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

2019 NBC Pilots & Series Orders

2019 NBC Pilots & Series Orders

14 Pilots
8 Series Orders


INDEBTED (Picked up to series)

FKA Uninsured

(Multi-camera) Young parents Dave and Rebecca are ready to reclaim their life after years of diapers and sleepless nights. However, things take an unexpected turn when Dave’s parents show up unannounced and broke, leaving Dave with no choice but to open the door to the people who gave him everything. But these boomerang parents aren’t great with boundaries and the question of who’s parenting who quickly become blurred.

Studio Sony Pictures Television/Doug Robinson Productions

Team Dan Levy (w, ep), Doug Robinson (ep)

Cast Adam Pally, Abby Elliott, Steven Weber, Fran Drescher, Jessy Hodges

FRIENDS-IN-LAW (Not going forward)

(Multi-camera; re-piloted after original 2018 order) Brian and Jake are polar opposites who quickly must figure out how to coexist when their respective best friends decide to get married.

Studio Warner Bros. Television

Team Brian Gallivan (w, ep), Tom Werner (ep)

Cast Michael Urie, Zach Cregger, Vella Lovell, Gil Ozeri

LIKE MAGIC (Not going forward)

(Single camera) An optimistic young woman pursues her dream of becoming a headlining magician in the eccentric and ego-driven world of the Magic Palace.

Studio Universal Television/CannyLads Productions

Team Bridget Kyle (w, ep), Vicky Luu (w, ep), Matt Hubbard (ep), Julie Anne Robinson (d, ep), Kelly Pancho (ep)

Cast Jee Young Han, Freddie Stroma, Hayley Magnus, French Stewart, Mike Lane

THE KENAN SHOW (Picked up to series)

FKA Saving Kenan

(Single camera) Kenan Thompson strives to be a super dad to his two adorable girls while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who “helps” in the most inappropriate ways.

Studio Universal Television/Broadway Video

Team Jackie Clarke (w, ep), Kenan Thompson (ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Andrew Singer (ep), Chris Rock (d)

Cast Kenan Thompson, Punam Patel, Dani Lockett, Dannah Lockett, Andy Garcia

PERFECT HARMONY (Picked up to series)

FKA All Together Now

(Single camera) When former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran unexpectedly stumbles into choir practice at a small-town church, he finds a group of singers that are out of tune in more ways than one. Despite the ultimate clash of sensibilities, Arthur and his newfound cohorts may just be the perfect mix of individuals to help each other reinvent and rediscover a little happiness, just when they all need it most.

Studio  20th Century Fox Television/Small Dog Picture Company

Team Lesley Wake Webster (w, ep), Jason Winer (d, ep), Bradley Whitford (ep), Adam Anders (ep), Jon Radler (ep)

Cast Bradley Whitford, Anna Camp, Tymberlee Hill, Rizwan Manji, Will Greenberg, Geno Segers, Spencer Allport

SUNNYSIDE (Picked up to series)

FKA Untitled Kal Penn/Matt Murray Project

(Single camera) Garrett Modi was living the American Dream. As the youngest New York City Councilman ever, he was rubbing elbows with the political elite, attending star-studded parties and was the pride of Queens. But instead of spending his time in office helping the people that got him elected, he lost his way amidst the power and glamour of politics. When his downward spiral got him busted for public intoxication (and downright stupidity), it was all caught on tape and ended his career. Now, Garrett’s crashing with his sister, Mallory, and wondering where it all went wrong. That is, until he’s hired by a diverse group of hopefuls who dream of becoming American citizens and believe he can help – giving him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption, as long as he remembers where he came from.

Studio Universal Television/Fremulon/3 Arts Entertainment

Team Kal Penn (w, ep), Matt Murray (w, ep), Michael Schur (ep), David Miner (ep), Dan Spilo (ep)

Cast Kal Penn, Diana Maria Riva, Joel Kim Booster, Kiran Deol, Poppy Liu, Moses Storm, Samba Schutte


A wealthy businessman runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff and connect with his teenage daughter -- all while controlling the coyote population.

Studio Universal Television/3 Arts Entertainment/Little Stranger/Bevel Gears

Team Tina Fey (w, ep, sr), Robert Carlock (w, ep), Jeff Richmond (ep), David Miner (ep)

Cast Ted Danson, Bobby Moynihan, Holly Hunter

VILLAGE GAZETTE (Not going forward)

(Single camera; pilot presentation order) Amber is the editor of the Benson Village Gazette. She loves fluff pieces that demonstrate the idyllic nature of life in her hometown. When the newspaper owners hire a reporter who's looking to uncover a juicy story in Benson, he threatens to unravel the happy denial Amber has been living in.

Studio Universal Television/Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions/Broadway Video

Team Amber Ruffin (w, ep), Shelly Gossman (w, ep), Seth Meyers (ep), Mike Shoemaker (ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Andrew Singer (ep), Richie Keen (d, co-ep)

Cast Amber Ruffin, Tommy Dewey


BLUFF CITY LAW (Picked up to series)

Follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis law firm that specializes in the most controversial landmark civil rights cases. Led by legendary attorney Elijah Strait and his brilliant daughter, Sydney Keller, they take on the toughest David-and-Goliath cases while navigating their complicated relationship.

Studio Universal Television

Team Dean Georgaris (w, ep), David Janollari (ep), Michael Aguliar (ep), Jessica Yu (d)

Cast Jimmy Smits, Caitlin McGee, Jayne Atkinson, Benny Sloane, Michael Luwoye, Stony Blyden, MaameYaa Boafa

EMERGENCE (Picked up to series by ABC)

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

COUNCIL OF DADS (Picked up to series)

When Scott, a loving father of four, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by a cancer diagnosis, he calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as back-up dads for every stage of his growing family’s life. Scott assembles a trusted group of role models that includes Anthony, his oldest friend; Larry, his AA sponsor; and Oliver, his surgeon and best friend to his wife, Robin. These men agree to devote themselves to supporting and guiding Scott’s amazing family through all the triumphs and challenges life has to offer – just in case he ever can’t be there to do so himself.

Studio Universal TV/Jerry Bruckheimer Television/Midwest Livestock Productions

Team Tony Phelan (w, ep), Joan Rater (w, ep), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), KristieAnne Reed (ep), James Oh (p), Bruce Feiler (p)

Cast Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver, Michael O’Neill

LAW & ORDER: HATE CRIMES (Not going forward)

Set in New York City, where crimes motivated by discrimination are vigorously investigated by an elite, specially trained team of investigators. Going behind the headlines and viral videos, these diverse, dedicated and passionate detectives will stop at nothing to bring these criminals to justice. Based on New York’s real Hate Crimes Task Force.

Studio Universal Television

Team Dick Wolf (ep), Warren Leight (ep), Peter Jankowski (ep), Arthur Forney (ep)

Cast TBA

LINCOLN (Picked up to series)

FKA The Bone Collector

former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. When Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer who’s got her own gift for profiling finds herself hot on the killer’s trail, Rhyme in turn finds a partner for this new game of cat and mouse. As the unlikely detective duo joins forces to crack the city’s most confounding cases, they must also race to take down the enigmatic “Bone Collector” who brought them together. Inspired by the novel The Bone Collector.

Studio Sony Pictures Television/Universal Television

Team VJ Boyd (w, ep), Mark Bianculli (w, ep), Avi Nir (ep), Peter Traugott (ep), Rachel Kaplan (ep), Seth Gordon (d, ep)

Cast Russell Hornsby, Arielle Kebbel, Brían F. O’Byrne, Tate Ellington, Courtney Grosbeck, Ramses Jimenez, Brooke Lyons, Roslyn Ruff, Michael Imperioli.

PRISM (Not going forward; being shopped)

Exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved. Each new version of the facts ratchets up the mystery and the suspense, calling into question everything we have seen so far and asking, is the right person on trial?

Studio Universal Television/We’re Not Brothers/Carol Mendelsohn Productions

Team Daniel Barnz (w, d, ep), Ben Barnz (ep), Carol Mendelsohn (ep), Julie Weitz (ep)

Cast Mykelti Williamson, Malin Ackerman, Ramon Rodriguez, Chloe Wepper, David Alpay, Brooke Smith, Sara Rue, Joe Tippett, Alex Neustaedter


In this joyous and celebratory drama, Zoey Clarke is a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At first, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.

Studio Lionsgate Television/Tannenbaum Co./FeigCo/Universal Music Group

Team Austin Winsberg (w, ep), Richard Shepard (d, ep), Paul Feig (ep), Jessie Henderson (ep), Kim Tannenbaum (ep), Eric Tannenbaum (ep), David Blackman (ep), Daniel Inkeles (ep)

Cast Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Lauren Graham, Mary Steenburgen, Andrew Leeds (recurring), India De Beaufort (recurring), Michael Thomas Grant (recurring), Kapil Talwalkar (recurring), Alice Lee (recurring), Stephanie Styles (recurring)



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