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

HBO Max, john stankey, warnermedia

2019 HBO Max Pilots & Series Orders

6 Pilots
15 Series Orders


DC SUPER HERO HIGH (Ordered straight to series)

Follows a group of students experiencing the fun and drama of adolescence at a boarding school for gifted kids. These teens are just trying to navigate the pressures of high school, but none of them realizes that someday they will become legendary DC superheroes.

Studio Brownstone Productions/Warner Horizon Scripted Television

Team Scott Weinger (w, ep), Elizabeth Banks (ep), Max Handelman (ep), John D. Beck (ep), Ron Hart (ep), Dannah Shinder (co-ep)

Cast TBA

COLLEGE GIRLS (Ordered straight to series; working title)

Follows three 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont. A bundle of contradictions and hormones, these sexually active college girls are equal parts lovable and infuriating.

Studio Kaling International/Warner Bros. Television

Team Mindy Kaling (w, ep, sr), Howard Klein (ep)

Cast TBA

DELILAH (Not going forward; being shopped)

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

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

Cast Jessica Rothe, Michael McKean, Arturo Castro, Nat Faxon, Nicole Byer, Casey Wilson

GREASE: RYDELL HIGH (Ordered straight to series)

Musical set in and around the world of 1950s Rydell High with some familiar characters and some new. It’s the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty and the rollercoaster of life in Middle America with a modern sensibility.

Studio Paramount Television/Picturestart/Temple Hill

Team Annabel Oakes (w, ep)

Cast TBA


Follows a sweet, optimistic young cop and a creepy, crime-obsessed teenager who secretly team up to solve a murder.

Studio HBO Max/Conaco

Team Aaron Brownstein (w, ep, sr), Simon Ganz (w, ep, sr), director Randall Einhorn (d, ep)

Cast TBA

LOVE LIFE (Ordered straight to series)

Anthology series about the journey from first love to last love and how the people we're with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever. Series will follow a different protagonist’s quest for love each season, with each episode telling the story of one of their relationships.

Studio TBA

Team Paul Feig (ep), Anna Kendrick (ep)

Cast Anna Kendrick, Zoe Chao, Peter Vack, Sasha Compere, Scoot McNairy, Hope Davis, James LeGros

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, Ray Romano, Billy Magnussen, Noma Dumezweni, Dan Bakkedahl, Augusto Aguilera, Raymond Lee (recurring)

RAP SH*T (Working title)

Follows three women – a hip-hop duo and their hustler manager – trying to make it in Miami’s music industry.

Studio Issa Rae Productions/3 Arts Entertainment

Team Issa Rae (w, ep), Montrel McKay (ep), Jonathan Berry (ep), Dave Becky (ep)


An ambitious millennial flying up the ladder at a media startup company unexpectedly is tasked with running the newly hired, PR crisis–averting diversity team -- made up of green Internet newbies.

Studio Warner Bros TV

Team Quinta Brunson (w, co-ep), Michelle Nader (w, ep. sr), Danielle Stokdyk (ep)

Cast Quinta Brunson

STARSTRUCK (Ordered straight to series)

Follows 20-something Rose, a millennial in London who is juggling two dead-end jobs and navigating the awkward morning after when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a movie star.


Team Rose Matafeo (ep), Jon Thoday (ep), Richard Allen-Turner (ep), Rob Aslett (ep)

Cast Rose Matafeo


AMERICANAH (Not going forward after being 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, Zackary Momoh

CIRCE (Ordered straight to series)

A modern take on the world of Greek mythology told from the powerful feminist perspective of the goddess Circe, who transforms from an awkward nymph to a formidable witch, able to challenge gods, titans and monsters alike. Based on Madeline Miller’s novel.

Studio Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content

Team Rick Jaffa (w, ep), Amanda Silver (w, ep)

Cast TBA

CRIME FARM (Ordered straight to series)

A psychosexual love story that follows Selma and Richard Eikelenboom, forensic homicide experts whose marriage thrives on their all-consuming investigations into the depravity of the world’s most notorious criminals. As a seminal case upends the paradigm of their relationship, their unique, unconventional and sometimes dangerous arrangement stretches the boundaries of marriage and science.

Studio Blossom Films/Warner Horizon Scripted Television

Team Janine Sherman Barrois (ep, sr), Nicole Kidman (ep), Per Saari (ep)

Cast TBA

DOOM PATROL (Ordered straight to series)

Series revival features a band of superpowered freaks -- part support group, part superhero team -- who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Studio

Team Greg Berlanti (ep), Jeremy Carver (ep)

Cast Timothy Dalton, Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby


An adaptation of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s book based in the world created by Frank Herbert’s 'Dune,' it explores this universe through the eyes of a mysterious order of women, the Bene Gesserit, whose extraordinary mastery of body and mind allows them to weave expertly through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium.

Studio TBA

Team Denis Villeneuve (d, ep), Jon Spaihts (ep), Dana Calvo (ep), Brian Herbert (ep), Byron Merritt (ep), Kim Herbert (ep), Kevin J Anderson (co-ep)

Cast TBA


Set in a near future where America is embroiled in a bitter civil war and the island of Manhattan has become a demilitarized zone separating the two sides -- largely destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. Centers on a fierce female medic saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. As she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords who now control the lawless island, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone there has lost: hope. Based on the DC Comic.

Studio Array Filmworks/Warner Bros TV

Team Ava DuVernay (d, ep), Roberto Patino (w, ep, sr)

Cast Rosario Dawson, Benjamin Bratt

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, Sonoya Mizuno, Michiel Huisman, Colin Woodell, Zosia Mamet, Merle Dandridge, Griffin Matthews, Briana Cuoco (recurring)

GENERATION (Picked up 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/Good Thing Going Productions

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

Cast Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Sam Trammell, Chase Sui Wonders with Justice Smith, Martha Plimpton, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

GOSSIP GIRL (Ordered straight to series)

Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens is introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.

Studio Warner Bros. Studio

Team Joshua Safran (ep), Stephanie Savage (ep), Josh Schwartz (ep), Leslie Morgenstein (ep), Gina Girolamo, Lis Rowinski (co-ep)

Cast Emily Alyn Lind, Kristen Bell, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez, Jason Gotay, Tavi Gevinson, Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat, Zion Moreno

GREEN LANTERN (Ordered straight to series)

Superhero series inspired by DC Comics' Green Lantern and introducing characters from the comics.

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Television

Team Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schecter (ep)

Cast TBA

RAISED BY WOLVES (Ordered straight to series; moved from TNT)

Two androids are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

Studio Scott Free Productions/Studio T/Madhouse Entertainment

Team Ridley Scott, (d, ep), Aaron Guzikowski (w, ep, sr), David W. Zucker (ep), Jordan Sheehan (ep), Adam Kolbrenner (ep), Robyn Meisinger (ep)

Cast Travis Fimmel, Amanda Collin, Abubakar Salim, Winta McGrath, Niamh Algar, Matias Varela, Felix Jamieson, Ethan Hazzard, Jordan Loughran, Aasiya Shah and Ivy Wong

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


Young author Mary Shelley leads a band of Romantic outlaws — among them, her lovers Percy and Lord Byron — against all manner of supernatural threats and monsters. including 'Frankenstein' author Shelley’s own iconic creature.

Studio Amazon/Berlanti Productions

Team Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (w, ep, sr), Tessa Leigh Williams (w, ep), James DeWille (w, ep)

Cast TBA

STATION ELEVEN (Ordered straight to limited series)

The post-apocalyptic 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 the novel by Emily St. John Mandel.

Studio Paramount Television Studios

Team Patrick Somerville (w, ep, sr), Hiro Murai (d, ep), Scott Steindorff (ep), Scott Delman (ep), Jessica Rhoades (ep), Dylan Russell (ep), Jeremy Podeswa (ep), Nate Matteson (ep), Nick Cuse (co-ep), David Nicksay (co-ep)

Cast Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel, David Wilmot, Daniel Zovatto, Lori Petty, Gael García Bernal (recurring), Andy McQueen (recurring), David Cross (recurring), Enrico Colantoni (recurring), Julian Obradors (recurring)

STRANGE ADVENTURES (Ordered straight to series)

Featuring characters from across the DC Comics canon, the superhero anthology explores close-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans.

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Television

Team John Stephens (w, ep, sr), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (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), Alan Poul (ep), Ken Watanabe (ep), Michael Mann (d, ep)

Cast Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe, Odessa Young, Ella Rumpf


Set during the 1990s, it's a coming-of-age story about a girl caught between two worlds: the fast-paced lifestyle of Las Vegas and her strong Mormon faith and community. Based on Sarah-Raquel Jimenez's experiences.

Studio HBO Max/Semi-Formal Productions

Team Sarah-Raquel Jimenez (w, ep), Gillian Robespierre (d, ep), Michael Showalter (ep), Jordana Mollick (ep), Michael Lewen (ep)

Cast Jordana Spiro, Josh Andrés Rivera



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