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

Pilot Season Guide

logo-cw-300120106082443Our running update of pilots ordered for the 2017-18 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):

BLACK LIGHTNING  (Drama)
WRITERS: Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil
OTHER EPs: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter
CAST: Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie), Nafessa Williams (Code Black), China Anne McClain (House of Payne), Christine Adams (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Black Lightning Costume CWJefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with one daughter hell-bent on justice and the other a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.

DYNASTY (Drama)
WRITERS: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Sallie Patrick
OTHER EPs: Original series creators Esther and Richard Shapiro
Vampire Diaries Casts Nathalie Kelley as SybilCAST: Nathalie Kelley (The Vampire Diaries), Elizabeth Gillies (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll), Grant Show (Melrose Place), Sam Adegoke (Switched at Birth), Robert Christopher Riley (Hit the Floor), Rafael de la Fuente (Empire), Brianna Brown (Devious Maids), Alan Dale (Once Upon a Time, The O.C.)
“A modernized reboot that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children,” as told “primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington — daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington — and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class.”

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WRITER: Lauren Gussis
OTHER EPs: Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Todd Hoffman, Dennis Kim
CAST: Debby Ryan (Jessie), Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Erinn Westbrook (Awkward), Michael Provost (Six), Sarah Colonna (Chelsea Lately), Kimmy Shields (Big Little Lies), Irene Choi (Community) and recurring player Alyssa Milano (Mistresses, Charmed)
When a disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client, he has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world.

Lucy Hale CW PilotLIFE SENTENCE (Drama)
WRITERS: Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith
OTHER EPs: Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold
CAST: Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars), Elliot Knight (American Gothic), Dylan Walsh (Unforgettable), Gillian Vigman (New Girl), Brooke Lyons (iZombie), Carlos PenaVega (Grease: Live, Big Time Rush), Jayson Blair (Young & Hungry)
When a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer finds out that she’s not dying after all, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.”

SEARCHERS (Drama)
WRITER: Jason Rothenberg
OTHER EPs: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter
CAST: Zane Holtz (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Make It or Break It), Alex McGregor (Of Kings and Prophets), Jeanine Mason (Of Kings and Prophets, Bunheads), Marc Blucas (Underground, Necessary Roughness), William Miller, Josh Kidd
An action/adventure drama, it follows a pragmatic brother and free-spirited sister who are forced to team up when they learn that their late mother’s terrifying and bizarre stories “may be a road map to discovering the great legends, myths, and unexplainable mysteries of the world.”

matt_barrVALOR (Drama)
WRITER: Bill Haber
OTHER EPs: Kyle Jarrow
CAST: Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow), Charlie Barnett (Secrets and Lies, Chicago Fire), Christina Ochoa (Animal Kingdom), Nigel Thatch (American Dreams), Corbin Reid (How to Get Away with Murder), Melissa Roxburgh (Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow), W. Tré Davis
The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a US Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions.  The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets, and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.

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