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

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2020 Starz Pilots & Series Orders

1 Pilots
8 Series Orders


POWER BOOK V: FORCE (Ordered straight to series)

'Power' spinoff follows Tommy Egan as he relocated to Los Angeles.

Studio Lionsgate TV/G-Unit Films and Television

Team Courtney A. Kemp (ep), Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (ep)

Cast Joseph Sikora

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.


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

Cast TBA

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, Alison Luff, Alexander Ludwig, Kelli Berglund

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 (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)

Cast Mekai Curtis, Omar Epps, Patina Miller, London Brown, Malcolm Mays, Shanley Caswell, Toby Sandeman, Joey Bada$$

POWER BOOK IV: INFLUENCE (Ordered straight to series)

'Power' spinoff focuses on politician Rashad Tate's ruthless pursuit of power.

Studio Lionsgate TV/G-Unit Films and Television

Team Courtney A. Kemp (ep), Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (ep)

Cast Larenz Tate


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

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


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