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


2021 Fox Pilots & Series Orders

12 Pilots
9 Series Orders


ACCUSED (Ordered straight to series)

Each episode opens in a courtroom with the accused without knowing their crime or how they ended up on trial. It follows how an ordinary person got caught up in an extraordinary situation, ultimately revealing how one wrong turn leads to another, until it’s too late to turn back. Based on the BBC series.

Studio Sony Pictures Television/Fox Entertainment

Team Howard Gordon (w, ep), Alex Gansa (w, ep), David Shore (w, ep), Glenn Geller (ep), Erin Gunn (ep), Jacob Cohen-Holmes (ep), Jimmy McGovern (ep), Sita Williams (ep), Roxy Spencer (ep). Marlee Matlin (d), Billy Porter (d)

Cast Michael Chiklis, Marlee Matlin, Jill Hennessy, Oakes Fegley, Robert Wisdom, Whitney Cummings (guest)

THE BIG LEAP (Picked up to series; 10 episodes)

FKA Big Leap

Contemporary tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. The show revolves around a group of diverse underdogs from all different walks of life who compete to be part of a competition reality series that is putting on a modern, hip remake of Swan Lake. What they lack in the traditional dancer body type, they make up for with their edge, wit and desire to reimagine an iconic story to fit their own mold. Inspired by the UK series 'Big Ballet.'

Studio 20th Century Fox Television/Fox Entertainment

Team Liz Heldens (w, ep), Sue Naegle (ep), Peter Dale (ep), Jason Winer (d, ep)

Cast Scott Foley, Teri Polo, Piper Perabo, Ser'Darius Blain, Anna Grace Barlow, Jon Rudnitsky, Simone Rescasner, Raymond Cham Jr., Kevin Daniels, Mallory Jansen

BLOOD RELATIVE (Not going forward)

Genetic genealogy is the best new tool in crime-scene forensics, and nobody knows it like Louise Kelly. Too bad she’s impossible to deal with. Based on James Renner’s 2018 article “Beyond the Jungle of Bad: The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries,”

Studio Paramount Television Studios/Anonymous Content,/Fox Entertainment

Team Chris Levinson (w, ep), James Renner (w, ep), Liza Chasin (ep), Phillip Noyce (d, ep)

Cast Melissa Leo, Tate Donovan, Dascha Polanco, Tyrone Marshall Brown, Dawnn Lewis, Jude Elizabeth Mayer

THE CLEANING LADY (Picked up to series)

A whip-smart doctor comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for the mob and starts playing the game by her own rules. Based on the Argentine series 'La Chica que Limpia.'

Studio Warner Bros Television/Fox Entertainment

Team Miranda Kwok (w, ep), Melissa Carter (ep, sr), Michael Offer (d, ep), Shay Mitchell (ep), Rose Marie Vega (ep), Paola Suarez (ep)

Cast Élodie Yung, Oliver Hudson, Ginger Gonzaga, Adan Canto, Erik Valdez

FANTASY ISLAND (Ordered straight to series for summer)

Modern semi-anthology delves into the “what if” questions, both big and small, that keep us awake at night. Each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who walk in with a desire but end up reborn to themselves through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.

Studio Sony Pictures TV/Gemstone Studios/Fox Entertainment

Team Liz Craft (w, ep), Sarah Fain (w, ep)

Cast Kiara Barnes, John Gabriel Rodriguez (recurring)

THE LAST POLICE (Not going forward)

Follows a small-town police detective who, as an asteroid races toward an apocalyptic collision with Earth, believes she’s been chosen to save humanity. Meanwhile, her cynical partner can’t decide what he’ll enjoy more: her delusional failure or the end of the world itself. Based on Ben Winters' novel 'The Last Policeman.'

Studio Fox Entertainment/20th Television

Team Kyle Killen (w, d, ep), Ben Winters (ep), Scott Pennington (ep)

Cast Blu Hunt, Reno Wilson, Maximiliano Hernandez, Dawnn Lewis, Derek Phillips, Courtney Dietz, Troy Kotsur

MONARCH (Ordered straight to series)

FKA Untitled Country Music Dynasty

Multigenerational musical drama about America's first family of country music. The Romans are fiercely talented, but while their name is synonymous with honesty, the very foundation of their success is a lie. When their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, Nicky Roman, the heir to the crown -- already battling an industry stacked against her -- will stop at nothing to protect her family's legacy.

Studio Fox Entertainment

Team Melissa London Hilfers (w, ep), Jon Harmon Feldman (ep, sr), Gail Berman (ep), Hend Baghdady (ep), Jason Owen (ep)

Cast Susan Sarandon, Albie Roman, Anna Friel, Trace Adkins, Beth Ditto, Josh Sasse, Meagan Holder, Martha Higareda, Emma Milani, Adam Croasdell (recurring), Callum Kerr (recurring), Kevin Cahoom (recurring)

OUR KIND OF PEOPLE (Picked up to series)

Single mom Angela Vaughn risks it all and moves her family to Martha’s Vineyard with hopes of taking her natural hair care line to the next level by infiltrating the African-American elite in Oak Bluffs. But she soon discovers a secret about her past that just might change her position and shake up her life and this influential community forever. Inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s book 'Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class'

Studio 20th Century TV/Fox Entertainment

Team Karin Gist (W, ep), Lee Daniels (ep), Marc Velez (ep), Clarie Brown (ep), Pam Williams (ep), Ben Silverman (ep), Howard T. Owens (ep), Rodney Ferrell (ep), Montrel McKay (ep), Tasha Smith (d)

Cast Yaya DeCosta, Morris Chestnut, Alana Bright, Nadine Ellis


After failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret with her, Stella Cooper returns to her distressed automotive hometown to substitute teach. She finds inspiration, hope and ultimately salvation when she agrees to help three students who are pursuing their filmmaking dreams by putting on an impossibly ambitious shot-for-shot remake of one of the student’s favorite movies: The Goonies. Over the course of the season, their passion will inspire a town in desperate need of hope in this love letter to the power of cinema, storytelling and dreams.

Studio Warner Bros Television/SideCar Content Accelerator/Amblin TV

Team Sarah Watson (w, ep), Gail Berman (ep), Richard Donner (ep), Justin Falvey (ep), Darryl Frank (ep), Greg Moittola (d, ep)

Cast Ramon Rodriguez


THIS COUNTRY (Picked up to series)

A documentary crew follows cousins Kelly and Shrub Mallet as they go about their daily lives in idiosyncratic surroundings.

Studio Lionsgate/BBC Studios/Fox Entertainment/Feigco Entertainment

Team Jenny Bicks (w, ep), Paul Feig (w, ep), Daisy May Cooper (ep), Charlie Cooper (ep), Angie Stephenson (ep), Dan Magnante (co-ep), Cathy Mason (p), Rachel Mason (p)

Cast Chelsea Holmes, Sam Straley, Seann William Scott, Aya Cash, Taylor Ortega, Justin Linville, Krystal Smith

KRAPOPOLIS (Ordered straight to series; animated)

Set in mythical ancient Greece, it follows a flawed family of humans, gods and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing one another.


Team Dan Harmon (w, ep), Jordan Young (w, ep, sr)

Cast Hannah Waddingham, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Pam Murphy, Duncan Trussell

PIVOTING (Picked up to series; single camera)

Follows three women after the death of their childhood best friend. Faced with the reality that life is short, in desperate attempts to find happiness, they make a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions, strengthening their bond proving it’s never too late to screw up your life.

Studio Warner Bros. Television/Fox Entertainment/Kapital Entertainment

Team Liz Astrof (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Tristram Shapeero (d, ep)

Cast Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin, Maggie Q, Tommy Dewey, JT Neal, Julian Reyes



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