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


2018 HBO Pilots & Series Orders


AVENUE 5 (tentative title)
TEAM: Armando Iannucci (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Under wraps but set in the future, mostly in space.
CAST: Hugh Laurie, Zach Woods, Josh Gad Rebecca Front, Suzy Nakamura

Ordered straight to series; eight episodes

TEAM: Lena Dunham (w, ep, sr), Jenni Konner (w, ep, sr), Julia Davis (ep), Christine Langan (ep), Ilene S. Landress (ep)
LOGLINE: Walt’s 45th birthday was supposed to be a delightful weekend back to nature, at least according to his obsessively organized and aggressively controlling wife Kathryn. But when the camping trip gathers Kathryn’s meek sister, holier-than-thou ex-best friend and a free-spirited Tagalong in one place, it becomes a weekend of tested marriages and woman-on-woman crime that won’t soon be forgotten. Plus, bears.
CAST: Jennifer Garner, David Tennant, Janicza Bravo, Arturo Del Puerto, Brett Gelman, Ione Skye

LOS ESPOOKYS (working title; fka Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen; Spanish-language)
Ordered straight to series

STUDIO: Broadway Video/Más Mejor
TEAM: Fred Armisen (w, ep), Ana Fabrega (w, co-ep), Julio Torres (w, co-ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Alice Mathias (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Set in a strange and dreamy version of present-day Mexico City, it follows a group of friends turning their love for horror into a peculiar business.
CAST: Bernardo Velasco, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres, Fred Armisen

Picked up to series
TEAM: Tom Perrotta (w, ep), Jessi Klein (ep), Sarah Condon (ep), Nicole Holofcener (d, ep)
LOGLINE: An empty-nest divorced mom and her college-student son embrace their newfound freedom with mixed results. Hoping to jump-start her love life, Eve Fletcher adopts a sexy new persona and discovers that her world is full of unexpected — and sometimes complicated —erotic possibilities. Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta.
CAST: Kathryn Hahn, Jackson White, Casey Wilson, Owen Teague, Jen Richards, Cameron Boyce, Jasmine Cephas

Picked up to series
TEAM: Danny McBride (w, d, ep), Jody Hill (ep), David Gordon Green (ep)
LOGLINE: The story of the world-famous Gemstone televangelist family, which has a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
CAST: John Goodman, Danny McBride, Edi Patterson, Adam Devine, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero, Tim Baltz, GregAlan Williams

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Entertainment One/DryWrite/Wigwam Films
TEAM: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (ep), Vicky Jones (w, ep), Emily Leo (ep)
LOGLINE: Ruby is living a humdrum existence when one day she gets a text inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact promising true love and self-reinvention by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame.
CAST: Merritt Wever, Domhnall Gleeson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (recurring)


Ordered straight to limited series; four episodes
STUDIO: Origin Pictures/New Pictures
TEAM: Nigel Williams (w, ep), Philip Martin (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great. She wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century; strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated, she was the definition of the modern woman.
Hellen Mirren, Jason Clarke

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV/Monkeypaw Productions/Bad Robot Productions
TEAM: J.J. Abrams (w, ep), Ben Stephenson (ep)
LOGLINE: Epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama previously have described as revolving around a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force.

Picked up to series
STUDIO: A24 Television
TEAM: Sam Levinson (w, ep), Drake (ep), Future the Prince (ep), Ron Leshem (ep), Daphna Levin (ep), Tmira Yardeni (ep), Ravi Nandan (ep), Kevin Turen (ep), Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein (ep), Mirit Toovi (ep), Yoram Mokadi (ep), Gary Lennon (ep), Augustine Frizzell (d, co-ep)
LOGLINE: Follows the true story of a teenager who was murdered outside a club, chronicling the lives of the teens from the club a year after the tragedy and the paths they take to cope and escape reality through drugs, sex and violence in an effort to make sense of an uncertain future. Based on the Israeli format.
CAST: Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Eric Dane, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Angus Cloud, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, Algee Smith, Austin Abrams

Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Lookout Point/BBC/HBO
TEAM: (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, it focuses on landowner Anne Lister and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well. The story examines Anne’s relationships at home with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals and, most important, would-be wife.
CAST: Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West, Gemma Jones, Stephanie Cole, Peter Davison, Amelia Bullmore, Vincent Franklin, Shaun Doole, Joe Armstrong, Jodhi May, Rosie Cavaliero, Thomas Howes, Jessica Baglow,, Albane Courtois, Ben Hunter, Sofie Gråbøl, Katherine Kelly

Picked up to limited series; six episodes
STUDIO: FilmNation Entertainment
TEAM: Derek Cianfrance (w, d, ep), Mark Ruffalo (ep), Wally Lamb (ep), Ben Browning (ep), Glen Basner (ep), Gregg Fienberg (ep), Anya Epstein (ep), Lynette Howell Taylor (co-ep), Jamie Patricof (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Family saga that follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness set against the backdrop of 20th century America. Based on Wally Lamb’s bestseller.
Mark Ruffalo

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot Productions
TEAM: Misha Green (w, ep), Jordan Peele (ep), J.J, Abrams (ep), Ben Stephenson (ep), Yann Demange (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Atticus Black teams with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. Based on the novel by Matt Ruff.
CAST: Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Wunmi Mosaku, Aunjanue Ellis, Jamie Harris, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Kenneth Williams

Ordered straight to series
TEAM: Joss Whedon (w, d, ep, sr)
LOGLINE: A gang of Victorian women find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world.

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: MRC/Aggregate Films/Temple Hill Entertainment
TEAM: Richard Price (w, ep)Jack Bender (ep), Jason Bateman (d, ep), Michael Costigan (ep), Marty Bowen (ep)
LOGLINE: A seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe to be real, as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case. Based on the Stephen King novel.
CAST: Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vázquez, Jeremy Bobb, Marc Menchaca, Hettienne Park (recurring), Michael Esper (recurring)

Ordered straight to miniseries; six episodes
STUDIO: Annapurna Pictures
TEAM: David Simon (w, ep), Ed Burns (w, ep), Joe Roth (ep), Jeffrey Kirschenbaum (ep), Nina Noble (ep), Megan Ellison (ep), Sue Naegle (ep), Susan Goldberg (ep), Philip Roth (ep), Dennis Stratton (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Imagines an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism. Based on Philip Roth’s novel.

STUDIO: Entertainment One/DryWrite/Wigwam Films
TEAM: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (w, ep), Vicky Jones (ep), Emily Leo (ep)
LOGLINE: Revolves around ex-lovers who made a pact 15 years ago that if they ever needed to escape life, they could send each other a simple text message – “RUN” – and impulsively disappear together. This is their story.
CAST: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (recurring)

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Hartswood Films/Warner Bros. Television
TEAM: Steven Moffat (w, ep), Sue Vertue (ep), Brian Minchin (ep)
LOGLINE: An intricate and magical love story about Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem: time travel. Based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger.

Ordered straight to limited series
STUDIO: David E. Kelley Productions/Blossom Films/Made Up Stories
TEAM: David E. Kelley (w, ep, sr), Nicole Kidman (ep), Per Saari (ep), Susanne Bier (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Grace Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself: She’s a successful therapist on the brink of publishing her first book, has a devoted husband and also young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Weeks before her book is published, a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.
CAST: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Noah Jupe

STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV/Monkeypaw Productions/Bad Robot Productions
TEAM: Jane Goldman (w, ep, sr), George R.R. Martin (ep), Vince Gerardis (ep), Daniel Zelman (ep), James Farrell (ep), Jim Danger Gray (ep), Sara Lee Hess (ep), Chris Symes (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, it chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend — it’s not the story we think we know.
CAST: Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Toby Regbo, Miranda Richardson, Marquis Rodriguez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, Dixie Egerickx

Picked up to series
White Rabbit/Warner Bros. TV
TEAM: Damon Lindelof (ep), Nicole Kassell (d, ep), Tom Spezialy (ep), Stephen Williams (d, ep)
LOGLINE: The dark satirical and dystopian take on the superhero genre is set in an alternate history in the year 1985 at the height of the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union. It revolves around a group of mostly retired American superheroes who investigate the murder of one of their own and in the process uncover a conspiracy that could change the course of history as we know it.
CAST: Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Jean Smart, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sara Vickers, James Wolk (recurring), Dustin Ingram (recurring)


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