Pilot Season '18: 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 2018-19 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):

OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
CAST: James Roday (Psych), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Romany Malco (Weeds), Christina Moses (The Originals), Christina Ochoa (Valor, Blood Drive), Allison Miller (Incorporated, Go On), Anne Son (My Generation), Stephanie Szostak (Satisfaction)
A dramedy about a group of friends who, for different reasons and in different ways, are all stuck in their lives, but when one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake up call the others need to finally start living.

Bellamy Young False Profits ABC PilotFALSE PROFITS (Drama)
WRITER: Kayla Alpert
OTHER EPs: Jason Reed, Sabrina Wind
CAST: Bellamy Young (Scandal), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf), Kosha Patel (Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce), Ben Lawson (Designated Survivor), Mark L. Young (The Comeback), Kapil Talwalkar, Marcus Coloma (Major Crimes)
A team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.

WRITER: Pam Veasey
OTHER EPs: Robin Roberts, Regina King
CAST: Tisha Campbell-Martin (My Wife & Kids), Amirah Vann (How to Get Away With Murder, Underground), Frances Turner (The Gifted), Leigh-Ann Rose (Love Thy Neighbor), Aubin Wise (Atlanta), Michael Beach (The 100), Eric Balfour (Haven), Dorian Missick (Southland), Gerard Celasco (The Haves and the Have Nots), Zoe Robins (The Shannara Chronicles)
Explores the lives of five African-American sisters, all officers in the NYPD, as they face the challenges of their high-risk jobs while juggling the responsibilities of marriage, motherhood and family.

THE FIX (Drama)
WRITERS: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain, Marcia Clark
OTHER EPs: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks
CAST: Robin Tunney (The Mentalist), Mouzam Makkar (The Exorcist), Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), Merrin Dungey (Big Little Lies, Alias), Scott Cohen (Gilmore Girls), Marc Blucas (Underground, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Adam Rayner (Tyrant), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Ten Days in the Valley, Lost)
After losing the biggest case of her career and being shredded by the media, former prosecutor Maya Travis has left Los Angeles for a quiet life in rural Oregon. Eight years after her devastating defeat, the murderer strikes again, forcing Maya to return to Los Angeles to confront him one more time. Will she play by the rules, or will she do whatever it takes to get him behind bars? Part legal thriller, part confessional, part revenge fantasy.

FOR LOVE (Drama)
WRITER: Michael Cooney
OTHER EPs: Kim Moses
CAST: Lex Scott Davis (Training Day), Ethan Peck (10 Things I Hate About You), Jon Ecker (Queen of the South), Luke Arnold (Black Sails), Rachel Skarsten (Reign), Wolé Parks (Devious Maids), Chloe Wepper (Manhattan Love Story), Isabella Russo
Five years ago, Hope Castille’s fiancé was killed. Then one morning, she receives a phone call from him in this story about an epic love triangle set against a grounded, secret world of magic in present day New Orleans.

Get Christie Love Reboot ABC Kylie BunburyGET CHRISTIE LOVE (Drama)
WRITER: Courtney A. Kemp
OTHER EPs: Vin Diesel, Debra Martin Chase, Shana Waterman
CAST: Kylie Bunbury (Pitch), Khandi Alexander (Scandal, Treme), Steven Weber (NCIS: New Orleans, Wings), Camille Guaty (Prison Break), Lisseth Chavez (The Fosters), Dennis Oh (NCIS: New Orleans), Julia Kelly (Freakish), Shea Buckner (Shameless, How to Get Away With Murder), Thomas Cocquerel (Table 19), Juan Javier Cardenas (Snowfall)
Inspired by the revolutionary TV movie and subsequent series that aired on ABC in the ’70s, the action-packed, music-driven drama centers on Christie Love, an African American female CIA agent who leads an elite ops unit. She transforms into whomever she needs to be to get the job done, especially when it’s down to the wire and the stakes are life and death. The high-adrenaline missions of the series are anchored by an emotional mystery about Christie’s first love — unearthing the truth about this relationship will be the biggest mission impossible of her life.

WRITER: Brian Tanen
OTHER EPs: Eva Longoria, Ben Spector, Oliver Bachert, Christian Gockel
CAST: Roselyn Sanchez (Devious Maids), Demian Bichir (The Bridge), Chris Warren (The Fosters), Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game), Shalim Ortiz (Heroes), Denyse Tontz (The Fosters), Bryan Craig (General Hospital), Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game),  Lincoln Younes (Home and Away), Justina Adorno (Seven Seconds)
A soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it, and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. Based on the Spanish format.

Hannah Simone The Greatest American HeroGREATEST AMERICAN HERO (Comedy)
WRITER: Rachna Fruchbom
OTHER EPs: Nahnatchka Khan, Mandy Summers, Tawnia McKiernan
CAST: Hannah Simone (New Girl), George Wendt (Cheers), Gia Sandhu (Nikita), Zenobia Shroff (The Affair), Shoniqua Shandai (Nobodies), Dennis Andres (Star Trek: Discovery, Dark Matter), Ellie Reed (Girlboss), Humphrey Ker
Inspired by the ’80s TV show of the same name, the single-cam comedy centers around Meera, a 30-year-old woman who loves tequila and karaoke and has spent her life searching and failing to find meaning, much to the chagrin of her traditional Indian-American family. An inexplicable event occurs that will change the course of Meera’s life forever: she is entrusted with a super suit to protect the planet. Meera may have finally found purpose, but the world has never been in more unreliable hands.

Alyson HanniganMAN OF THE HOUSE (Comedy)
WRITERS: Vijal Patel, Frank Pines
OTHER EPs: Kerry Washington, Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Pilar Savone
CAST: Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother), Leslie Bibb (GCB, Popular), Jenna Ortega (Stuck In the Middle), narrator Jimmy Kimmel
A hybrid single-camera/mult-camera sitcom about two recently divorced sisters who decide to move in together to raise their kids under one roof. The oldest kid and only son is left to figure out what manhood means in a world where he’s now completely surrounded by females.

WRITER: Jason Richman
OTHER EPs: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks
CAST: Lynn Collins (Manhunt: Unibomber, True Blood), Wood Harris (The Wire), Aasif Mandvi (Shut Eye, Younger), Kris D. Lofton (Ballers), Josh Randall (Ten Days in the Valley), Vannessa Vasquez (East Los High), Alexander Karim (Tyrant), Jee Young Han (Santa Clarita Diet)
Chronicles the colorful, complicated lives of cops on and off the beat as we follow them into harrowing, emotional, and often humorous situations.

WRITER: Diablo Cody
OTHER EPs: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter
CAST: Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Lesli Margherita (Homeland), Laya DeLeon Hayes (Doc McStuffins), Max Jenkins (The Mysteries of Laura)
In high school, Liz Cooney had everything, and Markie McQueen had nothing. Twenty years later, they’re reunited under the same roof as single moms and unlikely housemates.

Nathan Fillion Unfortunate EventsTHE ROOKIE (Drama) — ORDERED STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: Alexi Hawley
OTHER EPs: Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Michelle Chapman, Jon Steinberg, Nathan Fillion, Liz Friedlander
CAST: Nathan Fillion (Castle), Melissa O’Neil (Dark Matter), Eric Winter (Rosewood, Witches of East End), Richard T. Jones (Wisdom of the Crowd), Mercedes Mason (Fear the Walking Dead), Afton Williamson (The Night Of, Banshee), Titus Makin (The Path, Pretty Little Liars), Alyssa Diaz (Ray Donovan, Zoo)
Fillion plays John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop.  Now, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.

WRITER: Don Todd
CAST: Jim Belushi (According to Jim), Toby Kebbell (Fantastic Four), Charity Wakefield (The Player), Will Patton (Falling Skies), Lacretta (Gotham), Emily Althaus (Orange Is the New Black), Catalina Sandino Moreno (The Affair), Jim Kaplan, Joelle Carter (Justified, Chicago Justice), Evan Parke (King Kong, The Young and the Restless)
Ex-cop Jimmy Hill just wants to be left alone after moving back home in rural Florida. But when a local murder is linked to the sunken treasure of a lost Spanish galleon, he’s drawn into the investigation by an idealistic deputy and pitted against the powerful town patriarch, outside criminal agents, and his own father.

WRITER: JJ Philbin
OTHER EPs: Liz Meriwether, Katherine Pope
CAST: Taran Killam (SNL), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Kimrie Lewis (Scandal), Jake Choi (Hawaii Five-O, Younger)
A group of dysfunctional single parents lean on each other as they raise their kids, look for love, and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of each other.

WRITERS: Matt Partney, Corey Evett
OTHER EPs: Michael Seitzman, Christina Davis
CAST: Annie Ilonzeh (Empire, Charlie’s Angels), Andy Karl (Law & Order: SVU), David Zayas (Dexter), Jennifer Aspen (GCB), Alexander Sokovikov (The Americans, House of Cards), Justin Johnson Cortez (Lucifer), Ava Capri
Hard-charging NYPD detective, Eliza Cortez, is banished to the boonies after a high-profile mistake and is paired with a new partner, Oregon State Trooper Sam King. Sam’s investigative techniques don’t exactly follow protocol, as evidenced by his talking to trees for clues and his obsession with flying kites. Eliza is a fish-out-of-water in this police procedural set in an eccentric town of quirky characters in coastal Oregon.

Ginnifer GoodwinSTEPS (Comedy)
WRITER: Kristin Newman
OTHER EPs: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks
CAST: Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), Kyle Bornheimer (Casual), Ryan Michelle Bathe (This Is Us), Barry Rothbart (The Wolf of Wall Street), Julie Hagerty (Trial & Error), Cameron Boyce (Descendants)
Four adults in three houses raise three kids after two divorces… together. Based on the Swedish format Bonus Family.

WRITERS: Andrew Marlowe, Terri Edda Miller
OTHER EPs: Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin
Take Two ABCCAST: Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie), Eddie Cibrian (CSI: Miami), Aliyah O’Brien (Beyond, Bates Motel), Alice Lee (Switched at Birth), Xavier De Guzman
Ella, the former star of a hit cop series, is fresh out of-rehab following a bender of epic proportion. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing rough-and-tumble private investigator Eddie as research for a potential comeback role. Though lone wolf Eddie resents the babysitting gig, high-spirited Ella proves herself to be surprisingly valuable, drawing on her acting skills and 200 episodes of playing a detective. When the press touts Ella’s role in solving a high-profile case, Eddie finds his phone ringing off the hook with new clients looking to hire the pair.

WRITERS: Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer
CAST: Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex), John Larroquette (The Librarians), Stephanie Styles, Shakira Barrera (GLOW), Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Rebecca left her family’s Texas ranch years ago to work at an upscale hotel in New York, but after being promised ownership of the ranch by her smooth-talking cowboy dad Beau, she’s back and ready to utilize her big city tactics to turn their rustic ranch into a destination spot oozing Southern hospitality. Getting her siblings to fall in line with her vision will be the real thorn in Rebecca’s side. And that’s going to be even harder once Beau reveals a life-changing family secret.

WRITER: Bobby Bowman
OTHER EPs: Dawn Ostroff, Jon Koa, Greg Walter
CAST: Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva), Johnny Sneed (13 Reasons Why), Brenna D’Amico (Descendants), Lilla Crawford (Sunny Day), Will Kindrachuk (School of Rock)
Inspired by Bobby’s childhood growing up with a father with mental illness, the uplifting single-cam features a dysfunctional family that perseveres despite their differences and finds happiness in unexpected places.

WRITER: Justin Noble
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling
CAST: Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls), Angela Kinsey (The Office), Jason Michael Snow (This Is Us), Elizabeth Ho (Disjointed), Derek Richardson (Anger Management, Men in Trees), Nicole Byer (Loosely Exactly Nicole)
Based on the book and blog How May We Hate You, the workplace comedy centers on two guest service associates at a high-end resort and the co-workers and guests that they’re stuck with for eight to sixteen hours a day.

WRITER: Marc Firek
OTHER EPs: Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson
CAST: Tim Meadows, Bryan Callen, AJ Michalka
Set in 1990-something and follow the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy, who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students.

WRITERS: Kenya Barris, Julie Bean
OTHER EPs: Alec Baldwin
A dysfunctional family comedy about a stuck-in-his-ways and opinionated fading TV star who moves in with his progressive daughter, her girlfriend and the child they are raising together.

WRITER: Tim Doyle
CAST: Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead), Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight), Caleb Foote (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Giani Versace), Christopher Paul Richards (Me, Myself & I), Jack Gore (Electric Dreams), Sawyer Barth (Public Morals), Sam Straley, Andy Walken
An Irish-Catholic family with a working-class dad, traditional mom and eight boisterous sons navigates changes big and small during the turbulent 1970s.

WRITER: Dave Hemingson
OTHER EPs: Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold, Scott Foley
CAST: Scott Foley (Scandal), Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids, Ugly Betty), Tyler James Williams (The Walking Dead), Vir Das (Go Goa Gone)
A high-octane hourlong action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super agent Will Chase (codename: Whiskey Cavalier) who, following an emotional break-up, is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: Fiery Tribune). Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny, heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics.