You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Skip to main content

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

HBO Max, john stankey, warnermedia

2022-23 HBO Max Series & Pilot Orders

3 Pilots
11 Series Orders


ANON PLS (Ordered straight to series)

When Cricket Lopez, assistant to one of the most notorious celebrity stylists, revamps her old-style Instagram account and turns it into a celebrity gossip blog on a drunken whim, she never thinks it will become anything. But when the account grows overnight and she starts getting juicy gossip from fans, she becomes famous. No one knows that she is behind the account, but its newfound success is affecting her real life. Is the fame, the insider access and escape from real life really worth losing everything she has? Based on the novel by DeuxMoi.

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Brothers Television

Team Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), DeuxMoi (ep),

Cast TBA

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

A ghost story that explores loss, grief, and death through the lens of two dead British teenagers, Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland, and their very alive friend, Crystal Palace. So it’s a lot like a vintage detective series — only darker and on acid. Based on characters the DC characters created by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner.

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Television

Team Steve Yockey (w, ep, sr), Jeremy Carver (ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Lee Toland Krieger (d, ep), David Madden (ep)

Cast George Rexstrew, Jayden Revri

DEGRASSI (Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes)

Set in Toronto, it explores a group of teenagers and school faculty living in the shadow of events that both bind them together and tear them apart. A reprise of the original series.

Studio WildBrain

Team Lara Azzopardi (w, ep, sr), Julia Cohen (w, ep, sr)

FULL CIRCLE (Ordered straight to series)

An investigation into a botched kidnapping uncovers long-held secrets connecting multiple characters and cultures in present-day New York City.


Team Ed Solomon (w, ep), Steven Soderbergh (d, ep), Casey Silver (ep)

Cast Zazie Beetz, Claire Danes, Timothy Olyphant, Dennis Quaid, Jharrel Jerome, Sheyi Cole, CCH Pounder, William Sadler, Happy Anderson, Adia Gill

THE GIRLS ON THE BUS (Ordered straight to series)

Chronicles four female journalists who follow every move of a parade of flawed presidential candidates while finding friendship, love, and scandal along the way. Inspired by a chapter of Amy Chozick’s book 'Chasing Hillary.'

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Television

Team Julie Plec (w, ep), Amy Chozick (w, ep), Rina Mimoun (ep, sr), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), David Madden (ep)

Cast Melissa Benoist, Natasha Behnam, Christina Elmore, Brandon Scott, Leslie Fray (recurring), PJ Sosco (recurring), Becky Ann Baker (recurring), Kyle Vincent Terry (recurring), Tala Ashe (recurring), Richard Bekins (recurring).


Follows the Lorenz family, a tightknit clan of seemingly flawless Latinas led by mom/mastermind Leona. The Lorenzes are the Vanderbilts or the Astors of the Instagram era. They pulled their way up from debt and obscurity to reality TV stardom and forged a billion-dollar mega-conglomerate not from oil or steel but from something more elusive and modern: influence.

Studio Berlanti Productions/Warner Bros. Television.

Team Amy Chozick (w, ep, sr), Natalie Chaidez (ep, sr), Greg Berlanti (ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Leigh London Redman (ep)

Cast Ana Ortiz, Christian Serratos, Gore Abrams, Yvette Monreal, Georgie Flores, Ceci Fernande

THE PENGUIN (Ordered straight to limited series; working title)

Centers on the Penguin character in expansion of DC Comics world created for 'The Batman' movie.

Studio 6th & Idaho Productions/Dylan Clark Productions/Warner Bros. Television

Team Lauren LeFranc (w, ep, sr), Matt Reeves (ep), Dylan Clark (ep), Colin Farrell (ep), Daniel Pipski (ep), Adam Kassan (ep), Rafi Crohn (co-ep)

Cast Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Deirdre O’Connell

DUNE: THE SISTERHOOD (Ordered straight to series; working title)

An adaptation of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s book based in the world created by Frank Herbert’s 'Dune,' it explores this universe through the eyes of a mysterious order of women, the Bene Gesserit, whose extraordinary mastery of body and mind allows them to weave expertly through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium.

Studio Legendary Television

Team Alison Schapker (ep, sr), Diane Ademu-John (w, ep), Denis Villeneuve (d, ep), Dana Calvo (ep), Brian Herbert (ep), Byron Merritt (ep), Kim Herbert (ep), Kevin J. Anderson (co-ep)

Cast Emily Watson, Shirley Henderson, Travis Fimmel, Indira Varma, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Faoileann Cunningham, Aoife Hinds, Chloe Lea, Mark Strong, Jade Anouka, Chris Mason

DUSTER (Ordered straight to series)

It's 1972, and the first Black female FBI agent heads to the Southwest and recruits a gutsy getaway driver -- the first in a bold effort to take down a growing crime syndicate.

Studio Warner Bros. Television

Team J.J. Abrams and LaToya Morgan

Cast Josh Holloway, Rachel Hilson, Keith David, Sydney Elisabeth, Greg Grunberg, Camille Guaty, Asivak Koostachin, Adriana Aluna Martinez, Benjamin Charles Watson, Corbin Bernsen (recurring), Gail O'Grady (recurring)

WELCOME TO DERRY (Ordered straight to series; working title

Prequel to Stephen King's 'IT.' No other details

Studio Warner Bros. Television

Team Andy Muschietti (w, d, ep), Barbara Muschietti (ep) and Jason Fuchs (w, ep, sr), Brad Caleb Kane (ep, sr)

Cast Taylour Paige, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk, James Remar, Madeleine Stowe, Stephen Rider


COMPUTER SCHOOL (single camera)

A recent high school grad and his uncle attend the same computer class in suburban Michigan.


Team Tim Robinson (w, ep), Zach Kanin (w, ep), Andrew Gaynord (d)

Cast Tim Robinson

WILD LIFE (single camera)

Follows a diverse group of high school teens who are struggling with personal and social issues who spend their school hours working at the local animal rescue as part of an alternative educational program.

Studio Imagine Kids+Family

Team Jason Ubaldi (w, ep), Chris Peterson (w, ep), Bryan Moore (w, ep), Mike Chessler (ep, sr), Chris Alberghini (ep, sr), Brian Grazer (ep), Ron Howard (ep), Stephanie Sperber (ep), Jennilee Cummings (ep), Tony Hernandez (ep), Jake Fuller (ep), Rachel Raimist (d, ep)

Cast Izabella Alvarez, Nadina Velazquez, Annie Funke, Nabeel Muscatwalla, Ava Lalezarzadehiuj, Brielle Barbusca, Cyrus Arnold, Jessi Case, Chrystal Campbell, Beau Minniear

HOW TO BE A BOOKIE (Ordered straight to series; single camera)

A veteran bookie struggles to survive the impending legalization of sports gambling, increasingly unstable clients, family, co-workers, and a lifestyle that bounces him around every corner of Los Angeles, high and low.

Studio Warner Bros. Television

Team Chuck Lorre (w, ep), Nick Bakay (w, ep), Sebastian Maniscalco (ep), Judi Marmel (ep)

Cast Sebastian Maniscalco, Omar J. Dorsey, Andrea Anders, Vanessa Ferlito, Jorge Garcia

FRASIER (Picked up to series)

Reboot of the 1993-2004 NBC series. Plot details under wraps.

Studio CBS Studios/Grammnet NH Productions

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

Cast Kelsey Grammer

VELMA (Ordered straight to series; animated)

Tells the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang.

Studio Warner Bros. Animation

Team Mindy Kaling (w, ep), Charlie Grandy (ep, sr), Howard Klein (ep), Sam Register (ep)

Cast Mindy Kaling, Constance Wu, Sam Richardson, Glenn Howerton, Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Russell Peters, Melissa Fumero, Stephen Root, Gary Cole, Ken Leung, Cherry Jones, Frank Welker, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Fortune Feimster, Yvonne Orji, Sarayu Blue, Nicole Byer, Ming-Na Wen, Shay Mitchell, Debby Ryan, Kulap Vilaysak, Karl-Anthony Towns,



Deadline is a part of Penske Media Corporation. © 2023 Deadline Hollywood, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by VIP