Our running update of pilots ordered for the 2015-16 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):
THE 46 PERCENTERS (Comedy)
WRITERS: Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer
CAST: Angela Kinsey (The Office), Nazneen Contractor (Covert Affairs), Jason Antoon (No Ordinary Family)
An anti-romantic, romantic comedy about the 46 percent of the population who choose to stay married, told through the perspective of three couples.
THE ADVERSARIES (Drama)
WRITER: David Zabel
CAST: Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Christine Lahti (Jack & Bobby), Lenny Platt (One Life to Live), Kristen Hager (Being Human), Enuka Okuma (Rookie Blue), Christine Evangelista (Chicago Fire)
When the patriarch of a New York legal dynasty becomes embroiled in a trial of his own, his federal prosecutor daughter must decide which side she will fight on.
THE ADVOCATE (Drama)
WRITER: Sheldon Turner
OTHER EPs: Jennifer Klein
CAST: Kim Raver (24), Joy Bryant (Parenthood), Coby Bell (Burn Notice)
A type-A business woman has a medical scare, only to be dangerously misdiagnosed, and experiences firsthand the hazards of our healthcare system. Shocking her friends and family, she leaves her career behind, becoming instead a brilliant and relentless advocate for anyone caught in the chaotic and ever-changing maze that is modern medicine.
WRITERS: Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne
OTHER EPs: Tony Krantz
CAST: Don Johnson (Nash Bridges, Miami Vice), Scott Michael Foster (Chasing Life), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society), India de Beaufort (Jane By Design), Delroy Lindo (Believe), Caitlin Carver (The Fosters), Yani Gellman (Pretty Little Liars), Amber Valletta (Revenge)
A modern-day story about the biggest oil discovery in American history, one which triggers an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 Gold Rush. The series tracks the pilgrimage of a young, ambitious couple as they brave a modern “Wild West,” negotiating an ensemble of roughnecks, grifters, oil barons, criminals and fellow prospectors.
THE BRAINY BUNCH (Comedy/Single-Cam)
WRITERS: Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux
OTHER EPs: Imagine
CAST: Melanie Griffith, James Roday (Psych), Majandra Delfino (Roswell)
When Kip Mitchell returns home from the military and becomes a stay-at-home dad, he quickly realizes that he and wife Mona Lisa might have raised their kids to be too smart — and completely socially inept.
THE BROAD SQUAD (Drama)
WRITER: Bess Wohl
OTHER EPs: Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Len Goldstein, Aaron Kaplan
CAST: Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Michael Gaston (The Mentalist), Kenneth Mitchell (Switched at Birth, Jericho), Morgan Spector (Allegiance), Alberto Frezza, Charlotte Spencer
Inspired by true stories, a look at the first four women to graduate from Boston’s Police Academy in 1978.
CHEV AND BEV (Comedy/Single-Cam)
WRITER: Brad Copeland
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan
CAST: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Aly Michalka (iZombie), Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock)
Two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren.
DELORES & JERMAINE (Comedy/Multi-Cam)
WRITER: Jermaine Fowler, Danny Chun
OTHER EPs: Michael Rotenberg, Avi Gilbert
CAST: Jermaine Fowler, Whoopi Goldberg, Christina Moore (90210)
Based on his real-life experiences, comedian Jermaine Fowler stars as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive. He moves in with his estranged grandmother, a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting.
DR. KEN (Comedy)
WRITERS: Jared Stern, Mike O’Connell, Ken Jeong
OTHER EPs: John Davis, John Fox, Mike Sikowitz
CAST: Ken Jeong (Community), Albert Tsai (Trophy Wife), Dave Foley (Hot in Cleveland), Suzy Nakamura (Go On), Tisha Campbell-Martin (Martin), Jonathan Slavin (Better Off Ted), Krista Marie Yu (The Thundermans)
Ken Jeong is a frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting, and succeeding at none of them.
FAMILY FORTUNE (Comedy)
WRITER: Matt Hubbard, Fortune Feimster
OTHER EPs: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, 3 Arts
CAST: Fortune Feimster (Chelsea Lately), Annie Potts (Designing Women), Parker Young (Enlisted, Suburgatory), Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), Chris Redd
Centers on a popular gym teacher in Georgia who comes out of the closet to her close-knit group of family and friends. At the same time, her bickering, divorced parents also “come out” that they are sleeping together again.
WRITER: Segahl Avin
OTHER EPs: Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer
CAST: Justin Long (New Girl)
Based on the Israeli series Bilti Hafich, centers around Andy (Long) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves.
THE KING OF 7B (Comedy)
WRITER: Howard Franklin
OTHER EPs: Dan Fogelman
CAST: Craig Ferguson, Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men), Amir Talai (American Dad!)
After seeing (who he believes to be) his soulmate across the street, noted recluse Prentiss Porter decides to leave his apartment for the first time in 20 years.
WRITER: Sallie Patrick
CAST: Gus Halper, Colm Feore (Revolution), Parminder Nagra (The Blacklist), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Once Upon a Time, True Blood), Khary Payton (Teen Titans)
When his sister is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university, a young man adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty, and high-profile alums – in order to investigate her death.
L.A. CRIME (Drama)
WRITER: Stephen Baigelman
OTHER EPs: Mandeville Television
CAST: Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Darrell Britt-Gibson (The Wire), Adam Rothenberg (Ripper Street), Holley Fain (Grey’s Anatomy), Anne Winters (Tyrant), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl)
A character-driven, true-crime procedural that explores sex, politics and popular culture across various noteworthy eras in L.A. history. Season one focuses on two LA cops in search for a Bonnie & Clyde-esque serial killing team amidst the rock-and-roll, coke-infused revelry of the 1980s Sunset Strip.
WRITER: Jennifer Cecil
OTHER EPs: Le Train Train, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack
CAST: Camille Guaty (Scorpion, Prison Break), Britne Oldford (Ravenswood), Sam Page (House of Cards), Walter Perez
A one-hour dramedy that explores the realities of modern-day families — multi-cultural, multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions — set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads.
OF KINGS AND PROPHETS (Drama)
WRITERS: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
OTHER EPs: Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi
CAST: Simone Kessell (Terra Nova), Oliver Rix, Maisie Richardson-Sellers (The Originals), Mohammad Bakri (Tyrant), James Floyd
An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.
WRITER: Josh Safran
OTHER EPs: The Mark Gordon Company
CAST: Aunjanue Ellis (NCIS: Los Angeles), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove), Tate Ellington, Priyanka Chopra
A group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. As we intercut between their hidden pasts and their present training, we also flash-forward to the near future, where one of the recruits will turn out to be a sleeper terrorist.
WRITER: Michael Cooney
OTHER EPs: Ian Sander, Kim Moses, Jon Cowan, Peter Horton
CAST: Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol), Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami), Brent Sexton (The Killing), Chris Johnson (The Vampire Diaries), Megan Dodds
Lauren Marks believes she is leading a perfect life, until it is ripped apart by one simple twist of fate. To uncover the truth she must follow a trail of lies that take her into the world of cartels and the illegal gun trade between the US and Mexico.
SMOKE AND MIRRORS (fka THE CATCH) (Drama)
WRITER: Jennifer Schuur
OTHER EPs: Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers
CAST: Mireille Enos (The Killing), Damon Dayoub (NCIS), Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), Rose Rollins (The L Word), Jacky Ido, Jay Hayden, Elvy Yost
Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancé, a bride-to-be — who investigates fraud for a living — is not all she claims to be. And when the fiancé’s expertly planned con collides with her perfectly constructed lies, they plunge into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Based on an idea by novelist Kate Atkinson and Helen Gregory.
UNCLE BUCK (Comedy)
WRITERS: Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley
OTHER EPs: Will Packer
CAST: Mike Epps (Survivor’s Remorse), Nia Long (House of Lies), James Lesure (Men at Work)
A childish African-African man learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. Based on the 1989 movie starring John Candy.
UNTITLED DAN SAVAGE PROJECT (Comedy/Single-Cam)
WRITERS: David Windsor, Casey Johnson
OTHER EPs: Dan Savage, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott
CAST: Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Noah Galvin
A picture perfect family is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. Loosely based on the life of gay activist and author Dan Savage.
UNTITLED JENNA BANS PROJECT (Drama)
WRITER: Jenna Bans
OTHER EPs: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks
CAST: Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Joan Allen (The Missing), Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink), Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Liam James (The Way, Way Back), Rarmian Newton (Dance Academy), Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta), Madeleine Arthur (Supernatural), Alex Steele (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
Centers on a politician’s son who shows up nearly 10 years after his presumed death and rocks the local community. His reappearance, naturally, has repercussions for the neighbor jailed for his murder and the police officer that handled the case.
UNTITLED JOHNNY KNOXVILLE PILOT (Comedy)
WRITER: Victor Fresco
OTHER EPs: Johnny Knoxville, Michael Rotenberg
CAST: Julie Ann Emery (Better Call Saul), Brad Carter (Ascension)
Courtesy of narration from the man himself, Johnny Knoxville recalls life growing up in the “outlaw culture” of Knoxville, Tenn., and how it shaped him into one of the most notorious pranksters of our time.
UNTITLED JUDAH MILLER PROJECT (Comedy/Single-Cam)
WRITER: Judah Miller
OTHER EPs: Tom Lassally, Jonathan Berry
CAST: Megan Hilty (Smash), Greg Grunberg (Masters of Sex, Alias), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Efren Ramirez (Napolean Dynamite), Tony Rock
A Broadway starlet and her brainiac husband are thrust into the world of youth sports when they find themselves with an athletically gifted son.
UNTITLED NBA PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITERS: David Windsor, Casey Johnson
OTHER EPs: Dan Fogelman, Mike Tollin, Peter Guber, Aaron Kaplan
CAST: Skylar Astin (Ground Floor), Jami Gertz (The Neighbors), Ving Rhames, Matthew Glave (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Blondy Baruti
A buddy comedy set in the world of the NBA about a rookie who doesn’t speak English and a translator who doesn’t speak basketball.