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


2021 ABC Pilots & Series Orders

2 Pilots
7 Series Orders


ACTS OF CRIME (Not going forward)

Details under wraps. Described as a unique spin on the crime procedural.

Studio UCP/ABC Signature

Team Sam Esmail (w, d, ep), Chad Hamilton (ep)

Cast Candace Grace, Josiah Cross, Peter Mark Kendall, Molly Price

DARK HORSE (Not going forward)

Follows an Indigenous woman who is thrust into the national limelight after a horrific event and is handpicked by the political authorities to become a state senator. Based on the Australian series 'Total Control.'

Studio Universal Television/ABC Signature

Team William Garroutte (w, ep), Jessica Goldberg (ep, sr), Peter Traugott (ep), Avi Nir (ep), Alon Shtruzman (ep), Darren Dale (ep), Miranda Dear (ep), Rachel Griffiths (ep)

Cast TBA

EPIC (Not going forward)

Romantic anthology series that reinvents fairy tales for a new audience.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Brigitte Hales (w, ep), Adam Horowitz (ep), Edward Kitsis (ep), (James Grifiths (d, ep)

Cast Brittany O'Grady, Eleanor Fanyinka, Sarah Hyland

NATIONAL PARKS (Not going forward; being retooled for 2022)

FKA National Parks Service; ISB

Follows the elite special agents of the Investigative Services Branch who are tasked with solving the most complex and heinous crimes committed within the diverse and majestic National Parks of the ISB’s Pacific West region.

Studio A+E Studios/20th Television/Territory Pictures Entertainment

Team Kevin, Costner (w, ep), Aaron Helbing (w, ep, sr), Jon Baird (w, ep) Rod Lake (ep), Ivan Cohen (ep), Ken Halsband (ep), Barry Jossen (ep), Tana Jamieson (ep)

Cast Billy Cambell, Angel Parker, Gerardo Celasco, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, Blu Hunt, Tiffany Dupont, Guillermo Diaz


The venerable law firm of McKenzie Brackman reinvents itself as a litigation firm specializing in only the most high profile, boundary pushing and incendiary cases. Blair Underwood reprises his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins, who has gone from idealistic to more conservative as he clashes with millennial JJ Freeman to decide the best path forward for the firm to effect political and legal change.

Studio 20th Television

Team Marc Guggenheim (w, ep), Ubah Mohamed (w, ep), Anthony Hemingway (d, ep), Dayna Bochco (ep), Jesse Bochco (ep), Blair Underwood (ep)

Cast Blair Underwood, Corbin Bernsen, Toks Olagundoye, Hari Nef, Ian Duff

PROMISED LAND (Picked up to series)

FKA American Heritage

Generation-spanning drama about two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Matt Lopez (w, ep), Adam Kolbrenner (ep), Michael Cuesta (d, ep), Maggie Molina (ep)

Cast Christina Ochoa, John Ortiz, Cecilia Suárez, Augusto Aguilera, Mariel Molino, Tonatiuh, Andres Velez, Katya Martín, Rolando Chusan, Bellamy Young

QUEENS (Picked up to series)

Estranged and out of touch, four women in their 40s reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had as the Nasty Bitches – their ’90s group that made them legends in the hip-hop world.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Zahir McGhee (w, ep), Sabrina Wind (ep), Tim Story (d, ep)

Cast Eve, Naturi Naughton, Brandy, Nadine Velazquez, Pepi Sonuga

TRIAGE (Not going forward; second cycle order)

Follows pioneering surgeon Finley Briar over three distinct decades at the same hospital. With the evolution of medicine as the backdrop, the show explores the interconnected careers, friendships and romances of Finley and her colleagues, and their tenuous relationship with time.

Studio 20th Century Fox TV

Team David Cornue. (w, ep), Erica Messer (ep, sr), Jon M. Chu (d, ep), Caitlin Foito (ep), Steven Marrs (ep), Courtney Hazlett (ep)

Cast Parisa Fitz-Henley, Michael Ealy, Andrew Richardson, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Gabriel Sloyer, Kathleen Robertson


A star journalist moves to Alaska for a fresh start after a career-killing misstep and finds redemption personally and professionally joining a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage.

Studio 20th Television

Team Tom McCarthy (w, d, ep), Bert Salke (ep), Hilary Swank (ep), Melissa Wells (ep), Ryan Binkley (ep), Kyle Hopkins (ep)

Cast Hilary Swank

WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT (Ordered straight to limited series; six episodes)

Centers on Mamie Till-Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son Emmett Till. Inspired by the book 'Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement' by Devery S. Anderson.

Studio Kapital Entertainment

Team Marissa Jo Cerar (w, ep, sr), Jay-Z (ep), Jay Brown (ep), Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith (ep), Will Smith (ep), James Lassiter (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Michael Lohmann (ep), Gina Prince-Bythewood (d, ep), Rosanna Grace (ep), Alex Foster (ep), John Powers Middleton (ep), David Clark (ep), Tina Mabry (d), Julie Dash (d), Kasi Lemmons (d)

Cast Adrienne Warren, Tonya Pinkins, Cedric Joe, Glynn Turman, Ray Fisher, Chris Coy, Julia McDermott, Carter Jenkins, Joshua Caleb, Leslie Silva, Chris Butler, Alex Désert, Miles Fowler, Tongayi Chirisa, Jason Turner, Daniel Abeles, Timothy Hutton


ADOPTED (Not going forward)

When a Green Beret returns home to Texas from military service, he and his family struggle with the challenges of adopting his new brother, a 12-year-old Russian boy. Based on a true story.

Studio ABC Studios

Team Shawn Vance w, ep), Daril Fannin (w, ep), Jimmy Kimmel (co-w, ep), Scott Lonker (ep)

Cast Shawn Vance, Bruce Campbell, Wendie Malick, Maxin Swinton, Tate moore, Sofia Pernas, Reyn Dol

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (Picked up to series; single camera)

FKA Harrity Elementary

A group of teachers is brought together in one of the worst public schools in the country, simply because they love teaching. They will rely on one another to make it through the day and find a way to counteract the school district’s bullsh*t attitude toward educating children.

Studio Warner Bros TV/20th Television

Team Quinta Brunson (w, ep), Justin Halpern (ep), Patrick Schumacker (ep), Randall Einhorn (d)

Cast Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti, Sheryl Lee Ralph

BLACK DON'T CRACK (Not going forward; multi-camera)

FKA Untitled Regina Hicks

Three former sorority sisters who lost touch after college reunite during a pivotal point in their lives. They realize sometimes it’s OK to crack -- and when you do, no one will be there for you like your friends.

Studio 20th Television

Team Regina Hicks (w, ep), Kelly Park (d, ep) Viola Davis (ep), Julius Tennon (ep), Larry Wilmore (ep), Sherri Shepherd (p), Kelly Parker (d)

Cast Sherri Shepherd, Essence Atkins, Tisha Campbell, Isaiah Mustafa, Tahj Mowry, Beth Grant

BUCKTOWN (Not going forward; multi-camera)

After being dumped by her boyfriend and kicked out of her apartment on the eve of a big promotion, Amy finds refuge at her mom’s house in the blue-collar neighborhood where she grew up. Amy also finds her teenage niece living there due to her sister’s latest rehab stint, and resolves to stay when she realizes that her mom and niece aren’t quite equipped to go it alone.

Studio ABC Signature

Team Emily Wilson (w, ep), Tom Werner (ep), Sara Gilbert (ep), Marc Provissiero (ep), Mandy Summers (ep), Betsy Thomas (d, ep)

Cast Shannon Woodward, Jane Lynch, Nicole Richie, Erik Griffin, Annie Gonzalez, Sofia Capanna

BOSSY (Not going forward)

FKA Kids Matter Now

A diva boss with no patience for working parents adopts a baby and has a change of heart, casting her mother-of-three assistant as an unlikely mentor and upending the office dynamics.

Studio CBS Television Studios/20th Century Fox TV

Team Shana Goldberg-Meehan (w, ep), Christine Gernon (d, ep)

Cast Lucy Liu


Follows comic Jo Koy as a recently divorced Filipino-American nurse attempting to navigate dating, fatherhood and a very Filipino mother who loves to “help.”

Studio 20th Television

Team Steve Joe (w, ep), Kourtney Kang (ep), Jake Kasdan (ep), Melvin Mar (ep), Randall Park (ep), Michael Golamco (ep), Hieu Ho (ep), Jo Koy (ep), Joe Meloche (ep)

Cast Jo Koy

THE SON IN LAW (single camera)

A salt-of-the-earth man finds himself seeking the approval of his new fiancée’s sophisticated parents, even as he is a difficult-to-impress father-in-law to his daughter’s longtime boyfriend.

Studio 20th Television/The Detective Agency

Team Ajay Sahgal (w, ep), Jake Kasdan (ep), Melvin Mar (ep)

Cast TBA

UNTITLED ALEC BALDWIN/KELSEY GRAMMER (Not going forward after being ordered straight to series)

Three men, who were roommates in their 20s until their warring egos drove them apart, reunite decades later for one more run at the lives they’ve always wanted.

Studio 20th Television

Team Chris Lloyd (w, ep), Vali Chandrasekaran (w, ep), Alec Baldwin (ep), Kelsey Grammer (ep), Jason Schrift (ep), Matt DelPiano (ep), Tom Russo (ep), Adam Griffin (ep), Jeff Morton (ep), James Burrows (d)

Cast Kelsey Grammer, Alec Baldwin, Alec Mapa

THE WONDER YEARS (Picked up to series; single camera)

How a black middle-class family in Montgomery, AL, in the turbulent late 1960s made sure it was the Wonder Years for them too. Reboot of the 1988-93 ABC series.

Studio 20th Television

Team Saladin Patterson (w, ep), Fred Savage (d, ep), Lee Daniels (ep), Marc Velez (ep)

Cast Elisha “EJ” Williams, Saycon Sengbloh, Dulé Hill, Laura Kariuki, Milan Ray, Julian Lerner, Amari O'Neil, Allen Maldonado (recurring), Don Cheadle (narrator)

WORK WIFE (Not going forward)

The story of a platonic male/female team whose professional success, personal friendship and ability to share deodorant makes their lives work. Set in the world of real estate, Dani and Scott have taken the leap to start their own team. Now feeling the stress of being the boss, they have to rely on the yin-yang of their dynamic more than ever to keep their professional and personal lives afloat. Inspired by the real-life partnerships of producers Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest and writers Casey Johnson and David Windsor.

Studio ABC Signature/Milojo Productions/Ryan Seacrest Productions

Team David Windsor (w, ep), Casey Johnson (w, ep), Todd Holland (d, ep), Kelly Ripa (ep), Mark Consuelos (ep), Albert Bianchini (ep), Ryan Seacrest (ep), Nina Wass (ep), Andrea Shay (ep)

Cast Angelique Cabral, Tone Bell, Christopher Gorham, Annapurna Sriram, Matt Shively, Kelly Ripa (recurring)



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