilots & Series Orders


FAM (multi-camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Corinne Kingsbury (w, ep), Bob Kushell (w, ep), David Rosenthal (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Wendi Trilling (ep), Scott Ellis (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A woman’s dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger train-wreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father.
CAST: Nina Dobrev, Tone Bell, Odessa Adlon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sheryl Lee Ralph

HISTORY OF THEM (multi-camera/hybrid)
STUDIO: Sony Pictures Television Studio/CBS TV Studios
TEAM: Gloria Calderon Kellett (w, ep), Pamela Fryman (d, ep), Marc Provissiero (ep)
LOGLINE: A multicultural ensemble about how two friends, Luna and Adam, meet and fall in love, using the couple’s social media as a guide. Inspired by Gloria Calderon-Kellett’s real-life events.
CAST: Ana Villafañe, Brett Dier, Lisa Vidal, Felix Solis, Amit Shah, Caitlin McGee, Christopher Powell, Miranda Cosgrove (narrator)

I MOM SO HARD (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Spondoolie Productions/Warner Bros. Television/CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Michelle Nader (w, ep), Kristin Hensley (co-w), Jen Smedley (co-w), Rob Thomas (ep), Danielle Stokdyk (ep), Dan Etheridge (ep), Don Scardino (d)
LOGLINE: Two moms show how their friendship gets them through being wives and mothers. Based on the web series #imomsohard.
CAST: Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley, Freddie Prinze Jr, David Finn, Tymberlee Hill

MURPHY BROWN (multi-camera)
Ordered straight to series; 13 episodes
STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV
TEAM: Diane English (w, ep), Candice Bergen (ep), Pam Fryman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Murphy Brown, the famous investigative journalist and TV anchor at the FYI network, returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.
CAST: Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, Jake McDorman, Tyne Daly, Nik Dodani

PANDAS IN NEW YORK (multi-camera)
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Ajay Sahgal (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Wendi Trilling (ep), Mark Cendrowski (d)
LOGLINE: A family of Indian doctors with a successful group practice in New York City embarks on a project to arrange their youngest son’s life, unaware he’s made plans of his own.
CAST: Dhrux Singh, Nishi Munshi, Hina Abdullah, Dan O’Brien, Bernard White, Gita Reddy, Mike Castle

25 (hybrid; fka Best Friends)
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV/CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Hilary Winston (w, ep), Seth Rogen (ep), Evan Goldberg (ep), James Weaver (ep)
LOGLINE: Twentysomething Kyle comes to Austin to finally convince his old best friend from camp that they are perfect for each other. Unfortunately, she just got engaged. A lot of guys would give up; Kyle is not one of those guys. But to Kyle’s surprise, even though he came to town looking for “the one,” he might end up with much more than that.
CAST: Matt Shively, Emily Osment, Tom Maden, Denée Benton, Jessie Ennis

UNTITLED DAMON WAYANS JR. PROJECT (multi-camera; fka Untitled Austen Earl/Tim McAuliffe)
Picked up to series

STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Tim McAuliffe (w, ep), Austen Earl (w, ep), Ben Winston (ep), Harry Styles (ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep), Jonathan Berry (ep), Phill Lewis (d)
LOGLINE: A 30-something couple, tired of their mundane life, start to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when a young pop star who is drawn to their super-normal suburban life, moves in.
CAST: Damon Wayans, Jr., Amber Stevens West, Felix Mallard, Stephnie Weir, Chris Parnell

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD (multi-camera; fka Here Comes the Neighborhood)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Jim Reynolds (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Wendi Trilling (ep), James Burrows (d, ep)
LOGLINE: The nicest guy in the Midwest moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness.
CAST: Cedric the Entertainer, Josh Lawson, Sheaun McKinney, Tichina Arnold, Dreama Walker, Marcel Spears, Hank Greenspan


BLOOD & TREASURE (for summer 2019)
Ordered straight to series; 13 episodes
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Matt Federman (w, ep), Stephen Scaia (w, ep), Taylor Elmore (ep, sr), Ben Silverman (ep), Marc Webb (d, ep), Mark Vlasic (ep)
LOGLINE: A brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. As they crisscross the globe hunting their target, they unexpectedly find themselves at the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.
CAST: Sofia Pernas, Matt Barr, Katia Winter, Michael James Shaw, James Callis

STUDIO: CBS Television Studios/MGM Television
TEAM: Bridget Carpenter (w, ep), Rosemary Rodriguez (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Two female police detectives and friends keep the streets of L.A. safe. Reboot of 1982-88 CBS series.
CAST: Sarah Drew, Michelle Hurd, Ving Rhames

FBI: MOST WANTED (backdoor pilot)
STUDIO: Universal Television/CBS TV Studios/Wolf Films
TEAM: Dick Wolf (w, ep), Rene Balcer (w, ep), Fred Berner (d), Arthur W. Forney (ep), Peter Jankowski (ep)
LOGLINE: Centered on the division of the FBI tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on its Most Wanted list.
CAST: Julian McMahon

STUDIO: Sony Pictures Television Studio/CBS Television Studios
TEAM: David Hudgins (w, ep), Carol Mendelsohn (ep), Julie Weitz (ep), Zetna Fuentes (d)
LOGLINE: The professional and personal lives of three driven, successful but very different women who each is Chief of Police of their own precincts in L.A. County.
CAST: Jorja Fox, Alana De La Garza, Aunjanue Ellis, Demetrius Grosse, Michael Trucco

Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios & Timberman/Beverly
TEAM: Craig Sweeny (w, ep, sr), Carl Beverly (ep), Sarah Timberman (ep), Marc Webb (d, ep)
LOGLINE: The military’s brightest minds take on our country’s toughest challenges inside the courtroom and out, where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator — and a Marine.
CAST: Dave Annable, Anna Wood, Mira Sorvino, Phillipa Soo, Ato Essandoh, Raffi Barsoumian

F.B.I. (tentative title)
Ordered straight to series; 13 episodes
STUDIO: Universal Television/CBS TV Studios
TEAM: Craig Turk (w, ep, sr), Dick Wolf (ep), Arthur W. Forney (ep), Peter Jankowski (ep), Niels Oplev (d, pilot only)
LOGLINE: Chronicles the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
CAST: Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki, Connie Nielsen (pilot only), Ebonée Noel

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros Television/Berlanti Productions
TEAM: Steven Lilien (w, ep), Bryan Wynbrandt (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Marcos Siega (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Exploring questions of faith, existence and science, it centers on an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God on Facebook. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.
CAST: Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Joe Morton, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie

STUDIO: New Regency/Lionsgate Television/CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Jordan Harper (w, ep, sr), Anna Fricke (ep, sr), Arnon Milchan (ep), Michael Dinner (d, ep)
LOGLINE: James Ellroy’s classic novel gets a thoroughly 2018 treatment in terms of tone, music and style. The paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter and an up-and-coming actress intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous 1950s Los Angeles.
CAST: Mark Webber, Shea Whigham, Alana Arenas, Brian J. Smith, Walton Goggins, Sarah Jones

Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios/Universal TV Studios/Davi Entertainment
TEAM: Peter Lenkov (w, ep), Eric Guggenheim (w, ep), John David (ep), John Fox (ep), Justin Lin (d, ep), Danielle Woodrow (ep)
LOGLINE: Upon returning home from Afghanistan, decorated ex-Navy SEAL Thomas Magnum repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. Update of 1980-88 CBS series.
CAST: Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Stephen Hill, Zachary Knighton

STUDIO: CBS Television Studios/Jerry Bruckheimer Television
TEAM: Sascha Penn (w, ep), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), KristieAnne Reed (ep), Eric Holder (ep), David Semel (d, ep), Sunil Nayar (ep, sr)
LOGLINE: In the tumultuous world of the 5th floor of the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney General takes on the biggest legal and investigative cases in the country — all while being the youngest person to ever hold such an esteemed position. Inspired by the life and work of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
CAST: Bokeem Woodbine, Timothy Hutton, Aubrey Dollar, Peter Gallagher, Deborah Ayorinde

STUDIO: Lin Pictures/Warner Bros. Television/CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Amanda Green (w, ep), Dan Lin (w, ep), Anthony Hemingway (d, ep) Lindsey Liberatore (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, it follows the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing viewers to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.
CAST: Michael Chiklis, Teyonah Parris, Luna Lauren Velez, Pallavi Sharda, Leonard Roberts, Andrea Demetriades, Jennifer Mudge

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros. Television
TEAM: Caitlin Parrish (w, co-ep), Erica Weiss (w, co-ep), Ava DuVernay (ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Victoria Mahoney (d, ep)
LOGLINE: After a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor, we follow three different families that all have connections with the case as the story is told from each perspective.
CAST: Emayatzy Corinealdi, Noel Fisher, Noah Wyle, Michael Patrick Thornton, Aliyah Royale, Vinny Chhibber, Howard Charles, Elizabeth Laidlaw


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