Our running update of pilots ordered for the 2016-17 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):
24: LEGACY (Drama)
EPs: Howard Gordon, Manny Coto, Evan Katz
CAST: Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead), Ashley Thomas (Black Mirror), Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy), Miranda Otto (Homeland), Teddy Sears (The Flash), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Anna Diop (The Messengers), Coral Pena (Blue Bloods), Charlie Hofheimer (Mad Men), Sheila Vand (State of Affairs)
Featuring an all-new cast of characters, the potential series centers on a military hero who encounters a troubled return to the U.S., compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.
WRITER: David Slack
OTHER EPs: Len Wiseman
CAST: Natalie Martinez (Secrets and Lies), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Ernie Hudson (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Eric Winter (Witches of East End), Caitlin Stasey (Reign), Taylor Handley (The O.C.), Tamberla Perry (Boss)
A tech billionaire purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder, but can this eccentric and enigmatic figure’s cutting edge approach fix the broken ways of these blue blooded veterans?
CHAD: AN AMERICAN BOY (Comedy)
WRITER: Nasim Pedrad, Rob Rosell
OTHER EPs: Nasim Pedrad, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky, Jason Winer
CAST: Nasim Pedrad (SNL), Matthew Mindler, Ariana Molkara
Follows a young teen in the throes of adolescence who is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks.
CHARITY CASE (Comedy)
WRITER: Robert Padnick
OTHER EPs: Courteney Cox, James Griffiths
CAST: Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Kyle Bornheimer (Angel From Hell), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire), Dan Gill (The Wedding Ringer)
Follows a billionaire’s widow who inherits his charity and learns that changing the world is far less glamorous than she had imagined.
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THE ENFORCERS (Comedy)
WRITER: Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Kreamer
OTHER EPs: Gail Mancuso
CAST: Niecy Nash (Scream Queens), Christine Woods (Hello Ladies), Ian Gomez (Cougar Town), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), Matt Oberg (The Comedians)
A female buddy comedy about two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers who find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code Enforcement Department. Instead of fighting crime, they have been relegated to handling petty code breaking, like noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse.
THE EXORCIST (Drama)
WRITER: Jeremy Slater
OTHER EPs: James Robinson, David Robinson, Barbara Wall
CAST: Geena Davis (Grey’s Anatomy), Brianne Howey (Scream Queens), Hannah Kasulka (The Fosters), Alfonso Herrera (Sense8), Ben Daniels (Flesh and Bone), Kurt Egyiawan (Beasts of No Nation)
A modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book, the propulsive, serialized psychological thriller follows two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.
LETHAL WEAPON (Drama)
WRITER: Matt Miller
OTHER EPs: Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz, McG
CAST: Damon Wayans, Sr., Jordana Brewster (Dallas),
Golden Brooks (Girlfriends) Keesha Sharp (American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson), Kevin Rahm (Mad Men), Clayne Crawford (Rectify), Johnathan Fernandez (Younger, Girls), Chandler Kinney
When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.
MAKING HISTORY (Comedy)
WRITER: Julius “Goldie” Sharpe
OTHER EPs: Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Seth Cohen
CAST: Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Yassir Lester (The Carmichael Show)
Three friends find a way to travel through time for truth, justice, and riches, which complicates their lives in 2016. They visit some of the greatest moments of the past as they try to resolve their personal problems, while history and pop culture comically collide.
THE MICK (Comedy)
WRITER: John Chernin, Dave Chernin
OTHER EPs: Nick Frenkel, Oly Obst
CAST: Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Sofia Black D’Elia (Gossip Girl), Carla Jimenez, Thomas Barbusca, Jack Stanton
A hard-living, foul mouthed woman moves to affluent Greenwich, CT to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment. She quickly learns what the rest of us already know — other people’s children are awful.
WRITER: Dan Fogelman, Rick Singer
OTHER EPs: Tony Bill, Helen Bartlett
CAST: Kylie Bunbury (Twisted), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash),
Elisabeth Shue (CSI) Ali Larter (Legends, Heroes), Mark Consuelos (Kingdom, Alpha House), Mo McRae (Murder in the First, Sons of Anarchy), Meagan Holder (Ringer), Tim Jo (The Neighbors), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), recurring guest star Bob Balaban (The Good Wife)
Follows a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.
PRISON BREAK (Drama) — STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: Paul Scheuring
OTHER EPs: Marty Adelstein, Dawn Olmstead
CAST: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar, Paul Adelstein, Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), recurring stars Inbar Lavi (The Last Ship), Augustus Prew (The Borgias), Rick Yune (Marco Polo), Steve Mouzakis (I, Frankenstein) and Amin El Gamal
A limited, 10-episode continuation of the hit series, which picks up years after “escape artist” Michael Scofield’s apparent death. Sara Tancredi has moved on with her life, raising her and Michael’s child with her new husband. But when clues surface suggesting that Michael may be alive, Sara teams with his brother Lincoln to engineer the series’ “biggest escape ever.”
WRITER: Caroline Dries
OTHER EPs: Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson
CAST: Tracy Spiridakos (Revolution), Nick Wechsler (Revenge), Alexander Siddig (Game of Thrones), Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Karan Oberoi (NCIS), Amanda Warren (The Leftovers)
A rookie FBI agent embeds herself in a suspected terrorist family.
SHOTS FIRED (Drama) — STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: Gina Prince-Bythewood, Reggie Rock Bythewood
OTHER EPs: Francie Calfo, Brian Grazer
CAST: Sanaa Lathan (Love & Basketball), Helen Hunt (Mad About You), Richard Dreyfuss (Madoff), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Stephan James (Selma), Aisha Hinds (Under the Dome), Tristan Wilds (90210), DeWanda Wise
An expert investigator digs into a series of shootings in a small Tennessee town. Alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice, she must navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that comes with such volatile cases.
SON OF ZORN (Animated/Live-Action Comedy) — STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
OTHER EPs: Reed Agnew, Eli Jorne, Seth Cohen, Eric Appel
VOICE CAST: Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Artemis Pebdani, Johnny Pemberton
Centers on an animated Barbarian father who comes home for the first time in 10 years to his live-action son and ex-wife. He finds that reconnecting with his family, struggling through his mundane office job and dealing with the banality of suburban life is much harder than waging actual war in his distant, animated world.
UNTITLED CHRIS CASE PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITER: Chris Case
OTHER EPs: Chris Spencer, Evan Silverberg, Daniel Rappaport, Malcolm D. Lee
CAST: Becki Newton (Ugly Betty, How I Met Your Mother), Bill Bellamy (Fastlane), Joshua Carlon (Richie Rich), Steele Stebbins (Vacation), Amberia Allen (Punk’d)
This inter-racial family comedy follows Jay “Havoc” Hammond, an African American, ex-NFL lineman who recently moved in with his white wife and her two oddball sons, as he struggles to win the most challenging game of his life: fatherhood.
UNTITLED LAURA STEINEL PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITER: Laura Steinel
OTHER EPs: Sue Naegle, Jeff Schaffer
CAST: Judy Greer (Married), Patton Oswalt (King of Queens), Esai Morales (The Brink, NYPD Blue), Jon Daly (Family Guy), Veronica Osorio (Hail Caesar!), Lateefah Holder, Milana Vayntrub
A half-hour workplace comedy that centers around Jane, who is caught between trying to manage her charmingly incompetent human resources department and a new eccentric CEO who dreams of bringing the New Jersey plastics plant into the future.
UNTITLED LEE DANIELS PROJECT (fka Star) (Drama)
WRITER: Lee Daniels, Tom Donaghy
CAST: Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order), Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady
Centers on three young women who form a musical act with the hope of making it big.
URBAN COWBOY (Drama) — NOT GOING FORWARD
WRITER: Craig Brewer
OTHER EPs: Chris Levinson, Robert Evans, Sue Naegle
CAST: Alfonso Herrera (Sense8), Nathalie Kelley (UnREAL), Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Jim Belushi (According to Jim), Riley Smith (True Blood)
The update of 1980 John Travolta film follows two star-crossed young lovers, as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line-dancing in honky-tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamor of modern Texas.
WRITER: Jon Collier, Stephen Nathan
OTHER EPs: Spencer Medof, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers
CAST: Marsha Thomason (White Collar), Peter Facinelli (Supergirl), Kim Raver (24, Bones), Ben Rappaport (Mr. Robot), Wesam Keesh (Awkward), Melissa Tang (Mom)
The light, unconventional medical procedural follows the unlikely pairing of a successful, driven cardiologist as she risks career suicide by teaming with a socially-challenged veterinarian who relates better to animals than people. They try to put aside their competitive natures to cure the incurable using a unique blend of cross-species medicine that’s never been tried before. Based on Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers’ book of the same name.