Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders
2018 Freeform Pilots & Series Orders
BESTIES(multi-camera; working title) Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: ABC Signature Studios TEAM: Kenya Barris (w, ep), Ranada Shepard (w, ep), Casey Johnson (ep, sr), David Windsor (ep, sr) LOGLINE: Explores friendship, identity, race and class as two lifelong best friends use each other to get through some of the toughest challenges that they will ever face – figuring out who they are and who they want to be. CAST: Jordin Sparks, MAtt Shively, Brooks Brantly, Gigi Zumbado, Jessika Van, Davi Santos
EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE OKAY Picked up to series; 10 episodes STUDIO: Avalon Television/Freeform Studios TEAM: Josh Thomas (w, ep), David Martin (ep), Jon Thoday (ep), Richard Allen-Turner (ep), Stephanie Swedlove, Kevin Whyte LOGLINE: Nicholas is a typical 25-year-old still living at home with his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, but he’s not particularly helpful in raising his siblings, one of which has autism. However, when their dad becomes terminally ill, the girls have to cope with not only a devastating loss but also the realization that Nicholas is the one who will have to hold it all together. CAST: Josh Thomas
GIRLS CODE STUDIO: Paramount Television/Anonymous Content/Feigco Entertainment TEAM: Kim Rosenstock (w, ep), Paul Feig (d, ep), and Jessie Henderson (ep), Joy Gorman Wettels (ep), Steve Golin (ep), Dan Magnante (co-ep) LOGLINE: Follows the odd-couple partnership between a brazen, self-centered tech CEO and a community-building social entrepreneur who must overcome their many issues with each other in order to co-run a groundbreaking, all-female tech incubator.
CAST: Sophia Di Martino, Kirby Howell-Baptiste
NOW & THEN (single camera) STUDIO: Kapital Entertainment TEAM: Shawn Wines (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep) LOGLINE: A group of old college friends who’ve lost touch over the years is brought back together unexpectedly for one wild night, only to be given a new lease on life and friendship. Reuniting as friends gives them the opportunity to discover who they always promised one another they would be.
CAST: Myko Olivier, Mia Serafino, Punam Patel, Brandon Mychal Smith, James Earl, Ana Cruz Kayne
BRECKMAN RODEO (working title) STUDIO: FX Productions TEAM: Steve Lerner (w, co-ep), Joe Weisberg (ep), Joel Fields (ep), Wendey Stanzler (d, co-ep) LOGLINE: Centers on Ashley, a rodeo-as-hell sparkplug who refuses to stay within the lines that have been drawn for her, and her boyfriend Brant, a rodeo prodigy torn between a content, quiet life and the rocky climb to superstardom. Brant, Ashley and their friends will have to reconcile the traditional values of their sport and their upbringing with the changing realities of the 21st century. CAST: Jess Gabor, Noah Le Gros, Kayla Wallace, Diego Josef, Vinnie Bennett, James Tarpey, David Meunier
MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM Picked up to series; 10 episodes STUDIO: Freeform Studios/Gary Sanchez Productions TEAM: Eliot Laurence (w), Will Ferrell (ep), Adam McKay (ep), Kevin Messick (ep), Steven A. Adelson (d) LOGLINE: Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country, the project follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into early deployment at Fort Salem. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped with the more dominant women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world — but with supernatural tactics and weapons. CAST: Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney
PARTY OF FIVE Picked up to series; 10 episodes STUDIO: Sony Pictures Television TEAM: Amy Lippman (w, ep), Christopher Keyser (w, ep), Michal Zebede (w, co-ep), Rodrigo Garcia (d, ep), Michal Zebede (d, co-ep) LOGLINE: Described as a modern twist on the 1994-2000 Fox series, it follows the five five Acosta children (fka Buendia) as they struggle to survive together as a family after their parents are deported to Mexico. CAST: Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado, Elle Paris Legaspi
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: THE PERFECTIONISTS Picked up to series; 10 episodes STUDIO: Alloy Entertainment/Long Lake Media/Warner Horizon Scripted Television TEAM: I. Marlene King (w, ep, co-sr), Leslie Morgenstein (ep), Gina Girolamo (ep), Charlie Craig (ep, co-sr), Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (d, ep) LOGLINE: Set in the town of Beacon Heights, where everything seems perfect, from its top-tier college to its overachieving residents. But nothing in Beacon Heights is as it appears to be. The stress of needing to be perfect leads to the town’s first murder. Behind every Perfectionist is a secret, a lie and a needed alibi. CAST: Sasha Pieterse, Janel Parrish, Sofia Carson, Sydney Park, Eli Brown, Graeme Thomas King, Kelly Rutherford, Hayley Erin