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

Pilot Season Guide

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

WRITER: Marco Pennette
OTHER EPs: Chuck Lorre
CAST: Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex), Sara Rue (Impastor), Kether Donohue (You’re the Worst)
Faced with finding a kidney donor, newly divorced dad Drew is at the end of his rope when he runs into Gina, a rough-around-the edges woman from his past who volunteers her own.  Together they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives in this multi-cam comedy.

Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling in 'Silence of the Lambs' TV ShowCLARICE (Drama)
WRITERS: Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet
OTHER EPs: Heather Kadin, Co-EP Aaron Baiers
CAST: Rebecca Breeds (The Originals), Lucca De Oliveira (The Punisher) and Devyn A. Tyler (Out of Blue)
Set in 1993, a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, the series is a deep dive into the untold personal story of Clarice Starling, not yet 30, as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high-stakes political world of Washington, D.C.

Equalizer Latifah CBSTHE EQUALIZER (Drama)
WRITERS: Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller
OTHER EPs: Queen Latifah, John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Shakim Compere, original series co-creator Richard Lindheim
CAST: Queen Latifah (Star), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black), Liza Lapira (9JKL), Tory Kittles (Colony)
A reimagining of the classic series in which Queen Latifah portrays an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn.

Rose McIver Ghosts

Rose McIver

GHOSTS (Comedy)
WRITERS: Joe Port, Joe Wiseman
OTHER EPs: Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Martha Howe-Douglas, Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward, Alison Owen, Angie Stephenson
CAST: Rose McIver (iZombie), Brandon Scott Jones (The Good Place)
In the single-camera comedy, a struggling young couple’s dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to find it’s both falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents.

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush

GOOD SAM (Drama)
WRITER: Katie Wech
OTHER EPs: Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein
CAST: Sophia Bush (Chicago P.D.), Jason Isaacs (The OA, Star Trek: Discovery)
A talented yet stifled surgeon embraces her leadership role after her renowned and pompous boss falls into a coma. When he awakens and wants to resume surgery, however, it falls to her to supervise this overbearing blowhard who never acknowledged her talents — and also happens to be her father.

Meaghan Rath Jack Cutmore ScottJURY DUTY (fka WE THE JURY) (Comedy)
WRITERS: Dana Klein, Stephanie Darrow
OTHER EPs: James Acaster, Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice
CAST: Jack Cutmore-Scott (Deception), Meaghan Rath (Hawaii Five-0), Sadie Calvano (Mom), Alanna Ubach (Bombshell)
A group of jurors are sequestered together until they all agree on a verdict… and they can’t even agree on lunch.

Lincoln Lawyer TV SeriesTHE LINCOLN LAWYER (Drama)
WRITER: David E. Kelley
OTHER EPs: Ted Humphrey, Michael Connelly, Ross Fineman, director Adam Bernstein
CAST: Kiele Sanchez (Kingdom), Angus Sampson (No Activity, Nightflyers), Jazz Raycole (The Quad, The Soul Man)
Based on author Michael Connelly’s series of novels and the subsequent 2011 feature film starring Matthew McConaughey, the drama revolves around Mickey Haller, an iconoclastic idealist who runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln town car as he takes on cases big and small across Los Angeles.

WRITER: Evan Katz
OTHER EPs: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed
Upon learning that his impending retirement is being pushed off by several years, an LAPD detective who just wants his pension so he can go off and live the good life decides to do everything in his power to get fired, but his bad behavior only leads to surprising success at solving cases.

Julie Bowen Raised by Wolves CBS Comedy Pilot

Julie Bowen

WRITERS: Max Mutchnick, David Kohan
CAST: Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
The multi-cam comedy centers around Frankie Wolfe, an unfiltered, irreverent, powerful businesswoman with no personal life. When Frankie’s impossibly fragile and neurotic sister, Tommie, abandons Quincy — an incredibly bright inner-city child who Tommie attempted to foster — Frankie is faced with the choice of taking him in or casting him back out. Can these two lonely, damaged people find the love and companionship that has eluded them their whole lives?

Oliver Hudson Malin Akerman CBS Pilot

Oliver Hudson & Malin Akerman

WRITER: Frank Pines
OTHER EPs: Ben Winston, Jeff Grosvenor
CAST: Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together, Rules of Engagement), Malin Akerman (Billions, Trophy Wife)
Adult siblings who are children of divorce must circle the wagons when their sister’s husband unexpectedly announces he wants to call it quits on their marriage in this multi-cam comedy.

Parker Young United States of Al

Parker Young

WRITERS: David Goetsch, Maria Ferrari
OTHER EPs: Chuck Lorre, Reza Aslan, Mahyad Tousi
CAST: Parker Young (Imposters, Suburgatory), Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement), Dean Norris (Claws, Breaking Bad)
The multi-cam project explores the friendship between Riley (Young), a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir, aka Al (Kalyan), the interpreter from Riley’s unit in Afghanistan who has come to America to start a new life.

Elizabeth Hurley Hannah Simone CBS

Hannah Simone & Elizabeth Hurley

WRITERS: Corinne Kingsbury, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling
CAST: Hannah Simone (New Girl), Elizabeth Hurley (The Royals)
When Penelope’s career takes off at exactly the same time as her husband’s, they call on Penelope’s young single mom, Georgia, to help raise their son, but what they find is Georgia needs more raising than their kid in this multi-cam comedy.

Patrick Dempsey Ways & Means

Patrick Dempsey

WAYS & MEANS (Drama)
WRITERS: Ed Redlich, Mike Murphy
OTHER EPs: Denise Di Novi, Tom Lassally, Nina Tassler, Co-EP Joannie Burstein
CAST: Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy), Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), Amanda Warren (Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans)
Centers around a powerful Congressional leader (Dempsey) who, after having lost faith in politics, finds himself working secretly with an idealistic young Congresswoman from the opposing party to subvert the hopelessly gridlocked system he helped create. Together, they’ll attempt to save American politics (provided they don’t get caught).