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

2022-23 Showtime Pilots & Series Orders

2022-23 Showtime Pilots & Series Orders

8 Series Orders


FELLOW TRAVELERS (Ordered straight to limited series)

Chronicling the volatile romance of two very different men who meet in the shadow of McCarthy-era Washington. Over the course of four decades, Hawk and Tim cross paths through the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 1970s and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, while facing obstacles in the world and in themselves. Based on the novel by Thomas Mallon.

Studio Fremantle/Showtime

Team Matt Bomer (ep), Ron Nyswaner (ep), Robbie Rogers (ep), Daniel Minahan (d, ep)

Cast Matt Bomer, Allison Williams, Jonathan Bailey, Jelani Alladin, Noah J. Ricketts, Linus Roache, Will Brill (recurring), Chris Bauer (recurring), Erin Neufer (recurring), Matt Visser (recurring), Christine Horne (recurring)

KING SHAKA (Not going forward)

FKA Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation

The story of the Zulu Empire founder Shaka and his unlikely rise to power, uniting multiple tribes across vast stretches of southern Africa in the early 19th century to transform his power into legend, on par with history’s most seminal figures.

Studio CBS Studios

Team Olu Odebunmi (w, ep), Tolu Awosika (w, ep), Antoine Fuqua (ep), Bridget Carpenter (ep), Ben Silverman (ep), Howard T. Owens (ep), Rodney Ferrell (ep), Seith Mann (d, ep), Spencer Medof (ep), Scott Greenberg (p), Michael Callas (p)

Cast Charles Babalola, Aïssa Maïga, Thando Dlomo, Thapelo Mokoena, Warren Masemola, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Mustafa Shakir, harmaine Bingwa, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Terry Pheto (recurring), Lerato Mvelase (recurring), Tony Kgoroge (recurring), Sindi Dlatu (recurring), Bahle Hadebe (recurring)

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW (Ordered straight to limited series)

Based on the novel by Amor Towles. Follows Count Alexander Rostov who, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, finds that his gilded past places him on the wrong side of history. Spared immediate execution, he is banished by a Soviet tribunal to an attic room in the opulent Hotel Metropol, threatened with death if he ever sets foot outside again. As the years pass and some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold outside the hotel’s doors, Rostov’s reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much-larger world of emotional discovery. As he builds a new life within the walls of the hotel, he discovers the true value of friendship, family and love.

Studio eOne/Paramount

Team Ben Vanstone (w, ep, sr), Sam Miller (d, ep)

Cast Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leah Harvey, Johnny Harris, Paul Ready, Alexa Goodall, John Heffernan, Lyès Salem, Fehinti Balogun, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Dee Ahluwalia, Anastasia Hille

THE DEPARTMENT (Ordered straight to series; working title)

Centers on the daily life and missions of agents within France's principal external security service. It focuses on the "Bureau of Legends," responsible for training and handling deep-cover agents on long-term missions in areas with French interests. Living under false identities for years, these agents' missions are to identify and recruit good intelligence sources.

Studio MTV Entertainment Studios/101 Studios

Team George Clooney (d, ep), Grant Heslov (ep), Keith Cox (ep), Nina L. Diaz (ep), David C. Glasser (ep), Ron Burkle (ep), David Hutkin (ep), Bob Yari (ep), Alex Berger (ep), Ashley Stern (ep), Pascal Breton (ep)

Cast TBA

WACO: THE AFTERMATH (Ordered straight to series; originally produced at Paramount+)

Sequel to the 2018 limited series 'Waco' focuses on the fallout of the Waco disaster — the trials of the surviving members of the Branch Davidian sect and the rise of homegrown terrorist Timothy McVeigh.

Studio MTV Entertainment Studios/101 Studios

Team Drew Dowdle (w, d, ep, sr), John Erick Dowdle (w, d, ep, sr), Andrew Gettens (ep), Lauren Mackenzie (ep), Michael Shannon (ep), David C. Glasser (ep), David Hutkin (ep), Bob Yari (ep), Ron Burkle (ep), Gary Barber (ep), Taylor Kitsch (ep)

Cast Michael Shannon, John Leguizamo, Giovanni Ribisi, David Costabile, J. Smith Cameron, John Hoogenakker, Keean Johnson, Abbey Lee, Gary Cole, Alex Breaux, Michael Cassidy, Nicholas Kolev, Michael Luwoye, Kali Rocha, Michael Vincent Barry, Sasheer Zamata


ENTITLED (Ordered straight to series; eight episodes)

Gabe is an American widower who must get to know his British wife’s estranged family. In their crumbling gothic mansion in the English countryside, they compete for his affections – and his newly inherited fortune.

Studio Showtime/Channel 4/All3Media International

Team Matt Morgan (w, ep), Brett Gelman (ep), Harry Williams (ep), Jack Williams (ep), Sarah Hammond (ep), Tim Kirkby (d, ep)

Cast Brett Gelman

SEASONED (Picked up to series)

Follows the delightfully tumultuous relationship and life of a successful, gregarious, deeply committed, slightly insane married couple. The source of their unending magic is the same as their unending woe: that they’ve stayed together all this time.

Studio Jax Media

Team Ewen Wright (w, d, ep), Gideon Grody-Patinkin (w, ep), Tony Hernandez (ep), Brooke Posch (ep), Isabel Richardson (ep), Mandy Patinkin (ep), Kathryn Grody (ep), Jake Fuller (p)

Cast Mandy Patinkin, Kathryn Grody

THE WOOD (Not going forward)

An honest look at friendship and dating from the perspective of three young Black males born and raised in the gentrifying L.A. suburb of Inglewood, fondly referred to by locals as the City of Champions. The trio’s struggles to balance fatherhood, ambition and loyalty force them to question if they are growing apart … or closer together -- all while trying to navigate life, love and likes on the ’Gram. Based on the 1999 movie.

Studio Paramount Television Studios

Team Justin Hillian (w, ep), Rick Famuyiwa (d, ep), David Gale (ep), Van Toffler (ep)

Cast Xavier Mills, Melvin Gregg, Essence Renae, Karen Obilom, Richard T. Jones (guest), Tamala Jones (guest


A quiet man named Nathan, often misheard as “Mason,” seeks connection in a loud world. Based on the Nathan Min's life.

Studio A24

Team Nathan Min (w, ep), Daniel Scheinert (d, ep), Daniel Kwan (d, ep), Steven Yeun (ep), onathan Wang (ep), Adam Kopp (ep)

Cast Nathan Min



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