Our running update of pilots ordered for the 2016-17 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):
WRITER: Paul Attanasio, Dr. Phillip C. McGraw
OTHER EPs: Justin Falvey & Darryl Frank, Jay McGraw
CAST: Michael Weatherly (NCIS), Freddy Rodriguez (The Night Shift), Geneva Carr (Law & Order: SVU), Christopher Jackson (Broadway’s Hamilton), Jaime Lee Kirchner (Mercy)
Based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw during his days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time.
BUNKER HILL (Drama)
WRITER: Jason Katims
OTHER EPs: Michelle Lee
CAST: Augustus Prew (The Borgias), Dermot Mulroney (Shameless), Odette Annable (The Astronaut Wives Club), Brenda Song (Scandal, Dads), Reshma Shetty (Royals Pains), Ward Horton (One Life to Live), Aaron Jennings
Follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting edge, “new school” approach to medicine.
WRITER: Tony Phelan, Joan Rater
OTHER EPs: Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Adam Bernstein
CAST: Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy), Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), Dulé Hill (Psych), Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23), Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan), Kobi Libii (Alpha House)
Centers on Sadie Ellis, a lawyer who becomes romantically involved with a client who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
WRITER: Joan Rater, Tony Phelan
OTHER EPs: Dan Jinks
CAST: Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest), Anthony Edwards (ER), Felix Solis (The Following), Vanessa Ferlito (Graceland), Steve Kazee (Shameless), Debra Monk (Grey’s Anatomy), Rob McClure
A contemporary take on the character from the iconic Nancy Drew book series. Now in her 30s, Nancy is a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.
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FOUR STARS (Drama)
WRITER: Becky Mode
OTHER EPs: Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly, RJ Cutler
CAST: Wilmer Valderrama (Minority Report, That ’70s Show), Bojana Novakovic (Shameless), Bruce Greenwood (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan), Ana Cruz Kayne, Ashley Zukerman (Manhattan)
Two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, Florida make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security.
FURST BORN (Comedy)
WRITER: Dan O’Shannon, Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope
OTHER EPs: Todd Holland
CAST: Patrick Brammall (Upper Middle Bogan), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Poppy Montgomery (Unforgettable), Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly), Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva), Kelli Goss (The Young and the Restless), Talitha Bateman (Hart of Dixie)
An extended family comedy inspired by the Australian format, Upper Middle Bogan, about a woman who learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag-racers.
THE GREAT INDOORS (Comedy)
WRITER: Mike Gibbons
CAST: Joel McHale (Community), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass), Stephen Fry (Bones), Susannah Fielding, Shaun Brown
An adventure reporter must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.
I’M NOT YOUR FRIEND (Comedy)
WRITER: Jeff & Jackie Filgo
OTHER EPs: Matt LeBlanc, Michael Rotenberg
CAST: Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Jenna Fischer (The Office), Matt Cook (Clipped), Grace Kaufman (The Last Ship), Diana Maria Riva (Telenovela), Jessica Chaffin (Episodes)
A contractor learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife goes back to work.
THE KICKER (Comedy)
WRITER: Jack Burditt
OTHER EPs: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, David Miner
CAST: Geoff Stults (Enlisted), David Spade (Rules of Engagement), Joanna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time), J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
An oddball athlete drives family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his professional football team.
WRITER: Paul Downs Colaizzo
OTHER EPs: Michael Clear, Henry Winkler, James Wan
CAST: Lucas Till (X-Men), George Eads (CSI), Addison Timlin (Califorication), Michelle Krusiec (Hawaii Five-0)
A reimagining of the television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
MY TIME/YOUR TIME (Comedy)
WRITER: Hilary Winston
OTHER EPs: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
CAST: Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Nicholas Braun (10 Things I Hate About You), Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project), Izzie Steele, Langston Kerman
Chronicles the relationship of a young couple as they begin dating long distance. Based on the web series 7P/10E.
REAL GOOD PEOPLE (Comedy)
WRITER: Stephnie Weir
OTHER EPs: Greg Garcia, Alix Jaffe
CAST: Nick Zano (Minority Report, One Big Happy), Lenora Crichlow (A to Z), Lindsey Gort (The Carrie Diaries), Betsy Beutler (You’re the Worst), Ross Kimball (Chicago Med), David Keith (Reckless, The Class), Julie White (Go On), Beth Hoyt
A conservative, small town family is forced to reconcile their values when they discover their children’s lives are less than perfect.
SENSORY (Drama) WRITER: David Zabel OTHER EPs: Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Roger Freet Two-hander centered around a veteran neurologist and her protégé who has mirror-touch synesthesia, a neurological trait that causes him to experience other people’s sensations. Inspired by the true story of neurologist Joel Salinas.
SUPERIOR DONUTS (Comedy)
WRITER: Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan, Bob Daily
OTHER EPs: Mark Teitelbaum, John Montgomery
CAST: Jermaine Fowler, Brian d’Arcy James (Smash), David Koechner (The Office), Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement), Maz Jobrani (Better Off Ted), Sarah Stiles (Broadway’s Hand to God)
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, it follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago.
TRAINING DAY (Drama)
WRITER: Will Beall
OTHER EPs: Antoine Fuqua, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed
CAST: Justin Cornwell (Chicago P.D.), Bill Paxton (Big Love), Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars), Katrina Law (Arrow), Julie Benz (Defiance, Dexter), Lex Scott Davis (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart)
In this reimagining that begins 15 years after the film left off, an idealistic young African-American police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective.
UNTITLED KEVIN JAMES PROJECT (Comedy) — STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: Kevin James, Rock Reuben, Bruce Helford
OTHER EPs: Jeff Sussman
CAST: Kevin James (The King of Queens), Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital), Taylor Spreitler (Melissa & Joey), Ryan Cartwright (Alphas, Bones), Lenny Venito (The Neighbors), Gary Valentine (The King of Queens)
A newly retired police officer looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids discovers he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND (Comedy)
WRITER: Dan Kopelman
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan
CAST: Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl), Alyssa Milano (Charmed), Matt Murray (Kevin From Work, Rookie Blue), Dougie Baldwin
Two 40-something parents who were wild and reckless teenagers now face their worst nightmare—raising three teenagers of their own.