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


2019 HBO Max Pilots & Series Orders

9 Pilots



After a life-changing event, Delilah’s first step toward putting her life back together is to introduce herself to a complete stranger who may or may not be her real father, and his family. The only question is: How much damage can one person do while trying to get their own life back on track? The answer is, quite a bit.

Studio Kapital Entertainment/Mermen

Team Kirker Butler (w, ep), Sharon Horgan (ep), Aisling Bea (ep), Clelia Mountford (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Jessica Rothe (ep)

Cast Jessica Rothe, Michael McKean

MADE FOR LOVE (Ordered straight to series)

Hazel Green is a thirtysomething woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to Byron Gogol, an unstable, needy, possibly sociopathic tech billionaire. Soon she discovers that her husband already has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device – the Made for Love chip – in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her and know her thoughts and feelings as she tries to stay alive. The chip allows allows Byron unprecedented access to Hazel’s brain as she flees to her desert hometown to take refuge with her aging widower father. Based on Alissa Nutting’s novel.

Studio WarnerMedia Entertainment/Paramount TV

Team Patrick Somerville (w, ep, sr), S.J. Clarkson (d, ep), Alissa Nutting (ep), Liza Chasin (ep), Dean Bakopoulos (ep)

Cast Cristin Milioti


AMERICANAH (Ordered straight to limited series)

Ifemelu is a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze. Living in a military-ruled country, each departs for the West, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London.

Studio Plan B Entertainment/Potboiler Television/D2 Productions

Team Danai Gurira (w, ep), Lupita Nyong’o (ep), Andrea Calderwood (ep), Didi Rea (ep), Danielle Del (ep), Nancy Won (ep)

Cast Lupita Nyong’o

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT (Ordered straight to series)

A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.

Studio Warner Bros TV/Berlanti Productions/Yes, Norman

Team Steve Tockey (w, ep), Meredith Hunter (ep, sr), Marciw Ulin (ep, sr), Kaley Cuoco (ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Susanna Fogel (d, ep)

Cast Kaley Cuoco

GENERATION (Ordered straight to series)

Follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality -- devices and all -- tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.

Studio HBO Max/We’re Not Brothers Productions

Team Zelda Barnz (w, d, co-ep), Daniel Barnz (w, d, ep), Ben Barnz (ep), Marissa Diaz (p)

Cast TBA

RED BIRD LANE (Ordered straight to series)

Eight strangers arrive at an isolated house — all for different reasons — and quickly realize that something sinister and terrifying awaits them.

Studio Warner Bros Television

Team Sara Gran (w, ep), John Wells (ep), Erin Jontow (ep)

Cast TBA

RULES OF MAGIC (Ordered straight to series)

Three troubled siblings wrestle with “abnormalities” that have kept them isolated in 1960s New York City. But the tumultuous times unearth the extraordinary discovery that they are, in fact, descendants of a bloodline of witches. In their aspirational journey towards self-discovery and self-acceptance, they’ll contend with grief, war, bigotry and dark magic, not to mention a centuries-old curse designed to keep them away from love. Sisters Franny and Jet will become the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while their beloved brother, Vincent, will leave an unexpected legacy. Based on the novels 'Rules of Magic' and 'Practical Magic' by Alice Hoffman.

Studio Warner Bros Television

Team Melissa Rosenberg (w, ep), Dana Baratta (w, ep), Denise Di Novi (ep), Nina Tassler (ep), Alice Hoffman (ep)

Cast TBA

STATION ELEVEN (Ordered straight to series)

The postapocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost. Based on Emily St. John Mandel's novel.

Studio Paramount Television

Team Patrick Somerville (w, ep, sr), Hiro Murai (d, ep), Scott Steindorff (ep), Scott Delman (ep), Dylan Russell (ep), Nate Matteson (co-ep)

Cast TBA

TOKYO VICE (Ordered straight to series)

Jake Adelstein is an American journalist who embeds himself into the Tokyo Vice police squad to reveal corruption. Follows his daily descent into the city's neon-soaked underbelly, where nothing and no one is truly what or who they seem. Based on Jake Adelstein’s nonfiction account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat.

Studio Endeavor Content

Team J.T. Rogers (w, ep, sr), Destin Daniel Cretton (ep. sr), John Lesher (ep), Emily Gerson Saines (ep), Ansel Elgort (ep)

Cast Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe


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