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We are just a couple of weeks away from the insanely hectic — but totally exciting — Network upfronts. During the upfront presentations, each network shows advertisers (and everyone else) their planned schedule for the following TV season. This means that we will finally get to see which new shows will try to win us over and make us loyal fans.
In an effort to give you, dear readers, the lowdown on all pilots that were ordered by the networks — many of which, sadly, will not see the light — we have compiled this nifty list that you can see below. We have added a rating system: for the pilots that have yet to be ordered to series, one star (★) corresponds to a head-scratch and a “how did this get a pilot order?” and five (★★★★★) means a “this sounds like it could be the next Empire.”
Full disclosure: these ratings are based solely on the description, star power, and team behind the pilots. We have not seen any of them yet. Our opinion will possibly change once we get more information or we see a trailer; an example of that is one of our favorite shows, Jane the Virgin; the premise didn’t look too inviting on paper but turned out to be one of the best shows we got that year, if not the best.
This is the complete list of fall TV pilots for ABC, the network’s upfronts will be held on May 17th.
Broken - ★★★★
A ruthless Dallas divorce attorney’s (Anna Paquin) life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets.
Cast: Anna Paquin, Charity Wakefield, Thad Luckinbill, Enrique Murciano, Blair Underwood, T.R. Knight, Penelope Ann Miller, Zeb Sanders.
Team: Meaghan Oppenheimer will write and executive-produce with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea.
Conviction - ★★★★
Conviction tells the story of Carter Morrison (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, Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, Merrin Dungey, Emily Kinney, Manny Montana, Daniel DiTomasso.
Team: Liz Friedman will write and executive-produce with Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, and Liz Friedlander, who will helm the pilot.
The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez - ★★
An immigrant who rose from rags to riches, Eva Sofia Valdez (Gina Torres) is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and a champion for immigrant rights. But her success is fueled by an insatiable ambition that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover who betrayed her, and ghosts from the past who threaten to reveal the dark sacrifices Eva Sofia made to attain the American Dream. Basically, it’s MacBeth with a Cuban twist.
Cast: Gina Torres, Eric Close, Christian A. Ochoa, Raul Castillo, Marta Milans, Zabryna Guevara, Melora Hardin, Christina Pickles, Debra Mooney, Jeimy Osorio, Angelica Celaya, Alison Fernandez.
Team: Charise Castro Smith will write and executive-produce with Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters.
Designated Survivor - Ordered straight to series
After an attack during the State of the Union, a lower level cabinet member (Kiefer Sutherland) is suddenly thrust into the presidency, struggling to prevent the county, and his own family, from falling into chaos.
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, Tanner Buchanan, LaMonica Garrett.
Team: David Guggenheim will write and executive-produce with Sutherland, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood, and Suzan Bymel.
The Jury - ★★★★
Described as 12 Angry Men meets 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, Jeremy Sisto, Brian Howe, Eve Harlow, Kevin Rankin, Ben Esler, JD Pardo, Nikki Deloach, Brandon Jay McLaren, Adina Porter, Hina Abdullah, Jayne Taini.
Team: VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli will write and executive-produce with Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz. Neil Burger will helm the pilot.
Marvel’s Most Wanted - ★★★
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off follows ex-spies Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) on the run with a long list of enemies looking to claim a bounty on their heads, as they form an uneasy alliance with rogue adventurer Dominic Fortune (Delroy Lindo), who agrees to protect them so long as they help with his agenda.
Cast: Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood, Delroy Lindo, Oded Fehr, Fernanda Andrade.
Team: Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski will write and executive-produce with Jeph Loeb.
Model Woman - ★★★
This fictionalized family soap is inspired by Robert Lacey’s book, Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty. Set in the late 1970s during the notorious Model Wars, the show is centered on Bertie Geiss (Andie MacDowell), a tempestuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman at the helm of an internationally renowned modeling agency.
Cast: Andie MacDowell, Steven Weber, Dan Byrd, Chris Mason, Caitlin Carver, Madeline Blake, Kaley Ronayne, Jamie Bamber, Nicole Ari Parker, Marcus Callender.
Team: Helen Childress will write and executive-produce with Rosalie Swedlin and Scarlett Lacey.
Notorious - ★★★★
Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.
Cast: Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Sepideh Moafi, Kate Jennings Grant, Ryan Guzman, Kevin Zegers, J. August Richards, Aimee Teegarden.
Team: Josh Berman and Allie Hagan will write and executive-produce with Geragos, Wendy Walker, Kenny Meiselas, Brian Gersh, Jeff Kwatinetz, and Josh Barry.
Presence - ★★
A former Army veteran finds herself interacting with a widely divergent and highly colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed private investigator.
Cast: Stephanie Sigman, Marcus Anderson, Rick Gonzalez, Colin Woodell.
Team: John Ridley will write and executive-produce with Michael McDonald and Stearns Castle.
Spark - ★
Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, this genre soap centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires.
Cast: Antonia Thomas, Tom Brittney, Austin Hebert, Regé-Jean Page, Alex Lanipekun, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Lena Olin, Tracy Ifeachor, Rachel Hurd-Wood.
Team: Michael Cooney will write and executive-produce with Ian Sander and Kim Moses.
Still Star-Crossed - ★★★
Based on the book by Melinda Taub, Still Star-Crossed is a period drama that picks up where Romeo & Juliet left off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue, and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.
Cast: Wade Briggs, Zuleikha Robinson, Lashana Lynch, Ebonee Noel, Sterling Sulieman, Medalion Rahimi, Torrance Coombs, Anthony Head, Susan Woolridge, Grant Bowler, Dan Hildebrand.
Team: Heather Mitchell will write and executive-produce with Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Michael Goldstein.
Time After Time - ★★★★
Using the 1979 novel and movie as a starting point, Time After Time will chronicle the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) and his Time Machine.
Cast: Josh Bowman, Freddie Stroma, Genesis Rodriguez, Regina Taylor.
Team: Kevin Williamson will write and executive-produce.
Chunk & Bean - ★★
A dual-family single camera comedy centered on the unlikely friendship of two misfits, Chunk (Cyrus Arnold) and Bean (Simon Belz), who benefit from having two very different sets of parents living next door to each other.
Cast: Anna Gunn, Cyrus Arnold, Andy Daly, Adam Rodriguez, Simon Belz, Hassie Harrison, Sofia Marie Gonzalez.
Team: Ed Herro, Brian Donovan and Dave Hemingson will write and executive-produce.
Downward Dog - ★
A lonely dog navigates the complexity of 21st century relationships.
Cast: Allison Tolman, Lucas Neff, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Barry Rothbart, Mo Collins.
Team: Michael Killen and Samm Hodges will write with Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky and Kathy Dubziek as executive producers. Michael Killen will helm the pilot.
Dream Team - ★★
Marty Schumacher (Justin Long) coached his last Club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the National Championships. He now has to start from scratch with a diverse group of eight-year-olds and their disparate parents.
Cast: Justin Long, Michelle Buteau, Carlos Leal, Michael Mosley, Wynn Everett, Wanda Sykes, Lindsey Kraft.
Team: Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel will write and executive-produce.
The Fluffy Shop - ★
Gabriel Iglesias plays a stepfather and boss to his family and friends, while he navigates his home life during the few days he spends off the road each week.
Cast: Gabriel Iglesias, Gloria Garayua, Juliocesar Chavez, Tommy Savas, Tyler Hilton, Richard Gant.
Team: Tim Doyle, Jay Lavender and Iglesias will write and executive-produce with Joe Meloche, Becky Clements, and Marty Adelstein.
Hail Mary - ★★★
A young small town mayor named Mary Wolf (Casey Wilson) has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town, and the mafia breathing down her neck. Only a miracle can help her. So … she fakes one. Based on the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation series entitled Braunschlag, created by David Schalko.
Cast: Casey Wilson, Gareth Reynolds, Sarah Baker, Retta, Tom Stourton, Jackee Harry.
Team: Brian Gallivan will write and executive-produce with Seth Gordon and Tariq Jalil.
Pearl - ★★★
When a larger-than-life family matriarch (Candice Bergen) finds out she has cancer, she becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies.
Cast: Candice Bergen, Zach Knighton, Richard Masur, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Ren Colley, Halina James.
Team: Andrew Reich will write and executive-produce.
The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport - ★
A family comedy narrated by Katie, a strong-willed mother, raising her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with perfect wives and their perfect offspring.
Cast: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Johnny Sequoyah, Daniel DiMaggio, Julia Butters, Carly Hughes, Ali Wong.
Team: Sarah Dunn will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan.
Speechless - ★★★
A family with a special-needs child is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones.
Cast: Minnie Driver, Micah Fowler, Mason Cook, Kyla Kennedy, John Ross Bowie, Cedric Yarbrough.
Team: Scott Silveri will write and executive-produce with Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar.
Square Roots - ★★
A man from a family of logic-driven engineers is determined to use his “gift” to help the people he loves with their everyday issues — whether they like it or not.
Cast: Adhir Kalyan, Katie Walder, Isabella Day, Callan Farris, Bernard White, Nina Wadia, Noureen DeWulf.
Team: Vijal Patel will write and executive-produce.
Toast - ★★★★
Over the course of Max (Jono Kenyon) and Page’s (Jerrika Hinton) wedding rehearsal dinner, their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple — but flashbacks reveal the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the real story of their complicated, funny, and relatable road to marriage. Story by Foley and Grunberg, teleplay by Foley.
Cast: Jerrika Hinton, Jono Kenyon, Punam Patel, Brooks Wheelan, Thelma Hopkins, Frankie Faison, Tessa Ferrer.
Team: Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg will write and executive-produce with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
Untitled Goldberg/Guarascio project - ★★
A thirty-something bachelorette’s (Jenna Elfman) life is turned upside-down when she finally meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as an only child suddenly reappears in her life to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
Cast: Rachel Dratch, Jenna Elfman, Stephen Schneider, Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener, Erica Tremblay.
Team: David Guarascio and Adam F. Goldberg will write and executive-produce Patrick Osbourne and Doug Robinson. Shawn Levy will helm the pilot.
Untitled Weeks and Mackay project - ★
An unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, navigate their dysfunctional, co-dependent friendship and the world of dating.
Cast: Tattiawna Jones, Andy Ridings, Christine Horn, Julie Goldman.
Team: Ed Weeks and Hannah Mackay will write and executive-produce with Andrew Reich and Siobhan Bachman.
Check back tomorrow for FOX’s pilots.