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

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Year
HBO Max, john stankey, warnermedia

2020-21 HBO Max Pilots & Series Orders

4 Pilots
36 Series Orders

Drama

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, Joe Barton (ep, sr), 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 Josh Holloway

DMZ

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

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, Griffin Matthews, Briana Cuoco (recurring), Yasha Jackson (recurring)

THE GARCIAS (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Sequel to the 2000-04 Nickelodeon series follows the Garcia children as adults and gathering with their parents for a three-month summer vacation in a fancy beach house.

Studio New Cadence Productions

Team Jeff Valdez (ep), Joey Gutierrez (w)

Cast Ada Maris, Carlos Lacamara, Alvin Alvarez, Jeffrey Licon, Bobby Gonzalez, Vaneza Pitynski

GREEN LANTERN (Ordered straight to series)

Superhero series inspired by DC Comics' Green Lantern and introducing characters from the comics.

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Television

Team Greg Berlanti (w, ep), Marc Guggenheim w, ep), Seth Grahame-Smith (w, ep), Geoff Johns (ep), Sarah Schecter (ep), David Madden (ep), David Katzenberg (ep), Lee Toland Krieger (d), Elizabeth Hunter (co-ep), Sara Saedi (co-ep)

Cast Finn Whitrock

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), Karena Evans (d)

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

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (Ordered straight to series)

'Game of Thrones' prequel set 300 years before the events of the Emmy-winning series tells the story of House Targaryen. Based on George R.R. Martin’s novel 'Fire & Blood.'

Studio HBO

Team Ryan Condal (w, ep, sr), Miguel Sapochnik (d, ep, sr), George R.R. Martin (ep), Vince Gerardis (ep)

Cast Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno

JULIA (Picked up to series)

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/3 Arts

Team Chris Keyser (ep, sr), Daniel Goldfarb (w, ep), Charles McDougall (d, ep), Erwin Stoff (ep), Kimberly Carver (ep)

Cast Sarah Lancashire, David Hyde Pierce, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz, Fiona Glascott, Bebe Neuwirth, Isabella Rossellini (guest), Jefferson Mays (guest)

LOVE AND DEATH (Ordered straight to limited series)

Revolves around two churchgoing couples who are enjoying small-town family life in Texas -- until somebody picks up an ax. Inspired by the book 'Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs' and a collection of articles from Texas Monthly.

Studio Lionsgate Television.

Team David E. Kelley (w, ep), Nicole Kidman (ep), Lesli Linka Glatter (d, ep), Per Saari (ep), Scott Brown (ep), Megan Creydt (ep), Matthew Tinker (ep), Michael Klick (ep), Helen Verno (ep)

Cast Elizabeth Olsen, Jesse Plemons, Patrick Fugit

MADE FOR LOVE (Ordered straight to series)

Hazel Green is a thirtysomething woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to Byron Gogol, an unstable, needy, possibly sociopathic tech billionaire. Soon she discovers that her husband already has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device – the Made for Love chip – in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her and know her thoughts and feelings as she tries to stay alive. The chip allows allows Byron unprecedented access to Hazel’s brain as she flees to her desert hometown to take refuge with her aging widower father. Based on Alissa Nutting’s novel.

Studio WarnerMedia Entertainment/Paramount TV

Team Patrick Somerville (w, ep, sr), S.J. Clarkson (d, ep), Alissa Nutting (ep), Liza Chasin (ep), Dean Bakopoulos (ep)

Cast Cristin Milioti, Ray Romano, Billy Magnussen, Noma Dumezweni, Dan Bakkedahl, Augusto Aguilera, Raymond Lee (recurring)

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

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: ORIGINAL SIN (Ordered straight to series)

Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls finds themselves tormented by an unknown assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago -- as well as their own. Reboot of the 2010-17 ABC Family/Freeform series based on the book series by Sara Shepard.

Studio Muckle Man Productions/Alloy Entertainment/Warner Bros. TV

Team Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (w, ep), Lindsay Calhoon Bring (w, co-ep), Leslie Morganstein (ep) Gina Girolamo (ep)

Cast TBA

PEACEMAKER (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Explores the origins of DC Comics' Peacemaker character, a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. Series extends the world of the upcoming movie 'The Suicide Squad.'

Studio Troll Court Entertainment/The Safran Company/Warner Bros. Television

Team James Gunn (w, d, ep), Peter Safran (ep), Matt Miller (ep), John Cena (co-ep)

Cast John Cena, Steve Agee, Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Freddie Storma, Chukwudi Iwuji, Lochlyn Munro (recurring), Annie Chang (recurring), Christopher Heyerdahl (recurring), Elizabeth Faith Ludlow (recurring), Rizwan Manji (recurring), Nhut Le (recurring)

RED BIRD LANE (Not going forward)

Eight strangers arrive at an isolate house, all for different reasons. Upon their mysterious and coincidental arrival, the strangers realize that something sinister and terrifying awaits them.

Studio Warner Bros. Television/John Wells Productions

Team Sara Gran (w, ep), David Slade (d, ep), John Wells (ep), Erin Jontow (ep)

Cast Susan Sarandon, Kiersey Clemons, Isidora Goreshter, Danny Huston, Ash Santos, Fiona Dourif, Dizzie Harris, Tara Lynne Barr

THE RULES OF MAGIC

Prequel to 1998 film 'Practical Magic' follows three troubled siblings — Franny, Jet and Vincent Owens — who wrestle with “abnormalities” that have kept them isolated. But the tumultuous times unearth the extraordinary discovery that they are, in fact, descendants of a bloodline of witches. In their aspirational journey towards self-discovery and self-acceptance, they’ll contend with grief, war, bigotry and dark magic, not to mention a centuries-old curse designed to keep them away from love.

Studio Warner Bros Television

Team Melissa Rosenberg (w, ep), Dana Baratta (w, ep),

Cast TBA

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

THE STAIRCASE (Ordered straight to limited series; eight episodes)

An exploration of the life of Michael Peterson, his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen Peterson, who was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their Durham, NC, home. Adapted from the 2004 docuseries by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.

Studio HBO Max/Annapurna Television

Team Antonio Campos (w, d, ep, sr), Maggie Cohn (w, ep, sr)

Cast Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Rosemarie Dewitt, Juliette Binoche, Parker Posey, Sophie Turner,l Patrick Schwarzenegger

STATION ELEVEN (Ordered straight to limited series)

The post-apocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost. Based on the novel by Emily St. John Mandel.

Studio Paramount Television Studios

Team Patrick Somerville (w, ep, sr), Hiro Murai (d, ep), Scott Steindorff (ep), Scott Delman (ep), Jessica Rhoades (ep), Dylan Russell (ep), Jeremy Podeswa (ep), Nate Matteson (ep), Nick Cuse (co-ep), David Nicksay (co-ep)

Cast Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel, David Wilmot, Daniel Zovatto, Lori Petty, Gael García Bernal (recurring), Andy McQueen (recurring), David Cross (recurring), Enrico Colantoni (recurring), Julian Obradors (recurring), Luca Villacis (recurring), Prince Amponsah (recurring), Dylan Taylor (recurring), Joe Pingue (recurring), Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (recurring), Ajahnis Charley (recurring), Milton Barnes (recurring), Kate Moyer (recurring)

SUBJECT TO CHANGE (Ordered straight to series)

A desperate college student signs up for a clinical trial that begins a wild, harrowing, mind- and reality-bending adventure.

Studio Bad Robot/Warner Bros. Television

Team Jennifer Yale (w, ep, sr), J.J. Abrams (ep), Ben Stephenson (ep), Rachel Rusch Rich (co-ep)

Cast TBA

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), Jake Adelstein (ep), Michael Mann (d, ep), Emily Gerson Saines (co-ep)

Cast Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe, Rachel Keller, Ella Rumpf, Rinko Kikuchi

THE TOURIST (Ordered straight to limited series)

A British man finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian Outback, being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road. An epic cat-and-mouse chase unfolds, and the man later wakes in hospital, hurt but somehow alive -- except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, the man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving Outback.

Studio Two Brothers Pictures/HBO Max/ZDF/BBC One

Team Harry Williams (w, ep), Jack Williams (w, ep), Christopher Aird (ep), Andrew Benson (ep), Tommy Bulfin (ep), Chris Sweeney (d, ep), Lisa Scott (p)

Cast Jamie Dornan, Danielle Macdonald, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Hugo Weaving, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Alex Dimitriades

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

VEGAS HIGH

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

VERBATIM

Anthology tackles actual events, with all dialogue taken from primary sources and presented verbatim. First episode follows the story of the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal. Based on the New York Times Op-Docs series.

Studio Red Hour Films, Left/Right Productions, The New York Times

Team Brett Weiner (w, ep), Ben Stiller (ep), Nicholas Weinstock (ep), Jackie Cohn (ep), Ken Druckerman (ep), Banks Tarver (ep), Kathleen Lingo (ep), Scott Lochmus (p) and Michelene Starnadori (p)

Cast Chris Messina, Sara Gilbert, Rob Huebel, Leland Orser, Lyriq Bent, J.R. Cacia, Tate Donovan, Kevin Dunn

Comedy

AND JUST LIKE THAT ... (Ordered straight to limited series; 10 episodes)

'Sex and the City' sequel follows Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.

Studio

Team Michael Patrick King (ep), Sarah Jessica Parker (ep), Cynthia Nixon (ep), Kristin Davis (ep), Samantha Irby (w), Rachna Fruchbom (w), Keli Goff (w), Julie Rottenberg (w), Elisa Zuritsky (w)

Cast Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sara Ramírez, Chris Noth, Mario Cantone, Willie Garson, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler

THE BABY (Ordered straight to series)

When 38-year-old Natasha is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a horror show. Where does it come from? What does it want? And what lengths will Natasha have to go to in order to get her life back?

Studio HBO/Sky/SISTER Proverbial Pictures

Team Robins-Grace (w, ep), Nicole Kassell (d, ep), Siân Robins-Grace (ep), Carolyn Strauss (ep), Naomi de Pear (ep), Katie Carpenter (ep), Robins-Grace (ep), Lucy Gaymer (p)

CLONE HIGH (Ordered straight to series; animated)

Set at a high school for clones of historical figures. Reboot of the 2002 Cartoon Network series.

Studio MTV Entertainment Studios

Team Phil Lord (w, ep), Chris Miller (w, ep), Bill Lawrence (ep), Erica Rivinoja (ep)

Cast TBA

FIRED ON MARS (Ordered straight to series; animated)

Existential workplace comedy set on the Martian campus of a modern tech company.

Studio

Team Nate Sherman (w, ep), Nick Vokey (w, ep), Pete Davidson (ep), Carson Mell (ep) and Dave Sirus (ep)

Cast Pete Davidson

GORDITA CHRONICLES (Picked up to series; single-camera)

FKA The Gordita Chronicles

A willful 12-year-old Dominican struggles to fit into hedonistic 1980s Miami as her family pursues the American dream.

Studio Sony Pictures TV

Team Claudia Forestieri (w, ep), Brigitte Munoz-Liebowitz (ep, sr), Josh Berman (ep), Jennifer Robinson (ep), Chris King (ep), Zoe Saldana (ep), Mariel Saldana (ep), Cisely Saldana (ep)

Cast Olivia Goncalves, Diana-Maria Riva, Juan Javier Cardenas, Savannah Nicole Ruiz, Noah Rico, Cosette Hauer

GENERATION (Picked up to series)

Follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality -- devices and all -- tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.

Studio HBO Max/We’re Not Brothers Productions/Good Thing Going Productions

Team Zelda Barnz (w, d, co-ep), Daniel Barnz (w, d, ep), Lena Dunham (ep), Ben Barnz (ep), Marissa Diaz (p)

Cast Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Sam Trammell, Chase Sui Wonders with Justice Smith, Martha Plimpton, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, licia Coppola (recurring), Marwan Salama (recurring), Marisela Zumbado (recurring)

HEAD OF THE CLASS (Picked up to series; 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 Isabella Gomez, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Jorge Diaz, Dior Goodjohn, Brandon Severs, Adrian Matthew Escalona, Christa Miller

GUMSHOE

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

MINX (Picked up to series; 10 episodes)

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, sr), Paul Feig (ep), Dan Magnante (ep), Rachel Lee Goldenberg (d)

Cast Ophelia Lovibond, Jake Johnson, Idara Victor, Jessica Lowe, Lennon Parham, Oscar Montoya, Michael Angarano

OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH (Ordered straight to series)

Based loosely on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet, a pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate.

Studio

Team David Jenkins (w, ep, sr), Taika Waititi (d, ep), Garrett Basch (ep), Dan Halsted (ep)

Cast Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi

OK BOOMER (Multi-camera)

Barbara is a self-centered boomer who shows up at her estranged daughter Sarah’s house hoping to live off the family’s money, but she forms an unexpected bond with her progressive granddaughter, who’s quick to challenge her on their differing views — of which there are plenty.

Studio Sony Pictures TV/Fanfare

Team Todd Linden (w, co-ep), Victor Gonzalez (d), Jamie Tarses (ep), Vanessa McCarthy (ep), McCrae Dunlap (co-ep)

Cast Patti LuPone, Erinn Hayes, Devere Rogers

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, Sophie Turner, Dan Stevens

RAP SH*T (Ordered straight to series; working title)

Follows two estranged high school friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group.

Studio Hoorae Productions/3 Arts Entertainment/Quality Control Films

Team Issa Rae (w, ep), Syreeta Singleton (ep, sr), Montrel McKay (ep), Sadé Clacken Joseph (d), Jonathan Berry (ep), Dave Becky (ep), Yung Miami (co-ep), JT (co-ep), Kevin “Coach K” Lee (co-ep), Pierre “P” Thomas (co-ep), Sara Rastogi (co-ep)

Cast Aida Osman, KaMillion, Jonica Booth

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

THE SEX LIVES OF COLLEGE GIRLS (Ordered straight to series)

Follows four roommates and students at the prestigious New England Essex College.

Studio Kaling International/Warner Bros. Television

Team Mindy Kaling (w, ep), Justin Noble (w, ep, sr), Howard Klein (ep)

Cast Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Renée Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Midori Francis, Gavin Leatherwood, Christopher Meyer, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, Renika Williams

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

VELMA (Ordered straight to series; animated)

Tells the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang, unmasking the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers.

Studio Warner Bros. Animation

Team Mindy Kaling (w, ep), Charlie Grandy (ep), Howard Klein (ep), Sam Register (ep)

Cast Mindy Kaling

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