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

2020 Showtime Pilots & Series Orders

2020 Showtime Pilots & Series Orders

7 Pilots
2 Series Orders



Julian Kaye is introduced 18 years after being arrested for murder and is struggling to find his footing in the modern-day Los Angeles sex industry. Meanwhile, he seeks the truth about the setup that sent him to prison all those years ago and hopies to reconnect with Michelle, his one true love. A re-imagining of the 1980 movie.

Studio Paramount Television Studios

Team David Hollander (w, d, ep), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), KristieAnne Reed (ep), Jon Bernthal (p)

Cast Jon Bernthal

FIRST LADIES (Picked up to series)

Set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes, with Season 1 focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

Studio Showtime/Lionsgate TV

Team Aaron Cooley (w, ep), Viola Davis (ep), Julius Tennon (ep), Cathy Schulman (ep), Jeff Gaspin (ep), Brad Kaplan (ep)

Cast Viola Davis


A powerless and politically aimless U.S. vice president unexpectedly becomes president halfway into his administration’s first term, despite his every wish to the contrary. He walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. Attacked by friends and enemies, with scandal and conspiracy swirling around him, he is confronted with a terrible choice: keep his head down, toe the party line and survive or act on his stubborn, late-developing conscience and take a stand. Based on the novel by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

Studio Showtime/Invisible Ink Productions

Team Anthony Peckham (w, ep), Christopher McQuarrie (ep), Heather McQuarrie (ep), David Oyelowo (ep), Bill Clinton (ep), James Patterson (ep), Bill Robinson (ep), Leopoldo Gout (ep), Jillian Share (co-ep)

Cast David Oyelowo, Janet McTeer, Paul Adelstein, Medina Senghore, Gina Gallego, Michael Rooker, Ann Dowd


Rita is a headstrong, unconventional teacher and single mother who takes on every kind of authority – as well as her family – in a messy and unfiltered way. Based on the Danish series. Based on the Danish series.

Studio Showtime/Platform One Media

Team Christian Torpe (w, ep), Lena Headey (ep), Elisa Ellis (ep), Lisa Cholodenko (d, ep)

Cast Lena Headey, Josh Hutcherson, Bryce Gangel, Curtiss Cook, Darren Pettie

RUST (Ordered straight to series)

Explores the tattered American dream through the eyes of complicated and compromised Chief of Police Del Harris in a Rust Belt town in southwest Pennsylvania. When the woman he truly loves sees her son accused of murder, Harris is forced to decide what he's willing to do to protect him. Based on Philipp Meyer’s novel American Rust.

Studio Showtime/Platform One Media

Team Dan Futterman (w, ep), Michael De Luca (ep), Jeff Daniels (ep), Elisa Ellis (ep)

Cast Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney


Equal parts survival epic, horror story and coming-of-age drama, it follows a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. It chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to warring, cannibalistic clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.

Studio Showtime/Entertainment One

Team Ashley Lyle (w, ep), Bart Nickerson (w, ep), Karyn Kusama (d, ep), Drew Comins (ep)

Cast Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, Ella Purnell, Sammi Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Sophie Nélisse, Steven Krueger, Amy Okuda



A woman overcomes childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of landing a job as a QVC host.

Studio Showtime/Annapurna TV

Team Vanessa Bayer (w, ep), Jeremy Beiler (w, ep), Jessi Klein (ep, sr), Michael Showalter (d, ep), Jordana Mollick (ep), Megan Ellison (ep), Sue Naegle (ep), Ali King (co-ep)

Cast Vanessa Bayer, Molly Shannon, Tami Sagher


Explores how an alleged curse disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple who star in 'Flipanthropy,' their troubled HGTV show.

Studio Showtime

Team Nathan Fielder (w, ep), Benny Safdie (w, d, ep), Josh Safdie (d, ep)

Cast Nathan Fielder, Benny Safdie


A collection of multipart episodes that will include a new collection of characters in an authentic world, telling stories about connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing – and harrowingly comic – sexual secrets.

Studio Showtime

Team Casallina “Cathy” Kisakye (w, ep), Lena Waithe (ep), Rishi Rajani (ep), Naima Ramos-Chapman (d)

Cast Kendrick Sampson, Carra Patterson


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