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

2020-21 Syfy Pilots & Series Orders

2020-21 Syfy Pilots & Series Orders

2 Pilots
7 Series Orders


THE ARK (Ordered straight to series; 12 episodes)

Set 100 years in the future when planetary colonization missions have begun as a necessity to help secure the survival of the human race. The first of these missions on a spacecraft known as Ark One encounters a catastrophic event causing massive destruction and loss of life. With more than a year left to go before reaching their target planet, a lack of life-sustaining supplies and loss of leadership, the remaining crew must become the best versions of themselves to stay on course and survive.

Studio Electric Entertainment/Balkanic Media

Team Dean Devlin (w, ep, sr), Jonathan Glassner (w, ep, sr), Marc Roskin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson (ep), Jonathan English (ep)

CHUCKY (Ordered straight to series)

After a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies — and allies — from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins.

Studio Universal Content Productions/Eat the Cat

Team Don Mancini (w, ep, d), David Kirschner (ep), Nick Antosca (ep), Harley Peyton (ep)

Cast Jennifer Tilly, Devon Sawa, Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Björgvin Arnarson

DAY OF THE DEAD (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Six strangers try to survive the first 24 hours of an undead invasion, reminding us that sometimes all it takes to bring people together is a horde of hungry zombies trying to rip them apart. Based on the 1985 movie by George A. Romero.

Studio Cartel Entertainment/HiTide Studios

Team Jed Elinoff ()w, ep, srs), Scott Thomas (w, ep, sr), Stan Spry (ep), Jeff Holland (ep), Drew Brown (ep), Robert Dudelson (ep), James Dudelson (ep), Jordan Kizwani (ep)

Cast Keenan Tracey, Daniel Dohen, Natalie Malaika, Morgan Holmstrom, Kristy Dinsmore

THE SURREALTOR (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Realtor Nick Roman and an elite team of specialists handle the cases that no one else can: haunted and possessed houses that literally scare would-be buyers away. Researching, investigating and "fixing:" the things that go bump in the night, the team works to create closure — and closings — even as they struggle with demons of their own.

Studio Blue Ice Pictures

Team Lance Samuels (ep), Daniel Iron (ep), George Olson (ep, sr), Danishka Esterhazy (d, ep)

Cast TBA


DR. HAVOC’S DIARY (Animated; ordered straight to series)

A mid-level supervillain having a mid-life crisis battles secret agents, superheroes and his wife.

Studio New Form

Team TBA

Cast TBA

MAGICAL GIRL FRIENDSHIP SQUAD (Animated; ordered straight to series; six episodes)

Shortform anime about two young women who are destined to save the Universe -- as soon as they figure out how to pay their rent.

Studio Cartuna

Team Kelsey Stephanides (w, ep), James Belfer (ep), Adam Belfer (ep), Max Benato (ep)

Cast Quinta Brunson, Anna Akana, Ana Gasteyer, Matteo Lane, Christine Baranski (recurring), Manny Jacinto (recurring), Helen Hong recurring), Eric Bauza (recurring) and Sarah “Squirm” Sherman (recurring)

PLUTONIANS (Animated; working title)

The Interplanetary Federation has conferred and it’s official: Pluto is no longer a planet. The Plutonians are now determined to rebrand their image and prove themselves to the other planetary beings of the solar system – with the exception of Earth, who are notorious bullies and can’t find out about alien life. Episodes run 15 minutes.

Studio Brave Media/Yeti Farm

Team TBA

Cast TBA

PSYCHO PSALMS (Stop-motion animated)

Follows 1940s D-list cartoon character Timecrow and his misfit costars as they attempt to navigate our postmodern internet hellscape after being yanked through a portal to our present day. Episodes run 15 minutes.

Studio Open the Portal/Tractor Pants

Team Jacob Robinson (ep)

Cast TBA

WILD LIFE (Animated; picked up to series)

Follows animal friends just trying to stay alive after the apocalypse. Together, they come up with elaborate schemes to entertain themselves and pretty much just keep from going insane.

Studio Valparaiso Pictures/Octopie

Team Adam Davies (ep), Alex Plapinger (ep), Dylan Dawson (ep)

Cast Natalie Palamides, Baron Vaughn, Reggie Watts, John Paul Reynolds, Claudia O’Doherty, SkittLeZ Ortiz

THE POLE (Animated shortform; picked up to series)

After a scandal involving “Saint” Nick rocks the holly jolly foundations of the North Pole, all hell breaks loose as the future of Christmas turns into a twisted power struggle for the Red Suit. As Nick, the 20th to wear the Suit, struggles with the age-old question of naughty vs. nice, his wife Mrs. Claus aka Gretchen works to keep the political machine that is toy production afloat.

Studio Yeti Farm Creative

Team Matthew Bass (w, ep, sr), Theodore Bressman (w, ep, sr), Mark Gordon (ep), Frank Saperstein (ep), Jay Surridge (ep)

Cast Bobby Moynihan, Jillian Bell, Nicole Byer, SungWon Cho (recurring), Colin Jost (recurring), Tim Simons (recurring), Sasheer Zamata (recurring)



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