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

2020 CBS Pilots & Series Orders

2020 CBS Pilots & Series Orders

10 Pilots
4 Series Orders


CLARICE (Picked up to series)

Clarice is set in 1993, a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. The series is a deep dive into the untold personal story of Clarice Starling, as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of Washington, D.C.

Studio MGM/CBS Television Studios/Secret Hideout

Team Alex Kurtzman (w, ep), Jenny Lumet (w, ep), Elizabeth Klaviter (ep, sr), Heather Kadin (ep), Aaron Baiers (co-ep)

Cast Rebecca Breeds, Marnee Carpenter, Jayne Atkinson (guest/recurring), Shawn Doyle (guest/recurring), Tim Guinee (guest/recurring)

THE EQUALIZER (Picked up to series)

An enigmatic figure uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. A new take on the character played by Edward Woodward on the original series and by Denzel Washington in the movie franchise.

Studio Universal Television/CBS TV Studios

Team Andrew Marlowe (w, ep, sr), Terri Miller (w, ep, sr), Dana Owens (ep), John Davis (ep), John Fox (ep), Debra Martin Chase (ep), Richard Lindheim (ep), Liz Friedlander (d, ep)

Cast Queen Latifah, Chris Noth, Liza Lapira, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg, Laya DeLeon Hayes

GOOD SAM (Rolled)

A talented yet stifled surgeon embraces her leadership role after her renowned and pompous boss falls into a coma. When he awakens and wants to resume surgery, however, it falls to her to supervise this overbearing blowhard who never acknowledged her talents -- and also happens to be her father.

Studio CBS Television Studios/Sutton St. Productions

Team Katie Wech (w, ep), Jennie Snyder Urman (ep), Joanna Klein (ep)

Cast Sophia Bush, Jason Isaacs, Skye P. Marshall

THE LINCOLN LAWYER (Not going for after being ordered straight to series; picked up by Netflix)

Mickey Haller, an iconoclastic idealist, runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car, as he takes on cases big and small across the expansive city of Los Angeles. Based on the book series by Michael Connelly.

Studio A+E Studios/CBS Television Studios

Team David E. Kelley (w, ep), Ted Humphrey (ep, sr), Ross Fineman (ep), Michael Connelly (ep), Adam Bernstein (d, ep)

Cast Kiele Sanchez, Angus Sampson, Jazz Ratcole


Upon learning that his impending retirement is being pushed off by several years, an apathetic NYPD detective who just wants his pension so he can go off and live the good life decides to do everything in his power to get fired, but his bad behavior only leads to surprising success at solving cases.

Studio CBS Television Studios/Jerry Bruckheimer Television

Team Evan Katz (w, ep), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), KristieAnne Reed (ep),

Cast TBA

WAYS & MEANS (Rolled)

FKA The Whip

A powerful congressional leader who has lost faith in politics finds himself working secretly with an idealistic young congresswoman from the opposing party to subvert the hopelessly gridlocked system he helped create. Together, they’ll attempt to save American politics -- if they don’t get caught.

Studio CBS TV Studios

Team Ed Redlich (w, ep), Mike Murphy (w, ep), Nina Tassler (ep), Denise Di Novi (ep), Tom Lassally (ep), Joannie Burstein (co-ep), Phil Abraham (d)

Cast Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Warren, Troian Bellisario


B POSITIVE (Multi-camera; picked up to series))

Faced with finding a kidney donor, newly divorced dad Drew is at the end of his rope when he runs into Gina, a rough-around-the edges woman from his past who volunteers her own. Together they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives.

Studio Warner Bros. Television/Chuck Lorre Productions

Team Marco Pennette (w, ep, sr), Chuck Lorre (ep), Jim Patterson (ep, sr)

Cast Annaleigh Ashford, Kether Donohue, Sara Rue, Thomas Middleditch, Terrence Terrell, Izzy GLinda Lavin (recurring), Briga Heelan (recurring), Darryl Stephens (recurring), Bernie Kopell (recurring), David Anthony Higgins (recurring),

GHOSTS (Produced, rolled; single-camera)

Based on the British series, Ghosts follows a young couple, Samantha and Ryan, whose dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to find it’s both falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents.

Studio Lionsgate Television/BBC Studios/CBS Television Studios

Team Joe Port (w,ep), Joe Wiseman (w, ep), Mathew Baynton (ep), Jim Howick (ep), Simon Farnaby (ep), Laurence Rickard (ep), Ben Willbond (ep), Martha Howe-Douglas, Alison Carpenter (ep), Debra Hayward (ep), Alison Owen (ep), Angie Stephenson (ep)

Cast Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar

FUN (Multi-camera; not going forward)

Follows a brother and a sister who always encourage each other to have fun, no matter what hardship life is in spite of the fact that the family business is a funeral home. As they say in their family: “You can’t spell funeral without f-u-n.” The brother returns to his Pennsylvania hometown to help his sister run the struggling business after his emotional and devastating breakup with show business.

Studio Warner Bros. Television

Team Michael Patrick King (w, ep), Tracy Poust (w, ep), Jon Kinnally (w, ep)

Cast Becki Newton, Michael Urie

JURY DUTY (Hybrid)

FKA We the Jury

Jurors are sequestered together until they all agree on a verdict -- and they can’t even agree on lunch.

Studio CBS Television Studios

Team Dana Klein (w, ep), Stephanie Darrow (w, ep), James Acaster; Kenton Allen (ep), Matthew Justice (ep)

Cast Meaghan Rath, Jack Cutmore-Scott

THE THREE OF US (Rolled; multi-camera)

Adult siblings who are children of divorce must circle the wagons when their sister’s husband unexpectedly announces he wants to call it quits on their marriage.

Studio CBS Television Studios/Fulwell 73

Team Frank Pines (w, ep), Ben Winston (ep), Jeff Grosvenor (ep),

Cast Oliver Hudson, Malin Akerman

UNITED STATES OF AL (Picked up to series; multi-camera)

FKA The United States of Al

Follows the friendship between Riley, a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir, the Interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America.

Studio Warner Bros Television/Chuck Lorre Productions

Team David Goetsch (w, ep), Maria Ferrari (w, ep), Chuck Lorre (ep), Reza Aslan (ep), Mahyad Tousi (ep), Mark Cendrowski (d, ep)

Cast Adhir Kalyan, Parker Young, Dean Norris, Kelli Goss, Elizabeth Alderfer, Farrah Mackenzie


When Penelope’s career takes off at exactly the same time as her husband’s, they call on Penelope’s young single mom, Georgia, to help raise their son, but what they find is Georgia needs more raising than their kid.

Studio CBS Television Studios

Team Corinne Kingsbury (w, ep), John Francis Daley (w, ep), Jonathan Goldstein (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Wendi Trilling (ep)

Cast Hannah Simone, Elizabeth Hurley

WILDE THINGS (Multi-camera)


Frankie Wolfe is a very successful and fiercely independent crisis manager whose world is turned upside down when she decides to let someone into her life for the first time — an 11-year-old girl whom she adopts and raises with the occasional help of her fragile, nervous wreck of a sister.

Studio Universal Television

Team Max Mutchnick (w, ep), David Kohan (w, ep)

Cast Julie Bowen, Stephanie Koenig, Ken Marino, Milan Carter, Juliet Donenfeld



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