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

2018 Hulu Pilots & Series Orders

2018 Hulu Pilots & Series Orders


Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes for 2020
STUDIO: Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
TEAM: Tom Root (w, ep), John Harvatine IV (ep), Seth Green (ep), Matthew Senreich (ep), Eric Towner (ep)
LOGLINE: Patrick is a goodhearted peasant who lands a coveted squire position at the royal castle. His dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when he learns his beloved kingdom is run by a hornet’s nest of horny monarchs, crooks and charlatans. Even worse, Patrick’s valor made him the black sheep in his family, and now his criminal siblings have returned to make his life hell.
VOICE CAST: Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans, Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Tony Hale, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Adam Pally, Adam Ray, Tara Strong, Alanna Ubach

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: ABC Signature Studios
TEAM: Jordan Weiss (w, ep), Ira Ungerleider (ep, sr), Kat Dennings (ep), Margot Robbie (ep), Brett Hedblom (ep), Tom Ackerley (ep), Nicole King (ep), Stephanie Laing (ep), Matt Spicer (d, ep)
LOGLINE: After being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, a young woman must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.
CAST: Kat Dennings

Ordered straight to limited series
STUDIO: MGM Television/Universal Television
TEAM: Mindy Kaling (w, ep), Matt Warburton (w, ep), Jonathan Prince (ep), Howard Klein (ep), Tim Bevan (ep), Eric Fellner (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows a group of friends as their lives intersect through five events. Based on the 1994 movie.
CAST: Nathalie Emmanuel, Nikesh Patel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, John Reynolds, Andie MacDowell (guest)

KANSAS CITY (single camera)
STUDIO: Amblin TV/Sony Pictures TV
TEAM: Zev Borow (w, ep), Rhys Thomas (d), Darryl Frank (ep), Justin Falvey (ep)
LOGLINE: In a future where the city of Kansas is separated by a wall between liberals and conservatives, absurd misinformation and enmity rage as the two cities aim to undermine each other. In West Kansas City, political heavyweight Ellis Brookmeyer holds sway. His former son-in-law, Ben Graham, lives in East and yearns to be reunited with his daughter Clarissa (who lives in West). To accomplish this, Ben gets involved with an East K.C. intelligence operation, with consequences he can not predict, let alone control.
CAST: Rafe Spall, John Slattery, Allison Tolman, Andrew Caldwell, Jade Pettyjohn, Anthony Keyvan

Ordered straight to series
TEAM: Ramy Youssef (w, ep), Jerrod Carmichael (ep), Ari Katcher (ep), Ryan Welch (ep), Ravi Nandan (ep)
LOGLINE: Ramy is a first-generation American Muslim who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. The series explores the challenges of what it’s like being caught in between an Egyptian community that thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences. Based on the real-life experiences and comedy of Ramy Youssef.
CAST: Ramy Youssef

Not going forward

STUDIO: Annapurna Television
TEAM: Carrie Brownstein (w, d, ep), Megan Ellison (ep), Sue Naegle (ep),  Ali Krug (ep)
LOGLINE: Karen Wolff is a 22-year-old from the suburbs of the Pacific Northwest. An unstable childhood has left her feeling disconnected and like a perpetual outsider, so she attempts to find a sense of belonging through creativity and community. Set in the feminist and fiercely independent punk scene of the 1990s, it explores notions of identity, artistic and sexual awakenings, friendship and family. But it’s music and its transformative powers that permeates and propels the story. Loosely based on Carrie Brownstein’s best-memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.
CAST: Taylor Dearden, Aubrey Peoples, Brad Morris, Leah Harvey, Jessica Hecht, Imogen Tear

Ordered straight to series; six episodes
STUDIO: Brownstone Productions/Warner Bros. Television
TEAM: Alexandra Rushfield (w, ep, sr), Aidy Bryant (w, co-ep), Lindy West (w, ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Andrew Singer (ep), Elizabeth Banks (ep), Max Handelman (ep), Jesse Peretz (d, ep), Carrie Brownstein (d)
LOGLINE: Annie is a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. She is trying to make it as a journalist while juggling bad boyfriends, sick parents and a perfectionist boss, while the world around her deems her not good enough because of her weight. She starts to realize that she’s as good as anyone else and acts on it. Based on Lindy West’s memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
CAST: Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian Owens, John Cameron

Ordered straight to series; two seasons, 16 episodes starting in 2020
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Justin Roiland (w, ep), Mike McMahan (ep)
LOGLINE: A family of aliens from a better world must take refuge in Middle America. They disagree on whether this is awful or awesome.
VOICES: Justin Roiland, Sean Giambrone, Mary Mack

WOKE (live-action/animated)
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV
TEAM: Keith Knight (w, ep), Marshall Todd (w, ep), Will Gluck (ep), Eric Christian Olsen (ep), Richie Schwartz (ep), John Will (ep), Kate Schumaecker (ep), Mo Marable (d)
LOGLINE: Keef is a cartoonist living in San Francisco on the cusp of mainstream success when an unexpected incident involving cops changes everything, putting him in a state of “woke.” Inspired by the life and art of cartoonist Keith Knight.
VOICES: Lamorne Morris


Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions
TEAM: Nick Antosca (w, ep, co-sr), Michelle Dean (w, co-sr), Greg Shephard (ep), Britton Rizzio (ep)
LOGLINE: A seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true-crime stories. The first season follows Gypsy Blanchard, a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother. Her quest for independence opens a Pandora’s box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder.
CAST: Patricia Arquette, Joey King, Calum Worthy

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Bad Robot
TEAM: Sam Shaw (w, ep), Dustin Thomason (w, ep), J.J. Abrams (ep), Ben Stephenson (ep), Liz Glotzer (ep), Michael Uppendahl (d, co-ep)
LOGLINE: Psychological-horror series explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire Stephen King canon. It combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.
CAST: André Holland, Jany Levy, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Scott Glenn, Chosen Jacobs (recurring)

Ordered straight to limited series; six episodes
STUDIO: Paramount Television/Anonymous Content/Smokehouse Pictures
TEAM: Luke Davies (w, ep), David Michôd (w, ep), George Clooney (d, ep), Grant Heslov (d, ep), Richard Brown (ep), Steve Golin (ep)
LOGLINE: In World War II Italy, Yossarian is a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. If he makes any attempt to avoid the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22 — a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule that specified that people who were crazy were not obliged to fly missions, but anyone who applied to stop flying was showing a rational concern for his safety and was, therefore, sane and had to fly. Based on Joseph Heller’s novel.
CAST: Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, George Clooney, Giancarlo Giannini, Tessa Ferrer, Jay Paulson

Passed on
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV
TEAM: Aaron Zelman (w, ep), Michael Dinner (ep), Alan Gasmer (ep), Peter Jaysen (ep), Katie Dimento (ep)
LOGLINE: Coming-of-age thriller set in the mid-1990s follows three troubled suburban boys through an averted school shooting and explores the complex world of teen boys and the men they’ll ultimately become.
CAST: Alex Fitzalan, Sebastian Chacon, Alex Wolff, Camila Perez

Picked up to series
TEAM: Tony McNamara (w, ep), Marian Macgowan (ep), Josh Kesselman (ep), Ron West (ep), Brittany Kahan Ward (ep), Doug Mankoff (ep), Andrew Spaulding (ep), Elle Fanning (ep), Matt Shakman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Billed as an anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia, it details the rise to power of Catherine and her explosive relationship with her husband Peter, the emperor of Russia.
CAST:Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan

STUDIO: Fox 21 Television Studios
TEAM: Craig Wright (ep), Bret Easton Ellis (ep), Marian Macgowan (ep)
LOGLINE: Clay grew up in the excess of 1980s Los Angeles, but unlike all of his friends who stayed behind for college, he is in now in his freshman year on the East Coast. He returns home for winter break in the pilot and has a complicated relationship with Blair, his high school girlfriend, and is worried about his friend Julian. Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel.
CAST: Austin Abrams, Lily Donoghue, Cooper Koch, Keenan Jolliff, Ronen Rubinstein, James Bloor

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: AwesomenessTV/Wattpad/Grammnet
TEAM: Lee Fleming (w, ep), Jordan Levin (ep), Shelley Zimmerman (ep), Joe Davola (ep), Brett Bouttier (ep), Aron Levitz (ep), Eric Lehrman (ep), Kelsey Grammer (ep), Tom Russo (ep), Brian Sher (ep), Stella Bulochnikov (ep), Kailey Marsh (co-ep)
LOGLINE: An innocent game of “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” goes wrong when the five teenage girls who played start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they’re being targeted — and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own. Based on Zoe Aarsen’s Wattpad story.

Ordered straight to limited series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Hello Sunshine/Simpson Street/ABC Signature Studios
TEAM: Liz Tigelaar (w, ep, sr), Reese Witherspoon (ep), Kerry Washington (ep), Lauren Neustadter (ep), Pilar Savone (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster. Based on the novel by Celeste Ng.
CAST: Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington

Passed on

STUDIO: IDW Entertainment
TEAM: Joe Hill (w, ep), Carlton Cuse (ep, sr), Andy Muschietti (d, ep), Lindsey Springer (ep), Ted Adams (ep), David Ozer (ep)
LOGLINE: After the gruesome murder of their father, three siblings move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them.
CAST: Francis O’Connor, Nate Corddry, Jackson Robert Scott, Megan Charpentier, Owen Teague, Jack Mulhern, Danny Glover

Ordered straight to limited series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Paramount Television/Fake Empire
TEAM: Josh Schwartz (w, ep, sr), Stephanie Savage (ep), John Green (ep), Jessica Tuchinsky (ep), Mark Waters (ep), Marty Bowen (ep), Isaac Klausner (ep), Lis Rowinski (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Miles “Pudge” Halter enrolls in boarding school to try to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with Alaska Young, and after her unexpected death, he and his close friends attempt to uncover the truth behind her death and make sense of it. Based on the novel by John Green.
CAST: Kristine Froseth, Charlie Plummer, Denny Love, Jay Lee, Sofia Vassillieva, Landry Bender, Uriah Shelton, Jordon Connor

STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Lauren Oliver (w, ep), Joe Roth (ep) Jeff Kirschenbaum (ep), Elle Triedman (ep), Leigh Janiak (d), Alyssa Altman (co-ep), Lynley Bird (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Every year in one forgotten rural town, the graduating seniors risk their lives in an illegal, high-stakes game to win life-changing money – and a chance to escape. Anonymous judges force the players through a series of challenges that will compel them to confront their deepest fears and upend their ideas of who they are, who to trust and who they might become. This year, 47 players will compete for the biggest pot ever. All of them will be changed. Only one will win. Based on the YA novel by Lauren Oliver.
CAST: Olivia Welch, Mike Faist, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut

STUDIO: A+E Studios/The Littlefield Company
TEAM: Josh Corbin (w, ep), Warren Littlefield (ep), Barry Jossen (ep), Jonathan Van Tulleke (d)
LOGLINE: Hyper-kinetic revenge tale about a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gearheads.
CAST: Abigail Spencer

STUDIO: Waner Bros TV/Team Downey
TEAM: Jim Mickle (w, d, ep), Robert Downey Jr (ep), Susan Downey (ep), Amanda Burrell (ep), Linda Moran (ep)
LOGLINE: The coming-of-age fable of Gus, a boy/deer hybrid who leaves home to find the world ravaged by a cataclysmic event. He joins a ragtag family of hybrids and humans searching to find answers behind the event — ultimately discovering a vast conspiracy that forces him to question his very existence.

VERONICA MARS (series revival)
Ordered straight to limited series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Spondoolie Productions/Warner Bros. TV
TEAM: Rob Thomas (w, ep), Kristen Bell (ep), Diane Ruggiero-Wright (ep), Dan Etheridge (ep)
LOGLINE: Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. When Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites — who would rather put an end to the monthlong bacchanalia — against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.
CAST: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, David Starzyk, Enrico Colantoni, Max Greenfield, Patton Oswalt,  Clifton Collins Jr. (recurring), Izabela Vidovic

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Imagine Television
TEAM: The RZA (w, ep), Alex Tse (w, ep), Brian Grazer (ep), Francie Calfo (ep), Method Man (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in 1990s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the formation of one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history, Wu-Tang Clan is a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.


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