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

Pilot Season Guide

NBC LogoOur running update of pilots ordered for the 2017-18 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):

CHAMPIONS (Comedy)
WRITERS: Mindy Kaling, Charlie Grandy
OTHER EPs: Howard Klein
CAST: Anders Holm (The Mindy Project), Andy Favreau (Aquarius), JJ Totah (Liv and Maddie), Nina Wadia, recurring player Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project)
The single-cam comedy centers on Vince, a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when the teenage son of Vince is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Kaling), one of his old high school flings.

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY (Drama)
WRITER: Dean Georgaris
OTHER EPs: Avi Nir, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan
CAST: Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Anne Heche (Save Me, Men in Trees), Demetrius Grosse (Westworld, Justified), Noah Mills (2 Broke Girls), Sofia Pernas (Jane The Virgin), Hadi Tabbal, Natacha Karam
A heart-pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.

Retta Good GirlsGOOD GIRLS (Drama)
WRITER: Jenna Bans
OTHER EPs: Avi Nir
CAST: Retta (Parks and Recreation), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes), Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Matthew Lillard (The Bridge), Manny Montana (Conviction), Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly)
Three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back.

Jane Lynch Cast Relatively Happy NBC Comedy PilotRELATIVELY HAPPY (fka Happy Peppers) (Comedy) — PASSED OVER
WRITERS: Max Mutchnick, Jeff Astrof
CAST: Genevieve Angelson (Good Girls Revolt), Jon Rudnitsky (Saturday Night Live), Jane Lynch (Glee), Diona Reasonover (Clipped), Derek Gaines
In the multi-cam comedy, an adult brother and sister wind up living together for the first time since they were kids, after one of them suffers a big loss. They become each other’s wingmen, shoulder to cry on, best friend and punching bag as they navigate love, loss and work while helping to get each other “un-stuck.”

REDLINERS (Drama)
WRITER: Shaun Cassidy, Kelly Sue DeConnick
OTHER EPs: David Janollari
CAST: Hannah Ware (Betrayal), Greg Germann (Once Upon a TimeAlly McBeal), Jenny Wade (Wedding Band, Reaper), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy), Jerod Haynes (Chicago Med, Sense8), Rodney To (Parks and Recreation, Wilfred), Quinn Shephard (Hostages), Alan Powell
Based on short stories by best-selling True Blood author Charlaine Harris comes a high-octane series that mixes humor, romance and espionage centering on a pair of former operatives who get reactivated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives.

Sarah Shahi ReverieREVERIE (Drama)
WRITER: Mickey Fisher
OTHER EPs: Brooklyn Weaver, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey
CAST: Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest), Dennis Haysbert (24), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), Kathryn Morris (Cold Case), Jessica Lu (Awkward)
A grounded and dramatic thriller about a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.

Josh Radnor Drama HighRISE (fka Drama High) (Drama)
WRITER: Jason Katims
OTHER EPs: Jeffrey Seller, Michelle Lee, Flody Suarez.
CAST: Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Rosie Perez (Search Party, Lipstick Jungle), Marley Shelton (The Lottery), Rarmian Newton (The Family), Amy Forsyth (The Path), Casey Johnson (G.L.O.W.), Shirley Rumierk, Joe Tippett, Ted Sutherland, Taylor Richardson, recurring player Shannon Purser (Stranger Things)
Centers on a high school drama teacher and family man whose passion for the program and his students galvanizes the entire working class town. Based on Michael Sokolove’s book Drama High, which itself is based on real-life drama teacher Lou Volpe.

The Sackett Sisters Casey WilsonTHE SACKETT SISTERS (Comedy)
WRITER: Luke Del Tredici
OTHER EPs: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, David Miner
CAST: Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), Busy Philipps (Cougar Town), Bradley Whitford (Transparent, The West Wing)
The Sackett family is reunited when two estranged sisters perform an act of public heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together in this single-cam comedy.

Rachel Griffiths ShelterSHELTER (fka Salvation) (Drama)
WRITER: Warren Leight
OTHER EPs: Paul Haggis, Charles McDougall
CAST: Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters), Nikki M. James (BrainDead), JJ Feild (Turn: Washington’s Spies), Latarsha Rose (Being Mary Jane), Jamie McShane (Bloodline), Nadia Gan (Mr. Robot), Paola Lazaro, Matthew James Thomas
A real time “extreme event” medical series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough’s last viable trauma center after a catastrophic hurricane wreaks havoc on the city. On a holiday weekend with few doctors on call, the medical staff will be pushed to make the most difficult life-and-death choices as they work to save their patients and themselves.

SPACED OUT (Comedy) — PASSED OVER
WRITER: Adam Sztykiel
OTHER EPs: Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold
CAST: Matt Shively (The Real O’Neals), Christine Woods (Hello Ladies), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Brett Goldstein, Ken Kirby
A single-cam workplace comedy that centers on a working class genius and his struggles to fit in with an established team all made more difficult when their job is building a rocket to Mars.

UNTITLED KOURTNEY KANG PROJECT (Comedy) — PASSED OVER
WRITER: Kourtney Kang
OTHER EPs: Nahnatchka Khan, Mandy Summers, Fred Savage
CAST: Isabella Russo, Paula Abdul, Kenneth Choi (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Rebecca Creskoff (Hung), Ben Taylor (Nashville), Cade Michael, guest star Derek Hough (Dancing With the Stars)
Explores what it’s like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world issues like race and gender while never losing focus of her life goal: to become a Laker Girl like her idol, Paula Abdul.

UNTITLED SETH MEYERS/MIKE O’BRIEN PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITER: Mike O’Brien
OTHER EPs: Seth Meyers, Mike Shoemaker, Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer
CAST: Patton Oswalt (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Mary Sohn (Teachers), Lyric Lewis (The CW’s MADtv), Aparna Brielle (Grimm), Nick Peine (Office Christmas Party), Jacob McCarthy
A hilariously cynical Ivy League professor loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school biology teacher where he imposes his unorthodox teaching style and uses the kids to plot out revenge on those who wronged him.

unnamedWHAT ABOUT BARB? (Comedy) — PASSED OVER
WRITERS: Joe Port, Joe Wiseman
CAST: Leah Remini (King of Queens), Jessica Gunning (Prime Suspect), Ben Lawson (The Deep End), Eddie Shin (Man in the High Castle)
Based on the 1991 movie What About Bob? — but with a female twist — a psychotherapist tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.

Will & Grace ReunionWILL & GRACE (Comedy) — STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITERS: Max Mutchnick, David Kohan
CAST: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally
Twelve-episode revival of the popular comedy series.

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