Here are some of the better pilots in contention for pickup next season. Quite a few movies are up for small screen treatment.
Kiefer Sutherland has a new project in the works at ABC while his old network brings back a reboot of ’24’ without Kiefer.
If any other hot projects come up I’ll try and update.
ABC 2016 – 17 Drama Pilots
Series Outline: Tells the story of Carter Morrison (Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell), the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.
Cast: Hayley Atwell (1st position to ABC’s Agent Carter), Shawn Ashmore, Emily Kinney, Manny Montana
Designated Survivor (straight to series)
Series Outline: Centers on a lower-level U.S. cabinet member (Kiefer Sutherland) who is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the presidential line of succession. The series is described as a family drama wrapped around a conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Natasha McElhone, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Italia Ricci, Adan Canto
Series Outline: The anthology series is described as 12 Angry Men meets podcast Serial, The Jury follows a single murder trial as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment, and how their preconceptions change along the way.
Cast: Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order)
Marvel’s Most Wanted
Series Outline: A second spinoff from Agents of SHIELD, the drama follows the adventures of Bobbi Morse (aka Mockingbird) and Lance Hunter.
Cast: Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood, Delroy Lindo
Series Outline: Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the drama is a provocative look at the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.
Cast: Daniel Sunjata (Graceland)
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a single ABC comedy pilot that caught my eye, I’ll update if things change.
CBS 2016 – 17 Comedy Pilots
I’m Not Your Friend
Series Outline: A contractor (Matt LeBlanc) learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife goes back to work.
Cast: Matt LeBlanc
Series Outline: An oddball athlete drives family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his professional football team.
Cast: Geoff Stults (Enlisted), David Spade
Production Team: W/EP Jack Burditt; EP Tina Fey, Robert Carlock (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt); EP David Miner
Kevin James Comedy – Title TBC
Series Outline: A newly retired police officer (Kevin James) looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife (Erinn Hayes) and three kids but figures out he faces more challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.
Cast: Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler
CBS 2016 – 17 Drama Pilots
Series Outline: A contemporary take on the character from the iconic Nancy Drew book series. Now in her 30s, Nancy is a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.
Cast: Anthony Edwards, Vanessa Ferlito (Graceland)
Series Outline: Two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, Florida make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security.
Cast: Wilmer Valderrama, Anna Cruz Kayne
Series Outline: A new take on the television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
Series Outline: Two-hander centered around a veteran neurologist and her protégé who has mirror-touch synesthesia, a neurological trait that causes him to experience other people’s sensations. Inspired by the true story of neurologist Joel Salinas.
Production Team: W/EP David Zabel (ER), EP Ridley Scott,
Series Outline: Described as a reimagining that begins 15 years after the 2001 film left off, the reboot centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Bill Paxton).
Cast: Bill Paxton
Production Team: W/EP Will Beall (Castle, Gangster Squad); EP Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed; EP/D Antoine Fuqua; EP/D Danny Cannon
FOX 2016 – 17 Comedy Pilots
Chad: An American Boy
Series Outline: A 14-year-old boy (SNL’s Nasim Pedrad) in the throes of adolescence is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks.
Cast: Nasim Pedrad
Production Team: W/EP Nasim Pedrad, Rob Rosell (New Girl)
Series Outline: When Hailey (Courteney Cox) inherits her late billionaire husband’s charity, she quickly finds that changing the world is far less glamorous than she had imagined.
Cast: Courteney Cox, Isiah Whitlock, Dan Gill
Production Team: W/EP Robert Padnick; EP Courteney Cox; EP/D James Griffiths
Series Outline: A female buddy comedy about two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers who find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code Enforcement Department. Instead of fighting crime, they have been relegated to handling petty code breaking, like noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse.
Cast: Christine Woods, Niecy Nash, Ian Gomez
Production Team: W/EP Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer (Friends); EP/D Gail Mancuso
FOX Drama Pilots 2016 -17
Series Outline: This version features an all-new cast of characters and will be structured in the same style of the original series. Legacy revolves around a military hero’s (Corey Hawkins, Straight Outta Compton) return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back — compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.
Production Team: Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits
Series Outline: A modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s 1971 book, the drama is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.
Series Outline: Based on the feature film of the same name. When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans Sr.), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.
Cast: Damon Wayans Sr., Golden Brooks
Series Outline: Centers on a young female pitcher (Kylie Bunbury, Under the Dome) who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.
Cast: Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elisabeth Shue, Mark Consuelos
Prison Break (straight to series)
Series Outline: A new chapter based on the original series about a guy determined to prove his convicted brother’s innocence and save him from death row by creating an elaborate plan to escape from prison.
Cast: Wentworth Miller, Diminic Purcell, Mark Feuerstein
Series Outline: A rookie FBI agent (Revolution’s Tracy Spiridakos) embeds herself in a suspected terrorist family.
Cast: Tracy Spiridakos, Sarita Choudhury
Shots Fired (Moving straight to series)
Series Outline: Explores the aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee. Sanaa Lathan stars an expert investigator who digs into the cases, alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice. The pair must navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that comes with such volatile cases as they seek justice before the divided town erupts.
Cast: Sanaa Lathan, DeWanda Wise
Empire co-creator Lee Daniels Drama – Title TBA (formerly Star)
Series Outline: The Atlanta-set drama revolves around three girls who come together to form a band. Star details their rise to the top in a challenging business. While Empire is told from the point of view of music executives, Star will be told from the perspective of the artist.
Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Queen Latifah
NBC Comedy Pilots 2016 – 17
Series Outline: Set in the DC Comics universe full of superheroes, villains and people just like us, Powerless is described as an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power. Based on characters from DC Comics.
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk
There are other NBC comedy pilots in contention. Not overly impressed by the crop but I might add them once more info is available.
NBC Drama Pilots 2016 – 17
Chicago Law (Chicago PD Spin off – Pilot for ‘Law’ will be part of this seasons ‘PD’ S03E21)
Series Outline: A spinoff featuring ADA characters appearing on Chicago PD.
Cast: Philip Winchester (Strike Back, The Player)
Team: EP Dick Wolf; D Jean de Segonzac
Studio: Universal Television, Wolf Films
Series Outline: Cruel Intentions picks up more than 15 years after the 1999 movie left off. The drama follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar, reprising her role from the film) as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (Taylor John Smith, American Crime), the son of her brother, who was the late Sebastian Valmont and Annette Hargrove. Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Series Outline: A legal soap centering on 28-year-old Miranda Coale (The Originals’ Rebecca Breeds), who gets a shot at redemption six years after a sex scandal upended her life when she’s hired by a group of millennials living and working together in a start-up law firm.
Taken (straight to series)
Series Outline: A modern-day prequel to Luc Besson’s feature of the same name that starred Liam Neeson as a retired CIA operative Bryan Mills on a one-man mission to save his kidnapped daughter. The series will illustrate how a young Bryan (Vikings’ Clive Standen) develops his skills.
The CW Drama Pilots 2016 – 17
Series Outline: The high-octane drama follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.
Series Outline: In 1880, a headstrong young woman (Laura Brent) in search of her missing father ventures from NYC to Transylvania where she teams with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard detective. Together they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history.