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TV Pilots 2017: The Complete Guide

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Following another prolonged development season, the broadcast networks are gearing up for a busy pilot season as they compete with not only one another, but also with basic and premium cable as well as streaming services including Netflix, Amazon and Hulu — all of which are making major scripted pushes.

Like last year, the networks continue to look to reboots, family fare and procedurals to help cut through the increasing clutter. Also hot this development season were sports-themed projects as well as contemporary takes on old literary tales.

Here’s a look at the pilots in contention for the 2017-18 television season, as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW sift through hundreds of scripts and move forward in a bid to find the next breakout comedies and dramas. Bookmark THR.com/PilotSeason as well as this page as The Hollywood Reporter will update this guide throughout the season with the latest pilot orders, castings and series pickups. 

ABC

Drama

The Crossing
Logline: Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie (Criminal Minds); EP Jason Reed
Studio: ABC Studios
Location:

Deception
Logline: When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion and influence — the FBI. He’ll become the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Chris Fedak (Chuck, Forever); EP Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter; co-producer: David Kwong (Blindspot, Now You See Me)
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Location:

The Inhumans (eight-episode straight-to-series order)
Logline: Will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
Cast: W/EP Scott Buck(Dexter); D Roel Reine(first two episodes)
Team:
Studio: ABC Studios, Marvel Entertainment
Location:

Ten Days in the Valley (off-cycle 10-episode straight-to-series order)
Logline: Centers on Jane Sadler (Kyra Sedgwick), an overworked television producer and single mother dealing with a fractious separation. When her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane’s world — and her controversial police series — implodes. Life imitates art: Everything’s a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.
Cast: Kyra Sedgwick
Team: W/EP Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue); EP Jill Littman, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross
Studio: Skydance Television
Location:

Untitled Marc Cherry
Logline: Ruby Adair, the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, Ky., finds her red state outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance as Ruby takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this southern gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own.
Cast: Reba McEntire
Team: W/EP Marc Cherry; EP Reba McEntire, Sabrina Wind, Mindy Schultheis, Michael Hanel; EP/D Michael Offer
Studio: ABC Studios
Location:

Untitled Paul William Davies
Logline: Set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” this legal drama follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Paul William Davies (Scandal); EP Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers
Studio: ABC Studios, Shondaland
Location:

Comedy

Libby & Malcolm
Logline: A blended-family show about two polar-opposite political pundits (Felicity Huffman, Courtney B. Vance) who fall in love despite all odds and form an insta-family as well as a work partnership.
Cast: Felicity Huffman, Courtney B. Vance
Team: W/EP Kenya Barris, Vijal Patel (Black-ish), Brian Dobbins, Felicity Huffman, Courtney B. Vance
Studio: ABC Studios
Format: Single-camera
Location:

Raised by Wolves
Logline: Centers around Sheila Gable, a tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town. It is based on the U.K. series created by Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran for Big Talk Productions and Channel 4.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Diablo Cody; EP Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran, Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice, Caroline Leddy
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions, Big Talk Productions
Format: Single-camera 
Location: 

CBS

Drama

Mission Control
Logline: The next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists juggle both their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Andy Weir (The Martian); EP Courtney Conte, Quan Phung, Simon Kinberg (The Martian), Aditya Sood, Charles Eglee (Dexter)
Studio: CBS Television Studios, Slingshot
Location:

Comedy

9J, 9K, and 9L
Logline: A family comedy inspired by a time in Mark Feuerstein’s adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother’s, sister-in-law’s and their baby’s apartment, 9L, and his attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well-meaning family.
Cast: Mark Feuerstein
Team: W/EP Mark Feuerstein, Dana Klein (husband and wife team); EP Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor
Studio: CBS Television Studios, Kapital Entertainment
Format: Multicamera
Location:

Me, Myself and I
Logline: Examines one man’s life over a 50-year span. It focuses on three distinct periods in his life — as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day and a 65-year-old in 2042.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Dan Kopelman (Galavant); EP Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Kapital Entertainment
Format: Single-camera
Location: 

CW

Drama

(no orders yet)

Fox

Drama

Orville (off-cycle 13-episode straight-to-series order)
Logline: The hourlong dramedy is set 300 years in the future and follows the adventures of the Orville, an exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, the motley crew of space explorers will “boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.”
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, J Lee, Halston Sage, Penny Johnson Jerald
Team: W/EP Seth MacFarlane; D/EP Jon Favreau; EP Liz Heldens
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television
Location:

Comedy

Thin Ice
Logline: Centers on a woman who reclaims her dreams when she finds herself at the end of the earth — in Antarctica — surrounded by a group of brilliant misfits.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Liz Meriwether (New Girl); W/co-EP Ed Macdonald, Mark Grimmer; EP Katherine Pope
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television
Format: Single-camera
Location:

NBC

Drama

For God and Country
Logline: A heart-pounding look into the complex world of the country’s bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Dean Georgaris; EP Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan
Studio: Keshet, Universal Television
Location:

Good Girls
Logline: Explores what happens when three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances — they decide to stop playing it safe, and risk everything to take their power back.
Cast:
Team: W/EP Jenna Bans
Studio: Universal Television
Location:

Comedy

Untitled Kourtney Kang
Logline: Based on Kang’s life, the comedy explores what it’s like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world issues like race and gender while never losing focus of her life goal: to become a Laker Girl like her idol, Paula Abdul.
Cast: Isabella Russo (Broadway’s School of Rock)
Team: W/EP Kourtney Kang (Fresh Off the Boat); EP Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat), Mandy Summers; EP/D Fred Savage
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television
Format: Single-camera
Location:  

Will and Grace (10-episode straight-to-series order)
Logline: A revival of the long-running comedy series.
Cast: Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes
Team: W/EP Max Mutchnick, David Kohan; D/EP James Burrows
Studio: Universal Television
Format: Multicamera
Location: 

Keep track of all the latest news at THR.com/PilotSeason. Send tips to Lesley.Goldberg@THR.com.

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