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

Network
Year
starz, starzplay, lionsgate, deal, U.K.

2020-21 Starz Pilots & Series Orders

1 Pilots
14 Series Orders

Drama

BECOMING ELIZABETH (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Untold story of the early life of England’s most iconic queen. Long before she ascended the throne, young Elizabeth Tudor was an orphaned teenager who became embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court. The death of King Henry VIII sets into motion a dangerous scramble for power. His surviving children find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe who vie for control of the country.

Studio Lionsgate Television/The Forge

Team Anya Reiss (w, ep), George Ormond (ep), George Faber (ep), Lisa Osborne (p)

Cast Alicia von Rittberg, Romola Garai, Oliver Zetterström, Jessica Raine, Tom Cullen, John Heffernan, Jamie Parker, Jamie Blackley, Jacob Avery, Alexandra Gilbreath, Leo Bill, Bella Ramsey, Ekow Quartey, Alex Macqueen, Olivier Huband

BLINDSPOTTING (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Ashley was nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles, her partner of 12 years and father of their son, suddenly is incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she’s forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister. Dramedy is a spinoff from the 2018 movie.

Studio Lionsgate Television

Team Rafael Casal (w, d, ep, sr), Daveed Diggs (ep), Jess Wu Calder (ep), Keith Calder (ep), Emily Gerson Saines (ep), Ken Lee (ep), Tim Pale (ep), Seith Mann (d, ep)

Cast Jasmine Cephas Jones, Benjamin Earl Turner, Atticus Woodward, Jaylen Barron, Candace Nicholas-Lippman, Justin Chu Cary, Rafael Casal (recurring)

BLF (Ordered straight to series)

FKA Black Mafia Family

Follows the charismatic leader Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and the business savvy of Terry “Southwest T” Flenory, brothers who “rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late ’80s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in this country. It sheds light on their partnership and how it went beyond the drug trade and bled into the world of hip hop to make them icons. Their unwavering belief in family loyalty would be the cornerstone of their partnership and the crux of their eventual estrangement.

Studio

Team Randy Huggins (w, ep), Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (ep)

Cast Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr., Da’Vinchi, Russell Hornsby, Michole Briana White, Ajiona Alexus, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Myles Truitt, Steve Harris, Arkeisha “Kash Doll” Knight; Wood Harris, Snoop Dogg, La La Anthony, Serayah

THE CONTINENTAL (Ordered straight to limited series)

'John Wick' prequel explores the origin behind the hotel-for-assassins through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott, who is dragged into the hellscape of a 1975 New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. Winston charts a deadly course through New York’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the iconic hotel, which serves as the meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Studio Lionsgate Television

Team Greg Coolidge (w, ep, sr), Kirk Ward (w, ep, sr), Basil Iwanyk (ep), Erica Lee (ep), Chad Stahelski (ep), Derek Kolstad (ep), David Leitch (ep), Shawn Simmons (ep), Paul Wernick (ep), Rhett Reese (ep)

Cast Colin Woodell, Mel Gibson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, Nhung Kate, Ben Robson, Peter Greene, Ayomide Adegun, Jeremy Bobb

DANGEROUS LIAISONS (Ordered straight to series)

Tells the origin stories of Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont from when they meet as passionate young lovers of 18th century Paris on the eve of revolution. Driven to right the wrongs of their past, the couple rises from the slums and scales the heights of the French aristocracy, seducing and manipulating both the nobility and each other to survive.

Studio Jerry Bruckheimer TV

Team Harriet Warner (w, ep), Colin Callender (ep), Tony Krantz (ep), Bethan Jones (ep), Scott Huff (ep), Christopher Hampton (ep), James Dormer (w), Rita Kalnejais (w), Leonora Lonsdale (d)

Cast Alice Englert, Nicholas Denton, Lesley Manville, Carice van Houten, Paloma Faith, Michael McElhatton, Kosar Ali, Nathanael Saleh, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hilton Pelser, Mia Threapleton, Colette Dalal Tchantcho, Lucy Cohu, Fisayo Akinade, Maria Friedman, Clare Higgins

GASLIT (Ordered straight to series)

A modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal – from Nixon’s bumbling, opportunistic subordinates to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes to the tragic whistleblowers who eventually would bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down. Based on the Slate podcast 'Slow Burn.'

Studio UCP

Team Robbie Pickering (w, ep, sr), Matt Ross (d, ep), Sam Esmail (ep), Chad Hamilton (ep), Julia Roberts (ep), Gabriel Roth (ep), Josh Levin (ep), Lisa Gillan (co-ep), Marisa Yeres Gill (co-ep), Amelia Gray (w), Alberto Roldán (w), Anayat Fakhraie (w), Uzoamaka Maduka (w), Sofya Levitsky-Weitz (w)

Cast Regulars: Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Dan Stevens, Betty Gilpin, Shea Whigham, Darby Camp, Allison Tolman, J.C. MacKenzie, Chris Bauer, Hamish Linklater, Chris Messina. Recurring: Patton Oswalt, Nat Faxon, Erinn Hayes, Patrick Walker, Carlos Valdes, Raphael Sbarge, Anne Dudek, Chris Conner, Brian Geraghty, Nelson Franklin, Reed Diamond, Johnny Berchtold, Adam Ray, Billy Smith

HEELS (Ordered straight to series)

Follows the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy.

Studio Lionsgate Television/Paramount Television

Team Michael Waldron (w, ep), Mike O’Malley (ep, sr), Julie Yorn (ep), Chris Donnelly (ep),  Patrick Walmsley (ep), Peter Segal (d, ep)

Cast Stephen Amell, Alexander Ludwig, Mary McCormack, Alison Luff, Kelli Berglund, David James Elliott (recurring), Joel Murray (recurring)

POWER BOOK II: GHOST (Ordered straight to series)

'Power' spinoff continues the journey of some of the flagship series' most controversial characters in the New York underworld.

Studio Lionsgate TV/G-Unit Films and Television

Team Courtney A. Kemp (w, ep, sr), Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (ep), Mark Canton (ep), Chris Selak (ep), Danielle DeJesus (ep), Shana Stein (ep), Bart Wenrich (ep)

Cast Mary J. Blige, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Michael Rainey Jr., Shane Johnson, Naturi Naughton, Gianni Paolo, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Daniel Bellomy, Paige Hurd, Melanie Liburd, Justin Marcel McManus, Woody McClain, Lovell Adams-Gray, LaToya Tonedeo

POWER BOOK III: RAISING KANAN (Ordered straight to series)

'Power' prequel set in the 1990s explores the early years of Kanan Stark.

Studio Lionsgate TV/G-Unit Films and Television

Team Sascha Penn (w, ep, sr), Courtney A. Kemp (ep), Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (ep), Mark Canton (ep), Chris Selak (ep), Danielle DeJesus (ep), Shana Stein (ep), Bart Wenrich (ep). Kevin Fox (ep), Rob Hardy (ep)

Cast Patina Miller, Mekai Curtis, Omar Epps, Hailey Kilgore, Lovie Simone, London Brown, Malcolm Mays, Shanley Caswell, Toby Sandeman and Joey Bada$$, Quincy Brown (recurring), Ade Chike Torbert (recurring), Natalee Linez (recurring), Annabelle Zasowski (recurring)

POWER BOOK IV: FORCE (Ordered straight to series)

FKA Power Book V: Force

'Power' spinoff follows Tommy Egan after he cuts ties and heads to Los Angeles, putting New York in his rearview mirror for good.

Studio Lionsgate TV/G-Unit Films and Television

Team Courtney A. Kemp (ep), Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (ep), Mark Canton (ep), Danielle DeJesus (ep), Chris Selak (ep), Shana Stein (ep), Bart Wenrich (ep)

Cast Joseph Sikora, Lili Simmons, Gabrielle Ryan, Isaac Keys, Shane Harper, Kris D. Lofton, Anthony Flemming III, Lucien Cambric, Tommy Flanagan, Jeremih (recurring)

THE SERPENT QUEEN (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Considered an immigrant, common and plain, Catherine de Medici is married into the 16th century French court as an orphaned teenager expected to bring a fortune in dowry and produce many heirs, only to discover that her husband is in love with an older woman, her dowry is unpaid and she's unable to conceive. Yet, only with her intelligence and determination, she manages to keep her marriage alive and masters the bloodsport that is the monarchy better than anyone else, ruling France for 50 years. Based on Leonie Frieda’s book 'Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France.'

Studio Lionsgate Television/3 Arts Entertainment

Team Justin Haythe (w, ep), Francis Lawrence (ep), Erwin Stoff (ep), Stacie Passon (d)

Cast Samantha Morton, Amrita Acharia, Enzo Cilenti, Barry Atsma, Nicholas Burns, Danny Kirrane, Raza Jeffrey, Sennia Nanua, Beth Goddard, Charles Dance (recurring), Ludivine Sagnier (recurring), Liv Hill (recurring), Kiruna Stamell (recurring), Colm Meaney (recurring), Alex Heath (recurring)

Comedy

BLINDSPOTTING (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Ashley was nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles, her partner of 12 years and father of their son, suddenly is incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she’s forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister. Inspired by the 2018 movie.

Studio Lionsgate Television

Team Rafael Casal (w, d, ep, sr), Daveed Diggs (ep), Jess Wu Calder (ep), Keith Calder (ep), Emily Gerson Saines (ep), Ken Lee (ep), Tim Pale (ep), Seith Mann (d, ep)

Cast Jasmine Cephas Jones, Benjamin Earl Turner, Atticus Woodward, Jaylen Barron, Candace Nicholas-Lippman, Justin Chu Cary, Helen Hunt, Rafael Casal (recurring)

EAST WING (Ordered straight to series)

The story of Hollis Carlisle, a hostess extraordinaire who juggles her threatened husband, rebellious children, Nancy Reagan's Chief of Staff and a crippling social anxiety disorder. Draws from the experiences of Ali Wentworth’s mother, who served as Social Secretary in the White House during Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980s.

Studio Lionsgate Television

Team Ali Wentworth (w, ep), Liz Tuccillo (ep), Debra Messing (ep), Howard Klein (ep), Molly Madden (ep)

Cast Debra Messing, Ali Wentworth (recurring)

PARTY DOWN (Ordered straight to series)

Revival of the 2009 Starz series follows a Los Angeles catering team – a sextet of Hollywood wannabes stuck working for tips while hoping for their “big break.” Each episode finds the hapless catering team working a new event – and inevitably getting tangled up with the colorful guests and their absurd lives.

Studio Lionsgate Television

Team John Enbom (ep, sr), Rob Thomas (ep), Paul Rudd (ep), Dan Etheridge (ep), Adam Scott (ep)

Cast Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, Megan Mullally

RUN THE WORLD (Picked up to series)

Follows four black, vibrant, fiercely loyal best friends who work, live and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination. An unapologetically female show about friendship and not only surviving — but thriving together.

Studio Lionsgate TV/SisterLee Productions

Team Leigh Cavenport (w, ep), Yvette Lee Bowser (ep), Millicent Shelton (d)

Cast Amber Stevens West, Bresha Webb, Corbin Reid, Andrea Bordeaux, Stephen Bishop, Tosin Morohunfola, Erica Alexander (recurring)

SHINING VALE (Picked up to series, eight episodes; single camera; originally set up at Showtime)

A dysfunctional family moves from the city to a small town and into a house in which terrible atrocities have taken place. But no one seems to notice except for Pat, the mom, who’s convinced she’s either depressed or possessed — turns out, the symptoms are exactly the same. Everyone has their demons, but are Pat’s real?

Studio Lionsgate/Warner Bros. Television/Kapital Entertainment

Team Jeff Astrof (w, ep), Sharon Horgan (ep), Clelia Mountford (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep)

Cast Courteney Cox, Greg Kinnear, Mira Sorvino, Gus Birney, Dylan Gage, Merrin Dungey, Judith Light

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