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

2020-21 Freeform Pilots & Series Orders

2020-21 Freeform Pilots & Series Orders

2 Pilots
6 Series Orders


CRUEL SUMMER (Picked up to series)

FKA Last Summer

Takes place over three summers — 1993-95 — in a small Texas town when a beautiful and popular teen, Kate, is abducted and, seemingly unrelated, a girl, Jeanette, goes from being a sweet, awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town and, by ’95, the most despised person in America.

Studio eOne//Iron Ocean Productions

Team Bert V. Royal (w, ep), Jessica Biel (ep), Michelle Purple (ep), Max Winkler (d, ep)

Cast Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Michael Landes, Brooklyn Sudano, Harley Quinn Smith, Froy Gutierrez, Allius Barnes, Blake Lee, Nathaniel Ashton, Sarah Drew (recurring)


Hitchcockian contemporary thriller follows a young woman as she is thrust into a world of old money and deadly secrets.

Studio ABC Signature/Ryan Seacrest Productions

Team Julie Durk (w, ep), Ryan Seacrest (ep), Nina Wass (ep), Andrea Shay (ep), Jeffrey Reiner (d)

Cast Andrea Londo, Warren Christie, Kelly Bishop, Amy Acker, Jon-Michael Ecker, Lex Lumpkin, Henry Joseph Samiri, Aliyah Royale


EVERYTHING'S TRASH (Picked up to series)

Phoebe is a thirtysomething podcast star navigating her messy life, but when her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she's forced to grow up. So she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Phoebe Robinson (w, ep), Jonathan Groff (ep), Jose Acevedo (ep), Chioke Nassor (d, co-ep)

Cast Phoebe Robinson, Jordan Carlos, Toccarra Cash, Nneka Okafor, Moses Storm

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA (Ordered straight to limited series)

A hopeful look at the search for love, sex and connection during this time of social distancing, it will follow several interwoven stories with an ensemble of characters who are sheltering in their homes. Some are wondering if a hookup with a roommate can ever be casual, while another is kicking herself for deciding to isolate with an ex. Filmed using remote technologies while utilizing talents’ real living spaces as the backdrop.

Studio Anonymous Content

Team Joanna Johnson (w, ep), Christine Sacani (ep), Robyn Meisinger (ep)

Cast Leslie Odom Jr., Nicolette Robinson, Tommy Dorfman, Rainey Qualley, Gil Bellows, Rya Kihlstedt, Ava Bellows, L. Scott Caldwell,

NONE OF THE ABOVE (Passed on; single camera)

Post-college, two friends find their transition into the “real” world messy because they don’t quite conform to expectations. Cannon’s a black guy who loves things like indie-folk and foreign films just as much as he loves hip-hop and both Michael Jordans. Valencia’s a devout Christian with a budding career guiding children in the school system and also is a big fan of premarital sex, curse words and marijuana.

Studio ABC Studios/Tornante TV

Team Kenny Smith (w, ep), Mo Marable (d, ep), Lauren Corrao (ep)

Cast Gregg Wayans, Asjha Cooper, Ron Taylor, Justin Miles, Katelyn Tarver

PRAISE PETEY (Ordered straight to series with working title; animated)

Petey is a New York City “it” girl who has it all until her life comes crashing down around her. As luck would have it, a mysterious gift from her father gives her a new lease on life: she’s going to “lean into” modernizing his small-town cult.


Team Anna Drezen (w, ep), Monica Padrick (ep), Mike Judge (ep), Greg Daniels (ep), Dustin Davis (ep), Alex Bulkley (ep), Corey Campodonico (ep)

Cast Annie Murphy, John Cho, Kiersey Clemons, Christine Baranski, Amy Hill, Stephen Root

SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE (Picked up to series; 10 episodes)

Samantha Fink is an irreverent, 28-year-old alcoholic who, after a spectacularly embarrassing public breakdown, is forced to move back home with her overbearing mother to sober up and avoid jail time. But when her childhood best friend reveals surprising news, Samantha realizes she no longer can qualify as a party girl – she’s a walking disaster.

Studio 20th Television

Team Simone Finch (w), Jenni Konner (ep), Phil Traill (ep), Leslye Headland (d, ep)

Cast Sofia Black-D’Elia, Ally Sheedy, Rebecca Henderson, Sasha Compère, Lily Mae Harrington, Garrick Bernard


Kacey is single for the first time in her 30s as she escapes her fast-paced life in Los Angeles to see the world on a globetrotting journey of self-discovery.

Studio Freeform

Team Kristin Newman (w, ep), Susanna Fogel (ep), Blair Breard (ep), Becca Gleason (d, ep)

Cast Chelsea Frei, Catherine Cohen, Alice Hunter, Kosha Patel



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