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

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Year
2020-21 Hulu Pilots & Series Orders

2020-21 Hulu Pilots & Series Orders

2 Pilots
25 Series Orders

Drama

CANDY (Ordered straight to series; working title)

The series is set in 1980 Texas, where Candy Montgomery seemingly had it all -- a loving husband with a good job, a daughter and a son, a nice house in the brand-new suburbs -- so why did she kill her friend from church with an ax?

Studio UCP/20th Television

Team Robin Veith (ep), Nick Antosca (ep), Michael Uppendahl (d, ep), Jessica Biel (ep), Michelle Purple (ep), Alex Hedlund (ep), Jim Atkinson (p), John Bloom (p)

Cast Jessica Biel, Melanie Lynskey

BLACK CAKE

In the late 1960s, runaway bride Covey disappears into the surf off the coast of Jamaica and is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder. Fifty years later in California, Eleanor Bennett, a widow in her 60s, loses her battle with cancer, leaving her two estranged children a flash drive that holds previously untold stories of her journey from the Caribbean to America. These stories, narrated by Eleanor, shock her children and challenge everything they thought they knew about their family’s origin. Based on the upcoming book by Charmaine Wilkerson.

Studio Harpo Films/Kapital Entertainment

Team Marissa Jo Cerar (w, ep), Oprah Winfrey (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Carla Gardini (ep)

Cast TBA

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN MURDER AND MAYHEM (working title)

How do you solve a murder in a post-fact world? Especially when sailing the Mediterranean on an ocean liner filled with the wealthy and powerful. Everyone on board is hiding something… but is one of them a killer? That’s what the World’s Once Greatest Detective, Rufus Cotesworth, and his protégée aim to discover. The truth at all cost.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Mike Weiss (w, ep, sr), Heidi Cole McAdams (w, ep, sr), Marc Webb (d, ep)

Cast Mandy Patinkin, Violett Beane, Lauren Patten, Hugo Diego Garcia, Angela Zhou, Rahul Kohli

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), Nellie Reed (p)

Cast Brian Tyree Henry, Kate Mara

CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS (Ordered straight to series)

Two female college students in Dublin forge an unexpected, strange and sexually charged relationship with an older married couple, which results in a complicated pair of love triangles that upends their lives.

Studio Element Pictures

Team Sally Rooney (ep), Ed Guiney (ep), Andrew Lowe, Emma Norton, Rose Garnett Tommy Bulfin (ep), Alice Birch (w), Lenny Abrahamson (d), Catherine Magee (p)

THE DROPOUT (Ordered straight to limited series)

Follows the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, a chemical engineering prodigy who dropped out of Stanford to launch a healthcare technology company promising to revolutionize blood testing, which became Theranos. The highflying tech startup eventually was exposed as “massive fraud." Based on the ABC News/ABC Radio podcast

Studio Fox Searchlight TV

Team Elizabeth Meriwether (ep), Liz Heldens (ep), Liz Hannah (ep), Rebecca Jarvis (ep), Taylor Dunn (ep), Victoria Thompson (ep), Michael Showalter (d, ep), Jordana Mollick (ep)

Cast Regulars: Amanda Seyfried, Naveen Andrews, William H. Macy; recurrings: Laurie Metcalf, Elizabeth Marvel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill, Michael Ironside, Bill Irwin, Josh Pais, LisaGay Hamilton, Michaela Watkins, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Kevin Sussman, Sam Straley, Shaun J. Brown

IMMIGRANT (Ordered straight to limited series; eight episodes)

The true story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian-American entrepreneur who started Chippendales, the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.

Studio 20th Television

Team Robert Siegel (w, ep, sr), Jenni Konner (ep, co-sr), Rajiv Joseph (w, ep), Mehar Sethi (w, ep), Kumail Nanjiani (ep), Dylan Sellers (ep), Emily V. Gordon (ep), Ramin Bahrani (d, ep), Matt Shakman (d, ep)

Cast Kumail Nanjiani, Annaleigh Ashford, Murray Bartlett, Quentin Plair, Nicola Peltz, Andrew Rannells, Dan Stevens, Robin De Jesús, Juliette Lewis, Spencer Boldman

FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE (FX on Hulul ordered straight to series)

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

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

Cast Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Eisenberg

IRON MIKE (Ordered straight to limited series)

Explores the wild, tragic and controversial life and career of heavyweight champion Mike Tyson – one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time and among the most polarizing figures in sports culture.

Studio 20th Television

Team Steven Rogers (w, ep), Karin Gist (ep, sr), Craig Gillespie (d, ep), Margot Robbie (ep), Trevante Rhodes (ep), Claire Brown (ep), Bryan Unkeless (ep), Scott Morgan (ep), Tom Ackerley (ep), Darin Friedman (ep)

Cast Trevante Rhodes, Russell Hornsby

THE GIRL FROM PLAINVILLE (Ordered straight to limited series)

Inspired by the true story of the controversial “texting-suicide” case, it follows Michelle Carter's relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events that led to his death and, later, her controversial conviction of involuntary manslaughter. Based on the Esquire article by Jesse Barron.

Studio UCP

Team Liz Hannah (w, ep, sr), Patrick Macmanus (w, ep, sr), Brittany Kahan Ward (ep), Lisa Cholodenko (d), Jesse Barron (cp), Erin Lee Carr (cp)

Cast Regulars: Elle Fanning, Colton Ryan, Chloë Sevigny, Norman Leo Butz, Cara Buono, Kai Lennox. Recurring: Peter Gerety, Michael Mosley, Ella Kennedy Davis, Pearl Amanda Dickson, Kylie Liya Page, Jeff Wahlberg

MONSTERLAND (Ordered straight to series)

FKA Untitled Mary Laws Project

Horror anthology in which, through encounters with Gothic beasts, including fallen angels and werewolves, broken people are driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, ultimately showing there is a thin line between man and beast. Based on short-story collection 'North American Lake Monsters: Stories' by Nathan Ballingrud.

Studio Annapurna Television

Team Mary Laws (w, ep), Babak Anvari (ep), Lucan Toh (ep)

Cast Mike Colter

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS (Ordered straight to limited series)

Set at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty.

Studio Made Up Stories/Blossom Films/Endeavor Content

Team David E. Kelley (w, ep, sr) John Henry Butterworth (w, ep, sr), Samantha Strauss (w), Nicole Kidman (ep), Bruna Papandrea (ep), Steve Hutensky (ep), Per Saari (ep), Liane Moriarty (ep), Jonathan Levine (d, ep)

Cast Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarrthy, Manny Jacinto, Luke Evans, Samara Weaving, Tiffany Boone, Michael Shannon, Regina Hall

THE OLD MAN (Moved from FX; ordered straight to series)

Dan Chase absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past.

Studio Fox 21 Television Studios/The Littlefield Company

Team Jon Steinberg (w, ep), Robert Levine (w, ep), Warren Littlefield (ep), Jeff Bridges (ep), Dan Shotz (ep), David Schiff (ep)

Cast Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Bill Heck

OLGA DIES DREAMING

A Nuyorican brother and sister from a gentrifying Sunset Park in Brooklyn reckon with the absent, politically radical mother and their glittering careers among New York City’s elite in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Based on the forthcoming novel by Xochitl Gonzalez.

Studio 20th Television

Team Xochitl Gonzalez (w, ep), Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (d, ep)

Cast Aubrey Plaza, Ramón Rodríguez, Jesse Williams, Jessica Pimentel

PAM & TOMMY (Ordered straight to limited series; working title)

Focuses on 'Baywatch' star Pamela Anderson and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, the tabloid power couple of the '90s. It focuses on their relationship going back to the whirlwind romance that started with them marrying after only knowing each other for 96 hours in 1995. A leaked VHS sex tape turned into a big legal dispute with Anderson suing the video distribution company.

Studio Point Grey/Limelight/Annapurna

Team Rob Siegel (w, ep), Craig Gillespie (d), Seth Rogen (ep), Evan Goldberg (ep), Dylan Sellers (ep)

Cast Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Pepi Sounga, Andrew Dice Clay, Taylor Schilling, Spenser Granese (recurring), Mozhan Marnò (recurring), Fred Hechinger (recurring), Paul Ben-Victor (recurring)

REASONABLE DOUBT (Ordered straight to series)

You can judge Jax Stewart for her questionable ethics and wild interpretations of the law -- until you’re the one in trouble. Then you’ll see her for what she is: the most brilliant and fearless defense attorney in Los Angeles, who bucks the justice system at every chance she gets.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Raamla Mohamed (w, ep), Kerry Washington (d, ep), Pilar Savone (ep), Larry Wilmore (ep), Shawn Holley (co-ep), Jon Leshay (ep)

Cast Emayatzy Corinealdi

TELL ME LIES (Ordered straight to series)

Follows a tumultuous but intoxicating relationship as it unfolds over the course of eight years. When Lucy Albright and Stephen DeMarco meet at college, they are at that formative age when seemingly mundane choices lead the way to irrevocable consequences. Although their relationship begins like any typical campus romance, they quickly fall into an addictive entanglement that will permanently alter not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them. Based on Carola Lovering’s novel.

Studio 20th Television

Team Meaghan Oppenheimer (w, ep), . Emma Roberts (ep), Karah Preiss (ep), Laura Lewis (ep), Shannon Gibson (ep), Carola Lovering (cp)

Cast Grace Van Patten, Jackson White

SAINT X (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Told in multiple timelines and perspectives, it explores how a young woman's mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Leila Gerstein (w, ep), Dee Rees (d, ep), Stephen Williams (ep), Alexis Schaitkin (ep)

Cast TBA

WASHINGTON BLACK (Ordered straight to limited series; nine episodes)

Follows the 19th-century adventures of George Washington "Wash" Black – an 11-year-old boy on a Barbados sugar plantation who must flee after a shocking death threatens to upend his life. Based on the novel by Esi Edugyan.

Studio 20th Television

Team Selwyn Seyfu (w, ep), Sterling K. Brown (ep), Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell (ep), Lindsay Williams (ep), DJ Goldberg (ep), Anthony Hemingway (ep), Jennifer Johnson (ep), Esi Edugyan (co-p)

Cast Sterling K. Brown, Ernest Kinglsey Jr., Iola Evans, Edward Bluemel, Sharon Duncan-Brewsterm Tom Ellis

Comedy

KOALA MAN (Ordered straight to series; animated; eight episodes)

Follows a family patriarch who lives a not-so-secret identity as Koala Man, who possesses a burning passion to snuff out petty crime and bring order to his community in an Australian suburb.

Studio 20th Television Animation

Team Michael Cusack (w, ep), Dan Hernandez (w, ep, sr), Benji Samit w, ep, sr), Justin Roiland (ep)

Cast Michael Cusack

HISTORY OF THE WORLD, PART II (Ordered straight to series)

Variety series sequel to the 1981 movie 'History of the World, Part 1.'

Studio Searchlight Television/20th Television

Team Mel Brooks (w, ep), Nick Kroll (w, ep), Wanda Sykes (w, ep) (w, ep), Ike Barinholt (w, ep), David Stassen (w, ep), Kevin Salter (w, ep)

LIFE & BETH (Ordered straight to series)

FKA Love, Beth

Beth’s life looks pretty great on paper. Impressive to everyone she grew up with. She makes a good living as a wine distributor. She’s in a long-term relationship with an attractive, successful guy and lives in Manhattan. When a sudden incident forces Beth to engage with her past, her life changes forever. Through flashbacks to her teen self, Beth starts to learn how she became who she is and who she wants to become.

Studio Endeavor Content

Team Amy Schumer (w, d, ep), Kim Caramelee, (ep), Kevin Kane (ep)

Cast Amy Schumer, Michael Cera, Michael Rapaport

HOW I MET YOUR FATHER (Ordered straight to series; hybrid; 10 episodes)

'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff follows Sophie telling her son the story of how she met his father. The story starts in 2021, where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.

Studio 20th Television

Team Isaac Aptaker (w, ep), Elizabeth Berger (w, ep), Carter Bays (ep), Craig Thomas (ep), Pam Fryman (d, ep), Adam Londy (co-ep), Hilary Duff (p)

Cast Hilary Duff, Chris Lowell, Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran, Suraj Sharma, Brandon Micheal Hall

LOVE, VICTOR (Ordered straight to series; moved from Disney+)

FKA Love, Simon

Follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School, on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. Based on the 2018 movie 'Love, Simon'

Studio 20th Century Fox TV

Team Isaac Aptaker (w, ep), Elizabeth Berger (w, ep), Adam Fishbach (ep), Isaac Klausner (ep), Marty Bowen (ep)

Cast Michael Cimino, Ana Ortiz, Rachel Naomi Hilson, James MArtinez, Isabella Ferreira, MAteo Fernandex, Bebe Wood, George Sear, Anthony Turpel, Mason Gooding

MAGGIE (Series moved from ABC)

A young woman tries to cope with life while coming to terms with her abilities as a psychic. She can see everyone’s future, but her present is a mess. Based on the short film by Tim Curcio.

Studio 20th Television

Team Maggie Mull (w, ep), Justin Adler (w, ep), Evan Hayes (ep), Jeff Morton (ep). Natalia Anderson (d, ep)

Cast Rebecca Rittenhouse, David Del Rio, Kerri Kenney, Chris Elliott, Nichole Sakura, Angelique Cabral, Leonardo Nam, Ray Ford, Chloe Bridges, Adam Korson (recurring)

MARVEL'S M.O.D.O.K. (Ordered straight to series; animated)

Follows the megalomaniacal M.O.D.O.K., who long has pursued his dream of one day conquering the world. But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground. Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet.

Studio Marvel Studios

Team Jordan Blum (w, ep), Patton Oswalt (w, ep), Brett Crawley (ep), Robert Maitia (ep), Grant Gish (ep), Joe Quesada (ep), Karim Zreik (ep), Jeph Loeb (ep)

Cast Patton Oswalt, Melissa Fumero, Aimee Garcia, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ben Schwartz, Beck Bennett, Jon Daly, Sam Richardson

ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (Ordered straight to series)

Three strangers who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one.

Studio 20th Century Fox TV

Team Steve Martin (w, ep), John Hoffman (w, ep), Martin Short (ep), Selena Gomez (ep), Dan Fogelman (ep), Jess Rosenthal (ep)

Cast Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Aaron Dominguez, Amy Ryan, Nathan Lane (recurring)

THIS FOOL (Ordered straight to series)

FKA Punk Ass Bitch

Julio Lopez is a punk-ass bitch with a heart of gold who goes out of his way to help everyone but himself. Inspired by the life and stand-up comedy of Chris Estrada, it explores Julio’s attempts to better his community, overcome his codependency issues with his family and navigate working-class life in South Central Los Angeles.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Chris Estrada (w, ep), Jake Weisman (w ,ep, sr), Matt Ingebretson (w, ep, sr), Pat Bishop (w, d, ep, sr), Fred Armisen (ep)

Cast Chris Estrada, Laura Patalano, Julia Vera

REBOOT (Picked up to series)

When an early-2000s family sitcom is rebooted, its dysfunctional cast is forced back together and must deal with their unresolved issues in today’s fast-changing world.

Studio 20th Television

Team Steve Levitan (w, ep, sr), John Enbom (w, ep), Danielle Stokdyk (ep), Jeff Morton (ep)

Cast Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Judy Greer, Rachel Bloom, Calum Worthy, Krista Marie Wu

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