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

WRITERS: Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin
OTHER EPs: Jennie Urman, Brad Silberling, Ben Silverman
CAST: Melonie Diaz (The Breaks), Madeleine Mantock (The Tomorrow People), Sarah Jeffery (Shades of Blue), Rupert Evans (Man in the High Castle), Ser’Darius Blain (Survivor’s Remorse, Jane by Design), Charlie Gillespie (Degrassi: Next Class), Ellen Tamaki
This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.

Freddie Stroma ABC PilotDEAD INSIDE (Drama)
WRITER: Katie Lovejoy
OTHER EPs: Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold
CAST: Freddie Stroma (Time After Time, UnREAL), Joey King (Fargo), Lyndon Smith (Parenthood), Hayley Marie Norman (Adam Ruins Everything), Christine Ko (The Great Indoors), Erica Cerra (The 100), Myles Bullock
After surviving an explosion that killed her hotshot detective big brother, an underachieving beat cop starts seeing his ghost, flipping their sibling dynamic on its head and allowing her to truly live her life for the first time, as they work together to help crime victims both living and dead, and figure out the unfinished business keeping his spirit on Earth.

WRITERS: Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker
OTHER EPs: Rob Thomas, Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo
CAST: Gage Golightly (Red Oaks, Teen Wolf), Quinta Brunson (the digital series Broke), Josh Helman (Wayward Pines), Liam Garrigan (Once Upon a Time)
When a prison spaceship carrying the universe’s most deadly aliens crashes in Southern California, two young women with bigger dreams than working at a kids’ pizza place in The Valley are recruited by a space cop to hunt down the escaped criminals, who have camouflaged themselves as eccentric Angelenos. Based on the book by Iva-Marie Palmer.

WRITER: Corinne Kingsbury
OTHER EPs: Ben Stiller, Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock
CAST: Perry Mattfeld (Shameless), Austin Nichols (The Walking Dead), Kathleen York (The Client List, The West Wing), Derek Webster (NCIS: New Orleans), Brooke Markham (Foursome), Keston John (My Kitchen Rules)
A flawed and irreverent blind woman is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at Breaking Blind, the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.

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Tyler Ritter Playing Dead CW PilotPLAYING DEAD (Drama)
WRITERS: Rina Mimoun, Josh Reims
OTHER EPs: Tariq Jalil, Lucas Carter
CAST: Tyler Ritter (Arrow, The McCarthys), Clara Lago (Web Therapy), Luke Youngblood (Galavant, Community), Curran Walters (Titans)
A dysfunctional family dramedy about a mortician and his son whose lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death.

Matt BarrSKINNY DIP (Drama)
WRITERS: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
OTHER EPs: Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman
CAST: Matt Barr (Valor, Sleepy Hollow), Ben Aldridge (Reign), KJ Smith (Dynasty, Queen Sugar), Brent Sexton (The Killing), Richard Esteras
After her husband tries to kill her on what she thought was a romantic cruise to celebrate their second wedding anniversary, a woman teams with a jaded ex-cop to exact her own twisted brand of revenge on her cheating spouse, and winds up uncovering a wider conspiracy in the process. Based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen.

WRITER: April Blair
OTHER EPs: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robbie Rogers
CAST: Daniel Ezra (The Missing), Taye Diggs (Private Practice), Cody Christian (Teen Wolf), Samantha Logan (13 Reasons Why), Monet Mazur (Castle), Michael Evans Behling, Karimah Westbrook (Shameless, Aquarius)
When a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds — Compton and Beverly Hills — begin to collide. Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger.

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WRITER: Carina Adly MacKenzie
OTHER EPs: Julie Plec, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Lawrence Bender, Kevin Kelly Brown
CAST: Jeanine Mason (Grey’s Anatomy), Nathan Parsons (The Originals), Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries), Heather Hemmens (Hellcats), Lily Cowles (BrainDead), Michael Vlamis (New Girl), Trevor St. John (Containment), Karan Oberoi (Notorious, NCIS)
After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.

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WRITERS: Andrew Dabb, Robert Berens
OTHER EPs: Robert Singer, Phil Sgriccia
CAST: Kim Rhodes, Kathryn Newton, Katherine Ramdeen , Briana Buckmaster, Clark Backo, Yadira Guevara-Prip
The planted Supernatural spinoff centers around Sheriff Jody Mills and a group of troubled young women — all orphaned by supernatural tragedy — who emerge as a formidable monster-fighting force under Jody’s training and protection. Backdoor pilot aired in January.