Pilot Season 2019: 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 2019-20 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):

WRITER: Dean Georgaris
OTHER EPs: David Frankel, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Rachel Kaplan, Peter Traugott
CAST: Nathalie Kelley (Dynasty), Victor Rasuk (Stalker, How to Make It in America), Carlos Gomez (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders), Lisa Vidal (Being Mary Jane), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Michelle Veintimilla (Gotham), David Del Rio (Grease Live!), Belissa Escobedo
Tells the story of the unlikely romance between a blue-collar baker and an international superstar. Theirs is a relationship that not only upends their own lives, but the lives of their two very different families. Based on the original Israeli series.

Vanessa WilliamsHAPPY ACCIDENT (Comedy)
WRITERS: Abraham Higginbotham, Jon Pollack
CAST: Matt Walsh (Veep), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Kevin… Saves the World, Once Upon a Time), Kether Donohue (You’re the Worst), Elliot Knight (Life Sentence), Jessie Pinnick (Chicago Med, Shameless), Robert Smith
Centers around two Pittsburgh families — a father (Walsh) with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer (Williams) and her med student son — who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Dave AnnableHEART OF LIFE (Drama)
WRITER: Ben Queen
OTHER EPs: John Mayer, Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan, Paul Weitz
CAST: Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), Katie Findlay (How to Get Away With Murder), Jessica Stroup (Marvel’s Iron Fist, 90210), Nick Thune (Burning Love)
Inspired by John Mayer’s hit song, the show follows two sets of adult siblings from wildly different worlds who discover they’re related and must reassess everything they thought they knew about their shared father. As they explore the mystery of their separate childhoods, they’ll experience the difficulty in overcoming the sins of the past, and learn the joys of reuniting with long-lost family.

Heather Graham The Hypnotist's Love Story ABCTHE HYPNOTIST’S LOVE STORY (Drama)
WRITER: Katie Wech
OTHER EPs: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks, Liane Moriarty
CAST: Heather Graham (Emily’s Reasons Why Not), Juliet Rylance (The Knick), Adan Canto (Designated Survivor), Liza Lapira (9KJL), Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), Nathaniel Buescher (APB)
After a string of failed romances, hypnotherapist Ellen is optimistic about her current boyfriend. But then he reveals a disturbing truth: a stalker ex-girlfriend (Graham) has been following him for years. Ellen finds herself intrigued — and oddly thrilled — by the stalker, entirely unaware that they’ve already met. Based on the bestselling book by Liane Moriarty.

NANA (Comedy)
WRITER: Lon Zimmet
OTHER EPs: Ted Melfi, Kimberly Quinn, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Katey Sagal
CAST: Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Bill Bellamy (Fastlane), Ben Lawson (Designated Survivor), Kimberly Quinn, Gemma Allen, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport
After the death of his wife, an obsessive, overprotective dad is forced to invite his brash and bawdy mother-in-law, Nana (Sagal), into his home to help raise the two granddaughters she barely knows in the multi-cam hybrid.

WRITER: Dick Wolf, Ben Watkins
OTHER EPs: Arthur Forney, Peter Jankowski, director Anthony Hemingway
CAST: Original series stars Malik Yoba and Luna Lauren Velez, MC Lyte (Power), Otmara Marrero (StartUp), Toby Sandeman (She’s Gotta Have It), Anna Enger (Chicago Med), Octavio Pizano (If Loving You Is Wrong), MC Lyte
Picking up 20 years after the end of the ’90s Fox cop drama, the revival will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city’s most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park. Some cast members from the original series are expected to reprise their roles.

Alona Tal NYPD BlueNYPD BLUE (Drama)
WRITERS: Matt Olmstead, Nick Wootton
OTHER EPs: Director Jesse Bochco, Dayna Bochco
CAST: Newcomer Fabien Frankel (as Theo), Alona Tal (Supernatural), Rick Gomez (Justified), Ashley Thomas (24: Legacy), Sofia Barclay (Defending the Guilty), original series stars Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup
The revival will focus on Theo, the son of Andy Sipowicz (played in the original series by Dennis Franz), who is trying to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad… while investigating his father’s murder.

Cobie Smulders Agents of SHIELDSTUMPTOWN (Drama)
WRITER: Jason Richman
OTHER EPs: Ruben Fleischer, Dave Bernad, Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth, Justin Greenwood
CAST: Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Michael Ealy (Secrets and Lies, Almost Human), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Adrian Martinez (No Activity), Mark Webber (SMILF), Cole Sibus, Tantoo Cardinal 
Inspired by the graphic novels, the project follows Dex Parios, a strong, assertive, and unapologetically sharp-witted army veteran working as a P.I. in Portland, Oregon. With a complicated personal history and only herself to rely on, she solves other people’s messes with a blind eye toward her own.

Mike VogelTRIANGLE (Drama)
WRITERS: Jon Feldman, Sonny Postiglione
OTHER EPs: Jen Gwartz
CAST: Mike Vogel (The Brave, Under the Dome), Edwin Hodge (Mayans M.C., Chicago Fire), Mallory Jansen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Matt Passmore (Satisfaction, The Glades), Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo), Amit Shah (the UK’s Crashing), Diana Bermudez, Sarah Catherine Hook
What if the Bermuda Triangle was not a watery grave in the middle of the ocean, but a land lost in time that has trapped travelers over the course of human history? When a family is shipwrecked in this strange land, they must band together with a group of like-minded inhabitants — from throughout history — to survive and somehow find a way home.

WRITER: Julius ‘Goldy’ Sharpe
OTHER EPs: Julia Gunn, Seth Gordon
CAST: Jane Curtin (3rd Rock From the Sun), Jason Michael Snow (Black Monday), Will Sasso (MADtv), Christina Vidal (Training Day)
A multi-cultural, multi-cam family sitcom that shows how, when two people with young children and overzealous extended families truly love each other, barely anything is possible.

WRITER: Becky Mode
OTHER EPs: Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Alon Aranya, Nelly Feld, Avi Zvi, Ami Amir
CAST: Olivia Thirlby (Goliath), E.J. Bonilla (Bull, Unforgettable), Christian Borle (Smash), Britt Lower (High Maintenance, Man Seeking Woman), Michael Stahl-David (The Deuce, Narcos), Trent Garrett (Andi Mack, Here and Now), Liza Colon-Zayas (David Makes Man, Titans), Juani Feliz (Shades of Blue, Blue Bloods), Vered Blonstein (The Good Doctor), Michael Benjamin Washington (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock), Christian Coulson (Nashville)
The story of how one couple’s decision to get married can affect everyone in their lives. The show will explore the intimate relationships of a group of friends/family as they are forced to reckon with their own romantic lives and come to terms with the realities of love and marriage. Based on the Israeli format.

EPs: Kenya Barris
CAST: Anders Holm (Champions), Tika Sumpter (The Haves and the Have Nots), Arica Himmel, Gary Cole (The Good Fight), Ethan William Childress, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Christina Anthony
An ’80s-set prequel/spinoff about a pre-teen version of Tracee Ellis Ross’ matriarch Bow, to air as an episode of black-ish later this season.

WRITER: Hank Steinberg
OTHER EPs: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Isaac Wright, Jr., Doug Robinson, Alison Greenspan, director George Tillman, Jr.
CAST: Nicholas Pinnock (Counterpart), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Joy Bryant (Parenthood), Mary Stuart Masterson (Blindspot), Dorian Missick (Tell Me a Story, Luke Cage), Boris McGiver (House of Cards), Tyla Harris (Fear the Walking Dead)
A serialized legal and family drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him. The show will also, through the window of his ferocious struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, examine the flaws and challenges in our penal and legal systems.

WRITERS: Hannah Simone, Matt Fusfeld, Alex Cuthbertson
CAST: Hannah Simone (New Girl), Jane Leeves (The Resident, Hot in Cleveland), Alanna Ubach (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Deniz Akdeniz (Once Upon A Time), Art Malik (Borgia, Homeland), Liza Treyger (Horace and Pete), Hank Chen
Hannah and her Indian-American immigrant father have always been close, but after she admits to herself that she’s in a dead-end job and he reveals his marriage is over, they’re starting over together and each finding a new path in the single-cam comedy. This new chapter will either make them crazy close… or just crazy.

WRITER: Jessica Gao
OTHER EPs: Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Samie Kim Falvey
CAST: Holly Chou (The Big Sick), Cindy Cheung (13 Reasons Why), Stephen Park (In Living Color), Kelly Hu (Arrow), Helen Hong (The Thundermans), Ki Hong Lee (The Maze Runner), Ashley Park (Tales of the City), John Gemberling (Broad City)
The single-cam comedy is about Janet Zhao, a first generation Chinese-American woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she’s spent her life trying to keep at arm’s length.

WRITER: Saladin Patterson
OTHER EPs: Leslie Odom Jr., Touré Roberts, Sarah Jakes-Roberts, Kerry Washington, Pilar Savone
CAST: Leslie Odom Jr. (Smash), Kelly Jenrette (Grandfathered), Alexis Fields (Moesha), Hailey Kilgore (The Village), Lilah Richcreek (Grace & Frankie), Milan Carter, Kezii Curtis, Brandon Severs, Somali Rose
Inspired by real life progressive pastors Touré and Sarah Roberts, the multi-cam comedy revolves around Omari (Odom Jr.) and Hope, who together run a modern ministry and share an even more eclectic and chaotic home life with a combined four children.

WOMAN UP (Comedy)
WRITER: Zoe Lister-Jones
OTHER EPs: Liz Meriwether, Jason Winer, Jon Radler
CAST: Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Tawny Newsome (Brockmire, Bajillion Dollar Propertie$), Gabrielle Elyse (Snatchers), Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry), Leon Thomas (Insecure), Bryce Charles (black-ish), Abby Quinn, Tate Moore
Two former teen moms have worked their asses off to see their daughters all the way through high school graduation. And now, at 35, they’re ready to make up for the youth they never had in the single-cam comedy.