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


2018 NBC Pilots & Series Orders


ABBY’S (multi-camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Television/Fremulon/3 Arts
TEAM: Josh Malmuth (w, ep), Mike Schur (ep), David Miner (ep), Pamela Fryman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Abby’s is an unlicensed bar in San Diego where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other establishments.
CAST: Natalie Morales, Nelson Franklin, Kimia Behpoornia, Jessica Chaffin, Leonard Ouzts, Neil Flynn

BRIGHT FUTURES (single camera)
Originally developed at ABC; picked up in turnaround
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Khalabo Ink Society
TEAM: Hale Rothstein (w, ep), Danny Segal (w, co-ep), Isaac Schamis (w, co-ep), Kenya Barris (ep)
LOGLINE: Four roommates all stumbling through the transition from the clueless, immature twentysomethings they are now to the successful professionals they’re destined to be.
CAST: Emily Ratajkowski, Shameik Moore, Lilly Singh, Lisa Kudrow (narrator)

FRIENDS-IN-LAW (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros. Television
TEAM: Brian Gallivan (w, ep), Tom Werner (ep), Pamela Fryman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Brian and Jake are polar opposites who must quickly figure out how to coexist when their respective best friends decide to get married.
CAST: Devere Smith, John Gemberling, Nicole Parker, James Davis

GUESS WHO DIED (single camera)
STUDIO: Sony Television/Act III Productions/The Cloudland Company
TEAM: Norman Lear (w, ep), Peter Tolan (w, ep), Brent Miller (ep)
LOGLINE: A humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges we all experience at any stage of life. Based on Morman Lear’s personal experiences.
CAST: Hector Elizondo, Holland Taylor, Christopher Lloyd, Beth Lacke, Adrian Martinez

I FEEL BAD (single camera; formerly Untitled Aseem Batra)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Television/Paper Kite Productions/CannyLads Productions/3 Arts Entertainment
TEAM: Aseem Batra (w, ep), Amy Poehler (ep), Dave Becky (ep), Julie Anne Robinson (d, ep), Josh Maurer (ep)
LOGLINE: Emet is the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. OK, she’s not perfect. In fact, she’s just figuring it out like the rest of us. Sure, she feels bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband, or when she pretends not to know her kids when they misbehave in public, or when she uses her staff to help solve personal problems. But that’s OK, right? Nobody can have it all and do it perfectly.
CAST: Sarayu Blue, Paul Adelstein, Aisling Bea, Zach Cherry, Johnny Pemberton, James Buckley

LIKE FAMILY (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Universal Television/Hazy Mills
TEAM: Suzanne Martin (w, ep), Sean Hayes (ep), Todd Miller (ep)
LOGLINE: Aubrey and Artie formed the tightest of sibling-like bonds growing up together in foster care but are discovering that such closeness makes adulthood even more complicated.
CAST: Brandon Mychal Smith, Kether Donohue, Rebecca Mader, Blake Anderson

SO CLOSE (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Universal Television/Hazy Mills
TEAM: Greg Malins (w, ep), Sean Hayes (ep), Todd Milliner (ep), Gail Mancuso (d)
LOGLINE: At crossroads in their separate lives, hopeless romantics Riley & Kyle are close to settling for the wrong partner, unaware that they live only blocks apart and may be each other’s soul mates.
CAST: Sasheer Zamata, Sean Kleier, Punam Patel, Sabrina Carpenter, Dan Bucatinsky, George Basil, Julie Klausner


THE INBETWEEN (fka The Between)
Pciked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Television/NBCU International Television Studio/Heyday Television
TEAM: Moira Kirland (w, ep), David Heyman (ep), Nancy Cotton (ep), Charlotte Sieling (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A mysterious young woman reluctantly uses her gift of clairvoyance to help a veteran LAPD detective and a damaged ex-FBI outsider solve the most unnerving and challenging cases the city encounters. This eerie ability also opens the door for her to see and talk to the dead, who are seeking help for unresolved problems, whether she likes it or not.
CAST: Harriet Dyer, Anne-Marie Johnson, Justin Cornwell, Cindy Luna, Chad James Buchanan, Paul Blackthorne

Picked up to series
 Universal Television.
TEAM: Ken Woodruff (w, ep), Vernon Sanders (ep), Mark Pellington (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Character-driven investigative thriller set in the world of counterintelligence focuses on former CIA agent Erica Wolfe, the most notorious traitor in modern history and most hated woman in America, who is brought out of a federal supermax prison by the FBI to help stop some of the most dangerous acts of espionage threatening the United States today.
CAST: Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey, Kelli Garner

LA’S FINEST (fka Untitled Bad Boys Spinoff)
Not going forward; being shopped
STUDIO: Sony Pictures Television Studios/Jerry Bruckheimer Television/Primary Wave/2.0 Entertainment
TEAM: Brandon Margolis (w, ep), Brandon Sonnier (w, ep), Anton Cropper (d), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), KristieAnne Reed (ep), Jeff Gaspin (ep), Jeff Morrone (ep), Doug Belgrad (ep), Gabrielle Union (ep), Jessica Alba (ep), Sonnier Margolis (ep)
LOGLINE: Free-spirited former DEA agent Syd Burnett has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields in this action-packed, character-driven procedural.
CAST: Gabrielle Union, Ryan McPartlin, Jessica Alba, Ernie Hudson, Zach Gilford, Duane Martin

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Compari Entertainment/Warner Bros. Television
TEAM: Jeff Rake (w, ep), Robert Zemeckis (ep), Jack Rapke (ep), David Frankel (d, ep), Jackie Levine (co-ep)
LOGLINE: A plane disappears from radar and returns years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at home, many years have gone by. The series follows their personal lives as well as the larger mystery and purpose that is their destiny.
CAST: Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur

NEW AMSTERDAM (formerly Untitled Bellevue)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal TV/Pico Creek Productions
TEAM:  David Schulner (w, ep), Peter Horton (d, ep), Dr. Eric Manheimer (p)
LOGLINE: The new Bellevue Hospital director’s maverick approach disrupts the status quo while always prioritizing patient care. Located in Manhattan, Bellevue is the only hospital in the world that has the capability to treat ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers Island and the President of the United States all under one roof.
CAST: Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher, Tyler Labine

NO WAY BACK (formerly Suspicion)
STUDIO: Universal Television/Keshet
TEAM: Jessica Goldberg (w, ep), Rachel Kaplan (ep), Peter Traugott (ep), Avi Nir (ep), Alon Shtruzman (ep), Joseph Finder (ep), Brad Anderson (d)
LOGLINE: Hitchcockian thriller about how far one man will go to save the people he loves. After Danny Goldman accepts a handshake loan from his new friend and millionaire neighbor, he gets a visit from the FBI and learns that the decision is one he will regret for the rest of his life. Coerced to work as an informant for the FBI to earn back his freedom, Danny is forced to infiltrate a world of violence and corruption while trying to protect his family. Based on the book by Joseph Finder.
CAST: Derek Luke, Raul Esparza, Paula Newsome, Kearran Giovanni, Jeri Ryan, Sadie Calvano, Sofia Bryant

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Universal Television/6107 Productions
TEAM: Mike Daniels (w, ep), Minkie Spiro (d, ep), Jessica Rhodes (ep)
LOGLINE: Despite difference in age, race, culture and lifestyle, the residents of a Manhattan apartment building find that the more their lives intertwine, the more complex and compelling their connections become, thus proving life’s challenges are better faced alongside family, even if it’s the one you make wherever you find it.
CAST: Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint, Grace Van Dien


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