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

2021 The CW Pilots & Series

2021 The CW Pilots & Series Orders

8 Pilots
1 Series Orders


ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING (Backdoor pilot for 'All American')

A young tennis hopeful from Beverly Hills and an elite baseball player from Chicago contend with the high stakes of college sports, while also navigating the highs, lows and sexiness of unsupervised early adulthood at a prestigious historically Black college.

Studio Warner Bros. Television/Berlanti Productions

Team Nkechi Okoro Carroll (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), David Madden (ep), Robbie Rogers (ep), Michael Schultz (d)

Cast Geffri Maya, Peyton Alex Smith, Cory Hadrict, Kelly Jenrette, Sylverser Powell, Netta Walker, Camille Hyde

THE 4400 (Ordered straight to series)

4,400 overlooked, undervalued or otherwise marginalized people who vanished without a trace over the past hundred years all are returned in an instant, having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them. As the government races to analyze the potential threat and contain the story, the 4,400 themselves must grapple with the fact that they’ve been returned with a few … upgrades, and the increasing likelihood that they were all brought back now for a specific reason. Based on the 2004-07 USA Network series.

Studio CBS Studios

Team Ariana Jackson (w, ep), Anna Fricke (w, ep), Laura Terry (ep)

Cast Joseph David-Jones, Khailah Johnson, Brittany Adebumola, Jaye Ladymore, Amarr Wooten

THE LOST BOYS (Rolled; in contention for pilot order)

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

MAVERICK (Rolled; in contention for pilot order)

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


Follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, and what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes. Based on the DC comic.

Studio Array Filmworks/Warner Bros Television

Team Ava DuVernay (w, ep), Jill Blankenship (w, ep), Sarah Bremner (ep), Paul Garnes (ep), Amanda Marsalis (d, co-ep)

Cast Kaci Walfall, Alexander Wraith, Cranston Johnson, Camila Moreno, Barry Watson, Mouzam Makkar, Mary-Charles Jones, Aidan Gemme, Daniel Pui

UNTITLED THE 100 PREQUEL (Produced; in contention for straight-to-series order))


FKA Untitled Urman/Rothrock/Weir Project

Dramedy about two millennial nuns – a devout true believer and a new arrival who has yet to take her final vows – who start as strangers and become sisters on a funny, spiritual journey to understand their own faith and place in the Catholic church.

Studio CBS Studios/Sutton St. Productions

Team Claire Rothrock (w, ep), Ryann Weir (w, ep), Jennie Snyder Urman (ep), Joanna Klein (ep)

Cast Caitlin Kinnunen, Bella Ortiz, Em Haine


FKA The Powerpuff Girls

Live-action reboot of the 1998-2005 Cartoon Network series follows the trio who used to be America’s pint-sized superheroes. Now they’re disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting. Will they agree to reunite now that the world needs them more than ever?

Studio Berlanti Productions/Vita Vera Films/Warner Bros TV

Team Heather Regnier (w, ep), Diablo Cody (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), David Madden (ep), Maggie Kiley (d, ep), Erika Kennair (p)

Cast Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, Yana Perrault, Donald Faison, Nicholas Podany, Robyn Lively, Tom Kenny (narrator)

TOM SWIFT (Backdoor pilot for 'Nancy Drew')

Follows the serialized adventures of Black, gay, billionaire inventor Tom Swift, who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father. Tom takes to the road on a quest to unravel the truth, leaving behind the comforts of his usual moneyed lifestyle, all while fighting to stay one step ahead of an Illuminati-scale group hell-bent on stopping him.

Studio CBS Studios

Team Josh Schwartz (ep), Stephanie Savage (ep), Melinda Hsu Taylor (ep), Noga Landau (ep), Cameron Johnson (ep)

Cast Tian Richards



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