Our running update of pilots ordered for the 2016-17 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):
WRITER: Meaghan Oppenheimer
OTHER EPs: Reese Witherspoon & Bruna Papandrea
CAST: Anna Paquin (True Blood), Blair Underwood (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy, 11.22.63), Charity Wakefield (The Player), Penelope Ann Miller (American Crime), Thad Luckinbill (Nikita, The Young and the Restless), Zeb Sanders (The Messengers)
A ruthless Dallas divorce attorney’s life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets.
CHUNK & BEAN (Comedy)
WRITER: Ed Herro, Brian Donovan
OTHER EPs: Dave Hemingson
CAST: Cyrus Arnold, Simon Belz, Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Andrew Daly (Review, Grandfathered), Hassie Harrison (Hart of Dixie), Sofia Gonzalez (Barely Famous)
A dual-family single camera comedy centered on the unlikely friendship of two misfits, Chunk and Bean, who benefit from having two very different sets of parents living next door to each other.
WRITER: Liz Friedman
OTHER EPs: Liz Friedlander, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper
CAST: Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter), Eddie Cahill (CSI: NY), Shawn Ashmore (The Following), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead), Manny Montana (Graceland), Merrin Dungey (Alias, Once Upon a Time), Daniel DiTomasso (Witches of East End)
Tells the story of Carter Morrison, the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former President, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.
THE DEATH OF EVA SOFIA VALDEZ (Drama)
WRITER: Charise Castro Smith
OTHER EPs: Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters
CAST: Gina Torres (Suits), Eric Close (Nashville), Melora Hardin (The Office), Raúl Castillo (Looking), Angelica Celaya (Constantine), Debra Mooney (Everwood), Marta Milans (Killer Women), Zabryna Guevara (Gotham), Alison Fernandez (Law & Order: SVU), Christina Pickles (Friends), Christian Ochoa, Jeimy Osorio
An immigrant who rose from rags to riches, Eva Sofia Valdez, is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and a champion for immigrant rights. But her success is fueled by an insatiable ambition that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover who betrayed her, and ghosts from the past who threaten to reveal the dark sacrifices Eva Sofia made to attain the American Dream. MacBeth with a Cuban twist.
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DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (Drama) — STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: David Guggenheim
OTHER EPs: Amy B. Harris, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon
CAST: Kiefer Sutherland (24), Maggie Q (Nikita), Kal Penn (House), Italia Ricci (Chasing Life), Natasha McElhone (Californication), Adan Canto (The Following), LaMonica Garrett (Sons of Anarchy), Tanner Buchanan (The Fosters)
Centers on a lower level United States Cabinet member who is suddenly handed the presidency after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union address kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.
DOWNWARD DOG (Comedy)
WRITER: Samm Hodges, Michael Killen
OTHER EPs: Jimmy Miller, Sam Hansen, Kathy Dziubek
CAST: Allison Tolman (Fargo), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Mo Collins (Parks and Recreation), Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Barry Rothbart
Based on the web series of the same name, it follows a down-on-her-luck woman named Nan whose devoted dog speaks its mind in confessional-style interviews.
DREAM TEAM (Comedy)
WRITER: Kari Lizer, Bill Wrubel
CAST: Justin Long (New Girl), Michelle Buteau (Enlisted), Michael Mosley (Sirens), Lindsey Kraft (Getting On), Wynn Everett (Marvel’s Agent Carter), Wanda Sykes (black-ish), Carlos Leal
Marty Schumacher coached his last Club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the National Championships. He now has to start from scratch with a diverse group of 8-year-olds, and their disparate parents.
THE FLUFFY SHOP (Comedy)
WRITER: Tim Doyle, Jay Lavender
OTHER EPs: Gabriel Iglesias, Joe Meloche, Becky Clements, Marty Adelstein
CAST: Gabriel Iglesias, Richard Gant (Men of a Certain Age), Gloria Garayua (Cougar Town),
Paul Walter Hauser (Kingdom) Tyler Hilton (One Tree Hill), Tommy Savas (State of Affairs), Juliocesar Chavez
Iglesias plays a stepfather and boss to his family and friends, while he navigates his home life during the few days he spends off the road each week.
HAIL MARY (Comedy)
WRITER: Brian Gallivan
OTHER EPs: Seth Gordon, Tariq Jalil
CAST: Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), Retta (Parks and Recreation), Sarah Baker (Go On), Jackee Harry (Baby Daddy), Gareth Reynolds, Tom Stourton
A young small town mayor named Mary Wolf has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town, and the mafia breathing down her neck. Only a miracle can help her. So… she fakes one. Based on the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation series.
THE JURY (Drama)
WRITER: VJ Boyd & Mark Bianculli
OTHER EPs: Carol Mendelsohn & Julie Weitz
CAST: Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Jeremy Sisto (Wicked City, Suburgatory), Eve Harlow (Heroes Reborn), Adina Porter (The 100), Brandon Jay McLaren (Graceland), Ben Esler (Hell on Wheels), Brian Howe (Masters of Sex, Justified), Jayne Taini (Ray Donovan), Kevin Rankin (Gracepoint), Nikki DeLoach (Awkward), JD Pardo (Revolution)
Dubbed 12 angry Men meets Serial, the drama follows a single murder trial as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment, and how their preconceptions change along the way.
MARVEL’S MOST WANTED (Drama)
WRITER: Paul Zbyszewski
OTHER EPs: Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb
CAST: Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood, Delroy Lindo (Blood & Oil, The Chicago Code), Oded Fehr (Covert Affairs), Fernanda Andrade (Red Widow)
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff follows Bobbi (aka Mockingbird) and ex-husband Lance, who are on the run with no friends, no S.H.I.E.L.D. and a long list of enemies looking to claim a bounty on their heads. Able to trust no one but each other, Bobbi and Hunter form an uneasy alliance with Dominic Fortune, a rogue adventurer with a wealth of resources and even more adversaries, who agrees to protect them so long as they help him with his own agenda. While on dangerous missions that take them to every corner of the globe, the two heroes will help anyone in need, all while trying to uncover the conspiracy that put their own lives in jeopardy.
MODEL WOMAN (Drama)
WRITER: Helen Childress
OTHER EPs: Rosalie Swedlin, Scarlett Lacey
CAST: Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove), Steven Weber (iZombie), Jamie Barber (NCIS, Battlestar Galactica), Dan Byrd (Cougar Town), Chris Mason (The Fades), Caitlin Carver (The Fosters), Nicole Ari Parker (Rosewood), Kaley Ronayne (Gotham), Madeline Blake
A fictionalized family soap inspired by Robert Lacey’s book, Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty. Set in the late 1970’s during the notorious Model Wars, the show is centered on Bertie Geiss – a tempestuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman at the helm of an internationally renowned modeling agency.
WRITER: Josh Berman, Allie Hagan
OTHER EPs: Mark Geragos, Wendy Walker, Kenny Meiselas, Jeff Kwatinetz, Josh Barry, Brian Gersh
CAST: Daniel Sunjata (Graceland), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), J. August Richards (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Ryan Guzman (Heroes Reborn), Kevin Zegers (Gracepoint), Kate Jennings Grant (Alpha House), Sepideh Moafi (Black Box), guest star Dilshad Vadsaria (Revenge, Greek)
Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.
WRITER: Andrew Reich
CAST: Candice Bergen (Boston Legal), Zach Knighton (Happy Endings), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes), Richard Masur (The Good Wife), Ren Colley, Halina James
When a larger-than-life family matriarch finds out she has cancer, she becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies.
WRITER: John Ridley
OTHER EPs: Michael McDonald
CAST: Rick Gonzalez (Rush), Colin Woodell (The Originals), Stephanie Sigman, Marcus Anderson
Follows Presence Foster, a former Army Counter Insurgency Operative who finds herself navigating a widely divergent and highly colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed P.I.
THE SECOND-FATTEST HOUSEWIFE IN WESTPORT (Comedy)
WRITER: Sarah Dunn
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan
CAST: Katy Mixon (Mike & Molly), Carly Hughes, Ali Wong (Black Box, Are You There, Chelsea?), Diedrich Bader (Veep), Julia Butters (Transparent), Johnny Sequoyah (Believe), Daniel DiMaggio (Supergirl)
A family comedy narrated by Katie, a strong-willed mother, raising her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with “perfect” wives and their “perfect” offspring.
WRITER: Michael Cooney
OTHER EPs: Ian Sander, Kim Moses
CAST: Antonia Thomas, Lena Olin (Alias), Tom Brittney (Outlander), Tracy Ifeachor (The Originals), Alex Lanipekun (BBC’s Spooks), Austin Hébert (Bonnie & Clyde), Rege-Jean Page (Roots), Rachel Hurd-Wood
Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, this genre soap centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires.
WRITER: Scott Silveri
OTHER EPs: Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar
CAST: Minnie Driver (About a Boy), Mason Cook (Legends), Cedric Yarbrough (The Goldbergs), John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory)
A family with a special-needs child is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones.
SQUARE ROOTS (Comedy)
WRITER: Vijal Patel
CAST: Bernard White (The Brink, Silicon Valley), Katie Walder (How I Met Your Mother), Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement), Noureen DeWulf (Grandfathered, Anger Management), Nina Wadia (EastEnders), Callan Farris
A man from a family of logic driven engineers is determined to use his “gift” to help the people he loves with their everyday issues, whether they like it or not.
STILL STAR-CROSSED (Drama)
WRITER: Heather Mitchell
OTHER EPs: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Michael Goldstein
CAST: Clara Rugaard, Grant Bowler (Defiance), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Torrance Coombs (Reign), Zuleikha Robinson (Homeland, Lost), Wade Briggs (Home and Away), Sterling Sulieman (In Time), Dan Hildebrand (Sons of Anarchy), Ebonée Noel, Medalion Rahimi, Lashana Lynch
A period drama that picks up where Romeo & Juliet left off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. Based on the book by Melinda Taub.
TIME AFTER TIME (Drama)
WRITER: Kevin Williamson
CAST: Josh Bowman (Revenge), Freddie Stroma (UnREAL), Regina Taylor (Dig, The Unit), Genesis Rodriguez (Entourage), recurring star Jordin Sparks (American Idol)
Using the 1979 novel and movie as a starting point, Time After Time will chronicle the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his Time Machine.
WRITER: Scott Foley, Greg Grunberg
OTHER EPs: Shonda Rhimes
CAST: Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy), Jono Kenyon, Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy, You’re the Worst), Punam Patel (Kevin From Work)
Over the course of Max & Page’s wedding rehearsal dinner, their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple – but flashbacks reveal the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the real story of their complicated, funny, and relatable road to marriage.
UNTITLED GOLDBERG/GUARACIO PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITER: David Guaracio, Adam F. Goldberg
OTHER EPs: Patrick Osbourne, Doug Robinson
CAST: Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg, Growing Up Fisher), Stephen Schneider (You’re the Worst), Nicholas Coombe (iZombie), Matreya Scarrwener (Canada’s Detective McLean: Ties That Bind), Jillian Bell (Eastbound & Down), Erica Tremblay
Centers on a thirtysomething bachelorette whose life is turned upside-down when she finally meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as an only child suddenly reappears in her life to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
UNTITLED WEEKS/MACKAY PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITER: Ed Weeks & Hannah Mackay
OTHER EPs: Andrew Reich, Siobhan Bachman
CAST: Julie Goldman, Andy Ridings (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Tattiawna Jones (Flashpoint), Christine Horn
An unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, navigate their dysfunctional, co-dependent friendship and the world of dating.