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

2020 Netflix Pilots & Series Orders

2020 Netflix Pilots & Series Orders

16 Pilots
15 Series Orders


THE CHAIR (Ordered straight to series; six episodes)

Dramedy centers on the chair of an English department at a major university.


Team Amanda Peet (w, ep, sr), Annie Julia Wyman (w), Sandra Oh (ep), David Benioff (ep), D.B. Weiss (ep), Bernie Caulfield (ep)

Cast Sandra Oh, Jay Duplass

HALSTON (Ordered straight to limited series)

Follows Halston as he leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that’s synonymous with luxury, sex, status and fame. The label defines the era he lives in, 1970’s and ‘80s New York — until a hostile takeover forces him to battle for control of his most precious asset: the name Halston itself.

Studio Netflix

Team Ryan Murphy (ep)

Cast Ewan McGregor, Krysta Rodriguez

HIT AND RUN (Ordered straight to series)

A happily married man's life is turned upside down when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit-and -run accident in Tel Aviv. Grief-stricken and confused, he searches for his wife's killers, who have fled to the U.S.  With the help of an ex-lover, he uncovers disturbing truths about his beloved wife and the secrets she kept from him.

Studio Netflix Studios

Team Lior Raz (w, ep), Avi Issacharoff (w, ep), Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin

Cast Lior Raz, Sanaa Lathan, Kaelen Ohm, Moran Rosenblatt, Gregg Henry, Gal Toren (guest)

IN FROM THE COLD (Ordered straight to series)

During a European vacation with her daughter, an American single mom’s life is turned upside down when the CIA forces her to confront her long-buried past as a Russian spy who was also the product of a highly classified KGB experiment granting her special abilities. After a mysterious string of manic and murderous incidents suggests someone with her exact abilities is targeting innocent people, Jenny is forced out of hiding to stop this villain or risk losing the family and new life she has built.

Studio Netflix

Team Adam Glass (w, ep)

Cast Margarita Levieva

INVENTING ANNA (Ordered straight to limited series; 10 episodes)

A journalist with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene – and stole their money as well. But is Anna New York’s biggest con woman, or is she simply the new portrait of the American dream? Anna and the reporter form a dark, funny love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial and the reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in Manhattan: Who is Anna Delvey? Based on Jessica Pressler’s New York magazine article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People."

Studio Universal Television

Team Shonda Rhimes (ep, sr), David Frankel (d, ep)

Cast Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, Katie Lowes, Laverne Cox, Alexis Floyd, Arian Moayed, Anders Holm, Anna Deavere Smith, Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney, Jennifer Esposito

KINGS OF AMERICA (Ordered straight to limited series)

Follows three powerful women whose lives were inextricably intertwined with the world’s largest company: a Walmart heiress, a maverick executive and a longtime Walmart saleswoman and preacher who dared to fight against the retail giant in the biggest class action lawsuit in U.S. history.

Studio Netflix/Bond Group Entertainment

Team Jess Kimball Leslie (w, ep), Adam McKay (d, ep), Amy Adams (ep), Betsy Koch (ep), Brunson Green (ep), Diana Son (ep, sr)

Cast Amy Adams

ONE PIECE (Animated; ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew as they explore a fantastical world of endless oceans and exotic islands in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as “One Piece” to become the next Pirate King.

Studio Tomorrow Studios/Netflix

Team Steven Maeda (w, ep, sr), Matt Owens (w, ep), Marty Adelstein (ep), Becky Clements (ep), Eiichiro Oda (ep)

Cast TBA

ON THE VERGE (Ordered straight to series; 12 episodes)

Dramedy about four female friends in their late 40s who chose to use midlife not as a time of mourning their youth but as an opportunity for personal reinvention, with the hope of finally living lives that embody their beliefs and values.

Studio Netflix/Canal Plus

Team Julie Delpy (w, ep), Alexia Landeau (w), Olivier Gauriat (ep), Elisabeth Shue (ep), Michael Gentile (ep), Lauraine Heftler (ep), Rola Bauer (ep),

Cast Julie Delpy, Elisabeth Shue

PAINKILLER (Ordered straight to limited series)

Examines the origins of the opioid crisis. Based on Patrick Radden Keefe's New Yorker article "The Family That Built an Empire of Pain" and Barry Meier's book 'Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic.'

Studio Netflix

Team Micah Fitzerman-Blue (w, ep, sr), Noah Harpster (w, ep, sr), Eric Newman (ep), Alex Gibney (ep), Peter Berg (d)

Cast TBA

PIECES OF HER (Picked up to series; eight episodes)

A random act of violence in a sleepy Georgia town sets off an unexpected chain of events for 30-year-old Andy Oliver and her mother Laura. Desperate for answers, Andy embarks on a dangerous journey across America, drawing her toward the dark, hidden heart of her family.

Studio Netflix/Made Up Stories

Team Charlotte Stoudt (w, ep, sr), Lesli Linka Glatter (ep), Bruna Papandrea (ep), Minkie Spiro (d, ep), Steve Hutensky (ep), Casey Haver (ep), Karin Slaughter (ep), Janice Williams (ep)

Cast Bella Heatchcote, Toni Collette

SEX/LIFE (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

The story of a love triangle among a woman, her husband and her past that takes a deliciously steamy new look at female identity and desire. Based on BB Easton’s book '44 Chapters About 4 Men.'

Studio Netflix

Team Stacy Rukeyser (w, ep, sr), J. Miles Dale (ep), Larry Robins (ep)

Cast Sarah Shahi, Mike Vogel, Adam Demos, Margaret Odette

SWEET TOOTH (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Follows the adventures of Gus — part deer, part boy — who leaves his home in the forest to find the outside world ravaged by a cataclysmic event. He joins a ragtag family of humans and animal-children hybrids like himself in search of answers about this new world and the mystery behind his hybrid origins. Based on the DC Vertigo comic created by Jeff Lemire.

Studio Team Downey/Warner Bros. TV

Team Jim Mickle (w, ep, sr) Beth Schwartz (w, ep, sr)Robert Downey Jr. (ep), Susan Downey (ep), Amanda Burrell (ep), Linda Moran (p), Evan Moore (p)

Cast Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar, Will Forte, Dania Ramirez, James Brolin (narrator)

WHITE STORK (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

FKA Spadehead

When James Cooper is selected to run for a seat in Parliament, Asher Millan is sent to vet him for primetime. But she quickly uncovers potentially damaging secrets buried deep in James’ past -- secrets that will threaten to blow everything apart: his career, his marriage, even the powerful people backing his campaign.

Studio Netflix

Team Christopher Dunlop (w, ep), Kristoffer Nyholm (d, ep)

Cast Tom Hiddleston


COUNTRY COMFORT (Multi-camera; ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

When her career and personal life get derailed, aspiring young country singer Bailey takes a job as a nanny for a rugged cowboy and his five children. With a never-give-up attitude and loads of Southern charm, this newbie-nanny is able to navigate the family dynamics and be the mother figure they’ve been missing. To her surprise, Bailey also gets the band she’s been missing in this musically talented family who help get her back on the road to stardom.

Studio Netflix

Team Caryn Lucas (w, ep, sr), Kelly Park (d)

Cast Katharine McPhee, Eddie Cibrian, Ricardo Hurtado, Jamie Martin Mann, Pyper Braun, Shiloh Verrico, Griffin McIntyre

THE HOUSE (Animated; ordered straight to series)

Centers on a house and the surreal tales of three generations of families who made it their home.

Studio Nexus Studios

Team Emma de Swaef (d), Marc James Roels (d), Niki Lindroth von Bahr (d), Paloma Baeza (d)

Cast TBA

MULLIGAN (Ordered straight to series, 20 episodes; animated)

After an alien attack destroys Earth, what remains of humanity has the chance to start society over from scratch. But can we get it right this time? And does anyone know how to, like, farm?

Studio Universal Television/3 Arts Entertainment/Bento Box Entertainment/Little Stranger/Bevel Gears

Team Sam Means (w, ep), Tina Fey (ep), Robert Carlock (ep), David Miner (ep), Eric Gurian (ep), Scott Greenberg (ep), Joel Kuwahara (ep),

Cast TBA


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