Pilot Season 2020: Scoop on This Fall's (Possible!) New Shows, Who's In Them

Pilot Season Guide

ABC logoOur running update of pilots ordered for the 2020-21 TV season, going network by network (EPs = executive producers):

ADOPTED (Comedy)
WRITERS: Shawn Vance, Daril Fannin, Jimmy Kimmel
When a Green Beret returns home to Texas from military service, he and his family struggle with the challenges of adopting his new brother, a 12-year-old Russian boy. The single-cam comedy is inspired by a true story.

THE BIG SKY (Drama) — ORDERED STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: David E. Kelley
OTHER EPs: Ross Fineman, C.J. Box
CAST: Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), Kylie Bunbury (Pitch), Ryan Phillippe (Shooter), Brian Geraghty (Chicago P.D.), John Carroll Lynch (American Horror Story), Dedee Pfeiffer (Cybill), Natalie Alyn Lind (The Gifted)
In this procedural thriller, private detective Cassie Dewell (Bunbury) partners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt (Winnick) on a search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken.

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Gina Torres

THE BRIDES (Drama)
WRITER: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
OTHER EPs: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, director Maggie Kiley
CAST: Gina Torres (Suits), Katherine Reis (Claws), Erin Richards (Gotham), Goran Višnjić (Timeless), Chris Mason (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists), Sophia Tatum (I Am Not Okay With This), Charlie McElveen (The Deuce)
The contemporary reimagining of Dracula is a vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their nontraditional family.

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HARLEM’S KITCHEN (Drama)
WRITER: Zahir McGhee
OTHER EPs: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks, Marcus Samuelsson
CAST: Delroy Lindo (The Good Fight), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Ray Donovan, Moesha), Miguel Gomez (The Strain), Clare-Hope Ashitey (Seven Seconds), Adrianna Mitchell (The Good Fight, Little America), Pepi Sonuga (Into the Dark)
An ensemble family drama set in a fine dining restaurant in Harlem. Ellis Rice, executive chef and patriarch, runs a successful restaurant with his wife and three daughters — but an unexpected death thrusts the family into turmoil and puts the restaurant’s future in jeopardy as long-buried secrets are revealed.

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Topher Grace

HOME ECONOMICS (Comedy)
WRITERS: Michael Colton, John Aboud
OTHER EPs: Topher Grace, Eric & Kim Tannenbaum, co-EP Jason Wang
CAST: Topher Grace (That ’70s Show)
A single-camera comedy about three adult siblings: one in the 1 percent, one middle-class, and one barely holding on.

KIDS MATTER NOW (Comedy)
WRITER: Shana Goldberg-Meehan
A diva boss with no patience for working parents adopts a baby and has a change of heart, casting her mother-of-three assistant as an unlikely mentor and upending the office dynamics in the multi-cam comedy.

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Kyra Sedgwick

MY VILLAGE (Comedy)
WRITER: Kari Lizer
CAST: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Rachel Sennott (High Maintenance), Joey Bragg (Liv and Maddie), Emma Caymares (Fosse/Verdon), Austin Crute (Daybreak)
In this multi-cam, an “empty nester” mom wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she re-inserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought.

PROSPECT (Comedy)
WRITERS: Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer
OTHER EPs: Director Randall Einhorn
CAST: Hunter King (Life in Pieces), David Alan Grier (The Carmichael Show), Diana Maria Riva (Dead to Me), Dale Dickey (Palm Springs)
A comedic Western following an idealistic young woman who moves to the frontier to be a schoolteacher, but her ideals are quickly tested when she learns that her students are rowdy ranch hands, not children.

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Katey Sagal

REBEL (Drama)
WRITER: Krista Vernoff
OTHER EPs: John Davis, John Fox, Alexandre Schmit, Erin Brockovich
CAST: Katey Sagal (The Conners, Sons of Anarchy), John Corbett (Sex and the City), James Lesure (Las Vegas), Tamala Jones (Castle), Lex Scott Davis (The First Purge), Andy Garcia (Ballers, Modern Love)
Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today, the drama follows Annie “Rebel” Bello (Sagal), a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree — a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.

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Chris Wood

thirtysomething(else) (Drama)
WRITERS: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick (who will also direct)
CAST: Chris Wood (Supergirl), Odette Annable (Supergirl), Patrick Fugit (Treadstone, Outcast), Kendrick Sampson (How To Get Away With Murder), Auden Thornton (This Is Us), original series stars Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield, Patty Wettig, Melanie Mayron and Polly Draper
The thirtysomething sequel follows an ensemble of new faces playing the grown-up, thirtysomething children of the original characters. Apparently, raising children (even grown children) never ends, but who could have known how hard it would be for them to raise their parents?

TRIAGE (Drama)
WRITERS: Erica Messer, David Cornue
OTHER EPs: Director Jon M. Chu, Steven Marrs, Courtney Hazlett, Caitlin Foito
A character-driven medical drama that follows a pioneering surgeon, Finley Briar, over three distinct decades at the same hospital. With the evolution of medicine as the backdrop, the show explores the interconnected careers, friendships, and romances of Finley and her colleagues, and their tenuous relationship with time.

UNTITLED KAPNEK/HOLLAND PROJECT (Comedy)
WRITER: Emily Kapnek
OTHER EPs: Dean Holland
CAST: Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets)
The single-cam comedy is described as a “love story with a twist,” centering on New York City teenager Lennon Cochrane, whose life is turned upside down when she stumbles on a family secret.

VALLEY TRASH (Comedy)
WRITER: Niki Schwartz-Wright
OTHER EPs: Nahnatchka Khan, Jennifer Carreras
CAST: Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl), Lulu Wilson (The Haunting of Hill House)
The single-camera comedy follows the Harmans, a scrappy, blue collar family living in the deep Valley who suddenly experience a major culture clash when their fourteen-year-old daughter, Abby, gets accepted to a prestigious LA private high school filled with students and parents who want nothing to do with her, her family or their 818 area code.

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Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest

WORK WIFE (Comedy)
WRITERS: David Windsor, Casey Johnson
OTHER EPs: Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, Mark Consuelos
CAST: Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces), Tone Bell (Fam), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Annapurna Sriram (The Blacklist), Matt Shively (The Real O’Neals) Maile Flanagan (Shameless) and Kelly Ripa in a recurring role
Inspired by Ripa and Seacrest’s partnership at Live, this single-camera project tells the story of a platonic male-female team whose professional success, personal friendship and ability to share deodorant makes their lives work. Set in the world of real estate, Dani and Scott have taken the leap to start their own team. Now feeling the stress of being the boss, they have to rely on the yin-yang of their dynamic more than ever to keep their professional and personal lives afloat.

WRECKAGE (Drama)
WRITER: Jacquie Walters
OTHER EPs: Director Marc Webb, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Mark Martin, Keith Samples
On the surface, Lillian Linden looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost four years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story — so they lie.

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