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

2020 The CW Pilots & Series Orders

2020 The CW Pilots & Series Orders

4 Pilots
4 Series Orders


KUNG FU (Picked up to series)

A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice -- all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her. Inspired by the 1972-75 ABC series.

Studio Quinn’s House/Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Television

Team Christina M. Kim (w, ep), Martin Gero; Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter

Cast Tzi Ma, Kheng Nua Tan, Jon Prasida, Shannon Dang, Eddie Liu, Tony Chung


When a mother and her Gen Z sons move to the seaside town where she grew up, they discover there’s a sinister reason the local cool kids sleep all day, party all night, never grow up and never get old. Family bonds are tested as the brothers find themselves on opposite sides of a mythological struggle. Based on the 1987 movie.

Studio Warner Bros. Television

Team Heather Mitchell (w, ep), Rob Thomas (w, ep), Marcos Siega (d, ep), Rob Thomas (ep), Dan Etheridge (ep), Mike Karz (ep), Bill Bindley (ep), Rebecca Franko (p), Juliana Janes (p)

Cast Branden Cook, Lincoln Younes, Ruby Cruz, Rochelle Aytes


In a present-day America that finds itself under authoritarian rule, the president’s daughter – raised to believe her father is moral and benevolent – has her worldview rocked on her first day at Georgetown. Challenged by her fellow students, and under the watchful eye of Secret Service agents, she’ll have to decide if her loyalties lie with her family or with a growing resistance as she navigates her freshman year.

Studio CBS Television Studios/Fake Empire

Team Merigan Mulhern (w, co-ep), Josh Schwartz (ep), Stephanie Savage (ep), Warren Hsu Leonard (ep), Lis Rowinski (co-ep), Larry Teng (d)

Cast Reina Hardesty, Nandy Martin, Zainne Saleh, Christopher Meyer, Zayne Emory, Mark Moses, Pete Ploszek

PAINKILLER (Not going forward)

Planted spinoff from 'Black Lightning' features Khalil Payne, a man ridden with the guilt of his troubled past from his former life in Freeland City. Tere, as a super-enhanced killing machine known as Painkiller, he was both a member of Tobias Whale’s gang and a weapon of Agent Odell and the shadowy ASA.

Studio Warner Bros Television

Team Salim Akil (w, d, ep)

Cast Jordan Calloway

THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH (Picked up to series)

Faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence. Now Sarah must lead a young group of misfits as they attempt to start their own country from scratch.

Studio CBS Television Studios

Team Jeffrey Paul King (w, ep), Marc Webb (ep), Mark Martin (ep), Jeff Grosvenor (ep), Leo Pearlman (ep), Kat Candler (d, ep)

Cast Stella Baker, Luke Mitchell, Izabella Alvarez, Nia Holloway, Hope Lauren, Landry Bender, Ian Duff, Forrest Goodluck

SUPERMAN & LOIS (Ordered straight to series)

Revolves around the world’s most famous superhero and comic books’ most famous journalist as they deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society. Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Television

Team Todd Helbing (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Geoff Johns (ep)

Cast Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Jordan Elsass, Alexander Garfin, Dylan Walsh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Wolé Parks, Inde Navarrette

UNTITLED ARROW SPINOFF (Backdoor pilot in 'Arrow')

Female-fronted 'Arrow' spinoff focuses on Mia Smoak/Green Arrow and the Canaries: Laurel Lance and Dinah Drake. It’s the year 2040 in Star City, and Mia Queen has everything she could have ever wanted. However, when Laurel and Dinah suddenly show up in her life again, things take a shocking turn and her perfect world is upended. Laurel and Dinah are tracking a kidnapping victim with direct ties to Mia and they need her help. Knowing it will change everything, Mia can’t help but be a hero, and she, Laurel and Dinah suit up once again to save the city.”

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros Television

Team Beth Schwartz (w, ep), Marc Guggenheim (w, ep), Jill Blankenship (w, ep), Oscar Balderrama (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep)

UNTITLED THE 100 PREQUEL (Backdoor pilot in 'The 100')

Set 97 years before the events of the original series, it starts with the end of the world -- a nuclear apocalypse that wipes out most of the human population on Earth -- and follows a band of survivors on the ground as they learn to cope in a dangerous world while fighting to create a new and better society from the ashes of what came before.

Studio Alloy Entertainment/Warner Bros. TV/CBS Television Studios

Team Jason Rothenberg (w, ep), Leslie Morgenstein (ep), Gina Girolamo (ep),

Cast Iola Evans, Adain Bradley, Leo Howard

WALKER (Ordered straight to series)

Reimagining of the 1993-2001 series 'Walker, Texas Ranger', it follows Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two with his own moral code. He returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He’ll attempt to reconnect with his children, navigate clashes with his family, and find unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history), while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death.

Studio CBS Television Studios/Rideback.

Team Anna Fricke (w, ep), Dan Lin (ep), Lindsay Liberatore (ep), Jared Padalecki (ep)

Cast Jared Padalecki, Lindsey Morgan, Keegan Allen, Mitch Peliggi, Molly Hagan, Genevieve Padalecki (recurring), Alex Landi (recurring)



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