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


2020-21 Paramount+ Pilots & Series Orders

18 Pilots
16 Series Orders


FATAL ATTRACTION (Ordered straight to series)

Explores fatal attraction and the timeless themes of marriage and infidelity through the lens of modern attitudes towards strong women, personality disorders and coercive control. Based on the 1987 movie.

Studio Paramount Television Studios/Amblin Television

Team Alexandra Cunningham (w, ep, sr), Kevin J. Hynes (ep), Darryl Frank (ep), Justin Falvey (ep), Silver Tree (d, ep)

Cast Lizzy Caplan, Joshua Jackson

1883 (Ordered straight to series)

FKA Y: 1883

'Yellowstone' prequel follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land: Montana.

Studio MTV Entertainment Studios

Team Taylor Sheridan (w, ep), John Linson (ep), Art Linson (ep), David Glasser (ep), Ron Burkle (ep), Bob Yari (ep)

Cast Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Billy Bob Thornton, LaMonica Garrett, Audie Rick, Marc Rissmann, Eric Nelsen, James Landry Hébert, Dawn Olivieri (Bright), Emma Malouff (American Crime Story), Alex Fine, Gratiela Brancusi, Anna Fiamora, Nichole Galicia, Stephanie Nur, Amanda Jaros, Noah Le Gros, Martin Sensmeier

THE GAME (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Reboot of the 2006-15 CW/BET series relocates from San Diego to Las Vegas as new players offer a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football. The team will tackle racism, sexism, classism and more as they fight for fame, fortune, respect and love — all while trying to maintain their souls.

Studio CBS Studios/Akil Productions/Grammnet NH Productions.

Team Devon Greggory (w, ep, sr), Mara Brock Akil (ep), Salim Akil (ep), Kelsey Grammer (ep), Tom Russo (ep)

Cast Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Adriyan Rae, Vaughn Hebron, Analisa Velez, Brittany Daniel, Pooch Hall

HALO (Ordered straight to series; nine episodes; moved from Showtime)

Follows an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Based on Xbox video game franchise.

Studio Showtime/Amblin Television/343 Industries

Team Kyle Killen (w, ep, sr), Rupert Wyatt (d, ep), Scott Pennington (ep), Steven Spielberg (ep), Justin Falvey (ep), Darryl Frank (ep), Steven Kane (ep), Otto Gathurst (d, ep), Toby Leslie (ep), Kyle Killen (ep), Scott Pennington (ep), Kiki Wolfkill (ep), Frank O’Connor (ep), Bonnie Ross (ep)

Cast Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Jen Taylor, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy, Charlie Murphy, Danny Sapani.

HAPPY FACE (Ordered straight to series)

At age 15, Melissa Jesperson-Moore discovered that her father, whom she loved dearly, was the prolific serial killer known as “Happy Face.” As an adult, Melissa changed her name, guarded her secret, and cut off all ties to her father, who is serving life in prison. The father contacts her to take credit for another victim, and Melissa gets pulled into an extraordinary investigation of her father and his crimes. She discovers the impact her father’s crimes had on the families of his victims, which ultimately leads to a reckoning of her own identity. Inspired by the book 'Shattered Silence' by Jesperson-Moore and M. Bridget Cook.

Studio CBS Studios/King Size Productions/iHeartMedia

Team Robert King (w, ep), Michelle King (w, ep)

MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN (Ordered straight to series)

Set in a small Michigan town where the only industry remaining is federal, state and private prisons, the story follows the McClusky family, the power brokers between the police, criminals, inmates, prison guards and politicians, in a city completely dependent on prisons and the prisoners they contain. It is a stark and brutal look at the business of incarceration.

Studio 101 Studios/MTV Studios/Bosque Ranch Productions

Team Taylor Sheridan (ep), Hugh Dillon (ep), David Glasser (ep), Antoine Fuqua (ep), Jeremy Renner (ep), Ron Burkle (ep), Bob Yari (ep), Michael Friedman (ep)

Cast Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest, Emma Laird, Derek Webster, Taylor Handley, Kyle Chandler

THE OFFER (Ordered straight to limited series; 10 episodes)

Follows Oscar-winning producer Al Ruddy’s never-revealed experiences in making 'The Godfather.' He was one of the key figures behind the production, along with Francis Ford Coppola, Bob Evans and Mario Puzo.

Studio Paramount TV Studios

Team Michael Tolkin (w, ep), Al Ruddy (ep), Nikki Toscano (ep), Leslie Greif (ep)

Cast Miles Teller, Matthew Goode, Giovanni Ribisi, Colin Hanks, Dan Fogler, June Temple, Patrick Gallo, Josh Zuckerman, Meredith Garretson, Nora Arnezeder, Paul McCrane, Anthony Skordi, Jake Cannavale, James Madio, Michael Rispoli, Stephanie Koenig, Lou Ferrigno, Frank John Hughes, Danny Nucci, Anthony Ippolito, Eric Balfour, Justin Chambers (recurring)

SKYMED (Ordered straight to series)

Julie Puckrin (w, ep), Vanessa Piazza (ep), Ron Murphy (ep), Gillian Hormel (ep), Kyle Irving (ep), Lisa Meeches (ep), Steve Adelson (d), Jennica Harper (co-ep), Nikolijne Troubetzkoy (co-ep)

Studio Piazza Entertainment

Team Follows the triumphs, heartbreaks and tribulations of budding nurses and pilots flying air ambulances in remote Northern Canada. They’re all in over their heads, and on their own, with no one to rely on but each other.

Cast Natasha Calis, Ace (Aason) Nadjiwan, Morgan Holmstrom, Praneet Akilla, Thomas Elms, Mercedes Morris, Kheon Clarke, Rebecca Kwan, Braeden Clarke, Aaron Ashmore

STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS (Ordered straight to series)

Based on the years Captain Christopher Pike manned the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise, the series will follow Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One as they explore new worlds around the galaxy in the decade before Captain Kirk boarded the Enterprise.

Studio CBS Television Studios/Secret Hideout/Roddenberry Entertainment

Team Akiva Goldsman (w, ep), Alex Kurtzman (ep), Jenny Lumet (ep), Henry Alonso Myers (ep), Heather Kadin (ep), Rod Roddenberry (ep), Trevor Roth (co-ep), Aaron Baiers (co-ep), Akela Cooper (co-ep), Davy Perez (co-ep)

Cast Ethan Peck, Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Jess Bush, Melissa Navia

UNTITLED KIEFER SUTHERLAND SPY PROJECT (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Private espionage operative James Weir finds himself in the midst of a battle over the preservation of democracy in a world at odds with misinformation, behavioral manipulation, the surveillance state and the interests that control these extraordinary powers.

Studio CBS Studios

Team John Requa (w, ep), Glenn Ficarra (w, ep), Charlie Gogolak (ep), Suzan Bymel (ep), Kiefer Sutherland (ep)

Cast Kiefer Sutherland


FRASIER (Ordered straight to series)

Reboot of the 1993-2004 NBC series about Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist hosts a radio in Seattle.

Studio CBS Studios/Grammnet Productions

Team Chris Harris (w, ep), Joe Cristalli (w, ep), Kelsey Grammer (ep), Tom Russo (ep), Jordan McMahon (ep)

Cast Kelsey Grammer

GREASE: RISE OF THE PINK LADIES (Ordered straight to series; moved from HBO Max)

FKA Grease: Rydell High

Musical set in and around the world of 1950s Rydell High explores how Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty, and Jan came together before ruling Rydell High in their senior year. Inspired by the 1978 film musical.

Studio Paramount Television/Picturestart/Temple Hill

Team Annabel Oakes (w, ep, sr), Marty Bowen (ep), Adam Fishbach (ep), Erik Feig (ep)

Cast Marisa Davila, Cheyenne Isabel Wells, Ari Notartomaso, Tricia Fukuhara, Shanel Baile, Madison Thompson, Johnathan Nieves, Jason Schmidt, Maxwell Whittington-Cooper, Jackie Hoffman, Charlotte Kavanagh, Josette Halpert, Nicholas McDonough, Maximo Weber Salas, Alexis Sides

GUILTY PARTY (Ordered straight to series)

Beth Baker is a discredited journalist desperate to salvage her career by latching on to the story of a young mother sentenced to life in prison for maiming and murdering her husband, crimes she claims she didn’t commit. In trying to uncover the truth, Beth finds herself in over her head as she contends with Colorado gun-smugglers, clickbait culture, the doldrums of marriage and her own tarnished past.

Studio CBS Television Studios/Funny or Die/Mosaic

Team Rebecca Addelman (w, ep), Trent O’Donnell (d, ep), Sam Hansen (ep), Jimmy Miller (ep), Joe Farrell (ep), Jim Ziegler (ep), Mike Farah (ep), Becca Kinskey (co-ep)

Cast Kate Beckinsale, Geoff Stults, Jules Latimer, Tiya Sircar, Alanna Ubach, Laurie Davidson, Andre Hyland

THE HARPER HOUSE (Ordered straight to series; aniomated)

Follows an overconfident female head-of-a-household as she struggles to regain a higher status for herself, and for her family of oddballs, after losing her job and moving from the rich side to the poor side of an Arkansas small town. To save money, they’ve moved into their inherited Victorian fixer-upper, the historic Harper House.

Studio CBS Television Studios/219 Productions

Team Brad Neely (w, ep), Katie Krentz

Cast Rhea Seehorn, Jason Lee, Tatiana Maslany, Ryan Flynn, VyVy Nguyen, Lance Krall, Roberta Colindrez, Tessa Skara, John “Spud” McConnell, Chris Diamantopoulos, Joanna Hausmann, Gabourey Sidibe, Nyima Funk, Gary Anthony Williams

iCARLY (Ordered straight to series)

Revival of the 2007-12 Nickelodeon series about a group of best friends creating a webcast while grappling with everyday problems and adventures.

Studio Nickelodeon Studios

Team Ali Schouten (ep, sr)

Cast Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, Nathan Kress, Laci Mosley, Jaidyn Triplett

PLAYERS (Ordered straight to series)

Documentary-style series follows a fictional pro League of Legends esports team as they pursue their first championship after years of close calls and heartache. To win it all, they will need their prodigy, a 17-year-old rookie, and their 27-year-old veteran to put their egos aside and work together.

Studio CBS Studios/Funny or Die

Team Tony Yacenda (w, d, ep), Dan Perrault (w, ep), Joe Farrell (ep), Mike Farah (ep), Tim McAuliffe (ep), Riot Games (ep), Ari Lubet (ep), Todd Sellers (ep)

Cast TBA



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