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

Pilot Season Guide

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

9J, 9K, AND 9L (Comedy)
WRITERS: Dana Klein, Mark Feuerstein
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor
CAST: Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), David Walton (About a Boy), Liza Lapira (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23), Matt Murray (Rookie Blue), Linda Lavin (The Good Wife), Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan), guest star Paul Feig
mark-feuersteinA family comedy inspired by a time in Mark Feuerstein’s adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby’s apartment, 9L, and his attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well-meaning family.

BROTHERED UP (Comedy)
WRITER: Mark Gross
CAST: D. L. Hughley (The Hughleys), Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement), John C. McGinley (Scrubs), Merrin Dungey (Once Upon a Time, Alias), Nishi Munshi (The Originals), Glynn Turman (House of Lies)
An emotionally guarded African American cop gets partnered with an emotionally available Pakistani cop and are forced to find a way to connect as they patrol a Detroit neighborhood.

DISTEFANO (Comedy)
WRITERS: Craig Thomas, Carter Bays, Chris Distefano
OTHER EPs: Brian Bockrath, Pamela Fryman
CAST: Chris Distefano, Diane Guerrero (Orange Is the New Black), Annie Potts (The Fosters, Designing Women), Chazz Palminteri (Rizzoli & Isles)
The “hybrid” comedy centers around Izzy and Chris, two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families – one Puerto Rican, one Italian. Inspired by the comedy of Chris Distefano.

HANNAH ROYCE’S QUESTIONABLE CHOICES (Comedy)
WRITER: Matt Tarses
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor, Fiona Clark
CAST: Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Kyle Howard (My Boys), James Earl (Scream Queens), Tyler Labine (Reaper)
A single-camera comedy that centers on a woman who has made some interesting choices throughout her life – namely, having three different kids with three different men – but all have led her to having a very unique, loving, blended family.

LIVING BIBLICALLY (Comedy)
WRITER: Patrick Walsh
OTHER EPs: Johnny Galecki, Spencer Medof, Andrew Haas
CAST: Jay R. Ferguson (The Real O’Neals), Ian Gomez (Supergirl, Cougar Town), Lindsey Kraft (Getting On), Tony Rock (Everybody Hates Chris)
A multi-cam comedy about a modern day man at a crossroads in his life, who decides to live according to the Bible. Based on the bestselling book by A.J. Jacobs.

SNL Bobby Moynihan LeavingME, MYSELF & I (Comedy)
WRITER: Dan Kopelman
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
CAST: Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), John Larroquette (The Librarians), Brian Unger (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Sharon Lawrence (Rizzoli & Isles, NYPD Blue), Kelen Coleman (Big Little Lies), Jaleel White (Family Matters)
A single-camera comedy examining one man’s life over a 50-year span. The show will focus on three distinct periods in his life — as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042.

Amy Brenneman Cast The Get CBS Drama Pilot JournalismTHE GET (Drama)
WRITER: Bridget Carpenter
CAST: Amy Brenneman (The Leftovers, Private Practice), Brad Garrett (Fargo, Everybody Loves Raymond), Michael Rady (UnREAL, Jane the Virgin), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Hand of God), Jeananne Goossen (Nashville), Alex Fitzalan
A team of tireless internet journalists pursue and expose stories of injustice using their unconventional investigative techniques in today’s anything-goes world of reporting.

Alan Cumming CBS PilotINSTINCT (fka Killer Instinct and Dr. Death) (Drama)
WRITER: Michael Rauch
OTHER EPs: Alex Kurtzman & Heather Kadin, Alan Cumming, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout
CAST: Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Naveen Andrews (Lost), Bojana Novakovic (Shameless), Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami), Daniel Ings (Lovesick, The Crown)
A former CIA operative who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Based on the soon-to-be-published James Patterson book.

David Giuntoli Poppy Montgomery Cast Mission ControlMISSION CONTROL (Drama)
WRITER: Andy Weir
OTHER EPs: Courtney Conte & Quan Phung, Simon Kinberg & Aditya Sood, Charles Eglee
CAST: David Giuntoli (Grimm), Poppy Montgomery (Unforgettable), Peyton List (Frequency), Ricardo Chavira (Jane the Virgin, Desperate Housewives), Levi Fiehler (The Fosters), Wunmi Mosaku (In the Flesh)
The next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists juggle both their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error.

Noah Wyle Perfect CitizenPERFECT CITIZEN (Drama)
WRITER: Craig Turk
CAST: Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER), Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies)Lenny Platt (Quantico), Stephanie Szostak (Satisfaction), Shanley Caswell (NCIS: New Orleans), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Mr. Robot), Adrienne Warren
After his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, the former General Counsel for the NSA embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston, facing the reality that while half the country thinks he’s our greatest patriot, the other half thinks he’s a traitor.

Rebecca RittenhouseREAL LIFE (Comedy)
WRITER: Hilary Winston
OTHER EPs: Craig Thomas, Carter Bays
CAST: Rebecca Rittenhouse (Blood & Oil, Red Band Society), guest star Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls, Veronica Mars), Brett Harrison (Breaking In, Reaper), Kristen Johnston (The Exes, 3rd Rock From the Sun), Brenda Song (Pure Genius), Lucas Hazlett (Wrecked)
The “hybrid” format comedy chronicles the relationship of two twentysomethings — one man, one woman — who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in the same office.

Shemar Moore SWAT PilotS.W.A.T. (Drama)
WRITER: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
OTHER EPs: Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Marney Hochman, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Danielle Woodrow
DIRECTOR: Justin Lin
CAST: Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds), Jay Harrington (Code Black, Better Off Ted), Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel), Peter Onorati (Murder in the First), Lina Esco (Kingdom), Levi Fiehler (The Fosters), Alex Russell
Inspired by the 2003 Sony movie that was based on the ’70s TV series, the procedural follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a highly trained unit that is the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.

UNTITLED JENNY LUMET PROJECT (Drama)
WRITER: Jenny Lumet
OTHER EPs: David Marshall Grant, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Couric
CAST: Sharon Leal (Supergirl), Brad William Henke (Orange Is the New Black), Zach Appelman (Sleepy Hollow), Sheaun McKinney (Vice Principals), Grace Rex (The Good Wife), Omar Metwally (The Affair, Mr. Robot), Kevin Daniels (Modern Family, Sirens)
An elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit solve a myriad of crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases.

UNTITLED PAUL ATTANASIO PROJECT (Drama) — PUSHED TO OFF-SEASON
WRITER: Paul Attanasio
OTHER EPs: Rodrigo Garcia, Leonard Goldberg, David Barrett
CAST: David Castaneda (Switched at Birth), Roberto Aguire (Pretty Little Liars)
The multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement.

Bones Booth SeparateUNTITLED SEAL PROJECT (Drama)
WRITER: Ben Cavell
OTHER EPs: Chris Chulack, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly
CAST: David Boreanaz (Bones), Jessica Paré (Mad Men), Max Thieriot (Bates Motel), Neil Brown Jr. (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), A.J. Buckley (CSI: NY), Toni Trucks (Franklin & Bash)
Follows the lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask.

Jeremy PivenWISDOM OF THE CROWD (Drama)
WRITER: Ted Humphrey
OTHER EPs: Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Dror Mishani, Shira Hadad
CAST: Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Richard T. Jones (American Horror Story, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Blake Lee (Mixology), Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones), Jake Matthews (Bosch)
Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, a tech innovator creates a cutting edge crowd-sourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionizing crime solving in San Francisco. Based on the Israeli format of the same name.

Big Bang Theory SpinoffYOUNG SHELDON (Comedy) — STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITERS: Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro
OTHER EPs: Todd Spiewak, Jim Parsons
DIRECTOR: Jon Favreau (Iron Man)
CAST: Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies), Zoe Perry (The Family), Lance Barber (The Comeback), Raegan Revord (Modern Family), Montana Jordan, narrator Jim Parsons
The single-camera Big Bang Theory prequel follows Sheldon Cooper at the age of 9, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school.

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