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

2020-21 FX Pilots & Series Orders

2020-21 FX Pilots & Series Orders

5 Pilots
12 Series Orders

FX Drama

CLASS OF '09 (Ordered straight to limited series for FX on Hulu; eight episodes)

Spanning three decades and set in a near future where the U.S. criminal justice system has been transformed by artificial intelligence, it follows a group of FBI agents who graduated from Quantico in 2009 are reunited following the death of a mutual friend.

Studio FX Productions

Team Tom Rob Smith (w, ep), Nina Jacobson (w, ep), Brad Simpson (ep), Sunu Gonera (d), Nellie Reed (p)

Cast Brian Tyree Henry, Kate Mara

FLESIHMAN IS IN TROUBLE (Ordered straight to limited series; nine episodes)

Recently separated fortysomething Toby Fleishman dives into the brave new world of app-based dating with the kind of success he never had dating in his youth, before he got married at the tail end of medical school. But just at the start of his first summer of sexual freedom, his ex-wife disappears, leaving him with the kids and no hint of where she is or whether she plans to return. As he balances parenting, the return of old friends, a promotion at the hospital that is a long time coming and all the eligible women that Manhattan has to offer, he realizes that he’ll never be able to figure out what happened to his ex until he can take a more honest look at what happened to their marriage in the first place.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Taffy Brodesser-Akner (w, ep), Sarah Timberman (ep), Carl Beverly (ep), Susannah Grant (ep), Jonathan Dayton (d), Valerie Faris (d)

Cast Regulars: Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Eisenberg, Claire Danes, Adam Brody, Ralph Adriel Johnson, Brian Miskell, Michael Gaston, Maxim Jasper Swinton, Meara Mahoney Gross, Recurring: Joy Suprano, Christian Slater, Josh Radnor


Dana is a young Black woman and aspiring writer who has uprooted her life of familial obligation and relocated to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, feels all her own. But before she can get settled into her new home, she finds herself being violently pulled back and forth in time to a 19th century plantation with which she and her family are most surprisingly and intimately linked. An interracial romance threads through her past and present, and the clock is ticking as she struggles to confront the secrets she never knew ran through her blood. Based on the novel by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

Studio FX Productions

Team Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (w, ep), Courtney Lee-Mitchell (ep), Darren Aronofsky (ep), Joe Weisberg (ep), Joel Fields (ep)

Cast Mallori Johnson, Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legac, David Alexander Kaplan.

JUSTIFIED: CITY PRIMEVAL (Ordered straight to limited series)

Having left the hollers of Kentucky eight years ago, Raylan Givens now lives in Miami, a walking anachronism balancing his life as a U.S. Marshal and part-time father of a 14-year-old girl. His hair is grayer, his hat is dirtier, and the road in front of him is suddenly a lot shorter than the road behind. Based on the Elmore Leonard novel 'City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.'

Studio Sony Pictures Television/FX Productions

Team Dave Andron (w, ep, sr), Michael Dinner (w, d, ep, sr), Timothy Olyphant (ep), Graham Yost (ep), Sarah Timberman (ep), Carl Beverly (ep), Peter Leonard (ep), Taylor Elmore (w, ep), Chris Provenzano (w, ep), Walter Mosley (cp), V.J. Boyd (w), Eisa Davis (w), Ingrid Escajeda (w)

Cast Timothy Olyphant

THE PATIENT (Ordered straight to limited series)

A psychotherapist finds himself held prisoner by a serial killer with an unusual request: curb his homicidal urges. But unwinding the mind of this man while also dealing with the waves of his own repressed troubles creates a journey perhaps as treacherous as his captivity.

Studio FX Productions

Team Joe Weisberg (w, ep), Joel Fields (w, ep), Steve Carell (ep), Caroline Moore (ep), Victor Hsu (ep)

Cast Steve Carell

RETREAT (Ordered straight to limited series)

Darby Hart, a Gen Z amateur sleuth, and 11 other guests are invited by a reclusive billionaire to participate in a retreat at a remote and dazzling location. When one of the other guests is found dead, Darby must fight to prove it was murder against a tide of competing interests and before the killer takes another life.

Studio FX Productions

Team Brit Marling (w, d, ep), Zal Batmanglij (w, d, ep), Andrea Sperling (ep)

Cast Brit Marling, Emma Corrin

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


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, sr), Lee Daniels (ep), Gerard McMurray (d, ep), Marc Velez (ep)

Cast Y’lan Noel, Christina Jackson, Lucas Till, Nafessa Williams, Nathan Darrow, Tom Irwin

SHŌGUN (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), Rachel Kondo (w, co-ep), Michaela Clavell (ep)

Cast Hiroyuki Sanada, Cosmo Jarvis, Anna Sawai, Tadanobu Asano, Fumi Nikaido, Tokuma Nishioka, Takehiro Hira, Ako, Shinnosuke Abe, Yasunari Takeshima, Hiroto Kanai, Toshi Toda, Hiro Kanagawa, Nestor Carbonell, Yuki Kura, Tommy Bastow, Moeka Hoshi, Yoriko Doguchi, Yuka Kouri

UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN (Ordered straight to limited series)

a devout detective’s faith is tested as he investigates a brutal murder that seems to be connected to an esteemed Utah family’s spiral into LDS fundamentalism and their distrust in the government. Based on the novel by Jon Krakauer.

Studio FX Productions

Team Dustin Lance Black (w, ep), Brian Grazer (ep), Ron Howard (ep), Samie Kim Falvey (ep), Anna Culp (ep), Jason Bateman (ep), Michael Costigan (ep), David Mackenzie (ep), Gillian Berrie (ep)

Cast Andrew Garfield, Daisy Edgar-Jones

FX Comedy

THE BEAR (Picked up to series)

A young chef who returns to Chicago to run the family restaurant.

Studio FX Productions

Team Joanna Calo (ep), Hiro Murai (ep), Nate Matteson (ep), Christopher Storer (ep), Josh Senior (ep), Matty Matheson (cp)

Cast Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Lionel Boyce, Abby Elliott, Liza Colón-Zayas; Edwin Gibson (recurring), Matty Matheson (recurring)


Follows an unexpected intergenerational friendship between Owen, a recently out man in his 40s, and Clay, a 17-year-old trans teen, as Owen and his ex-wife and children attempt to find their new normal.

Studio FX Productions

Team Peter Tolan (w, d, ep), Nick Alford (ep)

Cast TBA


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

FXX Comedy

LITTLE DEMON (Animated; ordered straight to series)

Thirteen 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 FX Productions

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

Cast Danny DeVito, Aubrey Plaza, Lucy DeVito



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