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Pilot Season '18: Scoop on This Fall's (Possible) New Shows, Who's In Them

Pilot Season Guide

FoxOur running update of pilots ordered for the 2018-19 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):

COOL KIDS (Comedy)
WRITERS: Charlie Day, Paul Fruchbom
OTHER EPs: Lee Daniels, Pam Williams, Marc Velez, Yossi Vassa, Shai Ben-Atar, Liat Shavit
CAST: Vicki Lawrence (Great News, Mama’s Family), David Alan Grier (The Carmichael Show), Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace), Martin Mull (Roseanne)
Three guy friends in a retirement community are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by a new arrival — a female rebel who’s ready to challenge their standing.

DADDY ISSUES (Comedy)
WRITER: Erin Foster
OTHER EPs: Liz Meriwether, Oly Obst, Josh Lieberman
CAST: Erin Foster (Barely Famous), Don Johnson (Nash Bridges), Janina Gavankar (Sleepy Hollow), Jane Leeves (Hot In Cleveland, Frasier), Christine Woods (Perfect Couples), Mike O’Gorman (Vice Principals)
Loosely based on Foster’s life, she stars as a single, 30-something woman whose friendship with her playboy dad is upended when he falls in love with her best friend.

DAN THE WEATHERMAN (Comedy)
WRITER: Steve Dildarian
OTHER EPs: Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements
CAST: Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple), Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother), James Earl (Scream Queens), Daniel Stern (Manhattan)
After getting fired from his cushy job as a weatherman at the local TV station, Dan finds it’s not enough to be a charming white man in this world. He reluctantly ends up at the neighboring Spanish TV station.

BLESS THIS MESS (Comedy) — OFF-SEASON PILOT TO BE SHOT IN JUNE
WRITERS: Liz Meriwether, Lake Bell
OTHER EPs: Katherine Pope
DIRECTOR: Lake Bell
CAST: Lake Bell (Wet Hot American Summer), Dax Shepard (Parenthood)
A newlywed couple gives up their drab and unfulfilling lives in NYC and moves to Nebraska to live a simpler life. It doesn’t work out like they planned.

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LIL KEV (Comedy)
WRITERS: Michael Price, Matt Claybrooks
OTHER EPs: Kevin Hart, Jeff Clanagan
VOICE CAST: Kevin Hart, Wanda Sykes, Keith Robertson, Gerald “Slink” Johnson, Deon Cole
An animated pilot presentation based on the comedy of Kevin Hart. It tells the story of a 12-year-old, pint-sized, optimistic, highly imaginative kid who navigates growing up in the crime filled inner-city of North Philly with the help and sometimes hindrance of his strong, quick-tempered mother, drug addicted father, pessimistic older brother, ex-con uncle and wise-ass talking dog.

Madeleine Stowe MixtapeMIXTAPE (Drama)
WRITER: Joshua Safran
OTHER EPs: Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Ali Krug
CAST: Madeleine Stowe (Revenge), Jenna Dewan Tatum (Witches of East End), Raul Castillo (Looking), Callie Hernandez (Graves, La La Land), Megan Ferguson (Grace and Frankie, The Comedians)
A romantic musical drama that follows a disparate group of interconnected L.A. denizens through the lens of the music that defines who they are.

OUR PEOPLE (Comedy)
WRITER: Vali Chandrasekaran
OTHER EPs: Lee Daniels, Pam Williams, Marc Velez, Yossi Vassa, Shai Ben-Atar, Liat Shavit
CAST: Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls), Bernard David Jones (The Mayor), Biniam Bizuneh, Lea Thompson (Switched at Birth), Charles Parnell (The Last Ship), Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Kevin Can Wait), Matthew Glave (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Skai Jackson (Jessie)
A culture-clash comedy about an engaged couple — his family is from Africa, hers is from the Midwest — as they “try to build a normal life together… though nobody can agree what that ‘normal’ means.”

MARK-PAUL GOSSELAARTHE PASSAGE (Drama) — ROLLED OVER FROM LAST SEASON
WRITERS: Liz Heldens
OTHER EPs: Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Adam Kassan, Matt Reeves, Marcos Siega, author Justin Cronin
CAST: Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Pitch), BJ Britt (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire), Genesis Rodriguez (Time After Time), Brianne Howey (The Exorcist), Jennifer Ferrin (Time After Time, Hell on Wheels), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), Saniyya Sidney (American Horror Story: Roanoke), Jamie McShane (Bloodline), Caroline Chikezie (The Shannara Chronicles)
Based on New York Times bestseller, the project begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga… with vampires. The series spans over a century and focuses on a young girl named Amy who must save the human race.

REL (Comedy)
WRITERS: Kevin Barnett, Josh Rabinowitz, Lil Rel
OTHER EPs: Mike Scully, Jerrod Carmichael
CAST: Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Sinbad (A Different World, The Sinbad Show), Angel Laketa Moore (ER), Jordan L. Jones, Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore
A single dad tries to rebuild his life after a nasty divorce while on a quest for love, respect and a new barber in the South Side of Chicago.

UNTITLED DAVID ELLIOT/DANNY STRONG PROJECT (Drama)
WRITER: David Elliot
OTHER EPs: Danny Strong, Stacy Greenberg
CAST: Rachelle Lefevre (Mary Kills People, Under the Dome), Russell Hornsby (Grimm), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), Riley Smith (Frequency, Nashville), Brian d’Arcy James (13 Reasons Why), Nikki M. James (BrainDead)
A legal drama set in an wrongful conviction firm. Led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer with a hunger for justice, the team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were “proven” guilty.

Katie Holmes FBI Drama Pilot Cast FoxUNTITLED ILENE CHAIKEN/MELISSA SCRIVNER LOVE PROJECT (Drama)
WRITERS: Ilene Chaiken, Melissa Scrivner Love
OTHER EPs: Judy Smith, Oly Obst
CAST: Katie Holmes (Dawson’s Creek), James Tupper (Big Little Lies), Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars), Rose Rollins (The Catch, The L Word), Mark Moses (Mad Men), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Taken), Christian Camargo (Penny Dreadful), Paul Walter Hauser (Kingdom)
A female FBI agent’s terrorism investigation is interrupted when her affair with a prominent general is discovered. Now labeled “the mistress,” she fights to rebuild her personal life and professional reputation.

Joseph Morgan Gone Baby GoneUNTITLED ROBERT LEVINE PROJECT (Drama)
WRITER: Robert Levine
OTHER EPs: Dennis Lehane
CAST: Joseph Morgan (The Originals), Christine Lahti (The Blacklist, Chicago Hope), Peyton List (Gotham, Frequency)
Armed with their wits, their street knowledge and an undeniable chemistry, private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro right wrongs the law can’t in the working-class Boston borough of Dorchester. Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel Gone, Baby, Gone.

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