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: Justin Spitzer
OTHER EPs: Aaron Kaplan
CAST: Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory), Harriet Dyer (The InBetween), X Mayo (The Daily Show)
A single-camera workplace comedy set at the headquarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit, where a floundering group of executives try to rediscover the company identity amidst a rapidly changing industry.

WRITER: Carla Banks-Waddles
OTHER EPs: Malcolm D. Lee, Debra Martin Chase
CAST: Emayatzy Corinealdi (Ballers), Christian Keyes (Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural)
An exploration of an African-American family’s legacy, the drama follows the Coopers after their “golden child” suffers a catastrophic event. As a result, seven family members face a foundational shift, make life-altering decisions, and deal with deep secrets coming to light.

WRITER: Rachele Lynn
OTHER EPs: Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Seth Meyers, Mike Shoemaker
CAST: Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf), Alice Lee (Brittany Runs a Marathon), Tiana Okoye (Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens), Nick Cafero (Pitch Perfect)
A single-cam comedy about Daisy who, with her life stalling, re-enters the dating scene only to discover that while she was out of the game, the game sort of, totally, completely changed. Realizing she is a bit rusty at being “normal” and “appealing” on first dates, she’ll need the support of her friends as she strives to succeed while being her true self in today’s quick-to-dismiss dating culture.

Pilot Casting Jonathan Tucker

Jonathan Tucker

DEBRIS (Drama)
WRITER: J.H. Wyman
OTHER EPs: Jason Hoffs
CAST: Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom), Riann Steele (NCIS: New Orleans), Norbert Leo Butz (Fosse/Verdon, Bloodline)
Two agents from two different continents (and two different mindsets) must work together to investigate when wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft has mysterious effects on humankind.

ECHO (Drama)
OTHER EPs: John Davis, John Fox
CAST: Janina Gavankar (The Mysteries of Laura, True Blood), Reid Scott (Veep), Wesam Keesh (For the People), Richard Brooks (Law & Order)
A high-concept, genre procedural revolving around a team of investigators who solve the highest-profile crimes by sending our heroes into the past… in the body of the victim. Assuming the victim’s identity, they must race against time to prevent the crime before it happens.

Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies

WRITERS: Suzanne Martin, Jim Jefferies
OTHER EPs: Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Tim Sarkes, Alex Murray
CAST: Jim Jefferies, Betsy Brandt (Life in Pieces), Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace), Darien Sills-Evans (Superior Donuts), Mike Lane (American Princess)
The multi-cam stars Jefferies as a fictionalized version of himself — a comedian with a unique and often controversial take on modern life, relationships and co-parenting with his best friend.

Kenan Thompson

WRITER: Jackie Clarke
OTHER EPs: Kenan Thompson, Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, director Chris Rock
CAST: Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven), Punam Patel (Special)
The single-cam comedy follows a newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.

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Michael Raymond-James

LA BREA (Drama)
WRITER: David Appelbaum
OTHER EPs: Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Ken Woodruff
CAST: Michael Raymond-James (Once Upon a Time), Natalie Zea (The Detour), Jon Seda (Chicago P.D.), Caleb Ruminer (Finding Carter), Angel Parker (Marvel’s Runaways), Catherine Dent (The Shield), Karina Logue (Terriers), Veronica St. Clair (Unbelievable), Jag Bal (The Romeo Section), Rita Angel Taylor (Sunnyside Up), Zyra Gorecki
When a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When half of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are — and if there is a way back home.

Langdon NBC Prequel Series Dan Brown

WRITERS: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie
OTHER EPs: Dan Brown, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Anna Culp, Samie Falvey
CAST: Ashley Zukerman (Succession)
Based on author Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol — the fourth Robert Langdon book — the Da Vinci Code prequel follows the early adventures of the famed Harvard symbologist, who must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy.

Night School TV SeriesNIGHT SCHOOL (Comedy)
WRITER: Christopher Moynihan
OTHER EPs: Kevin Hart, Will Packer, Malcolm D. Lee
CAST: Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Ian Gomez (Cougar Town), Josh Segarra (Arrow, The Other Two), Collette Wolfe (You’re the Worst), James Earl (Scream Queens), Joe Massingill (Fear the Walking Dead, Hart of Dixie)
Based on the 2018 movie, this multi-cam comedy follows a mix of adults at a night school GED prep class who unexpectedly bond over their shared experience and find themselves helping each other both inside and outside of the classroom.

James Wolk Ordinary Joe NBC Pilot

James Wolk

WRITERS: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
OTHER EPs: Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Howard Klein
CAST: James Wolk (Watchmen, Zoo), Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome), Charlie Barnett (Arrow, Russian Doll)
Explores the three parallel lives of the show’s main character after he makes a pivotal choice at a crossroads in his life. The series asks the question of how different life might look if you made your decision based on love, loyalty or passion.

Ryan Hansen

Ryan Hansen

WRITERS: Matt Hubbard, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan
OTHER EPs: Emiliano Calemzuk, Gonzalo Sagardia, Javier Veiga
CAST: Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), Aimee Carrero (Young & Hungry), Neil Casey (Silicon Valley, Big Mouth), Kimia Behpoornia (Abby’s)
A single-cam rom-com about two set-in-their-ways adults who are challenged by very unexpected strangers to become the best versions of themselves in order to find love and possibly each other.

WRITER: Phil Jackson
OTHER EPs: Dan Goor
CAST: Nicole Byer (Nailed It!), Echo Kellum (Arrow), Aaron Jennings (Pure Genius), Carl Tart (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$), Justin Cunningham (When They See Us)
A single-camera ensemble comedy about “black people, dating and wine.”

Ted Danson NBC Comedy Mayor Tina Fey

Ted Danson

WRITERS: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock
OTHER EPs: Jeff Richmond, David Miner
CAST: Ted Danson (The Good Place), Bobby Moynihan (SNL), Holly Hunter (Top of the Lake, Saving Grace)
A single-cam comedy centering around a wealthy businessman (Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff, and connect with his teenage daughter — all while controlling the coyote population.

Young Rock sitcom

Dwayne Johnson

WRITER: Nahnatchka Khan, Jeff Chiang
OTHER EPs: Dwayne Johnson, Jennifer Carreras, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz
CAST: Dwayne Johnson
The single-cam comedy chronicles the formative childhood years of Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock.