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Pilot Season 2019: Scoop on This Fall's (Possible) New Shows, Who's In Them

Pilot Season Guide

CBS Logo 2015Our running update of pilots ordered for the 2019-20 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):

ALIVE (FKA FRANKENSTEIN) (Drama)
WRITER: Jason Tracey
OTHER EPs: Rob Doherty
CAST: Ryan Phillippe (Shooter), Katrina Law (Arrow), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Bull, Impastor)
Ryan Phillippe Frankenstein PilotA San Francisco homicide detective is mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty, but as he resumes his old life and he and his wife realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection — Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA (Comedy)
WRITERS: Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, Gina Yashere
CAST: Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly), Folake Olowofoyeku (Transparent), Christine Ebersole (Royal Pains), Maribeth Monroe (The Good Place), Shola Adewusi (The Kennedys), Barry Shabaka Henley (Bosch), Matt Jones (Mom)
After having a heart attack, Bob (Gardell) falls in love with his Nigerian nurse (Olowofoyeku) and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance.

BROKE (Comedy)
WRITER: Alex Herschlag
OTHER EPs: Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein, Ben Silverman, Guillermo Restrepo, Gonzalo Cilley, Marcia Lucia Hernandez Frieri, Jaime Camil
CAST: Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin), Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Natasha Leggero (Another Period), Izzy Diaz (Telenovela)
When an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda condo, forcing the two siblings to reconnect, in the multi-cam comedy.

Patricia Heaton CBS Pilot Carol's Second ActCAROL’S SECOND ACT (Comedy)
WRITERS: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins
OTHER EPs: Patricia Heaton, Adam Griffin, David Hunt, Rebecca Stay, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
CAST: Patricia Heaton (The Middle), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Bonnie Dennison (Third Watch), Ito Aghayere (Instinct, Master of None), Jean Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy)
In the multi-cam comedy, after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, Carol Chambers embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.

Courthouse Marg HelgenbergerCOURTHOUSE (Drama)
WRITER: Greg Spottiswood
OTHER EPs: Leonard Goldstein, Mike Robin
CAST: Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Jessica Camacho (Taken, The Flash), Wilson Bethel (Marvel’s Daredevil, Hart of Dixie), J. Alex Brinson (Travelers), Simone Missick (Luke Cage), Lindsay Mendez (Broadway’s Carousel), Ruthie Ann Miles (Broadway’s The King & I)
A show that pulls back the curtain on the court system and follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of the judges, assistant district attorneys, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, cops and jurors to bring justice to the people of Los Angeles.

Ken Jeong The Emperor of Malibu CBSTHE EMPEROR OF MALIBU (Comedy)
WRITERS: Kevin Kwan, David Sangalli
OTHER EPs: Showrunners Michelle Nader and Christina Lee, Danielle Stokdyk
CAST: Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken), Max Willems, Taylor Louderman (Broadway’s Mean Girls), Deborah S. Craig (The Blacklist)
When the son of a Chinese billionaire announces his engagement to an American woman, his outrageous family descends upon the couple to win their son back and test drive the American dream in the multi-cam comedy.

Mike Colter CBSEVIL (Drama)
WRITERS: Robert King, Michelle King
OTHER EPs: Liz Glotzer
CAST: Mike Colter (Marvel’s Luke Cage, The Good Wife), Michael Emerson (Person of Interest), Katja Herbers (Westworld), Aasif Mandvi (Younger, The Brink)
A skeptical female clinical psychologist joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions and other extraordinary occurrences, to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.

FBI: MOST WANTED (Drama)
WRITERS: Dick Wolf, Rene Balcer
OTHER EPs: Arthur W. Forney, Peter Jankowski
CAST: Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Alana de la Garza (Law & Order), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Game of Thrones), Kellan Lutz (Twilight)
Airing as an episode of FBI, the potential spinoff centers on the division of the FBI tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Edie Falco CBS Drama Pilot TommyTOMMY (FKA NANCY) (Drama)
WRITER: Paul Attanasio
OTHER EPs: Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey
CAST: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, The Sopranos), Michael Chernus (Patriot, Orange Is the New Black), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Russell G. Jones (The Americans), Joseph Lyle Taylor (Sneaky Pete), David Fierro (The Knick), Olivia Lucy Phillip
When a former high-ranking NYPD officer becomes the first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles, she uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to navigate the social, political, and national security issues that converge with enforcing the law.

OUR HOUSE (Comedy)
WRITER: Brendan O’Brien
OTHER EPs: Nick Stoller, Conor Welch
CAST: Katherine Heigl (Suits, Grey’s Anatomy), Malcolm Barrett (Timeless), Nancy Lenehan (People of Earth), Phil Hendrie (F Is for Family)
A devoted mom and dad are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture in the multi-cam hybrid.

THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH (Drama)
WRITER: Jeff King
OTHER EPs: Leo Pearlman, Jeff Grosvenor, Marc Webb
CAST: Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Carlos Leal (The Last Ship), Jonathan Slavin (Speechless), Kirsten Nelson (Psych), James Lesure (Las Vegas), Kimberly Guerrero (Longmire), Daniel Ings (Instinct), Annie Funke (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
A small New Hampshire town is thrust onto the world stage when the discovery of a valuable resource within its borders compels the residents to declare themselves an independent nation, setting the unlikely young mayor and her cabinet of inexperienced locals on the path of running a brand new country.

SUPER SIMPLE LOVE STORY (FKA THE US PROJECT) (Comedy)
WRITER: Mike Royce
OTHER EPs: Nick Stoller, Conor Welch
CAST: Parker Young (Imposters, Suburgatory), Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth), Laura Marano (Austin & Ally), Ronny Chieng (The Daily Show), Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum)
A story — told through interviews and vignettes spanning 10 years — about how an unlikely couple becomes an unlikely family.

Sophia BushSURVEILLANCE (Drama)
WRITER: David C. White
OTHER EPs: Matt Reeves, director Patricia Riggen
CAST: Sophia Bush (Chicago P.D.), Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), Dennis Haysbert (24), Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), Catalina Sandino Moreno (The Affair), Raphael Acloque (24: Legacy)
This spy thriller follows Bush’s Maddy, the head of communications for the NSA, who is torn between protecting the government’s secrets and her own.

Jennifer Morrison CBS PilotUNDER THE BRIDGE (Drama)
WRITER: Rina Mimoun
OTHER EPs: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed
CAST: Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time), Justin Kirk (Weeds), David Ajala (Supergirl), Sarayu Blue (I Feel Bad), Reggie Lee (Grimm)
When a scandal rocks the medical practice she runs with her husband and their friends, a surgeon rises to the occasion and takes the lead in trying to mend both the practice and her own marriage.

Walton GogginsTHE UNICORN (Comedy)
WRITERS: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling, Peyton Reed
CAST: Walton Goggins (Justified), Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital),  Michaela Watkins (Casual), Omar Benson Miller (Ballers), Maya Lynne Robinson (The Conners)
A widower is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own, and equally unprepared for the dating world where, to his shock, he’s suddenly a hot commodity in the multi-cam comedy.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN (Comedy)
WRITER: Mike Metz
OTHER EPs: Gail Berman
CAST: Michael Angarano (This Is Us), Briga Heelan (Great News), Michael Cassidy (People of Earth, The O.C.), Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement), Taylor Dearden (Sweet/Vicious), Ana Villafañe (South Beach)
Evan sets out with his group of 20-something friends to accomplish a list of challenges he wrote for himself years ago in an effort to turn around his banal life in the hybrid comedy.

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