2019 ABC Pilots & Series Orders
MIXED-ISH (Picked up to series)
(Single camera) Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.
Studio ABC Studios
Team Peter Saji (w, ep), Kenya Barris (w, ep), Karin Gist (ep, sr), Tracee Ellis-Ross (ep), Randall Winston (ep), Brian Dobbins (ep), Laurence Fishburne (ep), Helen Sugland (ep), Anthony Anderson (ep)
Cast Arica Himmell, Tika Sumpter, Christina Anthony, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Ethan Childress, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
HAPPY ACCIDENT (Not going forward)
(Single camera) Follows two Pittsburgh families — a father with three adult daughters and a hotel lounge singer with her med-student son — who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.
Studio 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios
Team Abraham Higginbotham (w, ep), Jon Pollack (w, ep), Jeff Morton (ep), Kat Coiro (d)
Cast Matt Walsh, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Vanessa Williams, Kether Donohue, Jessie Pinnick, Elliot Knight, Robert Timothy Smith
MOURNING SONGS (Put pilot)
Centers on a 35-year-old composer who, after the tragic death of his father, is forced to move back home to live with his mom, help his family heal and grow up, possibly for the very first time. Based on the life and Instagram feed of songwriter Ryan Langer.
Studio Maniac Productions/ABC Studios
Team Dave Finkel (w, ep), Brett Baer (w, ep), Ryan Langer (w, ep), Michael Seitzman (ep), Christina Davis (ep)
(Multi-camera/hybrid) After the death of his wife, an obsessive, overprotective dad is forced to invite his brash and bawdy mother-in-law, Nana, into his home to help raise the two granddaughters she barely knows.
Studio 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios/Goldenlight Films/Alcon Entertainment
Team Lon Zimmet (w, ep), Ted Melfi (ep), Kimberly Quinn (ep), Andrew Kosove (ep), Broderick Johnson (ep), Laura Lancaster (ep), Katey Sagal (co-ep), Andy Ackerman (d)
Cast Katey Sagal, Ben Lawson, Kimberly Quinn, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Bill Bellamy, Gemma Allen
UNITED WE FALL (Picked up to series)
(Multi-camera) Multi-cultural family sitcom that shows how, when two people with young children and overzealous extended families truly love each other, barely anything is possible.
Studio Sony Pictures Television/ABC Studios
Team Julius "Goldy" Sharpe (w, ep), Julia Gunn (ep), Seth Gordon (ep), Mark Cendrowski (d)
Cast Will Sasso, Christina Vidal, Jane Curtin, Emma Grace Helton
UNTITLED CHERYL HINES/RACHAEL HARRIS PROJECT (Put pilot)
Sisters Becky and Bernie Byrnes are incredibly different, goddamn spectacular divorce lawyers who spend their lives getting people out of dysfunctional relationships but can’t get out of their own dysfunctional relationship – with each other.
Studio 20th Century Fox TV/Small Dog Picture Company
Team Christine Pietrosh (w, ep), Jessica Goldstein (w, ep), Cheryl Hines (ep), Rachael Harris (ep), Jason Winer (d, ep), Jon Radler (ep)
Cast Cheryl Hines, Rachael Harris
UNTITLED HANNAH SIMONE PROJECT (Not going forward)
(Single camera) Hannah and her Indian-American immigrant father always have been close, but after she admits to herself that she’s in a dead-end job and he reveals his marriage is over, they’re starting over together and each finding a new path. This new chapter will either make them crazy close -- or just crazy.
Studio ABC Studios
Team Hannah Simone (w, ep), Matt Fusfeld (ep), Alex Cuthbertson (ep), Todd Holland (d)
Cast Hannah Simone, Jane Leeves, Alanna Ubach, Deniz Akdeniz, Liza Treyger, Hank Chen
UNTITLED JESSICA GAO PROJECT (Not going forward)
(Single camera) Janet Zhao is a first-generation Chinese-American who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she’s spent her life trying to keep at arm’s length.
Studio ABC Studios/Imagine Television Studios/CBS TV Studios
Team Jessica Gao (w, ep), Brian Grazer (ep), Francie Calfo (ep), Samie Kim Falvey (ep), Jude Weng (d)
Cast Jessica Gao, Holly Chou, Cindy Cheung, Stephen Park, Kelly Hu, Helen Hong, Ki Hong Lee, Ashley Park, John Gemberling
UNTITLED LESLIE ODOM JR. PROJECT (Not going forward)
(Multi-camera) Omari and Hope run a modern ministry and share an even more eclectic and chaotic home life with a combined four children. Inspired by real-life progressive pastors Touré & Sarah Roberts.
Studio ABC Studios
Team Saladin Patterson (w, ep), Leslie Odom Jr. (ep), Touré Roberts (co-ep), Sarah Jakes-Roberts (co-ep), Fred Savage (d), Kerry Washington (ep), Pilar Savone (ep)
Cast Leslie Odom Jr., Kelly Jenrette, Alexis Fields, Hialey Kilgore, Lilah Richcreek, Milan Carter, Brandon Severs, Somali Rose
UNTITLED NATE BARGATZE PROJECT (Off-cycle pilot)
Follows Nate and his wife, who choose to move from California to Nate’s native Tennessee, where his parents still live, to raise their 6-year-old daughter. They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more complicated than they imagined.
Studio 20th Century Fox TV/Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Team Nate Bargatze (w, ep), Jerrod Carmichael (w, ep), Ari Katcher (w)., Dan Shaki (w), Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (ep, sr), Dave Goddard (d, ep), Tim Sarkes (ep), Alex Murray (ep)
Cast Nate Bargatze, Katie Aselton, Kurtwood Smith, Debra Jo Rupp
UNTITLED SARAH HYLAND-EMILY GORDON PROJECT (Put pilot)
Under wraps but inspired by Emily V. Gordon's and Sarah Hyland’s real-life experiences.
Studio 20th Century Fox TV/The Walk Up Company
Team Emily V. Gordon (w, ep), Sarah Hyland (ep), Isaac Aptaker (ep), Elizabeth Berger (ep), Adam Londy (ep)
Cast Sarah Hyland
WOMAN UP (Not going forward)
(Single camera) Two former teen moms have worked their asses off to see their daughters all the way through high school graduation. And now, at 35, they’re ready to make up for the youth they never had.
Studio 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios/Small Dog Picture Company/Ms. Lister Films
Team Zoe Lister-Jones (w, d, ep), Liz Meriwether (ep), Jason Winer (ep), Jon Pollack (ep)
Cast Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Tawny Newsome, Kym Whitley, Gabrielle Elyse, Abby Quinn, Leon Thomas, Tate Moore, Bryce Charles
90'S POPSTAR (Put pilot)
Revolves around a family from small-town Florida who must adapt to their extraordinary new reality when their teenage daughter goes from aspiring singer to pop superstar practically overnight.
Studio 20th Century Fox Television
Team Amanda Lasher (w, ep), Mandy Moore (ep), Isaac Aptaker (ep), Elizabeth Berger (ep), Adam Londy (ep), Regina Lee (ep), Marc Webb (d, ep)
BACKLASH (Put pilot)
Set in a working-class town after the high-profile rescue of a child. As the rescue workers and family are deluged with praise, suspicions begin to mount that the accident was something quite different than it seemed. Unpeeling the truth of what happened that day will uncover the town’s many secrets and, in the process, explore hero worship, the media, celebrity culture and the lengths we will go to in order to be seen.
Studio Random Hill Production/ABC Studios
Team Lizzy Weiss (w, ep), Jon Feldman (ep), Jennifer Gwartz (ep)
THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY (Picked up to series)
Daniel Garcia is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But on a wild Miami night he meets Noa Hamilton, an international superstar and fashion mogul, and his life moves into the spotlight. Will this unlikely couple upend their lives to be together and pull their families into a culture clash?
Studio Universal Television/ABC Studios/Keshet Studios
Team Dean Georgaris (w, ep), David Frankel (d, ep), Avi Nir (ep), Alon Shtruzman (ep), Rachel Kaplan (ep), Peter Traugott (ep), Becky Hartman Edwards (ep), Assi Azar (ep)
Cast Victor Rasuk, Nathalie Kelley, Carlos Gomez, Dan Bucatinsky, Lisa Vidal, Belissa Escobedo, Michelle Veintimilla, David Del Rio, Georgina Reilly (recurring)
EMERGENCE (Picked up to series; piloted at NBC)
A sheriff takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child's identity is at the center of it all.
Studio ABC Studios
Team Michele Fazekas (w, ep), Tara Butters (w, ep), Paul McGuigan (d, ep), Robert Atwood (p)
Cast Allison Tolman, Alexa Skye Swinton, Donald Faison, Robert Bailey Jr., Clancy Brown, Ashley Aufderheide, Zabryna Guevara
FOR LIFE (Picked up to series)
FKA Untitled Hank Greenberg/Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Project
Serialized legal and family drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn't commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him. Told through the window of his ferocious struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, it also examine the flaws and challenges in our penal and legal systems.
Studio Sony Pictures Television/ABC Studios/G-Unit Film & Television/Doug Robinson Productions
Team Hank Steinberg (w, ep), Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (ep), Isaac Wright Jr. (ep), Doug Robinson (ep), Alison Greenspan (ep), George Tillman Jr. (d)
Cast Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant, Boris McGiver, Tyla Harris, Mary Stuart Masterson, Dorian Missick
FOUND (Put pilot)
A public relations specialist -- who once was one of the 300,000+ people of color who go missing every year in the U.S. -- and her crisis-management team now make sure there is always someone looking out for those forgotten missing people. But unbeknownst to anyone, this everyday hero is hiding a chilling secret of her own.
Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros TV
Team Nkechi Okoro Carroll (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (ep,) Sarah Schechter (ep)
HEART OF LIFE (Will be redeveloped)
Two sets of adult siblings from wildly different worlds discover they’re related and must reassess everything they thought they knew about their shared father. As they explore the mystery of their separate childhoods, they’ll experience the difficulty in overcoming the sins of the past and learn the joys of reuniting with long-lost family. Inspired by the John Mayer song.
Studio 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios
Team Ben Queen (w, ep), John Mayer (ep), Paul Weitz (ep), Melvin Mar (ep), Jake Kasdan (ep), Anne Fletcher (d)
Cast Harry Shum Jr, Katie Findlay, Dave Annable, Jessica Stroup, Nick Thune, Nathaniel Buescher
HOMICIDE SPECIAL (Put piot)
Set inside the Homicide Special division of the Philadelphia PD, it follows two young and recently promoted female detectives and a beat cop as they take on an entrenched and corrupt system at an inner-city precinct.
Studio 20th Television
Team Amy Holden Jones (w, ep), Andrew Chapman (w, ep), Oly Obst (ep)
THE HYPNOTIST'S LOVE STORY (Not going forward)
After a string of failed romances, successful hypnotherapist Ellen is optimistic about her current boyfriend. But then he reveals a disturbing truth: a stalker ex-girlfriend has been following him for years. Ellen finds herself intrigued – and oddly thrilled by the stalker, entirely unaware that they’ve already met. Based on the bestselling book by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty.
Studio ABC Studios/Mandeville Television
Team Katie Wech (w, ep), Heather Graham (ep), David Hoberman (ep), Todd Lieberman (ep), Laurie Zaks (ep), Liane Moriarty (p), Francesca Gregorini (d)
Cast Heather Graham, Juliet Rylance, Adan Canto, Liza Lapira, Jane Seymour
LOVE ME (Put pilot)
Follows the stories of a multi-generational family in Chicago as they search for love in our increasingly detached digital world, and explores how their unconditional love for one another helps them navigate the highs and lows of it all. Based on a Swedish format.
Studio Warner Bros. TV/Brownstone Productions/In Good Company
Team Erin Cardillo (w, ep), Richard Keith (w, ep), Elizabeth Banks (ep), Max Handelman (ep), Josephine Bornebusch (ep), Dannah Shinder (co-ep)
NYPD BLUE (Being reworked; in consideration for midseason)
Reboot of the 1993-2005 ABC series follows Theo, the son of the original series' lead character Andy Sipowicz, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Like his dad, Theo also is a hard-drinking, hard-headed and quick-witted cop.
Studio ABC Studios/20th Century Fox Television
Team Matt Olmstead (w, ep), Nick Wootton (w, ep), Jesse Bochco (d), Dayna Bochco (p)
Cast Alona Tai, Kim Delaney, Bill Brochtrup, Fabian Frankel, Rick Gomez, Ashley Thomas, Sofia Barclay
NEW YORK UNDERCOVER (Not going forward; will be shopped)
Picks up 20 years after the end of the original 1994-98 Fox series. It will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city’s most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park.
Studio Universal TV/ABC Studios/Wolf Entertainment
Team Dick Wolf (w, ep), Ben Watkins (w, ep), Arhtur W. Forney (ep), Anthony Hemingway (d, ep)
Cast Malik Yoba, Luna Lauren Velez, MC Lyte, Otmara Moreno, Toby Sandeman, Anna Enger, Octavio Pizano
PLASTICS (Put pilot)
Set in the the competitive and male-dominated world of plastic surgery, where three women band together to start their own practice. Having put it all on the line to get to this point, they rely on one another to survive the complicated, exhilarating and sometimes heartbreaking world of cosmetic surgery -- all the while trying to navigate their own complicated personal lives.
Studio Wonderland Sound and Vision/20th Century Fox TV
Team Elizabeth Craft (w, ep), Sarah Fain (w, ep), McG (ep), Mary Viola (ep), Corey Marsh (ep)
STUMPTOWN (Picked up to series)
FKA Untitled Cobie Smulders Project
Dex Parios as a strong, assertive, and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother to take care of in Portland, OR. Her military intelligence skills make her a great P.I., but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police. Based on the 'Stumptown' graphic novel series.
Studio ABC Studios
Team Jason Richman (w, ep), Ruben Fleischer (ep), Dave Bernad (ep), Greg Rucka (ep), Matthew Southworth (ep), Justin Greenwood (ep), James Griffiths (d)
Cast Cobie Smulders, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, Adrian Martinez, Camryn Manheim, Michael Ealy, Jake Johnson
TRIANGLE (Not going forward)
What if the Bermuda Triangle was not a watery grave in the middle of the ocean but a land lost in time that has trapped travelers over the course of human history? When a family is shipwrecked in this strange land, they must band together with a group of like-minded inhabitants — from throughout history — to survive and somehow find a way home.
Studio ABC Studios/Random Hill
Team Jon Feldman (w, ep), Sonny Postiglione (w, ep), Jennifer Gwartz (ep), McG (d)
Cast Mike Vogel, Pllavi Sharda, Matt Passmore, Lorenzo Richelmy, Sarah Catherine Hook, Edwin Hodge, Mallory Jansen, Amit Shah, Sibongile Mlambo, Diana Bermudez, Sarah Catherine Hook
UNTIL THE WEDDING (Not going forward)
Story of how one couple’s decision to get married can affect everyone in their lives. The show will explore the intimate relationships of a group of friends/family as they are forced to reckon with their own romantic lives and come to terms with the realities of love and marriage. Based on an Israeli format.
Studio ABC Studios/Timberman-Beverly/Keshet Media
Team Becky Mode (w, ep), Sarah Timberman (ep), Carl Beverly (ep), Alon Aranya (ep), Nelly Feld (ep), Avi Zvi (ep), Ami Amir (ep), Susannah Grant (d)
Cast E.J. Bonilla, Olivia Thirlby, Britt Lower, Michael Stahl-David, Trent Garrett, Liza Colon-Zayas, Vered Blonstein, Michael Benjamin Washington, Christian Coulson, Christian Borle
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