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 CBS, the network’s upfronts will be held on May 18th.
Bull - ★★★
Inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw during his days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time.
Cast: Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodriguez, Christopher Jackson, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Geneva Carr.
Team: Paul Attanasio and Phil McGraw will write and executive-produce with Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Jay McGraw.
Bunker Hill - ★★
A controversial, outrageous young tech titan (Augustus Prew) opens his own Silicon Valley hospital with a cutting edge approach to medicine.
Cast: Augustus Prew, Dermot Mulroney, Odette Annable, Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Aaron Jennings, Ward Horton.
Team: Jason Katims will write and executive-produce with Michelle Lee and David Semel.
Doubt - ★★★
Centers on a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer (Katherine Heigl) at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Steven Pasquale, Laverne Cox, Dule Hill, Dreama Walker, Elliott Gould, Kobi Libii.
Team: Tony Phelan and Joan Rater will write and executive-produce with Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Adam Bernstein.
Drew - ★★★
A contemporary take on the character from the iconic Nancy Drew book series. Now in her 30s, Nancy (Sarah Shahi) 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: Sarah Shahi, Anthony Edwards, Vanessa Ferlito, Felix Solis, Rob McClure, Debra Monk, Steve Kazee.
Team: Tony Phelan and Joan Rater will write and executive-produce with Dan Jinks.
Four Stars - ★★
Two powerful intertwined families in the military community of Tampa, Florida make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security.
Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Bojana Novakovic, Steven Bauer, Ashley Zuckerman, Wilmer Valderrama, Ana Cruz Kayne, Danielle Savre.
Team: Becky Mode will write and executive-produce with Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and RJ Cutler.
MacGyver - ★★
A reimagining of the television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver (Lucas Till) 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.
Cast: Lucas Till, George Eads, Addison Timlin, Michelle Krusiec, Joshua Boone.
Team: Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney will write and executive-produce with Michael Clear, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff, James Wan and David Von Ancken.
Training Day - ★★★
In this reimagining that begins 15 years after the film left off, an idealistic young African-American police officer (Justin Cornwell) is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective (Bill Paxton).
Cast: Bill Paxton, Justin Cornwell, Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz.
Team: Will Beall will write and executive-produce with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed and Antoine Fuqua, who will helm the pilot.
Furst Born - ★★★★
An extended family show inspired by the Australian format Upper Middle Bogan, about a wife and mother (Poppy Montgomery) who learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag racers.
Cast: Poppy Montgomery, Katey Sagal, John Carroll Lynch, Brooke Elliott, Kelli Goss, Talitha Bateman, Swoosie Kurtz.
Team: Dan O’Shannon and Robyn Butler will write and executive-produce with Wayne Hope and Todd Holland.
The Great Indoors - ★★★★
An adventure reporter (Joel McHale) must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.
Cast: Joel McHale, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Stephen Fry, Shaun Brown, Susannah Fielding, Christine Ko, Chris Williams.
Team: Mike Gibbons will write and executive-produce.
I’m Not Your Friend - ★★★
A contractor (Matt LeBlanc) learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife (Jenna Fischer) goes back to work.
Cast: Matt LeBlanc, Jenna Fischer, Matt Cook, Grace Kaufman, Jessica Chaffin, Diana Maria Riva.
Team: Jeff and Jackie Filgo will write and executive-produce with Matt LeBlanc, James Burrows, Michael Rotenberg, and Troy Zien.
The Kicker - ★★★
An oddball athlete (Geoff Stults) drives his family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his professional football team.
Cast: Geoff Stults, David Spade, Joanna Garcia Swisher, J.B. Smoove.
Team: Jack Burditt will write and executive-produce with Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
My Time/Your Time - ★★
Based on the web series 7P/10E by Avital Ash, the comedy chronicles the relationship of a young couple (Nicholas Braun, Jane Levy) as they begin dating long distance.
Cast: Jane Levy, Nicholas Braun, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Izzie Steele, Langston Kerman.
Team: Hilary Winston will write and executive-produce with Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Pam Fryman.
Real Good People - ★★
A conservative, small-town family is forced to reconcile their family values when they discover that their children’s lives are less than perfect.
Cast: David Keith, Nick Zano, Lenora Crichlow, Julie White, Ross Kimball, Beth Hoyt, Lindsey Gort, Betsy Beutler, Carolyn Hennesy.
Team: Stephanie Weir will write and executive-produce with Greg Garcia and Alix Jaffe.
Superior Donuts - ★★
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the project follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop (Brian d’Arcy James), his new young employee and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago.
Cast: Jermaine Fowler, Brian d’Arcy James, Maz Jobrani, David Koechner, Megyn Price, Sarah Stiles.
Team: Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan and Bob Daily will write and executive-produce with Mark Teitelbaum, John Montgomery, Michael Rotenberg, Josh Lieberman, Jermaine Fowler and James Burrows.
Untitled Kevin James project - Ordered straight to series
Kevin James plays a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife (Erinn Hayes) and three kids … only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.
Cast: Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Cartwright, Mary-Charles Jones, James DiGiacomo, Lenny Venito, Gary Valentine.
Team: Bruce Helford and Rock Reuben will write and executive-produce with Jeff Sussman.
What Goes Around Comes Around - ★★
Two forty-something parents (Jason Lee, Alyssa Milano), who were wild and reckless teenagers, now face their worst nightmare: raising three teenagers of their own.
Cast: Jason Lee, Alyssa Milano, Dougie Baldwin, Matt Murray, Jee Young Han.
Team: Dan Kopelman will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan and Tim Story.
Check back tomorrow for The CW’s pilots.