TV Pilot Season 2020: TheWrap’s Complete Guide

It’s pilot season — when broadcast networks decide which of dozens of prospective shows should become full-fledged series.TheWrap’s complete network pilot guide will keep you up to speed on the status of every project under consideration by ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. In cases where they’ve already ordered a show to series, we’ll say so.Check back often for regular updates.ABC: Comedy / DramaCBS: Comedy / DramaThe CW: DramaFox: Comedy / DramaNBC: Comedy / Drama ABC COMEDYMY VILLAGE Writer(s): Kari Lizer Studio: Sony Pictures Television, ABC Studios Logline: 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 reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought.(Multi-camera)PROSPECT Writer(s): Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer Director: Randall Einhorn Studio: ABC Studios Logline: A comedic western with a feminist twist: an idealistic young woman 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. (Single camera)WORK WIFE Writer(s): David Windsor, Casey Johnson Producer(s): Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Albert Bianchini, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay Director: Todd Holland Studio: ABC Studios Logline: Inspired by the real-life partnerships of producers Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest and writers Casey Johnson and David Windsor, Work Wife 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. (Single Camera)Back to Top ABC DRAMATHE BIG SKY — Series Order Writer(s): David E. Kelley Producer(s): Ross Fineman, C.J. Box Studio: A+E Studios, 20th Century Fox Television Logline: In this procedural thriller, private detective Cassie Dewell partners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt 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.THE BRIDES Writer(s): Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Producer(s): Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter Director: Maggie Kiley Studio: ABC Studios, Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions Logline: A sexy contemporary reimagining of “Dracula,” is a family drama with a trio of powerful female leads at its heart. With strong horror elements, “The Brides” is a vampire soap about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their nontraditional family.HARLEM’S KITCHEN Writer(s): Zahir McGhee Producer(s): Marcus Samuelsson, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks Studio: ABC Studios Logline: 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.REBEL Writer(s): Krista Vernoff Producer(s): Davis Entertainment, Alexandre Schmitt, Erin Brockovich Studio: ABC Studios/Sony Pictures Television Logline: “Rebel” is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today. Annie “Rebel” Bello is 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. Cast: Katey SagalTHIRTYSOMETHING(ELSE) Writer(s): Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick Director: Edward Zwick Studio: ABC Studios, MGM Television Logline: A sequel to the groundbreaking series “thirtysomething,” which follows an ensemble of new faces playing the grown-up, 30-something children of the original cast. Apparently, raising children (even grown children) never ends, but who could have known how hard it would be for them to raise their parents? Cast: Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield, Patty WettigWRECKAGE Writer(s): Jacquie Walters Producer(s): Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Mark Martin, Keith Samples Director: Marc Webb Studio: ABC Studios Logline: 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.Back to Top CBS COMEDYB POSITIVE Writer(s): Marco Pennette Producer(s): Chuck Lorre Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre Productions Logline: 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. (Multi-camera)GHOSTS Writer(s): Joe Port, Joe Wiseman Producer(s): Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Martha Howe-Douglas, Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward, Alison Owen, Angie Stephenson Studio: CBS Television Studios, Lionsgate Television, BBC Studios Logline: 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. (Single camera)THE THREE OF US Writer(s): Frank Pines Producer(s): Ben Winston, Jeff Grosvenor, James Corden Studio: CBS Television Studios, Fulwell 73 Logline: 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. (Multi-camera)PLEASE HOLD FOR FRANKIE WOLFE Writer(s): Max Mutchnick, David Kohan Producer(s): Ben Winston, Jeff Grosvenor Studio: Universal Television Studios Logline: Frankie Wolfe is 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? (Multi-camera)THE UNITED STATES OF AL Writer(s): David Goetsch, Maria Ferrari Producer(s): Chuck Lorre, Reza Aslan, Mahyad Tousi Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre Productions Logline: A comedy about the friendship between Riley, a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (Al), the Afghan interpreter who served with his unit and has just arrived to start a new life in America. (Multi-camera)WE THE JURY Writer(s): Dana Klein and Stephanie Darrow Producer(s): James Acaster, Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice Studio: CBS Television Studios Logline: A group of jurors are sequestered together until they all agree on a verdict…and they can’t even agree on lunch. (Hybrid)UNTITLED KINGSBURY/DALEY/GOLDSTEIN PROJECT Writer(s): Corinne Kingsbury, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein Producer(s): Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling Studio: CBS Television Studios Logline: 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. (Multi-camera)Back to Top CBS DRAMACLARICE — Series Commitment Writer(s): Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet Producer(s): Heather Kadin, Aaron Baiers Studio: MGM Television, CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout Logline: It’s 1993, a year after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” CLARICE is a deep dive into the untold personal story of Clarice Starling as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of Washington, D.C.THE EQUALIZER Writer(s): Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller Producer(s): Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox , Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim, Shakim Compere Studio: Universal Television Studios, CBS Television Studios, Davis Entertainment, Martin Chase Productions, Flavor Unit Logline: A reimagining of the classic series in which an enigmatic figure uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Cast: Queen LatifahGOOD SAM Writer(s): Katie Wech Producer(s): Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein Studio: CBS Television Studios, Sutton St. Productions Logline: 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.strong>OUT THE DOOR Writer(s): Evan Katz Producer(s): Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed Studio: CBS Television Studios, Jerry Bruckheimer Television Logline: Upon learning that his impending retirement is being pushed off by several years, an apathetic 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.Back to Top CW DramaKUNG FU Writer(s): Christina M. Kim Producer(s): Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Quinn’s House, Berlanti Productions Logline: 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.THE LOST BOYS Writer(s): Heather Mitchell, Rob Thomas Producer(s): Dan Etheridge, Mike Karz, Bill Bindley, Rebecca Franko, Juliana Janes Director: Marcos Siega Studio: Warner Bros. Television Logline: When a mother and her gen z sons move to the seaside town where she grew up, they 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. Based on the 1987 cult classic that revolutionized how we think about vampires.MAVERICK Writer(s): Merigan Mulhern Producer(s): Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Warren Hsu Leonard, Lis Rowinski Studio: CBS Television Studios, Fake Empire Logline: 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.THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH Writer(s): Jeffrey Paul King Producer(s): Marc Webb, Mark Martin, Jeff Grosvenor, Leo Pearlman Studio: CBS Television Studios Logline: 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.SUPERMAN & LOIS — Series Order Writer(s): Todd Helbing Producer(s): Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns Studio: Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television Logline: Follows the world’s most famous Super Hero 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. Based on the characters from DC created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Cast: Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth TullocWALKER — Series Order Writer(s): Anna Fricke Producer(s): Dan Lin, Lindsay Liberatore, Jared Padalecki Studio: CBS Television Studios, Rideback. Logline: A reimagining of the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Centers on Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who returns home 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. Cast: Jared PadaleckiUNTITLED THE 100 PREQUEL — Backdoor Pilot Production Order Writer(s): Jason Rothenberg Producer(s): Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo Studio: Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, CBS Television Studios Logline: Set 97 years before the events of the original series, this project — which is currently being developed as a planted spinoff and will air as an episode of THE 100’s final season — starts with the end of the world, a nuclear apocalypse that wipes out most of the human population on Earth. The epic adventure 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.UNTITLED ARROW SPINOFF — Backdoor Pilot Production Order Writer(s): Beth Schwartz, Mark Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship, Oscar Balderrama Producer(s): Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter Studio: Warner Bros. TV, DC Entertainment Logline: Spinoff following the women of Arrow. Cast: Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy, Juliana HarkavyBack to Top FOX COMEDYCARLA — Series Commitment Writer(s): Darlene Hunt Producer(s): Jim Parsons, Todd Spiewak, Angie Stephenson, Miranda Hart, Eric Norsoph, Mackenzie Gabriel-Vaught, Mayim Bialik Studio: Warner Bros. Television, FOX Entertainment, That’s Wonderful Productions, Sad Clown Productions, BBC Studios Logline: Carla is a 39-year-old woman who struggles every day against society and her mother to prove that you CANNOT have everything you want — and still be happy. Which is why she spent the money her parents set aside for her wedding to open a Cat Café in Louisville, KY. Based on the BBC UK original seriesMiranda, created by Miranda Hart. (Multi-camera) Cast: Mayim BialikHOUSEBROKEN — Series Order Writer(s): Clea DuVall, Jennifer Crittenden, Gabrielle Allan Producer(s): Sharon Horgan, Clelia Mountford, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor Studio: Fox Entertainment, Kapital Entertainment, Bento Box Logline: Explores human dysfunction and neurosis through a group of neighborhood animals who live in the suburbs. (Animated) Cast: Lisa Kudrow, Clea DuVall, Sharon Horgan, Nat Faxon, Will Forte, Tony Hale, Jason Mantzoukas, Sam Richardson, Bresha Webb, Greta LeePIVOTING Writer(s): Liz Astrof Producer(s): Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor Studio: Warner Bros. Television, FOX Entertainment, Kapital Entertainment Logline: PIVOTING 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. (Single camera)THIS COUNTRY Writer(s): Jenny Bicks Producer(s): Angie Stephenson, Charlie Cooper, Daisy May Cooper, Dan Magnante, Cathy Mason, Rachel Mason Director: Paul Feig Studio: Lionsgate, BBC Studios, FOX Entertainment, Feigco Entertainment, Perkins Street Productions Logline: 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. (Single camera)Back to Top FOX DRAMATHE BIG LEAP Writer(s): Liz Heldens Producer(s): Sue Naegle Studio: 20th Century Fox Television, FOX Entertainment Logline: Inspired by a UK format, THE BIG LEAP is a funny and contemporary tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. The show 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. THE BIG LEAP takes us on a journey of self-acceptance, body-positivity and empowerment at any age.THE CLEANING LADY Writer(s): Miranda Kwok Producer(s): Shay Mitchell, Melissa Carter Studio: Warner Bros Television, FOX Entertainment Logline: A darkly aspirational character drama about 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. Based on the original Argentine series.Back to Top NBC COMEDYAMERICAN AUTO Writer(s): Justin Spitzer Producer(s): Aaron Kaplan Studio: Universal Television, Kapital Entertainment Logline: 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. (Single camera)CRAZY FOR YOU Writer(s): Rachele Lynn Producer(s): Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Mike Shoemaker Studio(s): Universal Television, Broadway Video, Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions Logline: Daisy, 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. (Single camera)THE KENAN SHOW — Series Order Writer(s): Jackie Clarke Producer(s): Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer Director: Chris Rock Studio: Universal Television, Broadway Video Logline: Kenan Thompson strives to be a super dad to his two adorable girls while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who “helps” in the most inappropriate ways. (Single camera) Cast: Kenan Thompson, Punam Patel, Dani Lockett, Dannah Lockett, Andy GarciaJEFFERIES Writer(s): Suzanne Martin Producer(s): Jim Jefferies, Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Tim Sarkes, Alex Murray Studio: Universal Television, Hazy Mills, Brillstein Entertainment Partners Logline: Jim Jefferies stars 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. (Multi-camera) Cast: Jim JefferiesNIGHT SCHOOL Writer(s): Chris Moynihan Producer(s): Kevin Hart, Will Packer, Malcolm Lee Studio: Universal Television, Hartbeat Productions, Will Packer Productions, Bicycle Path Productions Logline: An adaptation of the 2018 film, “Night School” centers on a unique 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. (Multi-camera)SOMEONE OUT THERE Writer(s): Matt Hubbard, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan Producer(s): Emiliano Calemzuk, Gonzalo Sagardia, Javier Veiga Studio: Universal Television Logline: A romantic comedy 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. Based on the format “Pequeñas Coincidencias,” created by Javier Veiga. (Multi-camera)YOUNG ROCK — Series Order Writer(s): Nahnatchka Khan, Jeff Chiang Producer(s): Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, Jennifer Carreras Studio: Universal Television, Seven Bucks Productions, Fierce Baby Productions Logline: Inspired by the formative years of Dwayne Johnson. (Single camera) Cast: Dwayne JohnsonUNTITLED PHIL JACKSON/DAN GOOR Writer(s): Phil Jackson Producer(s): Dan Goor Studio: Universal Television Logline: Ensemble comedy about black people, dating and wine. (Single camera)UNTITLED TINA FEY/ROBERT CARLOCK — Series Order Writer(s): Tina Fey, Robert Carlock Producer(s): Jeff Richmond, David Miner, Eric Gurian Studio: Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Little Stranger Logline: A wealthy businessman 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 humanely controlling the coyote population. (Single camera) Cast: Ted Danson, Holly Hunter, Bobby MoynihanBack to Top NBC DRAMAAT THAT AGE Writer(s): Carla Banks-Waddles Producer(s): Malcolm D. Lee, Debra Martin Chase Studio: Universal Television, Blackmaled Productions Logline: An exploration of an African-American family’s legacy. After the Cooper family’s golden child suffers a catastrophic event, seven family members face a foundational shift, make life-altering decisions and deal with deep secrets coming to light.DEBRIS Writer(s): J.H. Wyman Producer(s): Jason Hoffs Studio: Legendary Television, Frequency Films Logline: 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 Writer(s): JJ Bailey Producer(s): John Davis, John Fox Studio: Universal Television, Davis Entertainment Logline: A high-concept, genre procedural revolving around a team of investigators who solve the highest-profile crimes by sending our heroes 36 hours into the past … in the body of the victim. They assume the victim’s identity and must race against time to prevent the crime before it happens.LA BREA Writer(s): David Appelbaum Producer(s): Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Ken Woodruff Studio: Universal Television, Keshet Studios Logline: When a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When part 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 Writer(s): Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie Producer(s): Dan Brown, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Anna Culp, Samie Falvey Studio: CBS Television Studios, Universal Television, Imagine Television Logline: Based on Dan Brown’s international best-selling thriller “The Lost Symbol,” the series follows the early adventures of famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy.ORDINARY JOE Writer(s): Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner Producer(s): Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Howard Klein Studio: 20th Century Fox Television, 6th & Idaho, 3Arts Entertainment Logline: 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.Back to TopRead original story TV Pilot Season 2020: TheWrap’s Complete Guide At TheWrap

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