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

2020 FX Pilots & Series Orders

2020 FX Pilots & Series Orders

2 Pilots
5 Series Orders


AMERICAN HORROR STORIES (Ordered straight to series)

Hourlong anthology series that will feature a different horror story each contained episode.

Studio 20th Century Fox TV

Team Ryan Murphy

Cast TBA

PISTOL (Ordered straight to limited series; six episodes)

Follows the story of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones from West London’s council estates to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop to the international controversy that came with the release of 'Never Mind the Bollocks,' one of the most influential albums of all time. Based on Jones' 2018 memoir 'Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.'

Studio FX Productions

Team Craig Pearce (w, ep, sr), Frank Cottrell Boyce (w), Danny Boyle (d, ep), Steve Jones (ep), Gail Lyon (ep), Anita Camarata (ep), Tracey Seaward (ep), Paul Lee (ep), Hope Hartman (ep)

Cast Toby Wallace, Anson Boon, Louis Partridge, Jacob Slater, Fabien Frankel, Dylan Llewellyn, Maisie Williams, Sydney Chandler, Emma Appleton

SHOGUN (Ordered straight to limited series; 10 episodes)

Set in feudal Japan, it charts the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai: John Blackthorne, a risk-taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked in Japan, a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him; Lord Toranaga, a shrewd, powerful daimyo, at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals; and Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties, who must prove her value and allegiance. Based on James Clavell's novel.

Studio FX Productions

Team Justin Marks (w, ep), Shannon Goss (w, co-ep), Matt Lambert (w, cp), Maegan Houang (w), Emily Yoshida (wp)


Tells the fictional story of Dan Freeman, the first African-American CIA officer hired by the agency in the late 1960s. After a very competitive selection process, he trains in high-level combat and espionage. However, following his arduous training, this model recruit is rewarded with a post in the reprographics -- aka photocopying -- department, "left by the door" as a token of the CIA’s "racial equality." Based on Sam Greenlee’s novel.

Studio 20th Television

Team Leigh Dana Jackson (w, ep), Lee Daniels (ep), Gerard McMurray (d, ep), Marc Velez (ep)

Cast TBA

Y: THE LAST MAN (Pickled up to series; FX on Hulu)

Set in a postapocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has decimated every male save for one lone human. The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class and survival. Based on the DC comic book series Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.

Studio FX Productions

Team Eliza Clark (w, ep, sr), Melina Matsoukas (d, ep), Nina Jacobson (ep), Brad Simpson (ep), Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda (ep), Brian K. Vaughan (ep)

Cast Diane Lane, Ashley Romans, Ben Schnetzer, Olivia Thirlby, Amber Tamblyn, Marin Ireland, Diana Bang, Elliot Fletcher, Julianna Canfield



13 years after being impregnated by the devil, a reluctant mother and her Antichrist daughter attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware but constantly are thwarted by monstrous forces, including Satan, who yearns for custody of his daughter’s soul.

Studio Jersey Films 2nd Avenue/ShadowMachine/FX Productions

Team Darcy Fowler (w, ep), Seth Kirschner (w, ep), Kieran Valla (w, ep), Dan Harmon (ep), Danny DeVito (ep), Lucy DeVito (ep), Aubrey Plaza (ep), Monica Mitchell (ep), Corey Campodonico (ep), Alex Bulkley (ep), Steve Levy (p)

Cast Danny DeVito, Lucy DeVito, Aubrey Plaza

RESERVATION DOGS (Picked up to series)

Follows four Native teenagers in rural Oklahoma who spend their days committing crime -- and fighting it.

Studio FX Productions

Team Sterlin Harjo (w, d, ep), Taika Waititi (w, ep), Garrett Basch (ep)

Cast D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, Lane Factor


A family tries to survive a widespread technological crisis.

Studio FX Productions

Team Paul Simms (w, ep), M. Blair Breard (ep), Jonathan Krisel (d, ep),

Cast Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, Lacretta



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