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

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2019 Starz Pilots & Series Orders


STUDIO: Lionsgate Television
TEAM: Leigh Cavenport (w, ep), Yvette Lee Bowser (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows four black, vibrant, fiercely loyal best friends who work, live and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination. An unapologetically female show about friendship and not only surviving — but thriving together.
CAST: Amber Stevens West, Bresha Webb, Corbin Reid, Andrea Bordeaux, Stephen Bishop

SHINING VALE (single camera; originally set up at Showtime)
Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Sharon Horgan (w, ep), Jeff Astrof (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Clelia Mountford (ep), Dana Honor (ep)
LOGLINE: A dysfunctional family moves from the city to a small town and into a house in which terrible atrocities have taken place. But no one seems to notice except for Pat, the mom, who’s convinced she’s either depressed or possessed — turns out, the symptoms are exactly the same. Everyone has their demons, but are Pat’s real?


Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Jerry Bruckheimer TV
TEAM: Harriet Warner (w, ep), Christopher Hampton (ep), Colin Callender (ep), Tony Krantz (ep)
LOGLINE: Tells the origin stories of Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont from when they meet as passionate young lovers in the slums of 18th century Paris. The series explores the world of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution.

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Lionsgate Television/Paramount Television
TEAM: Michael Waldron (w, ep), Mike O’Malley (ep, sr), Julie Yorn (ep), Chris Donnelly (ep),  Patrick Walmsley (ep), Peter Segal (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Follows the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy.
CAST: Stephen Amell, Alison Luff, Alexander Ludwig

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Jerry Bruckheimer TV
TEAM: Rebecca Cutter (w, ep), Gary Lennon (ep, sr), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), KristieAnne Reed (ep), Rachel Morrison (d)
LOGLINE: Crime drama set amid the opioid drug trade on Cape Cod, touched off when a body washes ashore and discovered by an irreverent National Marine Fisheries Service officer who is determined to help solve the murder even if the state cops want her nowhere near the case.
CAST: Monica Raymund, James Badge Dale, Riley Voelke, Amaury Nolasco, Dohn Norwood

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Desert Wolf Productions
TEAM: John Logan (w, ep), Michael Aguilar (ep), Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris (ep), James Bagley (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Described as a spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. The series is rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the devil.
CAST: Daniel Zovatto, Natalie Dormer, Jessica Garza, Johnathan Nieves, Adriana Barraza

P-VALLEY (working title)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Jerry Bruckheimer TV
TEAM: Katori Hall (w, ep, sr), Peter Chernin (ep), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), KristieAnne Reed (ep), Patrik-Ian Pol (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Deep in the Mississippi Delta lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. The kaleidoscopic story of a little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors: the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful and the damned.
CAST: Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan, Shannon Thornton, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Carolyn Braver, Parker Sawyers, Elarica Johnson, Harriett D. Foy



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