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


2018 Fox Pilots & Series Orders


BLESS THE HARTS (animated; for 2019-20 season)
Ordered straight to series

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television/Lord Miller
TEAM: Emily Spivey (w, ep), Phil Lord (ep), Christopher Miller (ep), Kristen Wiig (ep), Seth Cohen (ep)
LOGLINE: fFollows a group of Southerners who always are broke as a joke and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth. What they don’t realize is that they’re already rich — in friends, family and laughter.
CAST: Kristen Wiig, Maya RudolphJillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz

THE COOL KIDS (multi-camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/FX Productions
TEAM: Charlie Day (w, ep), Paul Fruchbom (w, co-ep) Patrick Walsh (ep, sr), Nick Frenkel (ep), Kevin Abbott (ep, sr), Don Scardino (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Three guy friends in a retirement community are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by the newest member of the community – a female rebel who’s ready to challenge their place. It’s high school with seventysomethings.
CAST: Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan

DAN THE WEATHERMAN (single camera)
Not going forward

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Tomorrow Studios
TEAM: Steve Dildarian (w, ep), Becky Clements (ep), Marty Adelstein (ep), Seth Gordon (d), Jeff Morton (ep)
LOGLINE: After getting fired from his cushy job as a weatherman at the local TV station, Dan finds it’s not enough to be a charming white man in this world. He reluctantly ends up at the neighboring Spanish TV station.
CAST: Thomas Lennon, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Natalie Ceballos, James Earl, Daniel Stern, Jack Stanton

DUNCANVILLE (animated; for 2019-20 season)
Ordered straight to series; 13 episodes
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television/Universal Television
TEAM: Amy Poehler (w, ep), Mike Scully (w, ep), Julie Scully (w, ep), Dave Becky (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows spectacularly average 15-year-old Duncan, his friends and family including his high-strung mom who constantly tries to prevent her son from ruining his life.
VOICE CAST: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa

MEAN GENE (off-cycle for midseason 2019 or later)
Not going forward

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television
TEAM: Rob McElhenney (ep), Rob Rosell (ep), Charlie Day (ep), Glenn Howerton (ep), Nick Frenkel (ep)
LOGLINE: Revolves around on a conservative woman, her ex-husband and her new wife who work together to raise a family together in Middle America.
CAST: Leah Remini, Kaitlin Olson, Rob Riggle

OUR PEOPLE (single camera)
STUDIO: Lee Daniels Entertainment/Endemol Shine/20th Century Fox Television
TEAM: Vali Chandrasekaran (w, ep), Lee Daniels (ep), Pam Williams (ep), Marc Velez (ep), Yossi Vassa (ep), Shai Ben-Atar (ep), Liat Shavit (ep), Trent O’Donnell (d)
LOGLINE: A man from a bombastic African family who doesn’t have a word in their native language for “privacy” and his fiancée from a Midwestern family try to build a normal life together — though nobody can agree what that “normal” means. Based on the Israeli format Nevsu: A Young Multi-Cultural Couple.
CAST: Beth Behrs, Biniam Bizuneh, Lea Thompson, Charles Parnell, Saidah Arrika Ekulona

REL (multi-camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television
TEAM: Lil Rel Howery (w, ep), Kevin Barnett (w, ep), Josh Rabinowitz (w, ep), Mike Scully (ep, sr), Jerrod Carmichael (ep), Gerry Cohen (d)
LOGLINE: Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come,” finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the South Side of Chicago who’s on a quest for love, respect and a new barber. Inspired by Lil Rel’s real life.
CAST: Lil Rel Howery, Sinbad, Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore, Jordan L. Jones

UNTITLED ERIN FOSTER PROJECT (single camera; fka Daddy Issues)
STUDIO: 3 Arts Entertainment/20th Century Fox Television
TEAM: Erin Foster (w, ep), Liz Meriwether (ep), Oly Obst (ep), Josh Lieberman (ep), Kat Coiro (d)
LOGLINE: Follows single thirtysomething Andi, who refuses to settle down, and her friendship with her playboy dad. Andi’s world is turned upside down when she discovers her dad has fallen in love with her best friend. Loosely based on Erin Foster’s life.
CAST: Erin Foster, Don Johnson, Jane Leeves, Janina Gavankar, Christine Woods, Mike O’Gorman


Picked up to series by Netflix
Annapurna Television/20th Century Fox Television
TEAM: Josh Safran (w, ep), Megan Ellison (ep), Sue Naegle (ep), Jesse Peretz (d, ep), Ali Krug (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Romantic musical drama looks at a disparate group of interconnected people in contemporary Los Angeles through the lens of the music that defines who they are — capturing the different stages of love, exploring if time can heal a broken heart and if love can withstand life’s tragedies.
CAST: Jahmil French, Jenna Dewan, Campbell Scott, Madeleine Stowe, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Megan Ferguson, Evan Whitten

THE PASSAGE (reconceived with new footage and shot in March)
Picked up to series

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television/6th & Idaho/Scott Free
TEAM: Elizabeth Heldens (w, ep), Matt Reeves (ep), Ridley Scott (ep), David W. Zucker (ep), Adam Kassan (ep), Jason Ensler (d), Marcus Siega (d), Justin Cronin (co-ep)
LOGLINE: A secret government medical facility is experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. The series focuses on 10‐year‐old Amy Bellafonte, who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment, and Brad Wolgast, the federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her.
CAST: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Vincent Piazza, Brianne Howey, Jamie McShane, Caroline Chikezie, Emmanuelle Chriqui

PROVEN INNOCENT (fka Untitled David Elliot/Danny Strong Project)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Danny Strong Productions/20th Century Fox Television
TEAM: David Elliot (w, ep), Danny Strong (ep), Stacy Greenberg (ep), Patricia Riggen (d)
LOGLINE: Focuses on a wrongful conviction firm led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer with a hunger for justice. The team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were “proven” guilty. The leader’s motivation comes from her infamous past; as a young adult she was found guilty and later exonerated in a high-profile case in which she became a tabloid sensation, household name and national celebrity.  While a hero and a victim to some, her bold and bullish tactics garner her some enemies— one of whom will do anything to see her go down for a crime we know she did not commit. She defends others as she fights to maintain her own innocence.
CAST: Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James, Vincent Kartheiser, Riley Smith, Clare O’Connor, Brian d’Arcy James, Francis Guinan, Persia White, Shanesia Davis, Karin Anglin, Caitlin Mehner

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television/3 Arts Entertainment
TEAM: Ilene Chaiken (w, ep), Melissa Scrivner Love (w, ep), Judy Smith (ep), Oly Obst (ep), Katie Holmes (ep)
LOGLINE: FBI Special Agent Clementine Otis is in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a personal indiscretion – an affair with a prominent general – shatters her life and threatens her career at the FBI. Now labeled “the mistress,” Clementine Otis – wife, mother, patriot – begins to rebuild her personal life and professional reputation.
CAST: Katie Holmes, Mark Moses, Rose Rollins, Ian Harding, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Christian Camargo, James Tupper, Paul Walter Hauser

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television/Miramax
TEAM: Robert Levine (w, ep), Dennis Lehane (ep), Phillip Noyce (d)
LOGLINE: Armed with their wits, street knowledge and an undeniable chemistry, private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro right wrongs that the law can’t in the working-class Boston borough of Dorchester. Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane.
CAST: Joseph Morgan, Peyton List, Christine Lahti, April Bowlby


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