January 16, 2019

What New Shows Went Straight to Pilot in 2019

Which are you most excited to watch? 

Every year, during pilot and staffing season, networks pick shows they want to bring to pilot. These are the shows they're betting on. The ones they think will make the most noise when they debut and have the best chance of getting a series order. 

Our friends at Deadline have compiled this list of the shows brought to pilot so far in 2019. 

ABC

Comedy

HAPPY ACCIDENT (single camera)
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios
TEAM: Abraham Higginbotham (w, ep), Jon Pollack (w, ep), Kat Coiro (d)
LOGLINE: Follows two Pittsburgh families — a father with three adult daughters and a hotel lounge singer with her med-student son — who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.
CAST: TBA

Drama

NYPD BLUE
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV,/ABC Studios
TEAM:  Matt Olmstead (w, ep), Nick Wootton (w, ep), Jesse Bochco (d, ep), Dayna Bochco (p)
LOGLINE: Reboot of the 1993-2005 ABC series follows Theo, the son of the original series’ lead character Andy Sipowicz, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Like his dad, Theo also is a hard-drinking, hard-headed and quick-witted cop.
CAST: Alona Tai, Kim Delaney, Bill Brochtrup


CBS

Comedy

BOB HEARTS ABISOLA (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV/Chuck Lorre Productions
TEAM: Chuck Lorre (w, ep), Eddie Gorodetsky (w, ep), Al Higgins (w, ep), Gina Yashere (w)
LOGLINE: After having a heart attack, a man falls in love with his Nigerian nurse and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance.
CAST: Folake Olowofoyeky, Christine Ebersole, Maribeth Monroe, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Matt Jones

Drama

EVIL
STUDIO: CBS Television Studios
TEAM: Robert King (w, ep), Michelle King (w, ep), Liz Glotzer (ep)
LOGLINE: Battle between science and religion focuses on a skeptical clinical psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor to investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
CAST: TBA

SURVEILLANCE
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/CBS TV Studios.
TEAM: David C. White (w, co-ep), Matt Reeves (ep), Patricia Riggen (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Centered on the head of communications for the NSA, a charming operative who finds her loyalties torn between protecting the government’s secrets and her own.
CAST: Sophia Bush, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Raphael Acloque, Allen Leech


Fox

Comedy

BLESS THE HARTS (animated)
Ordered straight to series; 13episodes
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television/Lord Miller Productions
TEAM:  Emily Spivey (w, ep), Phil Lord (ep), Christopher Miller (ep), Seth Cohen (ep), Kristen Wiig (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows a group of Southerners who always are broke as a joke and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth. What they don’t realize is that they’re already rich — in friends, family and laughter.
VOICES:  Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz

DUNCANVILLE (animated)
Ordered straight to series; 13episodes
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television/Universal Television/Paper Kite Productions
TEAM: Mike Scully (w, ep), Julie Scully (w, ep), Amy Poehler (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows Duncan, a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, along with his friends and family. His high-strung mom, Annie, constantly is trying to prevent her son from ruining his life.
VOICES: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa

Drama

FILTHY RICH
STUDIO: Imagine Television/20th Century Fox TV/Wyolah Films
TEAM: Tate Taylor (w, ep), John Norris (ep), Brian Grazer (ep), Francie Calfo (ep)
LOGLINE: Southern gothic dramedy revolves around two strong, sharp women who will go to any lengths to protect their loved ones and get their due. When the wealthy CEO of the world’s largest Christian network dies in a plane crash, his wife and adult children are stunned to discover he has grown, illegitimate kids who also are in his will. When the steel azalea matriarch of the family tries to pay them to go away, these newly legitimized heirs have very different ideas and insist on not only staying in town but becoming part of the family empire. Based on the New Zealand series.
CAST: TBA


NBC

Comedy

BLESS THIS MESS (single camera; originally piloted at Fox)
Picked up to series; six episodes
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox Television
TEAM: Lake Bell (w, d, ep), Liz Meriwether (w, ep), Katherine Pope (ep)
LOGLINE: A newlywed couple gives up their drab and unfulfilling lives in NYC and moves to Nebraska to live a simpler life. It doesn’t work out like they planned.
CAST: Lake Bell, Dax Shepard, Ed Begley Jr., Pam Grier, JT Neal, Christina Offley

Drama

BLUFF CITY LAW
STUDIO: Universal Television
TEAM: Dean Georgaris (w, ep), David Janollari (ep), Michael Aguliar (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis law firm that specializes in the most controversial landmark civil rights cases. Led by legendary attorney Elijah Strait and his brilliant daughter, Sydney Keller, they take on the toughest David-and-Goliath cases while navigating their complicated relationship.
CAST: TBA

LAW & ORDER: HATE CRIMES
Ordered straight to series; 13 episodes
STUDIO: Universal Television/Wolf Entertainment
TEAM: Dick Wolf (ep), Warren Leight (ep), Peter Jankowski (ep), Arthur Forney (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in New York City, where crimes motivated by discrimination are vigorously investigated by an elite, specially trained team of investigators. Going behind the headlines and viral videos, these diverse, dedicated and passionate detectives will stop at nothing to bring these criminals to justice. Based on New York’s real Hate Crimes Task Force.
CAST: TBA

PRISM
STUDIO: Universal Television/Carol Mendelsohn Productions/We’re Not Brothers Productions
TEAM: Daniel Barnz (w, d, ep), Carol Mendelsohn (ep), Julie Weitz (ep), Ben Barnz (ep)
LOGLINE: Exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved. Each new version of the facts ratchets up the mystery and the suspense, calling into question everything we have seen so far and asking, is the right person on trial?
CAST: TBA


The CW

Drama

BATWOMAN
STUDIO: Warner Bros. Television/Berlanti Productions
TEAM: Caroline Dries (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (ep), David Nutter (d, ep), Sarah Schechter (ep), Geoff Johns (ep)
LOGLINE: Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
CAST: Ruby Rose

Summing It Up

This is an intersting and diverse list. Lots of different genres and big swings. 

What shows are you most excited to see in 2019? 

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