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Pilot Season '16: Scoop on This Fall's (Possible) New Shows, Who's In Them

Pilot Season Guide

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Our running update of pilots ordered for the 2016-17 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):

THE BLACKLIST SPINOFF (Drama)
CAST: Famke Janssen (How to Get Away With Murder), Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist), Edi Gathegi (The Blacklist), Tawny Cypress (Unforgettable)
The May 12 episode of The Blacklist will serve as a backdoor pilot, with Janssen’s character, Susan “Scottie” Halsted, to be introduced in the May 5 installment.

Philip Winchester EndgameCHICAGO JUSTICE (Drama)
EPs: Dick Wolf
CAST: Philip Winchester (The Player), Joelle Carter (Justified), Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn), Carl Weathers (Rocky), guest star Lorraine Toussaint (Rosewood, Orange Is the New Black), Ryan-James Hatanaka
A planted Chicago P.D. spinoff — the backdoor pilot airs as Episode 21 — set in the legal world.

CRUEL INTENTIONS (Drama)
WRITER: Roger Kumble, Jordan Ross & Lindsey Rosin
OTHER EPs: Neil Moritz, Pavun Shetty
smg-cruel-intentionsCAST: Sarah Michelle Gellar (the original Cruel Intentions film), Taylor John Smith (American Crime), Peter Gallagher (The O.C.), Kate Levering (Drop Dead Diva), Samantha Logan (The Fosters), Sophina Brown (Ravenswood, Numb3rs), Nathalie Kelley (UnREAL), Bryce Cass
Picking up over 15 years after the end of the movie, it follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her brother, who was the late Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove. Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.

CRUNCH TIME (Comedy)
WRITER: Betsy Thomas
OTHER EPs: Phil Gurin, David Janollari
CAST: Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show), Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted), Kyle Howard (Royal Pains), Kellee Stewart (The Soul Man), Eugene Cordero (Comedy Bang! Bang!), Caitlin McGee
A hybrid game show/comedy that intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.

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GOOD FORTUNE (Comedy)
WRITER: Craig Gerard, Matt Zinman
OTHER EPs: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack
CAST: Tone Bell (Truth Be Told), Beau Mirchoff (Awkward), Diane Guerrero (Orange Is the New Black), Jessy Hodges (Hindsight), Blake Lee (Mixology)
An ensemble comedy that focuses on a hyper-structured young woman whose life is upended when she starts taking advice from a mysterious fortune teller.

Kristen Bell NBC SeriesGOOD PLACE (Comedy) — STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: Mike Schur
OTHER EPs: David Miner
CAST: Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Ted Danson (CSI: Cyber), Manny Jacinto (The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story), William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden
Follows Eleanor, a New Jersey woman who comes to realize that she hasn’t been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be “good” or “bad,” and then trying to make up for her past behavior.

HEAVENLY CREATURES (Drama)
WRITER: John Glenn
OTHER EPs: Mark Burnett, Roma Downey
Redeveloped from last season’s pilot Unveiled, it follows a war hero who rediscovers his purpose in life when a celestial being offers him a chance to change the world, one person at a time

IMAGINARY FRIEND (Comedy)
WRITER: Kassia Miller
OTHER EPs: Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner
CAST: Megan Neuringer (Kroll Show), Alex Newell (Glee), Brandon Scott
An intelligent yet unmotivated woman discovers a special and unexpected way of dealing with her mediocre life.

MARLON (Comedy)
WRITER: Chris Moynihan
OTHER EPs: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Michael Rotenberg
CAST: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins (Are We There Yet?), Bresha Webb (Truth Be Told), Diallo Riddle (Silicon Valley)
Loosely inspired by Marlon Wayans’ life, this multi-camera comedy centers on an inappropriate but loving father (Wayans) committed to successfully co-parenting with his polar opposite ex-wife.

Stockard Channing NBC PilotME & MEAN MARGARET (Comedy)
WRITER: Adam Barr
OTHER EPs: Peter Chernin
CAST: Stockard Channing (The Good Wife), Gavin Stenhouse (Allegiance)
An unlikely buddy comedy that follows a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress and the ambitious 27-year-old lawyer forced to babysit her.

MIDNIGHT TEXAS (Drama)
WRITER: Monica Owusu-Breen
OTHER EPs: David Janollari
CAST: François Arnaud (Blindspot), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black, Heroes Reborn), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Parisa Fitz-Henley, Yul Vasquez)
Set in Midnight, Texas, a remote town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf, and even an angel. Mystery, horror and romance combine to both enthrall and frighten any outsiders who decide to venture into this unusual place. Based on Charlaine Harris’ best-selling trilogy.

MIRANDA’S RIGHTS (Drama)
WRITER: Katie Lovejoy
OTHER EPs: John Glenn
CAST: Rebecca Breeds (The Originals), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Noel Fisher (Shameless), Gail O’Grady (Revenge), John Gabriel (Young & Hungry), Monique Coleman (High School Musical), Ruffin Prentiss (Power), Parker Sawyers
A legal soap about an idealistic group of lawyers who not only work together but live together at their start-up firm.

Vanessa Hudgens Cast in PowerlessPOWERLESS (Comedy)
WRITER: Ben Queen
OTHER EPs: Michael Patrick Jann
CAST: Vanessa Hudgens (Grease: Live), Danny Pudi (Community), Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory, Firefly)
Set in the DC Comics universe full of superheroes, villains and people just like us, an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power.

Tony DanzaSEBASTIAN (Comedy)
WRITER: Austen Earl, Sebastian Maniscalco
OTHER EPs: Greg Garcia
CAST: Sebastian Maniscalco, Tony Danza (Family Law, Who’s the Boss), Steve Talley (The 100, Hindsight), Owen Smith
Sebastian’s old-school values, instilled by his opinionated Italian father, are constantly put to the test by his new wife, her family, and the absurdities of the modern world.

SUNSET PPL (Comedy)
WRITER: Aaron Colom & Adriano Valentini
A group of millennial friends struggle with their own made-up rules for personal and professional success.

TAKEN (Drama) — STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: Alexander Cary
OTHER EPs: Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard De Vesinne, Thomas Anargyros
CAST: Clive Standen (Vikings), Jennifer Beals (The L Word), recurring player Simu Liu
Set in the present day, the prequel to Luc Besson’s big-screen franchise of the same name will follow a young Bryan as he acquires the very skills he uses to save his future daughter.

Abigail Spencer in TimeTIME (Drama)
WRITER: Shawn Ryan, Eric Kripke
OTHER EPs: John Davis, Jon Fox, Marney Hochman
CAST: Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Suits), Matt Lanter (90210), Malcolm Barrett (Better Off Ted), Goran Visnjic (ER), Claudia Doumit (Scandal), Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards)
This high-octane drama follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.

THE TRAIL (Comedy)
WRITER: Jeff Astrof, Matt Miller
CAST: Nick D’Agosto (Gotham), Steven Boyer (Broadway’s Hand to God), John Lithgow (How I Met Your Mother), Sherri Shepherd (How I Met Your Mother), Jayma Mays (Glee), Krysta Rodriguez (Smash)
A serialized comedy following a young big-city lawyer and his oddball defense team during a high profile murder trial in a small southern town.

UNTITLED AMY POEHLER/CHARLIE GRANDY  PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITER: Charlie Grandy
OTHER EPs: Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Dave Becky
CAST: Nico Evers-Swindell (Grimm), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), Kevin Nealon (Weeds), Tim Baltz (Drunk History), Jessie Ennis (Veep), Tiya Sircar (The Crazy Ones), Patrick Gallagher (Glee)
After years of partying that earned him the “black sheep” label, Karl returns home to compete with his brother for the family throne.

Mandy Moore NBC PilotUNTITLED DAN FOGELMAN DRAMEDY
WRITER: Dan Fogelman
OTHER EPs: Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
CAST: Mandy Moore (Red Band Society), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Justin Harley (Revenge), Sterling Brown (Army Wives), Ron Cephas Jones (Mr. Robot), Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson
The hourlong project centers on a group of people born on the same day, including a married couple expecting triplets in Pittsburgh and a handsome television actor growing bored of his fly bachelor lifestyle.

UNTITLED MATT HUBBARD PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITER: Matt Hubbard
OTHER EPs: Mike Schur, David Miner
CAST: Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Francois Chau (Lost), Susan Chuang (Cold Case), Concetta Tomei (Providence), Elizabeth Ho, Chris Smith
Loosely based on Matt’s life, a show about a guy learning to manage the expectations and strong cultural traditions of his in-laws after he moves his family to his wife’s hometown.

UNTITLED TRACEY WIGFIELD PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITER: Tracey Wigfield
OTHER EPs: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, David Miner
CAST: Adam Campbell (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Mixology), Briga Heelan (Undateable), Andrea Martin (Difficult People), Kimrie Lewis-Davis (Scandal)
An already inseparable mother/daughter relationship becomes more complicated when mom accepts an internship at her daughter’s workplace.

UNTITLED VLADIMIR CAAMANO PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITER: Vladimir Caamano, Adam Sztykiel
OTHER EPs: Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold
CAST: Vladimir Caamano, Josh Segarra (Sirens), Lilah Richcreek, Liche Ariza
Vlad, the son of Dominican immigrants, wants to carve his own path in life which proves difficult as his father has no desire to change their extremely co-dependent relationship.