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

2020 Apple TV Pilots & Series

2020 Apple TV Pilots & Series Orders

26 Pilots
23 Series Orders


THE CROWDED ROOM (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Anthology series explores the true and inspirational stories of those who have struggled and learned to successfully live with mental illness. The first season is inspired by Daniel Keyes’ biography 'The Minds of Billy Milligan.'

Studio New Regency/Apple Studios

Team Akiva Goldsman (w, ep), Tom Holland (ep), Alexandra Milchan (ep), Arnon Milchan (ep), Yariv Milchan (ep), Michael Schaefer (ep)

Cast Tom Holland

ECHO 3 (Ordered straight to series; six episodes)

Amber Chesborough is a brilliant young scientist and the emotional center of a small American family. When she goes missing along the Colombia-Venezuela border, her brother and her husband — two men with deep military experience and complicated pasts — struggle to find her against the explosive backdrop of a secret war.

Studio Keshet Studios/Apple

Team Mark Boal (w, ep, sr), Jason Horwitch (ep, sr), Peter Traugott (ep), Stan Wlodkowski (ep), Omri Givon (ep), Eitan Mansuri (ep), Jonathan Doweck (ep), Avi Nir (ep), Alon Shtruzman (ep), Karni Ziv (ep)

Cast TBA

THE ESSEX SERPENT (Ordered straight to series)

Newly widowed Cora, having being released from an abusive marriage, relocates from Victorian London to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex, intrigued by a local superstition that a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent has returned to the area. Based on the novel by Sarah Perry.

Studio See-Saw Films

Team Anna Symon (w, ep), Clio Barnard (d, ep), Jamie Laurenson (ep), Hakan Kousetta (ep), Patrick Walters (ep), Iain Canning (ep), Emile Sherman (ep), Andrea Cornwell (p)

Cast Claire Danes, Tom Huddleston

FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL (Ordered straight to limited series)

Chronicles the first five days in a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. When the floodwaters rose, the power failed and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions that haunted them for years to come. Based on the nonfiction book by Sheri Fink.

Studio `

Team John Ridley, w, d, ep ,sr), Carlton Cuse (w, ep, sr), Sheri Fink (p)

Cast Vera Farmiga, Adepero Oduye, Cornelius Smith Jr.

HEDY LAMARR (Ordered straight to series; originally developed at Showtime);

FKA Untitled Hedy Pamarr Project

Follows the life story of the Hollywood glamour girl Hedy Lamarr spanning 30 years from her daring escape from pre-war Vienna to her meteoric rise in the Golden Age of Hollywood to her fall and eventual disgrace at the dawn of the Cold War.

Studio Endeavor Content

Team Sarah Treem (w, ep), Warren Liuttlefield (ep)., Gal Gadot (ep), Katie Robbins (ep), Adam Haggiag (co-p), Alexandra Dean (co-p)

Cast Gal Gadot

THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME (Ordered straight to limited series)

A woman forms an unexpected relationship with her 16-year-old stepdaughter while searching for the truth about why her husband has mysteriously disappeared.

Studio 20th Television/Hello Sunshine

Team Laura Dave (w, ep), Josh Singer (w, ep), Reese Witherspoon (ep), Laura Neustadter (ep), Marisa Yeres Gill (ep), Lisa Gillan (ep)

THE LAST DAYS OF PTOLEMY GREY (Ordered straight to limited series; six episodes)

Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man forgotten by his family, by his friends, by even himself. On the brink of sinking even deeper into a lonely dementia, Ptolemy experiences a seismic shift when he’s given the tremendous opportunity to briefly regain his memories, He uses this precious and fleeting lucidity to solve his nephew’s death and come to terms with his past.

Studio Apple Studios

Team Walter Mosley (w, ep), Samuel L. Jackson (ep), David Levine (ep), Eli Selden (ep), Diane Houslin (ep), Ramin Bahrani (d, ep)

Cast Samuel L. Jackson, Dominique Fishback

LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY (Ordered straight to series)

Set in the early 1960s, it follows Elizabeth Zott, whose dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a society deeming that women belong in the domestic sphere, not the professional one. When Elizabeth finds herself pregnant, alone and fired from her lab, she musters the ingenuity only a single mother has. She accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show, and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives – and the men who are suddenly listening – a lot more than recipes, all the while craving a return to her true love: science.


Team Susannah Grant (w, ep), Brie Larson (ep), Jason Bateman (ep), Michael Costigan (ep)

LOSING ALICE (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Alice is a 48-year-old film director who feels irrelevant since raising her family. After a brief encounter on the train, she becomes obsessed with Sophie, a 24-year-old screenwriter femme fatale, and eventually surrenders her moral integrity in order to achieve power, relevance and success.

Studio Apple/Dori Media Productions/HOT

Team Sigal Avin (w, d ep), Nadav Palti (ep), Tami Mozes Borovitz (ep)

Cast Lihi Kornowski, Gal Toren, Yossi Marshak, Shai Avivi, Chelli Goldenberg

MASTERS OF THE AIR (Ordered straight to limited series)

Folllows the true, deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. Based on the book by Donald L. Miller.

Studio Apple Studios/Amblin Television/Playtone

Team John Orloff (w, co-ep), Graham Yost (w, co-ep), Steven Spielberg (ep), Tom Hanks (ep), Gary Goetzman (ep), Cary Joji Fukunaga (d, ep), Darryl Frank (co-ep), Justin Falvey (co-ep), Steven Shareshian (co-ep),

Cast Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Anthony Boyle, Nate Mann, Raff Law

MR. CORMAN (Ordered straight to series)

A deep cut into the days and nights of a public schoolteacher in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley.

Studio A24

Team Joseph Gordon-Levitt (w, d, ep)

Cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt

PHYSICAL (Ordered straight to series)

Set in a 1980s Southern California beach community. it follows Sheila, who is struggling in her life as a quietly tortured housewife but finds an unconventional path to power through an unlikely source: the world of aerobics.

Studio Tomorrow Studios

Team Annie Weisman (w, ep, sr)., Alexandra Cunningham (ep), Craig Gillespie (d, ep), Liza Johnson (d, ep), Stephanie Laing (d, ep), John McNamara (ep), Sera Gamble (ep), Marty Adelstein (ep) Becky Clements (ep)

Cast Rose Byrne, Paul Sparks, Rory Scovel, Lou Taylor Pucci, Della Saba, Dierdre Friel, Ashley Liao

SEVERANCE (Ordered straight to series)

Set at Lumen Industries, a company that’s looking to take work-life balance to a new level.

Studio Endeavor Content/Red Hour Productions

Team Dan Erickson (w, ep), Ben Stiller (d, ep), Chris Black (ep), Nicky Weinstock (ep), Jackie Cohn (ep), Adam Scott (p), Patricia Arquette (p)

Cast Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, Tramell Tillman, Jen Tullock, Zach Cherry, Britt Lower, John Turturro

SHINING GIRLS (Ordered straight to series)

A Depression-era drifter must murder the “shining girls” in order to continue his travels. Based on Lauren Beukes’ novel.

Studio MRC Television/Appian Way

Team Silka Luisa (w, ep, sr), Elisabeth Moss (ep), Lindsey McManus (ep), Leonardo DiCaprio (ep), Jennifer Davisson (ep), Lauren Beukes (ep), Alan Page Arriaga (ep)

Cast Elisabeth Moss, Wagner Moura

SHANTARAM (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Lin is a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India. Based on Gregory David Roberts’ novel.

Studio Anonymous Content/Paramount Television

Team Steven Lightfoot (w, ep, sr), Richard Sharkey (ep), Bharat Nalluri (d, ep), Justin Kurzel (d, ep), Steve Golin (ep), Nicole Clemens (ep), Andrea Barron (ep), Eric Singer (ep)

Cast Charlie Hunnam, Alexander Siddig

SLOW HORSES (Ordered straight to series)

Jackson Lamb is the brilliant but irascible leader of a group of spies who end up in MI5’s Slough House, having been exiled from the mainstream for their mistakes. Based on Mick Herron’s spy novels.

Studio See-Saw Films

Team Will Smith (w, ep), Graham Yost (ep), Jamie Laurenson (ep), Hakan Kousetta (ep), Iain Canning (ep), Emile Sherman (ep), Gail Mutrux (ep), Douglas Urbanski (ep), James Hawes (d)

Cast Gary Oldham, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jack Lowden, Olivia Cooke, Jonathan Pryce

SWAGGER (Ordered strai8ght to series)

Explores the world of youth basketball and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Inspired by Kevin Durant’s youth basketball experiences.

Studio Imagine Television Studios/CBS TV Studios

Team Reggie Rock Bythewood (w, ep, sr), Kevin Durant (ep), Brian Grazer (ep), Francie Calfo (ep), Rich Kleiman (ep)

Cast O'Shea Jackson, Quvenzhané Wallis

WECRASHED (Ordered straight to limited series)

Follow the greed-filled rise and inevitable fall of WeWork, one of the world’s most valuable startups, and the narcissists whose chaotic love made it all possible. Based on thje podcast 'WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork.'

Studio Apple Studios

Team Lee Eisenberg (w, ep, sr), Drew Crevello (w, ep, sr), John Requa (d, ep), Glenn Ficarra (d, ep), Charlie Gogolak (ep), Natalie Sandy (ep). Emma Ludbrook (ep)

Cast Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway


THE AFTERPARTY (Ordered straight to series; single camera)

Murder mystery set at a high school reunion afterparty. Each of the eight episodes will feature a retelling of the same night told through a different character’s perspective, each with its own unique visual format and film genre to match the teller’s personality.

Studio Sony Pictures TV/TriStar Television

Team Chris Miller (w, ep, sr), Phil Lord (ep)

Cast Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Jamie Demetriou, John Early

ACAPULCO (Ordered straight to series)

Set in 1984, a young Mexican man’s dream comes true when he gets the job of a lifetime at the hottest resort in Acapulco. But he soon realizes the job is far more complicated than he ever imagined as all of his beliefs and morals start to be questioned. Inspired by the 2017 movie 'How to Be a Latin Lover.'

Studio Lionsgate Television/The Tannenbaum Company/3Pas Studios

Team Austin Winsberg (w, ep, sr), Chris Harris (ep, sr), Eduardo Cisneros (w, ep), Jason Shuman (w, ep), Eugenio Derbez (ep), Benjamin Odell (ep), Richard Shepard (d, ep)

Cast Eugenio Derbez, Enrique Arrizon, Damian Alcázar, Camila Perez, Raphael Alejandro

HIGH DESERT (Ordered straight to series)

Peggy is a former addict who decides to make a new start after the death of her mother with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, CA, and makes a life-changing decision to become a private investigator.

Studio Apple Studios

Team Nancy Fichman (w, ep), Katie Ford (w, ep) and Jennifer Hoppe (w, ep), Ben Stiller (d, ep), PAtricia Arquette (ep), Nicky Weinstock (ep), Molly Madden (ep), Tom Lassally (ep)

Cast Patricia Arquette

MR. CORMAN (Ordered straight to series)

A deep cut into the days and nights of a public schoolteacher in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley.

Studio A24

Team Joseph Gordon-Levitt (w, d, ep)

Cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt

PLATONIC (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

A pair of former best friends who met in their youth reconnect as adults and try to mend the rift that led to their falling out. As their friendship becomes more consuming, it destabilizes their lives and causes them to re-evaluate their choices. Each season will focus on a different couple.

Studio Sony Pictures Television

Team Nick Stoller (w, d, ep), Francesca Delbanco (w, ep), Rose Byrne (ep), Seth Rogen (ep), Conor Welch (ep)

Cast Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen

SCHMIGADOON! (Ordered straight to series)

FKA Untitled Cinco Paul/Ken Daurio Project

A couple is on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover the magical town of Schmigadoon, in which everyone acts as if they’re in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.”

Studio Broadway Video/Universal Television

Team Cinco Paul (w, ep, sr), Ken Daurio (w, cp), Lorne Michaels (ep), Andrew Singer (ep), Barry Sonnenfeld (d), Cecily Strong (p), Caroline Maroney (p), Micah Frank (p), Rose Lam (p)

Cast Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski, Ann Harada

THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR (Ordered straight to series)

Follows the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz. Over the course of their relationship, the all-too-charming Ike slowly takes over Marty’s life, even moving into Marty’s Hamptons home and taking over his family business. The series explores how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an unprecedentedly exploitative relationship filled with manipulation, power grabs and dysfunction at its finest, Inspired by true events.

Studio MRC Television

Team Georgia Pritchett (w, ep), Michael Showalter (d, ep)

Cast Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn, Sarayu Blue

UNTITLED MAYA RUDOLPH PROJECT (Ordered straight to series)

Molly's seemingly perfect life is upended after her husband leaves her with nothing but $87 billion.

Studio Universal Televisio

Team Alan Yang (w, ep), Matt Hubbard (w ,ep), Maya Rudolph (ep), Natasha Lyonne (ep)m Danielle Renfrew Behrens (ep), Dave Becky (p)

Cast Maya Rudolph



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