Skip to main content

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


2020-21 ABC Pilots & Series Orders

10 Pilots
6 Series Orders



Details of the crime procedural are under wraps.

Studio UCP/ABC Signature

Team Sam Esmail (w, d, ep), Chad Hamilton (ep)

Cast TBA

THE BRIDES (Not going forward)

Contemporary reimagining of Dracula tale is a vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their nontraditional family. Originally developed at NBC.

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Television

Team Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Maggie Kiley (d, ep)

Cast Gina Torres, Katherine Reis, Erin Richards, Chris Mason, Sophia Tatum, Goran Višnjić

BIG SKY (Picked up to series)

FKA The Big Sky

Procedural follows private detective Cassie Dewell, who partners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt on a search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. When they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. Based on 'The Highway,' the first book in C.J. Box’s Cassie Dewell series.

Studio A+E Studios/20th Century Television

Team David E. Kelley (w, ep), Ross Fineman (ep), C.J. Box (ep)

Cast Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury, Brian Geraghty, Dedee Pfeiffer, Natalie Alyn Lind, Jane Pettyjohn, Jesse James Keitel, John Carroll Lynch, Ryan Phillippe


Set in the fairytale universe of Disney, the romantic anthology series reinvents fairy tales for a new audience. It will focus on a whole new set of new heroes, villains, princes, princesses and all manner of magical beings.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Eddy Kitsis (w, ep, sr). Adam Horowitz (w, ep, sr), Brigitte Hales (ep),

Cast TBA


FKA Rice

Executive Chef and patriarch Ellis Rice runs a successful fine-dining restaurant in Harlem with his wife and three daughters. But an unexpected death thrusts the family into turmoil and puts the restaurant’s future in jeopardy as long-buried secrets are revealed.

Studio Mandeville Television/ABC Studios

Team Zahir McGhee (w, ep), Marcus Samuelsson (ep), Laurie Zaks (ep), Todd Lieberman (ep), David Hoberman (ep)

Cast Delroy Lindo, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Miguel Gomez, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Adrianna Mitchell, Pepi Sonuga



Follows the elite special agents of the Investigative Services Branch who are tasked with solving the most complex and heinous crimes committed within the diverse and majestic National Parks of the ISB’s Pacific West region.

Studio A+E Studios/20th Century Fox TV.

Team Kevin, Costner (w, ep), Aaron Helbing (w, ep), Rod Lake (ep), Ivan Cohen (ep), Ken Halsband (ep), Jon Baird (ep)

Cast TBA


Follows four estranged and out-of-touch women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had as the Nasty Bitches – their ’90s group that made them legends in the hip-hop world.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Zahir McGhee (w, ep),

Cast Eve, Naturi Naughton

REBEL (Ordered straight to series)

Annie “Rebel” Bello is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree -- a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost. Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today.

Studio Sony Pictures TV/ABC Studios

Team Krista Vernoff (w, ep), John Davis (ep), John Fox (ep), Erin Brockovich (ep), Alexandre Schmitt (ep), Andrew Stern (ep), Tara Nicole Weyr (d), Mike Stein (co-ep)

Cast Katey Sagal, Andy Garcia, John Corbett, James Lesure, Tamala Jones, Ariela Barer, Lex Scott Davis

THIRTYSOMETHING(ELSE) (Not going forward)

Apparently, raising children -- even grown children -- never ends, but who could have known how hard it would be for them to raise their parents? Reboot of the 1987-91 series 'Thirtysomething,' with emphasis on the original cast's children -- the new generation of thirtysomethings.

Studio ABC Studios/MGM Television

Team Marshall Herskovitz (w, ep), Edward Zwick (w, d, ep)

Cast Chris Wood, Odette Annable, Patrick Fugit, Auden Thornton, Kendrick Sampson, Mel Harris, Ken Olin, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Melanie Mayron (recurring), Polly Draper (recurring)

TRIAGE (Rolled to 2021; Second cycle order)

Follows pioneering surgeon Finley Briar over three distinct decades at the same hospital. With the evolution of medicine as the backdrop, the show explores the interconnected careers, friendships and romances of Finley and her colleagues, and their tenuous relationship with time.

Studio 20th Century Fox TV

Team David Cornue. (w, ep), Erica Messer (ep, sr), Jon M. Chu (d, ep), Steven Marrs (ep), Courtney Hazlett (ep), Caitlin Foito (ep)

Cast Parisa Fitz-Henley, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Andrew Richardson

WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT (Ordered straight to limited series; six episodes)

Centers on Mamie Till-Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son Emmett Till. Inspired by the book 'Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement' by Devery S. Anderson.

Studio Kapital Entertainment

Team Marissa Jo Cerar (w, ep, sr), Jay-Z (ep), Jay Brown (ep), Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith (ep), Will Smith (ep), James Lassiter (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Michael Lohmann (ep), Gina Prince-Bythewood (d, ep), Rosanna Grace (ep), Alex Foster (ep), John Powers Middleton (ep), David Clark (ep), Tina Mabry (d), Julie Dash (d), Kasi Lemmons (d)

Cast Adrienne Warren, Tonya Pinkins, Cedric Joe, Glynn Turman, Ray Fisher, Chris Coy, Julia McDermott, Carter Jenkins, Joshua Caleb

THE WONDER YEARS (Pilot production commitment)

Reboot of 1988-93 ABC dramedy chronicles how a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late 1960s made sure it was the Wonder Years for them too.

Studio 20th Century Fox TV

Team Saladin K. Patterson (w, ep), Fred Savage (d, ep), Lee Daniels (ep), Marc Velez (ep)

Cast TBA


On the surface, Lillian Linden looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost four years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story — so they lie.

Studio ABC Studios

Team Jacquie Walters (w, co-ep), Marc Webb (d, ep), Sarah Timberman (ep), Carl Beverly (ep), Mark Martin (ep), Keith Samples (ep)

Cast TBA


ADOPTED (Rolled to 2021; single camera)

When a Green Beret returns home to Texas from military service, he and his family struggle with the challenges of adopting his new brother, a 12-year-old Russian boy. Based on a true story.

Studio ABC Studios

Team Shawn Vance w, ep), Daril Fannin (w, ep), Jimmy Kimmel (co-w, ep), Scott Lonker (ep)

Cast Shawn Vance, Bruce Campbell, Wendie Malick

CALL YOUR MOTHER (Picked up to series; multi-camera;)

FKA My Village

An empty-nester mom wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought.

Studio Sony Pictures Television/ABC Studios/20th Television/Touchstone Television

Team Kari Lizer (w, ep), Pam Fryman (d)

Cast Rachel Sennott, Joey Bragg, Patrick Brammall, Emma Caymares, Austin Crute, Sherri Shepherd (recurring)

BOSSY (Multi-camera)

FKA Kids Matter Now

A diva boss with no patience for working parents adopts a baby and has a change of heart, casting her mother-of-three assistant as an unlikely mentor and upending the office dynamics.

Studio CBS Television Studios/20th Century Fox TV

Team Shana Goldberg-Meehan (w, ep), Christine Gernon (d, ep)

Cast Lucy Liu

HOME ECONOMICS (Picked up to series; single camera)

Follows three adult siblings: one in the 1%, one middle class and one barely holding on.

Studio ABC Studios/Lionsgate TV

Team Michael Colton (w, ep), John Aboud (w, ep), Topher Grace (ep), Eric Tannenbaum (ep), Kim Tannenbaum (ep), Jason Wang (co-ep)

Cast Topher Grace, Caitlin McGee, Tommy Tatro, Karla Souza, Sasheer Zamata, Chloe Jo Rountree, JeCobi Swain, Jordyn Starr Curet

PROSPECT (Single camera)

An idealistic young woman moves to the frontier to be a schoolteacher, but her ideals quickly are tested when she learns that her students are rowdy ranch hands, not children.

Studio ABC Studios

Team Sherry Bilsing-Graham (w, ep), Ellen Kreamer (w, ep), Randall Einhorn (d, ep)

Cast Hunter King, David Allen Grier, Diana Maria Riva, Dale Dickey


FKA Wild Child

Described as a “love story with a twist” centering on New York City teenager Lennon Cochrane, whose life is turned upside down when she stumbles on a family secret.

Studio ABC Studios

Team Emily Kapnek (w, ep), Dean Holland (d, w, ep)

Cast Quintessa Swindell


Roommates in their 20s until their warring egos drove them apart, three men reunite decades later for one more run at the lives they’ve always wanted.

Studio 20th Television

Team Chris Lloyd (w, ep), Vali Chandrasekaran (w, ep), Jason Schrift (ep), Matt DelPiano (ep), Tom Russo (ep), Adam Griffin (ep), Jeff Morton (ep), Kelsey Grammer (ep), Alec Baldwin (ep)

Cast Kelsey Grammer, Alec Baldwin


Follows Nate and his wife, who choose to move from California to Nate’s native Tennessee, where his parents still live, to raise their 6-year-old daughter. They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more complicated than they imagined.

Studio 20th Century Fox TV/Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Team Nate Bargatze (w, ep), Jerrod Carmichael (w, ep), Ari Katcher (w)., Dan Shaki (w), Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (ep, sr), Dave Goddard (d, ep), Tim Sarkes (ep), Alex Murray (ep)

Cast Nate Bargatze, Katie Aselton, Kurtwood Smith, Debra Jo Rupp


FKA Kids Matter Now

A diva boss with no patience for working parents adopts a baby and has a change of heart, casting her mother-of-three assistant as an unlikely mentor and upending the office dynamics.

Studio CBS Television Studios/20th TV

Team Shana Goldberg-Meehan (w, ep), Christine Gernon (d, ep)

Cast Lucy Liu, Tisha Campbell, Hayes MacArthur, Haley Magnus

WORK WIFE (Single camera)

The story of a platonic male/female team whose professional success, personal friendship and ability to share deodorant makes their lives work. Set in the world of real estate, Dani and Scott have taken the leap to start their own team. Now feeling the stress of being the boss, they have to rely on the yin-yang of their dynamic more than ever to keep their professional and personal lives afloat. Inspired by the real-life partnerships of producers Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest and writers Casey Johnson and David Windsor.

Studio ABC Studios/Milojo Productions/Ryan Seacrest Productions

Team David Windsor (w, ep), Casey Johnson (w, ep), Todd Holland (d, ep), Kelly Ripa (ep), Mark Consuelos (ep), Albert Bianchini (ep), Ryan Seacrest (ep), Nina Wass (ep), Andrea Shay (ep)

Cast Angelique Cabral, Tone Bell, Kelly Ripa (recurring)

VALLEY TRASH (Not going forward; single camera)

The Harmans are a scrappy, blue-collar family living in deep San Fernando Valley who suddenly experience a major culture clash when their 14-year-old daughter gets accepted to a prestigious Los Angeles private high school filled with students and parents who want nothing to do with her, her family or their 818 area code.

Studio Universal TV/20th Century Fox TV

Team Niki Schwartz-Wright (w, ep, sr), Nahnatchka Khan.(ep), Jen Carreras (ep), Jason Lee (p),

Cast Jason Lee, Lulu Wilson



Deadline is a part of Penske Media Corporation. © 2022 Deadline Hollywood, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by VIP