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

HBO Max, john stankey, warnermedia

2020 HBO Max Pilots & Series Orders

6 Pilots
16 Series Orders


THE BATMAN (Ordered straight to series)

Set in the world of 'The Batman' movie, the series will build upon the film’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City.

Studio 6th & Idaho/Warner Bros. Television

Team Matt Reeves, Terence Winter (w, ep), Dylan Clark (ep), Daniel Pipski (ep), Adam Kassan (ep), Rafi Crohn (co-ep)

Cast TBA

AQUAMAN: KING OF ATLANTIS (Animated; ordered straight to miniseries)

The series begins with Aquaman’s first day on the job as king of Atlantis, and he’s got a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the trident!

Studio Atomic Monster/Warner Bros Animation

Team James Wan (ep), Michael Clear (ep), Rob Hackett (ep), Sam Register (ep). Victor Courtright (sr, co-ep), Marly Halpern-Graser (sr, co-ep)

Cast TBA

DUSTER (Ordered straight to series)

The life of a gutsy getaway driver for a growing crime syndicate in the 1970s Southwest goes from awful to wildly, stupidly, dangerously awful.

Studio Bad Robot/Warner Bros Television

Team J.J. Abrams (w, ep), LaToya Morgan (w, ep), Ben Stephenson (ep). Rachel Rusch Rich (co-ep),

Cast TBA


Set in a near future where America is embroiled in a bitter civil war and the island of Manhattan has become a demilitarized zone separating the two sides -- largely destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. Centers on a fierce female medic saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. As she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords who now control the lawless island, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone there has lost: hope. Based on the DC Comic.

Studio Array Filmworks/Warner Bros TV

Team Ava DuVernay (d, ep), Roberto Patino (w, ep, sr)

Cast Rosario Dawson, Benjamin Bratt, Freddy Miyares

GOSSIP GIRL (Ordered straight to series)

Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens is introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.

Studio Warner Bros. Studio

Team Joshua Safran (ep), Stephanie Savage (ep), Josh Schwartz (ep), Leslie Morgenstein (ep), Gina Girolamo, Lis Rowinski (co-ep)

Cast Emily Alyn Lind, Tavi Gevinson, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Johnathan Fernandez, Jason Gotay, Savannah Smith, Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat, Zion Moreno, Kristen Bell (narrator)

OVERLOOK (Ordered straight to series)

Inspired by and featuring characters from Stephen King’s 'The Shining,' it explores the untold, terrifying stories of the most famous haunted hotel in American fiction.

Studio Bad Robot/Warner Bros Television

Team J.J. Abrams (ep), Ben Stephenson (ep). Rachel Rusch Rich (co-ep),

Cast TBA


Inspired by Julia Child’s life and her show 'The French Chef,' which essentially invented food television. Through Julia and her can-do spirit, it explores an evolving time in American history – the emergence of a new social institution called public television, feminism and the women’s movement, the nature of celebrity and America’s cultural growth,

Studio Lionsgate Television

Team Daniel Goldfarb (w, ep), Chris Keyser (ep), Charles McDougall (d)

Cast Sarah Lancashire, Tom Hollander, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz, Fiona Glascott, Bebe Neuwirth, Isabella Rossellini (guest), Jefferson Mays (guest)

SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE (Ordered straight to limited series)

Examines love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple. Based on the 1973 Ingmar Bergman miniseries.

Studio Media Res/Endeavor Content

Team Hagai Levi (w, d, ep), Michael Ellenberg (ep), Lars Blomgren (ep), Oscar Isaac (ep), Michelle Williams (ep), Daniel Bergman and Blair Breard

Cast Oscar Isaac, Michelle Williams

TOKYO VICE (Ordered straight to series)

Jake Adelstein is an American journalist who embeds himself into the Tokyo Vice police squad to reveal corruption. Follows his daily descent into the city's neon-soaked underbelly, where nothing and no one is truly what or who they seem. Based on Jake Adelstein’s nonfiction account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat.

Studio Endeavor Content

Team J.T. Rogers (w, ep, sr), Destin Daniel Cretton (ep. sr), John Lesher (ep), Emily Gerson Saines (ep), Ansel Elgort (ep), Alan Poul (ep), Ken Watanabe (ep), Michael Mann (d, ep)

Cast Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe, Odessa Young, Ella Rumpf

THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH (Ordered straight to series)

An anthology travelogue of the near future and the impending terrors – rising sea levels, food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation – we will all face. Based on the book by David Wallace-Wells.

Studio wiip

Team Adam McKay (ep), Kevin Messick (ep), Paul Lee (ep), Mark Roybal (ep), David Kaplan (ep), Andrea Roa (ep), David Wallace-Wells (cp)

Cast TBA

UNTITLED JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK (Ordered straight to series)

Plot details under wraps

Studio Bad Robot/Warner Bros Television

Team J.J. Abrams (ep), Ben Stephenson (ep). Rachel Rusch Rich (co-ep),

Cast TBA


1990s-set coming-of-age story about a girl caught between two worlds – the fast-paced lifestyle of Las Vegas and her strong Mormon faith and community. Based on Sarah-Raquel Jimenez's experiences.

Studio HBO Max

Team Sarah-Raquel Jimenez (ep), Gillian Robespierre (d, ep), Michael Showalter (ep), Jordana Mollick (ep), Michael Lewen (ep)

Cast Jordana Spiro, Josh Andrés Rivera. Coolio

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT (Ordered straight to series in 2019)

A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.

Studio Warner Bros TV/Berlanti Productions/Yes, Norman

Team Steve Tockey (w, ep), Meredith Hunter (ep, sr), Marciw Ulin (ep, sr), Kaley Cuoco (ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Susanna Fogel (d, ep)

Cast Kaley Cuoco, Sonoya Mizuno, Michiel Huisman, Colin Woodell, Zosia Mamet, Merle Dandridge, Griffin Matthews, Michelle Gomez, Briana Cuoco (recurring)


GREASE: RYDELL HIGH (Ordered straight to series)

Musical set in and around the world of 1950s Rydell High with some familiar characters and some new. It’s the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty and the rollercoaster of life in Middle America with a modern sensibility.

Studio Paramount Television/Picturestart

Team Annabel Oakes (w, ep),

Cast TBA


A sweet, optimistic young cop and a creepy, crime-obsessed teenager secretly team up to solve a murder.

Studio HBO Max

Team Aaron Brownstein (w, ep, sr), Simon Ganz (w, ep, sr), Randall Einhorn (d. ep)

Cast TBA

HEAD OF THE CLASS (Multi-camera)

Revolves around overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge: a teacher who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life. Based on the 1986-91 ABC series,

Studio Doozer Productions/Warner Horizon Scripted Television

Team Amy Pocha (w, ep), Seth Cohen (w, ep), Bill Lawrence (ep), Steven Cragg (ep), Brian Bradley (ep)

Cast TBA


Set in 1970s Los Angeles, it centers on an earnest young feminist who joins forces with a low-rent publisher to create the first erotic magazine for women.

Studio Feigco Entertainment/Lionsgate TV

Team Ellen Rapoport (w, ep), Paul Feig (ep), Dan Magnante (ep)

Cast TBA

THE PRINCE (Animated; ordered straight to series)

Satirical look at the life of Prince George of Cambridge, the youngest heir to the British throne, as he navigates the trials and tribulations of being a royal child. Based on Gary Janetti's Instagram account.

Studio 20th Century Fox TV

Team Gary Janetti (w, ep),

Cast Gary Janetti, Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Lucy Punch, Tom Hollander, Alan Cumming, Frances De La Tour, Iwan Rheon

SANTA INC. (Animated; ordered straight to series, eight episodes)

Candy Smalls is the highest-ranking female elf in the North Pole. When the successor to Santa Claus is poached by Amazon on Christmas Eve, Candy goes for her ultimate dream: to become the first female Santa Claus in the history of Christmas.

Studio Point Grey Pictures

Team Alexandra Rushfield (w, ep, sr), Seth Rogen (ep), Sarah Silvermann (ep), Amy Zvin (ep), Rosa Trann (ep)

Cast Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen

10-YEAR-OLD TOM (Animated; ordered straight to series)

Tom grapples with being corrupted by the grownups around him each day just by leaving his house. He must deal with bad influences including litigious parents, drug-dealing bus drivers and band teachers who want to sleep with his mom. The grownups in Tom’s life all mean well, but somehow just can’t manage to lead by example.

Studio Tomorrow Studios

Team Steve Dildarian (w, ep), Nick Weidenfeld )ep),

Cast TBA

UNTITLED MICHAEL CHE PROJECT (Ordered straight to series; six episodes)

Each episode follows a theme or incident -- police brutality, unemployment, falling in love, etc. -- and uses sketches and vignettes to illustrate what it feels like to experience this from a black vantage point. It’s less about being “right” and more about being honest, even at the risk of being controversial.

Studio Universal TV/Broadway Video

Team Lorne Michaels (ep), Erin Doyle (ep)

Cast Michael Che

UNTITLED MIKE SCHUR PROJECT (Single camera; picked up to series)

A dark mentorship forms between two women from different generations — a Las Vegas diva and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old.

Studio Universal TV/Fremulon

Team Paul W. Downs (w, ep), Lucia Aniello (w, d, ep), Jen Statsky (w, ep), Mike Schur (ep), David Miner (ep), Morgan Sackett (ep)

Cast Jean Smart


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