Pilot Season '17: Scoop on This Fall's (Possible) New Shows, Who's In Them

Pilot Season Guide

ABC Logo 2015Our running update of pilots ordered for the 2017-18 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):

WRITER: Sam Sklaver
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
CAST: Jason Biggs (Orange Is the New Black), Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids, Ugly Betty), Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly), Robert Baker (Grey’s Anatomy)
Captain Charlie Taylor, a cautious, lovable dentist stationed at Fort Bragg, promises to look after his brother’s impulsive fiancée and her two misfit teens while his brother is deployed in Iraq.

WRITERS: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie
OTHER EPs: Jason Reed
CAST: Steve Zahn (Mad Dogs), Sandrine Holt (MacGyver, House of Cards), Jay Karnes (The Shield), Simone Kessell (Of Kings and Prophets), Grant Harvey (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Kelley Missal (One Life to Live), Marcuis W. Harris (Vice Principals), Tommy Bastow (EastEnders), John D’Leo, Rob Campbell
Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent, and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.

WRITER: Chris Fedak
OTHER EPs: Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter
CAST: Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life), Vinnie Jones (Galavant), Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break), Lenora Crichlow (A to Z, Being Human), Ilfenesh Hadera (Billions), Justin Chon (Dr. Ken),
When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion, and influence — the FBI. He’ll become the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception.

Taye Diggs DoomsdayDOOMSDAY (Drama)
WRITERS: Mark Bianculli, VJ Boyd
OTHER EPs: Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz
CAST: Taye Diggs (Empire, Murder in the First), Jack Davenport (Smash), Claire Holt (The Originals), Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome), Dan Byrd (Cougar Town), Rochelle Aytes (Mistresses)
The thriller tells the tale of a government think tank comprised of the most creative minds in science and entertainment who are tasked with thinking up man-made disasters and their possible solutions in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Bates Motel Freddie HighmoreTHE GOOD DOCTOR (Drama)
WRITER: David Shore
OTHER EPs: Daniel Dae Kim, Sebastian Lee, David Kim, Erin Gunn, Lindsay Goffman
CAST: Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Richard Schiff (The West Wing), Hill Harper (Covert Affairs, CSI: NY), Nicholas Gonzalez (Pretty Little Liars, Sleepy Hollow), Antonia Thomas (Misfits), Chuku Modu (Game of Thrones), Irene Keng (Harry’s Law), Beau Garrett (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce)
Follows a young surgical whiz with Savant syndrome. After being recruited by a renowned hospital to work in its pediatric unit, questions arise about whether his struggles to connect with patients will impact his ability to save lives.

Jason Ritter The Gospel of KevinTHE GOSPEL OF KEVIN (Drama)
WRITERS: Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters
CAST: Jason Ritter (Parenthood), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time), Cristela Alonzo (Cristela), J. August Richards (Notorious, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), India de Beaufort (Blood & Oil, One Tree Hill), Dustin Ybarra (The Goldbergs), Chloe East (Liv and Maddie: Cali Style)
A light one hour about Kevin, a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.

Carol Burnett Household NameHOUSEHOLD NAME (Comedy)
WRITER: Michael Saltzman
OTHER EPs: Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Michael Pelmont, Dave Becky
CAST: Carol Burnett, Timothy Omundson (Galavant, Psych), Mary Holland (Blunt Talk), Matt Oberg (The Real O’Neals, Hart of Dixie)
The multi-camera sitcom follows a family who can only move into their dream house if they agree to cohabitate with the actress who currently lives there (Burnett) until her death.

WRITER: Nahnatchka Khan
OTHER EPs: Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar, Mandy Summers
CAST: Jalen Rose, Anna Maria Horsford (The Bold and the Beautiful), Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons),  Rich Sommer (Mad Men), Kelly Jenrette (Grandfathered), Laysla de Oliveira, Jessica McKenna
A single-camera comedy following former NBA player and current ESPN personality Jalen Rose as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad.

WRITER: Dean Georgaris
OTHER EPs: Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper
CAST: Daniella Alonso (Animal Kingdom, Revolution), Sonia Braga (Alias), John Corbett (Parenthood, Sex and the City), Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries), Eric Winter (Witches of East End), Amanda Warren (The Leftovers), Shalim Ortiz (Heroes)
Detective Sonya De La Reina is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family – the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, Sonya must walk the murky line between the law and her family, and question her true destiny as a De La Reina.

WRITERS: Kenya Barris, Vijal Patel
OTHER EPs: Felicity Huffman, Courtney B. Vance, Brian Dobbins
CAST: Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Jahi Winston (Feed the Beast), Caitlin McGee (Shades of Blue)
Explores how today’s “politics of division” plays out between two opposing pundits who also happen to be husband and wife. (Think James Carville and Mary Matalin.) Bitter work rivals on their show Black & Wright, the couple has to turn conflict into compromise at home when it comes to raising their kids.

Jon Cryer Losing ItLOSING IT (Comedy)
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
CAST: Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Natalie Morales (The Grinder, Parks and Recreation), Sam Huntington (Being Human)
A single-camera comedy about three adult siblings and their parents who – between their minds, their marriages, their freedom, and life – are all losing it in different ways.

Marvel's The Inhumans Anson Mount CastMARVEL’S INHUMANS (Drama) — STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: Scott Buck
CAST: Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones), Serinda Swan (Graceland), Ken Leung (Lost), Ellen Woglom (Outlaw), Eme Ikwuakor (Extant), Isabelle Cornish (Home and Away), Mike Moh (Empire), Sonya Balmores (Beyond the Break)
The eight-episode series will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.

WRITER: Diablo Cody
OTHER EPs: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, original series creators Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran
CAST: Georgia King (Vice Principals), Craig T. Nelson (Parenthood), Izabella Alvarez (Westworld), Talia Jackson, Cooper J. Friedman (Colony, Girl Meets World)
Adapted from the UK comedy of the same name, the single-camera project follows Sheila Gable, who is described as “one tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town.”

WRITERS: Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum and Scott Rosenberg
CAST: Allison Miller (Terra Nova, Go On), John Leguizamo (Bloodline), Larenz Tate (Game of Silence, Rescue Me), Neil Sandilands (The 100), Elaine Tan (Hand of God)
Based on the Belgian series in which a brilliant but misanthropic engineer recruits a skeptical Homeland Security agent to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the elite and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that may be linked to a greater conspiracy.

Jenna Fischer in Matt LeBlanc SitcomSPLITTING UP TOGETHER (Comedy)
WRITER: Emily Kapnek
OTHER EPs: Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Mette Heeno, Mie Andreasen, Hella Joof
CAST: Jenna Fischer (The Office), Oliver Hudson (Nashville), Diane Farr (Numb3rs, Rescue Me)
Based upon the original Danish series created by Mette Heeno, the single-cam comedy is the story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce.

Zach Braff Start UpSTART UP (Comedy)
WRITER: Matt Tarses
OTHER EPs: Zach Braff, John Davis
DIRECTOR: Zach Braff
CAST: Zach Braff (Scrubs), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Tiya Sircar (The Good Place), Hillary Anne Matthews (New Girl), guest star Chris Sacca (Shark Tank)
Based on the podcast of the same name, Alex Schuman is an inquisitive journalist, husband, and father who dives headfirst into the brave new world of entrepreneurship when he quits his stable job and starts his own business.

WRITER: Tassie Cameron
OTHER EPs: Jill Littman, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross
CAST: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Felix Solis (The Good Wife), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (American Odyssey, Hunted), Francois Battiste (The Family, The Good Wife), Currie Graham (Westworld, Longmire), Nelson Lee (NCIS: New Orleans, The Night Shift), Abigail Pniowsky (Arrival), Josh Randall (Pitch, Quarry), Ali Stroker (Glee), Ella Thomas (Ballers, NCIS: Los Angeles), Beth Triffon (Dr. Ken, The Middle), Mark L. Young (Code Black)
The ten-episode series centers on TV producer Jane Sadler, whose young daughter goes missing, mirroring the cop drama she produces.

Laverne Cox The Trustee Cast Pilot ABCTHE TRUSTEE (Comedy)
WRITERS: Jay Scherick, David Ronn
OTHER EPs: Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman
CAST: Meaghan Rath (New Girl, Being Human), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead), Lance Gross (Sleepy Hollow), Tim Kang (The Mentalist), David Warshofsky (The Mentalist), L. Scott Caldwell (Mercy Street), Berto Colon (Orange Is the New Black)
In this comedic one-hour female buddy cop project, a driven but stubborn detective finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, a larger than life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Though these two have completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a highly entertaining and successful partnership is born.

Toni Collette ABC PilotUNIT ZERO (Drama)
WRITER: Lindsey Shockley
OTHER EPs: Kenya Barris, Toni Collette
CAST: Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles), Jamey Sheridan (Arrow), Kimberly Hébert Gregory (Vice Principals), Dana Powell (Modern Family), Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, A to Z), Ayden Mayeri (New Girl)
The action-dramedy follows Jackie Fink, a brilliant but unassuming CIA engineer/single mom as she leads a team of desk jockeys into the field as secret agents. Overlooked in the workplace, their invisibility makes them perfect for the CIA’s most covert missions.

EP: Kenya Barris
CAST: Yara Shahidi, Chris Parnell (Suburgatory), Trevor Jackson (American Crime), guest star Matt Walsh (Veep)
Airing as a spring episode of black-ish, the backdoor pilot follows Dre and Rainbow’s eldest daughter Zoey (Shahidi) as she heads to college.

WRITER: Jeremy Bronson
OTHER EPs: Daveed Diggs, Jamie Tarses & Scott Stuber, James Griffiths
CAST: Brandon Micheal Hall (Search Party), Lea Michele (Scream Queens), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple, Community), Bernard Jones (Meet the Browns)
When an outspoken, idealistic rapper runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall

WRITERS: Adam F. Goldberg, Marc Firek
OTHER EPs: Doug Robinson, Seth Gordon
CAST: Bryan Callen (The Goldbergs), Tim Meadows (The Goldbergs), Nia Long (Third Watch), Rachel Crow, Summer Parker (Saints & Sinners)
The Goldbergs spinoff set in the 90s, following two high school teachers who become unlikely father figures to the kids at their Philadelphia school.

WRITER: Marc Cherry
OTHER EPs: Reba McEntire, Sabrina Wind, Mindy Schultheis, Michael Hanel
CAST: Reba McEntire (Reba), Saamer Usmani (Reign), Jack Coleman (Heroes), Amanda Detmer (Necessary Roughness), Ryan McPartlin (Chuck),  Emily Rose (Haven), W. Earl Brown (Preacher, Deadwood), Ben Esler (Hell on Wheels), Natalie Hall (Star-Crossed, All My Children), Saidah Ekulona (Impastor), Roslyn Ruff (Madam Secretary)
Ruby Adair, the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, Kentucky, finds her red state outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance as Ruby takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this southern gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own.

WRITER: Paul Davies
OTHER EPs: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers
CAST: Britne Oldford (The Path, Hunters), Ben Rappaport (Mr. Robot, The Good Wife), Hope Davis (American Crime), Anna Deavere Smith (Nurse Jackie), Wesam Keesh (Awkward), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Marvel’s Daredevil), Regé-Jean Page (Roots), Lyndon Smith (Parenthood), Ben Shenkman (Royal Pains)
Takes place in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, known as the “Mother Court,” and would follow attorneys for the prosecution and defense “as they handle the most high profile and high stakes case in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.”

WRITERS: Dannah Phirman, Danielle Schneider
OTHER EPs: Sarah Haskins, Emily Halpern
CAST: Rob Riggle (Modern Family), Lombardo Boyar (Murder in the First), Amy Hill (UnREAL)
A multi-cam comedy about an intellectual but emotionally challenged single dad, who moves to Queens with his two young daughters and forms an unlikely family with the other residents in their apartment building.


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