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 NBC. The network’s upfronts will be held on May 16th.
The Blacklist spin-off - ★★★★
Details on the project are being kept under wraps, but we will meet Susan Halsted (Famke Janssen) on The Blacklist’s May 5th episode, and the episode airing on May 12th will serve as a backdoor pilot for the spin-off.
Cast: Famke Janssen, Ryan Eggold, Edi Gathegi, Tawny Cypress.
Team: Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, John Davis, John Fox, Michael Watkins.
Chicago Justice - ★★★
The next project in the Chicago franchise, which will delve into the world of lawyers and prosecutors in Chicago, will air as a backdoor pilot on Chicago P.D.
Cast: Philip Winchester, Joelle Carter, Nanzeen Contractor, Carl Weathers, Ryan-James Hatanaka.
Team: Dick Wolf will executive-produce.
Cruel Intentions - ★★★★
Picks up over 15 years after the hit movie left off, and follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (Taylor Smith), the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove (Kate Levering). 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, Taylor Smith, Kate Levering, Samantha Logan, Sophina Brown, Nathalie Kelly, Coby Bell, Bryce Cass, Peter Gallagher.
Team: Roger Kumble, Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin will write and executive-produce with Neil Moritz and Pavun Shetty.
Midnight, Texas - ★★★
Based on the New York Times best-selling trilogy from Charlaine Harris, the drama is described as Twin Peaks meets True Blood in Midnight, Texas, a remote town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf and even an angel. Mystery, horror, and romance combine to both enthrall and frighten any outsiders who decide to venture into this unusual place.
Cast: Francois Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Sarah Ramos, Arielle Kebbel, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Yul Vazquez, Peter Mensah, Sean Bridgers.
Team: Monica Owusu-Breen will write with executive producer David Janollari.
Miranda’s Rights - ★★
A legal soap centering on 28-year-old Miranda Coale (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.
Cast: Rebecca Breeds, Parker Sawyers, Noel Fisher, Jamie Chung, John Gabriel Rodriguez, Monique Coleman, Gail O’Grady, Ruffin Prentiss.
Team: Katie Lovejoy will write with executive-producer John Glenn.
Taken - Ordered straight to series
A modern-day prequel to the blockbuster film that delves into how a young Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) developed that special set of skills.
Cast: Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Monique Curnen, James Landry Hebert, Michael Irby, Brooklyn Sudano, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Simu Liu, Jennifer Marsala.
Team: Alexander Cary will write and executive-produce with Alex Graves, Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard De Vésinne, and Thomas Anargyros.
Time - ★★★
This 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.
Cast: Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, Claudia Doumit, Matt Lanter, Patterson Joseph, Goran Visnjic, Sakina Jaffrey.
Team: Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke will write and executive-produce with John Davis, John Fox, and Marney Hochman.
Untitled Dan Fogleman project - ★★★★★
From the writer and director of Crazy, Stupid, Love, a dramedy about a unique ensemble of characters who share the same birthday.
Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Sterling K. Brown, Ron Cephas Jones, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson.
Team: Dan Fogelman will write and executive-produce with Charlie Gogolak, Jess Rosenthal, John Requa and Glenn Ficara.
A Bronx Life - ★★
Vlad (Vladimir Caamano), the son of Dominican immigrants, wants to carve his own path in life, which proves difficult as his father has no desire to change their extremely co-dependent relationship.
Cast: Vladimir Caamano, Maria Canals-Barrera, Lilah Richcreek, Josh Segarra, Liche Ariza.
Team: Vladimir Caamano and Adam Sztykiel will write and executive-produce with Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold.
Dumb Prince - ★★★
After years of partying that earned him the “black sheep” label, Karl returns home to compete with his brother for the family throne.
Cast: Nico Evers-Swindell, Tim Baltz, Jessie Enis, Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins, Tiya Sircar, Patrick Gallagher.
Team: Charlie Grandy will write and executive-produce with Brooke Posch, Dave Becky, and Amy Poehler.
The Good Place - Ordered straight to series
Centers on Eleanor, a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn’t been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be “good” or “bad,” and then trying to make up for her past behavior.
Cast: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil. Manny Jacinto, D’Arcy Carden.
Team: Mike Schur will write and executive-produce with David Miner.
Good Fortune - ★★
An ensemble comedy that focuses on a hyper-structured young woman whose life is upended when she starts taking advice from a mysterious fortune teller.
Cast: Tone Bell, Beau Mirchoff, Diane Guerrero, Jessy Hodge, Blake Lee.
Team: Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman will write and executive-produce with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
Grand Junction - ★★★
Loosely based on Matt Hubbard’s life, the comedy tells the story about a guy (Christopher Nicholas Smith) learning to manage the expectations and strong cultural traditions of his in-laws after he moves his family to his wife’s (Elizabeth Ho) hometown.
Cast: Christopher Nicholas Smith, Elizabeth Ho, Jack McBrayer, Susan Chuang, Francois Chau, Concetta Tomei.
Team: Matt Hubbard will write and executive-produce with Mike Schur, and David Miner.
Great News - ★★★
An already inseparable mother/daughter relationship becomes more complicated when mom accepts an internship at her daughter’s workplace.
Cast: Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Kimrie Lewis Davis, Adam Campbell, Horatio Sanz, John Michael Higgens.
Team: Tracey Wigfield will write and executive-produce with Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, David Minder, and Beth McCarthy Miller.
Imaginary Friend - ★★
An intelligent yet unmotivated woman (Megan Neuringer) who discovers a special and unexpected way of dealing with her mediocre life.
Cast: Megan Neruinger, Kalia Prescott, Alex Newell, Morgan Grace Jarrett, Brandon Scott, Allan McLeod.
Team: Kassia Miller will write and executive-produce with Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner and Paul Briganti.
Marlon - ★★
Loosely inspired by Marlon Wayans’ life, the multi-camera comedy centers on an inappropriate but loving father is committed to successfully co-parenting with his polar-opposite ex-wife.
Cast: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Bresha Webb, Diallo Riddle, Notlim Taylor, Amier O’Neil.
Team: Chris Moynifan will write and executive-produce with Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Michael Rotenberg, and Andy Ackerman.
Me & Mean Margaret - ★★★★
An unlikely-buddy comedy that follows a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress (Stockard Channing) and the ambitious 27-year-old lawyer (Gavin Stenhouse) forced to babysit her.
Cast: Stockard Channing, Gavin Stenhouse, Mamoudou Athie.
Team: Adam Barr will write and executive-produce with Peter Chernin.
Powerless - ★★★★
Set in the DC Comics universe full of superheroes, villains, and people just like us, Powerless is an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power.
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danni Pudi, Christina Kirk.
Team: Ben Queen will write and executive-produce with Michael Patrick Jann.
Sebastian - ★
Sebastian’s (Sebastian Maniscalco) old-school values, instilled by his opinionated Italian father, constantly are put to the test by his new wife, her family and the absurdities of the modern world.
Cast: Tony Danza, Steve Talley, Vanessa Lachey, Owen Smith, Megan Ferguson, Nico David.
Team: Austin Earl and Sebastian Maniscalco will write and executive-produce with Greg Garcia.
Sunset PPL - ★
A group of millennial friends struggle with their own made-up rules for personal and professional success.
Cast: Juliana Guill, Alesha Renee, Robbie Palmeri, Brandon Goodman, Carmine DiBenedetto, Cass Bugge, Alisa Allapach, Aaron Colom, Jen Kater.
Team: Adriano Valentini and Aaron Colom will write and executive-produce with Will Packer and Korin Huggins.
Time Crunch - ★★★
Hybrid game show/comedy intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.
Cast: Craig Ferguson, Andrea Anders, Kyle Howard, Kellee Stewart, Caitlin McGee, Eugene Cordero.
Team: Betsy Thomas will write and executive-produce with Phil Gurin and David Janollari.
The Trail - ★★★
A serialized comedy following a young big-city lawyer and his oddball defense team during a high profile murder trial in a small southern town.
Cast: Nick D’Agosto, Steven Boyer, John Lithgow, Sherri Shepherd, Jayma Mays, Krysta Rodriguez, Jeff Blitz.
Team: Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller will write and executive-produce with Jeff Blitz.
Check back tomorrow for CBS’s pilots.