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 FOX. The network’s upfronts will be held on May 16th.
24: Legacy - Ordered straight to series
Revolves around a military hero’s (Corey Hawkins) 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.
Cast: Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Anna Diop, Teddy Sears, Jimmy Smits, Dan Bucatinsky, Coral Pena, Charlie Hofheimer, Sheila Vand, Ashley Thomas, Zayne Emory.
Team: Manny Coto and Evan Katz will write and executive-produce with Howard Gordon and Brian Grazer.
A.P.B. - ★★
A tech billionaire (Justin Kirk) purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder, but can this eccentric and enigmatic figure’s cutting-edge approach fix the broken ways of these police veterans?
Cast: Justin Kirk, Natalie Martinez, Caitlin Stasey, Taylor Handley, Eric Winter, Ernie Hudson, Tamberla Perry.
Team: David Slack will write and executive-produce with Matt Nix.
The Exorcist - ★★★
A modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book, The Exorcist 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.
Cast: Geena Davis, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Kurt Egyiawan, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Alan Ruck.
Team: Jeremy Slater will write and executive-produce with James Robinson, David Robinson, Barbara Wall, and Rupert Wyatt.
Lethal Weapon - ★★
When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) 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., Clayne Crawford, Keesha Sharp, Jordana Brewster, Kevin Rahm, Chandler Kinney, Johnathan Fernandez
Team: Matt Miller will write and executive-produce with Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz, and McG.
Pitch - ★★★
Follows a young female pitcher (Kylie Bunbury) who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.
Cast: Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Mo McRae, Meagan Holder, Tim Jo, Dan Lauria, Mark Consuelos, Bob Balaban.
Team: Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer will write and executive-produce with Tony Bill, Helen Bartlett and Paris Barclay.
Prison Break - Ordered straight to series
The next chapter in the Prison Break saga picks up when clues surface suggesting the previously believed-to-be-dead Michael (Wentworth Miller) may actually be alive. Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) reunite to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, T-Bag (Robert Knepper), C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar), and Sucre (Amaury Nolasco), are pulled back into the action.
Cast: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar, Paul Adelstein, Mark Feuerstein, Augustus Prew, Rick Yune, Steve Mouzakis, Inbar Lavi, Marina Benedict, Kunal Sharma.
Team: Paul T. Scheuring will write and executive-produce with Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Olmstead.
Recon - ★★★
A rookie FBI agent (Tracy Spiridakos) embeds herself in a suspected terrorist family.
Cast: Tracy Spiridakos, Nick Weschler, Sarita Choudhury, Karan Oberoi, Alexander Siddig, Amanda Warren, Yasmin Kaur Barn.
Team: Caroline Dries will write and executive-produce with Kevin Williamson and Julia Plec.
Shots Fired - Ordered straight to series
Examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee. Lathan will play an expert investigator who digs into the cases alongside a special prosecutor (Stephen James) sent to town by the Department of Justice. The duo navigates the media attention, public debate and social unrest that comes with such volatile cases as they seek justice before the town erupts.
Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Helen Hunt, Stephen Moyer, Richard Dreyfuss, DeWanda Wise, Jill Hennessy, Tristan Wilds, Aisha Hinds, Will Patton, Clare-Hope Ashitey.
Team: Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood will write and executive-produce alongside Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.
Star - Ordered straight to series
The story of three young women, all with hopes of making it big, and the choices they’re faced with along the way. It will showcase the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, while also exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.
Cast: Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt, Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady, Nicholas Gonzalez, Amiyah Scott, Quincy Brown, Miss Laurence, Ethan Peck, Nealla Gordon.
Team: Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy will write and executive-produce with Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown.
Zoobiquity - ★
The unconventional medical procedural follows the unlikely pairing of a successful, driven cardiologist as she risks career suicide by teaming with a socially-challenged veterinarian who relates better to animals than people. They try to put aside their competitive natures to cure the incurable using a unique blend of cross-species medicine that’s never been tried before.
Cast: Peter Facinelli, Kim Raver, Marsha Thomason, Antonia Bernath, Wesam Keesh, Nick Searcy, Melissa Tang, Ben Rappaport, Joe Adler.
Team: Jon Collier and Stephen Nathan will write and executive-produce with Spender Medof, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, the latter two whose book the pilot is based on.
Chad: An American Boy - ★★★★
A 14-year-old boy (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. Matthew Mindler, Ariana Molkara, Paul Chahidi, Christine Tawkif.
Team: Nasim Pedrad and Rob Rosell will write and executive-produce with Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jason Winer.
Charity Case - ★★★
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, Kyle Bornheimer, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Dan Gill, Diona Reasonover.
Team: Robert Padnick will write and executive-produce with Courteney Cox and James Griffiths.
The Enforcers - ★★★★★
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, Matt Oberg, Ryan Hansen.
Team: Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer will write and executive-produce with Gail Mancuso.
Making History - ★★★★
Three friends try to balance the adventure of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present day lives.
Cast: Adam Pally, Leighton Meester, Yassir Lester
Team: Julius Sharpe will write and executive-produce with Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The Mick - ★★★★
A hard-living, foul-mouthed woman moves to affluent Greenwich, Connecticut, to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment. She quickly learns what the rest of us already know — other people’s children are awful.
Cast: Kaitlin Olson, Sofia Black D’Elia, Carla Jimenez, Thomas Barbusca, Jack Stanton, Susan Park, Nat Faxon.
Team: John Chernin and Dave Chernin will write and executive-produce with Nick Frenkel, Oly Obst and Randall Einhorn, who will helm the pilot.
Son of Zorn - Ordered straight to series
Upon arriving home for the first time in 10 years, an animated Barbarian father finds that reconnecting with his live-action son and ex-wife while suffering a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life is harder than waging actual war in his distant, animated world.
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Johnny Pemberton, Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Artemis Pebdani
Team: Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne will write and executive-produce with Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Seth Cohen and Eric Appel.
Winning Ugly - ★
This inter-racial family comedy follows Jay “Havoc” Hammond, an African American ex-NFL lineman who recently moved in with his white wife and her two oddball sons, as he struggles to win the most challenging game of his life: fatherhood.
Cast: Bill Bellamy, Becki Newton, Joshua Carlon, Steele Stebbins, Amberia Allen.
Team: Chris Case will write and executive-produce with Chris Spencer, Evan Silverberg, David Rappaport and Malcolm D. Lee.
Untitled Laura Steinel comedy - ★★
A half-hour workplace comedy that centers around Jane (Judy Greer), who is caught between trying to manage her charmingly incompetent human resources department and a new eccentric CEO who dreams of bringing the New Jersey plastics plant into the future.
Cast: Judy Greer, Patton Oswalt, Jon Daly, Esai Morales, Milana Vayntrub, Veronica Osorio, Lateefah Holder.
Team: Laura Steinel will write and executive-produce with Sue Naegle and Jeff Schaffer.
You can also take a look at our previous list of ABC pilots.
Check back tomorrow for NBC’s pilots.