2022-23 Apple TV+ Pilots & Series Orders
BEFORE (Ordered straight to limited series)
A child psychiatrist who recently lost his wife encounters a troubled young boy.
Studio Paramount Television Studios
Team Sarah Thorp (w, ep), Barry Levinson (d, ep), Billy Crystal (ep), Eric Roth (ep)
Cast Billy Crystal
THE BIG CIGAR (Ordered straight to limited series)
Story of how Black Panthers leader Huey P. Newton escaped to Cuba to avoid prosecution for murder with the help of Bert Schneider, the Hollywood producer behind 'Easy Rider,' as well as a few other celebrity radicals. Based on the 'Playboy' article by Joshuah Bearman.
Studio Warner Bros. TV
Team Jim Hecht (w, ep), Janine Sherman Barrois (ep, sr), Don Cheadle (ep), Joshuah Bearman (ep), Joshua Davis (ep), Arthur Spector (ep)
Cast André Holland, Tiffany Boone, Alessandro Nivola, P.J. Byrne, Marc Menchaca, Jordane, Christie (recurring), Moses Ingram (recurring)
THE CHANGELING (Ordered straight to series in 2021)
When Apollo and Emma have their baby, Brian, it feels like both a reward and a challenge for the new dad. Apollo, the son of a single mother, had been scraping by as a bookseller who hunts estate and garage sales for rare first editions, so even the unusual circumstance of Brian’s birth (on a stalled subway train) seems like a blessing, as does the way Apollo stumbles across a first edition of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (inscribed by Harper Lee to Truman Capote, no less) shortly thereafter. But after some young-parent squabbles and inexplicable images on their smartphones foreshadow trouble, the story turns nightmarish. Based on Victor LaValle’s novel.
Studio Annapurna/Apple Studios
Team Kelly Marcel (w, ep, sr), Melina Matsoukas (d, ep), Megan Ellison (ep), Sue Naegle (ep), Patrick Chu (ep), Ali Krug (ep), Khaliah Neal (co-ep), Victor LaValle (co-ep)
Cast LaKeith Stanfield, Adina Porter, Clark Backo, Samuel T. Herring, Malcolm Barrett (recurring), Alexis Louder (recurring), Amirah Vann (recurring), Jared Abrahamson (recurring)
CITY ON FIRE (Ordered straight to series)
An NYU student is shot in Central Park on the Fourth of July, 2003. Samantha Cicciaro is alone; there are no witnesses and very little physical evidence. Her friends’ band is playing her favorite downtown club, but she leaves to meet someone, promising to return. She never does. As the crime against Samantha is investigated, she’s revealed to be the crucial connection between a series of mysterious city-wide fires, the downtown music scene and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep. Based on the novel by Garth Risk Hallberg.
Studio Apple Studios/Fake Empire Productions
Team Josh Schwartz (w, ep, sr), Stephanie Savage (w, ep, sr), Jesse Peretz, (d, ep), Lis Rowinski (co-ep)
Cast Chase Sui Wonders, Wyatt Oleff, Mahkah Wright, Jemima Kirke, Nico Tortorella, Ashley Zukerman, Xavier Clyde, Max Milner, Alexandra Doke, Omid Abtahi, Kathleen Munroe, John Cameron Mitchell
CONSTELLATION (Ordered straight to series)
Jo is a woman who returns to Earth after a disaster in space — only to discover that key pieces of her life seem to be missing.
Studio Turbine Studios/Haut et Court TV
Team Peter Harness (w, ep), Michelle MacLaren (d, ep), David Tanner (ep), Tracey Scoffield (ep), Caroline Benjo (ep), Simon Arnal (ep), Carole Scotta (ep), Justin Thomson (ep), Rebecca Hobbs (ep), Jahan Lopes (co-ep), Oliver Hirschbiegel (d), Joseph Cedar (d), Daniel Hetzer (p)
Cast Noomi Rapace, Jonathan Banks, James D'Arcy
CRIMINAL RECORD (Ordered straight to series)
In contemporary London, an anonymous phone call draws two brilliant detectives into a confrontation over an old murder case: one a young woman in the early stages of her career, the other a well-connected man determined to protect his legacy. Series touches on issues of race, institutional failure, and the quest to find common ground in a polarized Britain.
Studio Tod Productions/STV Studios
Team Paul Rutman (w, ep), Elaine Collins (ep), Peter Capaldi (ep), Cush Jumbo (ep), Jim Loach (d)
Cast Peter Capaldi, Cush Jumbo
THE CROWDED ROOM (Ordered straight to series in 2021)
Anthology series explores the true and inspirational stories of those who have struggled and learned to successfully live with mental illness. The first season is inspired by Daniel Keyes’ biography 'The Minds of Billy Milligan.'
Studio New Regency/Apple Studios
Team Akiva Goldsman (w, ep), Tom Holland (ep), Suzanne Heathcoate (ep), Alexandra Milchan (ep), Arnon Milchan (ep), Yariv Milchan (ep), Michael Schaefer (ep)
Cast Tom Holland, Amanda Seyfried, Emmy Rossum, Sasha Lane, Christopher Abbott, Emma Laird, Jason Isaacs, Lior Raz, Henry Eikenberry, Henry Zaga, Thomas Sadoski, Will Chase, Laila Robins, Sam Vartholomeos, Levon Thurman-Hawk
DARK MATTER (Ordered straight to series; nine episodes)
Jason Dessen is a physicist, professor and family man who -- while walking home on the streets of Chicago one night -- is abducted into an alternate version of his life. Wonder quickly turns to nightmare when he tries to return to his reality amid the multiverse of lives he could have lived. He embarks on a harrowing journey to get back to his true family and save them from the most terrifying, unbeatable foe imaginable: himself. Based on the novel by Blake Crouch.
Studio Sony Pictures Television
Team Blake Crouch (w, ep, sr), Joel Edgerton (ep), Matt Tolmach (ep), David Manpearl (ep), Louis Leterrier (d)
Cast Joel Edgerton, Oakes Fegley, Dayo Okeniyi
DEAR EDWARD (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)
Edward Adler is a 12-year-old boy who survives a devastating commercial plane crash that kills every other passenger on the flight, including his family. As Edward and others affected by the tragedy try to make sense of life after the crash, unexpected friendships, romances and communities are formed. Based on the novel by Ann Napolitano
Studio True Jack Productions
Team Jason Katims (w, ep, sr), Jeni Mulein (ep), Author Napolitano (ep), Fisher Stevens (d, ep), David Boyd (d)
Cast Connie Britton, Taylor Schilling, Colin O’Brien, Amy Forsyth, Carter Hudson, Idris DeBrand, Ivan Shaw, Jenna Qureshi, Anna Uzele, Dario Ladani Sanchez, Eva Ariel Binder, Brittany S. Hall, Maxwell Jenkins, Audrey Corsa
DISCLAIMER (Ordered straight to series)
Catherine Ravenscroft is a successful and respected TV documentary journalist whose work has been built on revealing the concealed transgressions of long-respected institutions. When an intriguing novel written by a widower appears on her bedside table, she is horrified to realize she is a key character in a story that she had hoped was long buried in the past. A story that reveals her darkest secret. A secret she thought was hers alone. Based on Renee Knight’s novel.
Studio Apple Studios/ Anonymous Content
Team Alfonso Cuarón (w, d, ep), Cate Blanchett (ep), Gabriela Rodriguez (ep), David Levine (ep), Dawn Olmstea (ep), Steve Golin (ep), Emmanuel Lubezki (dp), Bruno Delbonnel (dp), Renee Knight (co-ep)
Cast Cate Blanchett, Kevin Kline, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Hoyeon
HIJACK (Ordered straight to limited series; seven episodes)
Sam Nelson is an accomplished business negotiator forced to use his guile to save the lives of passengers onboard a hijacked plane making its way to London.
Studio Gren Door Pictures/60Forty Films/Idiotlamp Productions
Team Idris Elba (ep), George Kay (w, ep), Jim Field Smith (d, ep), Kris Thykier (ep), Hakan Kousetta (ep), Jamie Laurenson (ep)
Cast Idris Elba
FERRARI (Ordered straight to series)
Driver and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari dedicated his genius to building the fastest racing car in history but left a trail of tragedy and torment along the way. Between 1956 and 1961, deeply wounded by the death of his firstborn son Dino and by what he considered a betrayal by his lead driver Juan Manuel Fangio, Ferrari rebuilt his racing team from scratch, selecting five promising rising stars of motor racing to fight for victory. Based on Luca Dal Monte's book 'Ferrari Rex.'
Studio The Apartment Pictures/Indigo Film
Team Steven Knight (w, ep), Paolo Sorrentino (ep), Stefano Sollima (d, ep), Lorenzo Mieli (ep), Nicola Guiliano (ep), Giulio Marantonio (ep), Lorenzo De Maio (ep)
LADY IN THE LAKE (Ordered straight to limited series in 2021)
In 1960s Baltimore, an unsolved murder pushes housewife and mother Maddie Schwartz to reinvent her life as an investigative journalist and sets her on a collision course with Cleo Sherwood, a hard-working woman juggling motherhood, many jobs and a passionate commitment to advancing Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda. Adapted from Laura Lippman's novel.
Studio Endeavor Content/Crazyrose/Bad Wolf America
Team Alma Har’el (w, d, ep), Christopher Leggett (ep), Natalie Portman (ep), Sophie Mas (ep), Nathan Ross (ep), Jean-Marc Vallée (ep), Amy J. Kaufman (ep), Julie Gardner (ep), Boaz Yakin (w, ep), Laura Lippman (ep), Nambi E. Kelley (w), Briana Belser (w), Sheila Wilson (w)
Cast Natalie Portman, Y’lan Noel, Mikey Madison, Brett Gelman
MANHUNT (Ordered straight to series)
Follows President Abraham Lincoln’s war secretary and friend Edwin Stanton, who nearly was driven to madness by his quest to catch assassin John Wilkes Booth and carry out Lincoln’s legacy. Based on the book 'Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer' by James Swanson.
Studio Apple Studios/Lionsgate/POV Entertainment/Walden Media/3 Arts Entertainment
Team Monica Beletsky (w, ep, sr), Carl Franklin (d, ep), Layne Eskridge Swanson (ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep), Richard Abate (ep), Frank Smith (ep), Naia Cucukov (ep)
Cast Tobias Menzies, Anthony Boyle, Lovie Simone, Matt Walsh, Brandon Flynn, Betty Gabriel, Will Harrison, Hamish Linklater, Damian O’Hare, Patton Oswalt, Lili Taylor
METROPOLIS (Ordered straight to series)
Set in a futuristic urban dystopia, it follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city master, and Maria, a saintly figure to the workers, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes in their city and bring the workers together with Joh Fredersen, the city master. Based on the 1927 Fritz Lang film.
Team Sam Esmail (w, ep), Chad Hamilton (ep)
THE NEW LOOK (Ordered straight to series)
Follows the meteoric rise of fashion designer Christian Dior as he dethrones the Grande Dame Coco Chanel and helps return spirit and life to the world with his ground-breaking, iconic imprint of beauty and influence. Inspired by true events.
Studio Apple Studios
Team Todd A. Kessler (w, d, ep), Lorenzo di Bonaventura (ep), Mark A. Baker (ep)
Cast Ben Mendelsohn, Juliette Binoche
SPEED RACER (Ordered straight to series)
Live-action take on the 1960s manga series.
Studio Warner Bros. Television
Team Hiram Martinez (w, ep, sr), Ron Fitzgerald (w, ep, sr), J.J. Abrams (ep)
SURFSIDE GIRLS (Ordered straight to series)
Follows best friends Jade and Sam, who are psyched to spend their summer riding the waves and catching the rays. That is until they meet a ghost. The girls dive headfirst into a mystery about a pirate ship and the cursed treasure that allegedly lies beneath Surfside’s beloved Danger Point bluff. After meeting a pirate ghost named Remi, Sam wants to help him break the curse, while Jade is determined to find a scientific explanation for the existence of ghosts. Based on the graphic novel series by Kim Dwinell.
Studio Endeavor Content/IDW Entertainment
Team May Chan (w, ep, sr), Alex Diaz (w, ep), Julie Sagalowsky Diaz (w, ep), America Young (d, ep), Paul Stupin (ep), Lydia Antonini (ep), Paul Davidson (ep), Jeff Brustrom (ep)
Cast Miya Cech, YaYa Gosselin, Christine Lin (recurring)
UNTITLED BUCCANEERS PROJECT (Ordered straight to series)
A group of fun-loving young American girls explode into the tightly corseted London season of the 1870s, kicking off an Anglo-American culture clash as the land of the stiff upper lip is infiltrated by a refreshing disregard for centuries of tradition. Sent to secure husbands and titles, the buccaneers’ hearts are set on much more than that, and saying "I do" is just the beginning. Based on Edith Wharton’s unfinished final novel 'The Buccaneers.'
Studio The Forge Entertainment
Team Katherine Jakeways (w, ep), Susanna White (d, ep), Beth Willis (ep), George Faber (ep)
Cast Christina Hendricks, Kristine Froseth, Alisha Boe, Josie Totah, Aubri Ibrag, Imogen Waterhouse. Mia Threapleton
UNTITLED GODZILLA & TITANS SERIES
Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the series explores one family's journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.
Studio Legendary Television
Team Chris Black (w, ep, sr), Matt Fraction (ep), Joby Harold (ep), Tory Tunnell (ep), Hiro Matsuoka (ep), Takemasa Arita (ep), Matt Shakman (d)
Cast Anna Sawai, Ren Watabe, Kiersey Clemons, Joe Tippett, Elisa Lasowski, Anders Holm (recurring)
THE WHITE DARKNESS (Ordered straight to limited series)
Inspired by the true-life account of Henry Worsley, a devoted husband and father, a former soldier, a man of deep honor and sacrifice -- but also a man deeply obsessed with adventure, manifesting in an epic journey crossing Antarctica on foot. Based on David Grann’s book.
Studio Apple Studios/UCP
Team Soo Hugh (w, ep, sr), Mark Heyman (w, ep, sr), Theresa Kang-Lowe (ep), Caroline Garity (ep)
Cast Tom Hiddleston
CHIEF OF WAR (Ordered straight to series)
Follows the epic and unprecedented telling of the unification and colonization of Hawaii from an indigenous point of view.
Studio Fifth Season/Chernin Entertainment.
Team Jason Momoa (w, ep), Thomas Pa’a Sibbett (ep), Doug Jung (ep, sr), Justin Chon (d, ep), Francis Lawrence (ep), Peter Chernin (ep), Jenno Topping (ep), Erik Holmberg (ep), Molly Allen (ep), Brian Mendoza (ep), Anders Engstrom (ep)
Cast Jason Momoa, Luciane Buchanan, Temuera Morrison, Te Ao o Hinepehinga, Kaina Makua, Moses Goods, Siua Ikale’o, Brandon Finn, James Udom, Mainei Minimaka, Te Kohe Tuhaka
PRESUMED INNOCENT (Ordered straight to limited series)
The story of a horrific murder that upends the Chicago Prosecuting Attorneys’ office when one of its own is suspected of the crime. Based on Scott Turow’s book.
Studio Bad Robot Productions/David E. Kelley Productions/Warner Bros. Television
Team David E. Kelley (w, ep, sr), J.J. Abrams (ep), Jake Gyllenhaal (ep), Dustin Thomason (ep), Ben Stephenson (ep), Rachel Rusch Rich (ep), Matthew Tinker (ep). Dustin Thomason (ep), Sharr White (ep), Scott Turow (co-ep), Miki Johnson (co-ep)
Cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Negga, Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel, Chase Infiniti, Lily Rabe, Nana Mensah, Matthew Alan, Kingston Rumi Southwick, Noma Dumezweni, Gabby Beans, Sarunas J. Jackson
FIREBUG (ordered straight to series)
A troubled detective and an enigmatic arson investigator pursue the trails of two serial arsonists. Inspired by events surrounding notorious California arsonist John Leonard Orr.
Studio Apple Studios
Team Dennis Lehane (w, ep), Richard Plepler (ep), Taron Egerton (ep), Kary Antholis (ep), Bradley Thomas (ep), Dan Friedkin (ep)
Cast Taron Egerton
SINKING SPRING (Ordered straight to series)
Follows longtime Philly friends and delinquents who pose as DEA agents to rob an unknown house in the countryside, only to have their small-time grift become a life-and-death enterprise, as they unwittingly reveal and unravel the biggest hidden narcotics corridor on the Eastern seaboard. Dennis Tafoya’s book 'Dope Thief, Sinking Spring'
Studio Apple Studios/Scott Free Productions
Team Peterw Craig (w, d, ep), Ridley Scott (d, ep), David W. Zucker (ep), Jordan Sheehan (ep), Clayton Krueger (ep), Brian Tyree Henry (ep), Dennis Tafoya (cp)
Cast Brian Tyree Henry, Wagner Moura, Marin Ireland, Kate Mulgrew, Amir Arison
THE LAST FRONTIER (Ordered straight to series)
Frank Remnick is the lone U.S. Marshal in charge of the quiet, rugged barrens of Alaska, His jurisdiction is turned upside-down when a prison transport plane crashes in the remote wilderness, setting dozens of violent inmates free. Tasked with protecting the town he’s vowed to keep safe, he begins to suspect the crash wasn’t an accident but rather the first step of a well-crafted plan with international political implications.
Studio Apple Studios
Team Jon Bokenkamp (w, ep), Richard D’Ovidio (w, ep), Jason Clarke (ep), Sam Hargrave (d, ep)
Cast Jason Clarke
THE SAVANT (Ordered straight to limited series)
A top-secret investigator known as the Savant infiltrates online hate groups to take down the most violent men in the country. Based on a true story that appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine.
Studio Fifth Season/Anonymous Content
Team Melissa James Gibson (w, ep), Jessica Chastain (ep), James Gibson (ep), James Gibson (d, ep), Kelly Carmichael (ep), Jessica Giles (ep), Brian Madden (p)
Cast Jessica Chastain
BAD SISTERS (Ordered straight to series)
FKA Untitled Sharon Horgan Project
Follows the lives of the Garvey sisters, who are bound together by the premature death of their parents and a promise to always protect one another. Adapted from the Belgian series.
Studio Merman Productions/ABC Signature
Team Sharon Horgan (w, ep), Brett Baer (w, ep), Dave Finkel (w, ep), Faye Dorn (ep), Clelia Mountford (ep), Malin-Sarah Gozin (ep), Faye Dorn (ep), Clelia Mountford (ep), Karen Cogan (w), Ailbhe Keogan (w), Daniel Cullen (w), Perrie Balthazar (w), Paul Howard (w), Dearbhla Walsh (d), Josephine Bornebusch (d), Rebecca Gatward (d)
Cast Sharon Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene, Eve Hewson, Claes Bang, Brian Gleeson, Daryl McCormack, Assaad Bouab, Saise Quinn
MRS. AMERICAN PIE (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)
Follows Maxine Simmons as she attempt to secure her seat at America’s most exclusive table: Palm Beach high society. As Maxine attempts to cross that impermeable line between the haves and the have-nots, Mrs. American Pie asks the questions: Who gets a seat at the table? “How do you get a seat at the table? And what will you sacrifice to get there? Based on the novel by Juliet McDaniel.
Studio Apple Studios
Team Abe Sylvia (w, ep, sr), Tate Taylor (d, ep), Laura Dern (ep), John Norris (ep), Katie O’Connell Marsh (ep)
Cast Kristen Wiig, Allison Janney, Ricky Martin, Carol Burnett, Amber Chardae, Jordan Bridges (recurring), Kaia Gerber recurring), Jason Canela (recurring) Mindy Cohn (recurring), Julia Duffy (recurring) and Claudia Ferri (recurring)
SUNNY (Ordered straight to series)
FKA Dark Manual
Suzie is an American woman living in Kyoto, Japan, whose life is upended when her husband and son disappear in a mysterious plane crash. As “consolation” she’s given Sunny, one of a new class of domestic robots made by her husband’s electronics company. Although at first Suzie resents Sunny’s attempts to fill the void in her life, gradually they develop an unexpected friendship as together they uncover the dark truth of what really happened to Suzie’s family, becoming dangerously enmeshed in a world Suzie never knew existed. Based on the book 'Dark Manual' by Colin O’Sullivan.
Team Katie Robbins (w, ep), Lucy Tcherniak (ep), Ravi Nandan (ep), Jess Lubben (ep)
Cast Rashida Jones, Hidetoshi Nishijima
UNTITLED HOLLYWOOD COMEDY (Ordered straight to series)
A legacy Hollywood movie studio tries to survive in a world where it is increasingly difficult for art and commerce to live together.
Studio Lionsgate Television
Team Seth Rogen (w, d, ep), Evan Goldberg (w, d, ep), Peter Huyck (w, ep, sr), Alex Gregory (w, ep, sr), Alex McAtee (ep), Josh Fagen (ep), James Weaver (ep), Frida Perez (co-ep)
Cast Seth Rogen
ALL STARS (Ordered straight to series; two-season order)
Follows a former cheerleader from Daytona Beach who cons her way across the pond to teach cheerleading at a school in coastal England and has to show a ragtag group of students – and herself – how to be All Stars.
Studio Hello Sunshine
Team Aline Brosh McKenna (w, d, ep, sr), Reese Witherspoon (ep), Lauren Neustadter (ep)
Cast Reese Witherspoon
MERE MORTALS (Ordered straight to series)
'Mythic Quest' spinoff explores the lives of employees, players and fans who are impacted by the game.
Studio Lionsgate/3 Arts Entertainment/Ubisoft
Team Ashly Burch (w), John Howell Harris (w), Katie McElhenney (w), Megan Ganz (ep), Rob McElhenney (ep), David Hornsby (ep), Charlie Day (ep), Nick Frenkel (ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep), Jason Altman (ep), Margaret Boykin (ep)
BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER (Ordered straight to series)
FKA Untitled Harrelson-McConaughey PRoject
An odd-couple love story that revolves around the “strange and beautiful bond” between stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The series will see their friendship tested when their combined families attempt to live together on Matthew’s ranch in Texas.
Studio Skydance Television
Team West Read (ep), Woody Harrelson (ep), Matthew McConaughey (ep), David Ellison (ep), Dana Goldberg (ep), Matt Thunell (ep), Bill Bost (ep, Jeremy Plager (ep)
Cast Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey
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