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):

THE BIG LEAP (Drama)
WRITER: Liz Heldens
OTHER EPs: Sue Naegle
CAST: Scott Foley (Scandal, Whiskey Cavalier), Matt Lucas (Doctor Who), Teri Polo (The Fosters) Ser’Darius Blain (Charmed), Ray Cham (Five Points), Jon Rudnitsky (Catch-22), Simone Recasner
Inspired by a UK format, the centers on a group of diverse underdogs from all different walks of life who compete to be part of a competition reality series that is putting on a modern, hip remake of “Swan Lake.” What they lack in the traditional dancer body type, they make up for with their edge, wit and desire to reimagine an iconic story to fit their own mold.

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BLOOD RELATIVE (Drama)
WRITERS: Chris Levinson, James Renner
OTHER EPs: Director Philip Noyce, Liza Chasin
CAST: Melissa Leo (I’m Dying Up Here), Tate Donovan (Damages, The O.C.), Tyrone Marshall Brown (Power, Love Is___)
Genetic genealogy is the best new tool in crime-scene forensics, and nobody knows it like Louise Kelly. Too bad she’s impossible to deal with. Based on a 2018 Cleveland Scene article by journalist and author James Renner.

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CALL ME KAT (fka CARLA) (Comedy) — ORDERED STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITER: Darlene Hunt
OTHER EPs: Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Todd Spiewak, Angie Stephenson, Miranda Hart
CAST: Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly), Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story), Kyla Pratt (One on One), Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace)
Based on the BBC sitcom Miranda, the multi-cam follows a 39-year-old woman (Bialik) who struggles every day against society (and her mother) to prove that you can not have everything you want and still be happy. That’s why she spent the money her parents set aside for her wedding to open a cat café in Louisville!

THE CLEANING LADY (Drama)
WRITER: Miranda Kwok
OTHER EPs: Shay Mitchell, Melissa Carter
CAST: Vincent Piazza (The Passage, Boardwalk Empire), Ginger Gonzaga (KiddingI’m Dying Up Here)
Based on the Argentine series La Chica que Limpia, this darkly aspirational character drama follows a whip-smart doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for the mob and starts playing the game by her own rules.

HOUSEBROKEN (Animated Comedy) — ORDERED STRAIGHT TO SERIES
WRITERS: Clea Duvall, Jennifer Crittenden, Gabrielle Allan
OTHER EPs: Sharon Horgan, Clelia Mountford, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
VOICE CAST: Lisa Kudrow, Clea Duvall, Nat Faxon, Sharon Horgan, Will Forte, Tony Hale, Jason Mantzoukas, Sam Richardson, Bresha Webb, Greta Lee
An irreverent comedy that explores human dysfunction and neurosis through a group of neighborhood animals who live in the suburbs.

PIVOTING (Comedy)
WRITER: Liz Astrof
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
The single-camera comedy follows three women after the death of their childhood best friend. Faced with the reality that life is short, in desperate attempts to find happiness, they make a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions, strengthening their bond proving it’s never too late to screw up your life.

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THIS COUNTRY (Comedy)
WRITER: Jenny Bicks
OTHER EPs: Director Paul Feig, Angie Stephenson, Dan Magnante and original series creators Charlie Cooper and Daisy May Cooper
CAST: Seann William Scott (Lethal Weapon), Sam Straley (The Kids Are Alright), Taylor Ortega (Kim Possible movie), Chelsea Holmes, Krystal Smith
In this half-hour mockumentary inspired by the BBC format, a documentary crew goes to a small town to study young adults and their current concerns. Their focus is the daily lives of cousins Kelly and Shrub Mallet and their idiosyncratic surroundings. We follow the cousins as they pursue their dreams, confront challenges, and fight each other for frozen pizza. These two don’t have much, but they do have each other.

UNTITLED FILM RE-ENACTMENT PROJECT (Drama)
WRITER: Sarah Watson
OTHER EPs: Director Greg Mottola, Gail Berman, Lauren Shuler Donner, Richard Donner, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank
CAST: Ramon Rodriguez (The Affair)
After failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret with her, Stella Cooper returns to her distressed automotive hometown to substitute teach. She finds inspiration, hope, and ultimately salvation when she agrees to help three students who are pursuing their filmmaking dreams by putting on an impossibly ambitious shot-for-shot remake of one of the student’s favorite movies, The Goonies. Over the course of the season, their passion will inspire a town in desperate need of hope in this love letter to the power of cinema, storytelling and dreams.

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