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

2018 Starz Pilots & Series Orders

2018 Starz Pilots & Series Orders


Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
TEAM: Gregg Araki (w, d, ep), Karley Sciortino (w, cp), Steven Soderbergh (ep), Gregory Jacobs (ep)
LOGLINE: Explores identity, sexuality and artistry while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles as Ulysses and his friends Carly, Ford and Severine are on various quests pursing love, sex and fame. Between sexual and romantic dating app adventures, Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder – is some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy going on, or is he just smoking too much weed?
CAST: Avan Jogia, Kelli Bergland, Beau Mirchoff, Roxane Mesquida, Tyler Posey (recurring), Jacob Artist (recurring), Chris Aquilino (recurring), Kevin Daniels (recurring), Avra Friedman (recurring)


Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Jerry Bruckheimer TV
TEAM: Rebecca Cutter (w, ep), Gary Lennon (ep, sr), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), KristieAnne Reed (ep), Rachel Morrison (d)
LOGLINE: Crime drama set amid the opioid drug trade on Cape Cod, touched off when a body washes ashore and discovered by an irreverent National Marine Fisheries Service officer who is determined to help solve the murder even if the state cops want her nowhere near the case.
CAST: Monica Raymund, James Badge Dale

P-VALLEY (working title)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Jerry Bruckheimer TV
TEAM: Katori Hall (w, ep, sr), Peter Chernin (ep), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), KristieAnne Reed (ep), Patrik-Ian Pol (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Deep in the Mississippi Delta lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. The kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors: the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful and the damned.
CAST: Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan, Shannon Thornton, J. Alphonse Nicholson

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Lionsgate/Liberty Global.
TEAM: Sam Holcroft (w, co-p), Al Muriel (w, co-p), Lisa Zwerling (ep, sr) Karyn Usher (ep, sr), Stephen Garrett (ep), Kari Skogland (d)
LOGLINE: Myfanwy Thomas wakes up in a London park suffering total amnesia and pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries. Grappling with supernatural abilities of her own, she must fight to uncover her past and resume her position within Britain’s secret service, the Checquy, before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started. Based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley.
CAST: Emma Greenwell, Joely Rihardson, Olivia  Munnm Adrian Lester, Ronan Raftery, Catherine Steadman, Jon Fletcher, Shelley Conn (recurring), James D’Arcy (recurring)

Ordered straight to limited series
STUDIO: New Pictures/Playground
TEAM: Emma Frost (w, ep), Matthew Graham (w, ep), Colin Callender (ep), Scott Guff (ep), Charlie Pattinson (ep), Charlie Hampton (ep)
LOGLINE: The latest chapter in the dynastic saga of Tudor England is described as a powerful, epic story that not only returns the audience to the world of royal court intrigue as seen uniquely through the perspective of the women, but also sheds light on a previously untold corner of history – the lives of people of color, living and working in 16th century London. Based on the Philippa Gregory books The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse.

SWEETBITTER (half-hour)
Ordered straight to series; six episodes
STUDIO: Plan B Entertainment
TEAM: Stephanie Danler (w, ep), Stu Zicherman (ep), Richard Shepard (d, ep), Donna Bloom (p)
LOGLINE: Shortly after arriving in New York City, Tess lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant. Swiftly introduced to the world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars and fine dining, she learns to navigate the chaotically alluring yet punishing life she has stumbled upon. It is a story of a young woman’s coming of age, set against the rich and grimy backdrop of exclusive restaurants, evoking the possibility, beauty and fragility of being young and adrift.
CAST: Ella Purnell, Tom Sturridge, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Paul Sparks, Evan Jonigkeit, Daniyar, Eden Epstein, Jasmine Mathews

VIDA (half-hour)
Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Big Beach TV
TEAM: Tanya Saracho (w, ep, sr), Alonso Ruizpalacios (d), Marc Turtletaub (ep), Peter Saraf (ep), Robin Schwartz (ep)
LOGLINE: Focuses on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.
CAST: Veronica Osorio, Melissa Barerra, Mishel Prada, Karen Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon, Carlos Miranda, Maria Elena Laas


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