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

2021 NBC Pilots & Series Orders

2021 NBC Pilots & Series Orders

8 Pilots
6 Series Orders


AT THAT AGE (Rolled; in contention for pilot order)

An exploration of an African-American family’s legacy. After the Cooper family’s golden child suffers a catastrophic event, seven family members face a foundational shift, make life-altering decisions and deal with deep secrets coming to light.

Studio Universal Television/Blackmaled Productions

Team Carla Banks-Waddles (w, ep), Malcolm D. Lee (ep), Debra Martin Chase (ep)

Cast Emayatzy Corinealdi, Christian Keyes, Sinqua Walls

LA BREA (Ordered straight to series)

When a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home.

Studio Universal Television/Keshet Studios

Team David Appelbaum (w, ep), Avi Nir (ep), Alon Shtruzman (ep), Peter Traugott (ep), Rachel Kaplan (ep), Ken Woodruff (ep), Thor Freudenthal (d)

Cast Natalie Zea, Zyra Gorecki, Chiké Okonkwo, Eoin Macken, Jack Martin, Jon Seda, Lily Santiago, Veronica St. Clair, Nicholas Gonzalez, Rohan Mirchandaney, Josh McKenzie, Chloe De Los Santos

ECHO (Rolled; in contention for pilot order)

Procedural revolving around a team of investigators who solve the highest-profile crimes by sending our heroes into the past -- in the body of the victim. They assume the victim’s identity and must race against time to prevent the crime before it happens.

Studio Universal Television/Davis Entertainment

Team JJ Bailey (w, ep), John Davis (ep), John Fox (ep)

Cast Janina Gavankar, Wesam Keesh, Richard Brooks


A destination wedding at an isolated luxury resort quickly descends into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals takes the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless female army vet, will do everything they can to stay alive.

Studio Universal Television

Team JJ Bailey (w, ep), Moira Kirland (w, ep), John Davis (ep), John Fox (ep)

Cast TBA

ORDINARY JOE (Picked up to series)

Explores the three parallel lives of the show’s main character after he makes a pivotal choice at a crossroads in his life. The series asks the question of how different life might look if you made your decision based on love, loyalty or passion.

Studio 20th Television/Universal Television/6th & Idaho/3Arts

Team Russel Friend (W, ep), Garrett Lerner (w, ep), Matt Reeves (ep), Adam Kassan (ep), Rafi Crohn (ep), Howard Klein (ep), Adam Davidson (d, ep)

Cast James Wolk, Natalie Martinez, Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Lail

THE THING ABOUT PAM (Ordered straight to limited series)

Based on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria that resulted in her husband Russ’ conviction, though he insisted he did not kill her. His conviction later was overturned, but the brutal crime set off a chain of events that would expose a diabolical scheme deeply involving Pam Hupp.

Studio Blumhouse Television/NBC News Studios/Big Picture Company

Team Jessika Borsiczky (w, ep, sr), Renee Zellweger (ep), Carmella Casinelli (ep), Liz Cole (ep), Noah Oppenheim (ep), Jason Blum (ep), Chris McCumber (ep), Jeremy Gold (ep)

Cast Renee Zellweger


Two-hander featuring two women: a recently captured brilliant criminal mastermind who orchestrates a number of coordinated bank heists for a mysterious purpose, and the principled, relentless and socially outcast FBI agent who will stop at nothing to foil her ambitious plan.

Studio Universal Television

Team Nick Wootton (w, ep), Jake Coburn (w, ep), Julie Plec (ep), Emily Cummins (ep)

Cast TBA

JOE EXOTIC (Ordered straight to limited series; working title; also to air on USA Network & Peacock)

Carole Baskin, a big-cat enthusiast, learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past of her own, and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as her hypocrisy. The results prove dangerous. Based on the Wondery podcast.

Studio UCP

Team Etan Frankel (w, ep), Hernan Lopez (ep), Marshall Lewy (ep), Aaron Hart (ep)

Cast Kate McKinnon, John Cameron Mitchell


AMERICAN AUTO (Picked up to series; single camera)

Set at the headquarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit where a floundering group of executives try to rediscover the company identity amidst a rapidly changing industry.

Studio Universal Television

Team Justin Spitzer (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Jeff Blitz (d, ep)

Cast Ana Gasteyer, Jon Barinholtz, Harriet Dyer, Humphrey Ker, Michael B. Washington, Tye White, X Mayo

CRAZY FOR YOU (Rolled; in contention for pilot pickup; single camera)

With her life stalling, Daisy re-enters the dating scene only to discover that while she was out of the game, the game sort of, totally, completely changed. Realizing she is a bit rusty at being “normal” and “appealing” on first dates, she’ll need the support of her friends as she strives to succeed while being her true self in today’s quick-to-dismiss dating culture.

Studio Universal Television/Broadway Video/Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions

Team Rachele Lynn (w, co-ep), Lorne Michaels (ep), Seth Meyers (ep), Mike Shoemaker (ep)

Cast Shelley Hennig, Alice Lee, Tiana Okoye, Nick Cafero

GRAND CREW (Picked up to series; single camera)

FKA Untitled Phil Augusta Jackson/Dan Goor Comedy

A group of Black friends unpack the ups and downs of life and love at a wine bar.

Studio Universal Television

Team Phil Augusta Jackson w, ep), Dan Goor (ep, sr), Mo Marable (d, co-ep)

Cast Echo Kellum, Justin Cunningham, Carl Tart, Aaron Jennings, Nicole Byer

HUNGRY (Single camera)

Friends who belong to a food issues group help each other as they look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.

Studio Universal Television/Hazy Mills/SB Projects

Team Suzanne Martin (w, ep), Demi Lovato (ep), Sean Hayes (ep), Todd Milliner (ep), Scooter Braun (ep), Scott Manson (ep), James Shin (ep)

Cast Demi Lovato

JEFFERIES (Rolled; in contention for pilot pickup; multi-camera rolled to 2021)

Jim Jefferies plays a fictionalized version of himself – a comedian with a unique and often controversial take on modern life, relationships and co-parenting with his best friend.

Studio Universal Television/Hazy Mills/Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Team Jim Jefferies (w, ep), Suzanne Martin (w, ep), Sean Hayes (ep), Todd Milliner (ep), Tim Sarkes (ep), Alex Murray (ep)

Cast Jim Jefferies, Betsy Brandt, Darien Sills-Evans, Mike Lane, Anthony LaPaglia

SOMEONE OUT THERE (Retooled and picked up to pilot; single camera)

Two set-in-their-ways adults are challenged by very unexpected strangers to become the best versions of themselves in order to find love and possibly each other. Based on the Spanish series 'Pequeñas Coincidencias.'

Studio Universal Television

Team Matt Hubbard (w, ep), Josh Siegal (w, ep), Dylan Morgan (w, ep), Emiliano Calemzuk (ep), Javier Veiga (ep)

Cast TBA

TRUE STORY (Ordered straight to series; six episodes)

Hybrid comedy/unscripted show sees everyday Americans sit down with Ed Helms and Randall Park to share their most extraordinary and unbelievably true stories. The stories get heightened, dramatized re-enactments of cinematic proportions by a cast of top comedians and actors. Based on the Australian show 'True Story with Hamish & Andy.'

Studio Warner Horizon Unscripted Television

Team Tim Bartley (ep), Hamish Blake (ep), Andy Lee (ep), Ryan Shelton (ep), Ed Helms (ep), Mike Falbo (ep), Nicolle Yaron (ep, sr), Stephen Williams (d, ep), Hanelle Culpepper (d)

Cast Ed Helms, Randall Park, Tawny Newsome, Paul Adelstein, Will Catlett, Chris Diamantopoulos, Billy Zane, Lauren London, Ash Santos, John Ales



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