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

2020 Showtime Pilots & Series Orders

2020 Showtime Pilots & Series Orders

4 Pilots
10 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, Gretchen Mol, Lizzie Brocheré, Gabriel LaBelle

DEXTER (Ordered straight to limited series)

Reboot of 2006-13 Showtime series follows Dexter Morgan, a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer.

Studio Showtime

Team Clyde Phillips (ep, sr), Michael C. Hall (ep), John Goldwyn (ep), Sara Colleton (ep), Bill Carraro (ep), Scott Reynolds (ep)

Cast Michael J. Hall, Clancy Brown, Julia Jones, Alano Miller, Johnny Sequoyah, Jack Alcott

THE FIRST LADY (Picked up to series; working title)

FKA First Ladies

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), Susanne Bier (d, ep), Viola Davis (ep), Julius Tennon (ep), Andrew Wang (ep), Cathy Schulman (ep), Jeff Gaspin (ep), Brad Kaplan (ep)

Cast Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis, Judy Greer, Rhys Wakefield, Aaron Eckhart, Gillian Anderson, Dakota Fanning, Jayme Lawson, Kristine Froseth, Lexi Underwood, O-T Fagbenle (recurring)

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (Ordered straight to series; moved from Paramount+)

An alien arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future.

Studio CBS Studios, Tandem Productions, Secret Hideout, Timberman/Beverly

Team Alex Kurtzman (w, ep, sr), Jenny Lumet (w, ep, sr), Rola Bauer (ep), Tim Halkin (ep), Sarah Timberman (ep), Carl Beverly (ep), Heather KadinAaron Baiers (p)

Cast Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, Jimmi Simpson, Clarke Peters

THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING (Not going forward)

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

RIPLEY (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Tom Ripley, a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, is hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy to try to convince his vagabond son to return home. Tom's acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.

Studio Showtime/Endemol Shine North America/Entertainment 360/FilmRights

Team Steven Zaillian (w, d, ep), Garrett Basch (ep), Guymon Casady (ep), Ben Forkner (ep), Sharon Levy (ep), Philipp Keel (ep), Andrew Scott (p)

Cast Andrew Scott, Dakota Fanning, Johnny Flynn


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

SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULU NATION (Ordered straight to series)

The story of real-life Zulu Empire chief Shaka and his unlikely rise to power, uniting multiple tribes across vast stretches of Africa in the early 19th century to transform his power into legend, on par with history’s most seminal figures. In ferocious battles that test the body and soul, in alliances that test the bonds of love and friendship, a complex sociological system plays out that renders the human cost front and center, for the victors as well as the vanquished, all in an effort to carve out a semblance of identity, fulfillment and, ultimately, survival.

Studio CBS Studios/Propagate/Fuqua Films

Team Olu Odebunmi (w, ep), Tolu Awosika (w, ep), Antoine Fuqua (ep), Ben Silverman (ep), Howard T. Owens (ep), Gregory Lipstone (ep), Rodney Ferrell (ep), Scott Greenberg, (p), Michael Callas (p)

Cast TBA

YELLOWJACKETS (Picked up to series)

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, sr), Bart Nickerson (w, ep, sr), Jonathan Lisco (ep, sr), Karyn Kusama (d, ep), Drew Comins (ep)

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


FLATBUSH MISDEMEANORS (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Two longtime friends seeking to climb out of their heads and connect with others and thrive in their new surroundings in the brash environment of Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Studio Showtime/Avalon

Team Kevin Iso (w, ep), Dan Perlman (w, ep), Richard Allen-Turner (ep), Jon Thoday (ep), David Martin (ep), Chloe Pisello (ep)

Cast Kevin Iso, Dan Perlman

THE CURSE (Picked up to series)

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

Studio A24

Team Nathan Fielder (w, d, ep), Benny Safdie (w, d, ep), Josh Safdie (d, ep), Emma Stone (ep), Ravi Nandan (ep)

Cast Emma Stone, 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

MOONBASE 8 (Ordered straight to series; six episodes)

Set at NASA’s Moon Base Simulator in the isolated desert of Winslow, AZ, it follows eager astronauts Skip, Rook and their leader Cap as they attempt to qualify for their first lunar mission. While working vigorously to complete their training, a series of unexpected circumstances forces the astronauts to question their own mental sanity, trust in one another and whether they’re cut out for space travel.

Studio A24/Abso Lutely Productions

Team Fred Armisen (w, ep), Tim Heidecker (w, ep), John C. Reilly (w, ep), Jonathan Krisel (w, d, ep), Dave Kneebone (ep), Eric Wareheim (ep), Ravi Nandan (ep), Inman Young (ep)

Cast Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, John C. Reilly


FKA Big Deal

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, Cybill Shepherd, Tami Sagher, Paul James, Ayden Mayeri, Punam Patel, Matt Rogers



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