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

Pilot Season Guide

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

THE 100 PREQUEL (Drama)
WRITER: Jason Rothenberg
OTHER EPs: Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo
CAST: Leo Howard (Why Women Kill, Legacies), Iola Evans (Carnival Row), Adain Bradley (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Airing as an episode of The 100 during the show’s upcoming seventh and final season, the prequel offshoot begins in the aftermath of the nuclear apocalypse and follows a band of survivors on the ground as they learn to cope in a dangerous world while fighting to create a new and better society from the ashes of what came before.

Arrow Spinoff Photos

WRITERS: Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship, Oscar Balderrama
OTHER EPs: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter
CAST: Arrow stars Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy, Juliana Harkavy
Airing as the penultimate episode of Arrow, the potential spinoff’s pilot is set in Star City 2040, where Mia Queen has everything she could have ever wanted. But when 2020’s Laurel Lance and Dinah Drake suddenly show up in her life again, things take a shocking turn and the three suit up once again to save the city — even if Mia is fated to be responsible for its upcoming fall.

Kung Fu Reboot Olivia Liang

Olivia Liang

WRITER: Christina M. Kim
OTHER EPs: Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter
CAST: Olivia Liang (Legacies), Jon Prasida (Hiding), Shannon Dang (Sorry for Your Loss), Eddie Liu (Silicon Valley), Tzi Ma (Wu Assassins, The Man In the High Castle), Kheng Hua Tan (Marco Polo), Gavin Stenhouse (9-1-1, Allegiance), Gwendoline Yeo (American Crime)
A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice… all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her. Inspired by the original series created by Ed Spielman.

Lost Boys TV SeriesTHE LOST BOYS (Drama)
WRITERS: Heather Mitchell, Rob Thomas
OTHER EPs: Director Marcos Siega, Dan Etheridge, Mike Karz, Bill Bindley
CAST: Branden Cook, Lincoln Younes (Grand Hotel), Ruby Cruz (Castle Rock), Rochelle Aytes (Mistresses)
Based on the 1987 cult movie, this update follows a mother and her Gen Z sons as they move to the seaside town where she grew up and discover there’s a sinister reason the local cool kids sleep all day, party all night, never grow up and never get old. Family bonds are tested as the brothers find themselves on opposite sides of a mythological struggle.

WRITER: Merigan Mulhern
OTHER EPs: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Warren Hsu Leonard, Co-EP Lis Rowinski
CAST: Reina Hardesty (The Flash, Greenhouse Academy), Mark Moses (Mad Men, Desperate Housewives), Nandy Martin (The Fosters), Zainne Saleh (The Night Shift), Christopher Meyer (Tell Me a Story, The Fosters), Zayne Emory (The Rookie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Pete Ploszek (Teen Wolf)
In a present day America that finds itself under authoritarian rule, the President’s daughter — raised to believe her father is moral and benevolent — has her worldview rocked on her first day at Georgetown. Challenged by her fellow students, and under the watchful eye of Secret Service agents, she’ll have to decide if her loyalties lie with her family or with a growing resistance as she navigates her freshman year.

WRITER: Jeffrey Paul King
OTHER EPs: Marc Webb, Mark Martin, Jeff Grosvenor, Leo Pearlman
CAST: Stella Baker (Tell Me Your Secrets), Luke Mitchell (Blindspot), Izabella Alvarez (Westworld), Nia Holloway (Hawaii Five-0), Hope Lauren (Awkward, Supergirl), Landry Bender (Fuller House, Looking for Alaska), Ian Duff (New Amsterdam), Forrest Goodluck (The Miseducation of Cameron Post)
Faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence. Now Sarah must lead a young group of misfits as they attempt to start their own country from scratch.

WRITER: Todd Helbing
OTHER EPs: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns
CAST: Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl), Elizabeth Tulloch (Supergirl), Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), Emmanuelle Chriqui (The Passage, Entourage), Erik Valdez (General Hospital), Jordan Elsass (Little Fires Everywhere), Alexander Garfin, Wolé Parks (All American, The Vampire Diaries), Inde Navarrette (13 Reasons Why)
The Arrowverse spinoff follows the world’s most famous superhero and comic books’ most famous journalist as they deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.

Padalecki Walker Texas Ranger RebootWALKER (Drama) — ORDERED STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: Anna Fricke
OTHER EPs: Jared Padalecki, Dan Lin, Lindsay Liberatore
CAST: Jared Padalecki (Supernatural), Lindsey Morgan (The 100), Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars), Mitch Pileggi (Supernatural, The X-Files), Molly Hagan (iZombie, Jane the Virgin), Coby Bell (The Gifted), Jeff Pierre (Once Upon a Time, Beyond)
The Walker, Texas Ranger reboot follows Cordell Walker (Padalecki), a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who returns to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He’ll attempt to reconnect with his children, navigate clashes with his family, and find unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers history), while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death.


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