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

2018 OWN Pilots & Series Orders

2018 OWN Pilots & Series Orders


Ordered straight to series

STUDIO: Will Packer Media/Lionsgate/Debmar-Mercury
TEAM: Jamey Giddens (w, ep), Kevin Arkadie (ep, sr), Will Packer (ep), Sheila Ducksworth (ep)
LOGLINE: Multigenerational family saga centers on one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.
CAST: Essence Atkins, Robin Givens, Brian White, Kendrick Cross, Brely Evans, Erica Page, Brian Bosworth (recurring), Deena Dill (recurring), Gino Anthony Pesi (recurring), Kayla Smith (recurring)

DAVID MAKES MAN (For 2019; fka Untitled Tarell Alvin McRaney Series)
Ordered straight to series

STUDIO: Warner Horizon Scripted Televisio/Page Fright/Outlier Productions
TEAM: Tarell Alvin McCraney (w, ep), Mike Kelley (ep), Melissa Loy (ep), Michael B. Jordan (ep), Dee Harris-Lawrence (ep, sr), Oprah Winfrey (ep)
LOGLINE: Haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, a 14-year-old prodigy from the South Florida projects must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that might offer him a way out.
CAST: Phylicia Rashad, Akili McDowell, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre. Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Jordan Bolger, Cayden K. Williams, Travis Coles

Ordered straight to series

STUDIO: Warner Horizon Scripted Television
TEAM: Mara Brock Akil (w, ep), Salim Akil (d, ep), Melissa Loy (ep), Michael B. Jordan (ep)
LOGLINE: Love story between a modern-day power couple in the world of Black Hollywood. They navigate a complex set of social codes, and this series will explore it all, from the good to the bad … to the ’90s, because that’s where it all began. Inspired by the Akils’ real-life relationship.
CAST: Michele Weaver, Will Catlett, Idara Victor, Tyrone Brown, Kadeem Hardison, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Wendy Davis, Clarke Peters, Tammy Townsend (recurring), Loretta Devine (recurring), Tim Reid (recurring), Vanessa Bell Calloway (recurring)


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