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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
9 Series Orders

Drama

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)

BLACK MAFIA FAMILY (Ordered straight to series)

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 TBA

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 (co-ep), Amelia Gray (w), Alberto Roldán (w), Anayat Fakhraie (w), Uzoamaka Maduka (w), Sofya Levitsky-Weitz (w)

Cast Julia Roberts and Sean Penn

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 Robert Munic (ep, sr), 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

THE SERPENT QUEEN (Ordered straight to series)

Follows Catherine de Medici, an Italian noblewoman and queen consort of France who married to King Henry II and mother of kinds Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III. She had huge influence in France during the 16th Century. Based on Leonie Frieda’s book 'Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France.'

Studio Lionsgate Television/3 Arts Entertainment.

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

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)

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 (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 Kapital Entertainment

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

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

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