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

2019 HBO Pilots & Series Orders

2019 HBO Pilots & Series Orders

14 Pilots



PICKED UP TO SERIES: Space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster.

Studio HBO

Team Armando Iannucci (w, d, ep), Kevin Loader (ep), Simon Blackwell (ep), Tony Roche (ep), Will Smith (ep)

Cast Nikki Amuka-Bird, Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Suzy Nakamura, Rebecca Front, Lenora Chrichlow, Ethan Phillips, Hamesh Patel


Features narrative sketches performed by a core cast of black women along with celebrity guests. It will be written and directed by an array of black women.

Studio Issa Rae Productions/3 Arts Entertainment/Jax Media

Team Robin Thede (w, ep), Lauren Ashley Smith (w, co-ep), Issa Rae (ep), Dave Becky (ep), Jonathan Berry (ep), Tony Hernandez (ep), Brooke Posch (ep), Deniese Davis (p), Montrel McKay (p), John Skidmore (p)

Cast Robin Thede


ORDERED STRAIGHT TO LIMITED SERIES; SIX EPISODES: Grace Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself: She’s a successful therapist on the brink of publishing her first book, has a devoted husband and also young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. Weeks before her book is published, a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

Studio David E. Kelley Productions/Blossom Films/Made Up Stories

Team David E. Kelley (w, ep, sr), Nicole Kidman (ep), Per Saari (ep), Bruna Papandrea (ep), Susanne Bier (d, ep) Stephen Garrett (ep), Celia Costas (ep)

Cast Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Donald Sutherland, Noah Jupe, Edgar Ramirez, Lily Rabe, Noma Dumezweni


EUPHORIA (Picked up to series)

Follows the true story of a teenager who was murdered outside a club, chronicling the lives of the teens from the club a year after the tragedy and the paths they take to cope and escape reality through drugs, sex and violence in an effort to make sense of an uncertain future. Based on the Israeli format.

Studio A24 Television

Team Sam Levinson (w, ep), Drake (ep), Future the Prince (ep), Ron Leshem (ep), Daphna Levin (ep), Tmira Yardeni (ep), Ravi Nandan (ep), Kevin Turen (ep), Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein (ep), Mirit Toovi (ep), Yoram Mokadi (ep), Gary Lennon (ep), Augustine Frizzell (d, co-ep)

Cast Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Eric Dane, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Angus Cloud, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, Algee Smith, Austin Abrams

I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE (Ordered straight to limited series)

Follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness set against the backdrop of 20th century America.

Studio FilmNation Entertainment

Team Derek Cianfrance (w,d, ep), Mark Ruffalo (ep), Wally Lamb (ep), Ben Browning (ep), Glen Basner (ep), Gregg Fienberg (ep), Anya Epstein (ep), Lynette Howell Taylor (ep), Jamie Patricof (co-ep)

Cast Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, Juliette Lewis, Kathryn Hahn

THE GILDED AGE (Ordered straight to series)

(Moved from NBC) The American Gilded Age in 1885 was a period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost, and the rise of disparity between old money and new money, which is being reflected again today. Against this backdrop comes young Marian Brook, the orphaned daughter of a Southern general, who moves into the home of her rigidly conventional aunts in New York City. Accompanied by the mysterious Peggy Scott, an African-American woman masquerading as her maid, Marian gets caught up in the dazzling lives of her stupendously rich neighbors, led by a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife struggling for acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set. Will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path in this exciting new world that is on the brink of transformation into the modern age?

Studio HBO/Universal Television

Team Julian Fellowes (w, ep), Gareth Neame (ep), Michael Engler (d, ep)

Cast TBA

INDUSTRY (Ordered straight to series)

Set in the cutthroat world of international finance as seen through the eyes of ambitious twentysomethings struggling to secure their futures. It follows a group of young graduates competing for a limited set of permanent positions at a top investment bank in London – but the boundaries between colleague, friend, lover, and enemy soon blur as they immerse themselves in a company culture defined as much by sex, drugs and ego as it is by deals and dividends. As members of the group rise and fall, they must decide whether life is about more than the bottom line.

Studio Bad Wolf

Team Mickey Down (w, ep), Konrad Kay (w, ep), Lena Dunham (d, ep), Jane Tranter (ep), Lachlan MacKinnon (ep), Ryan Rasmussen (ep)

Cast TBA

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY (Ordered straight to series)

Atticus Black teams with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. Based on the novel by Matt Ruff.

Studio Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot Productions

Team Misha Green (w, ep), Jordan Peele (ep), J.J, Abrams (ep), Ben Stephenson (ep), Bill Carraro (ep), Daniel Sackheim (d, ep), Yann Demange (d, ep)

Cast Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Wunmi Mosaku, Aunjanue Ellis, Jamie Harris, Abby Lee, Michael Kenneth Williams Jamie Chung (recurring), Jordan Patrick Smith (recurring)

THE NEVERS (Ordered straight to series)

A gang of Victorian women find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world.


Team Joss Whedon (w, d, ep, sr), Jane Espenson (w, ep), Doug Petrie (w, ep), Bernie Caulfield (ep)

Cast Laura Donnelly

PERRY MASON (Ordered straight to limited series)

Set in 1932 Los Angeles, which is booming while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, it follows the origins of legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and, just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself. Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner.

Studio Team Downey

Team Rolin Jones (w, ep, sr), Ron Fitzgerald (w, ep, sr), Robert Downey Jr. (ep), Susan Downey (ep), Amanda Burrell (ep), Joe Horaceck (ep). Matthew Rhys (p), Tim Van Patten (d, ep)

Cast Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow

THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (Ordered straight to miniseries)

Imagines an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism. Based on the Philip Roth novel.

Studio Annapurna Pictures

Team David Simon (w, ep), Ed Burns (w, ep), Joe Roth (ep), Jeffrey Kirschenbaum (ep), Nina K. Noble (ep), Megan Ellison (ep), Sue Naegle (ep), Susan Goldberg (ep)

Cast Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, Anthony Boyle, Azhy Robertson, Caleb Malis, John Turturro

RUN (Picked up to series)

Ruby lives a humdrum existence until one day she gets a text inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact, promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame.

Studio Entertainment One/DryWrite/Wigwam Films

Team Phoebe Waller-Bridge (ep), Vicky Jones (w, ep), Emily Leo (ep), Kate Dennis (d, ep)

Cast Domhnall Gleeson, Merritt Wever, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (recurring)


Chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties—a team that defined its era, both on and off the court. Based on Jeff Pearlman’s nonfiction book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s."


Team Adam McKay (d, ep), Max Borenstein (w, ep), Jim Hecht (w, ep), Kevin Messick (ep), Jason Shuman (ep)

Cast TBA


Set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, it chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend -- it’s not the story we think we know.

Studio Warner Bros. TV/Monkeypaw Productions/Bad Robot Productions

Team Jane Goldman (w, ep, sr), George R.R. Martin (ep), Vince Gerardis (ep), Daniel Zelman (ep), James Farrell (ep), Jim Danger Gray (ep), Sara Lee Hess (ep), Chris Symes (co-ep)

Cast Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Toby Regbo, Miranda Richardson, Marquis Rodriguez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, Dixie Egerickx


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