Category: Big Talk

Carol’s Second Chance, Bob <3 Abishola… CBS 2019 comedy pilots ranked from best to worst

Next year will be crucial for CBS since it will be their first without The Big Bang Theory, which is ending this spring after 12 seasons of success. It’s the end of an era, but the franchise will still be a small part of their slate thanks to Young Sheldon enterings its 3rd season. It’s the only sitcom that really benefited from its lead-in after years of multiple attempts (who remembers The Great Indoors for example?). Other than that, the Eye Network can still count on Mom, which was recently renewed for two more seasons (7th & 8th), which may or may not be the last… and that’s it!

This year’s new entry The Neighborhood did a tad better than expected but calling it a hit would be very generous. Other new comedies didn’t get enough traction, that includes the Murphy Brown sequel series, as well as Nina Dobrev’s Fam & Damon Wayans Jr.’s Happy Together. Probably way too generic to find a large audience these days. And then there’s two pity renewals trying to survive: fully-owned Man With The Plan and now Disney-owned Life In Pieces. If the Matt Le Blanc-starrer still has a chance, the family single-cam seems to be dead. It leaves CBS with only one single-cam: Young Sheldon. The network definitely needs a new hit to fill The Big Bang Theory‘s void. They definitely take out their checkbook to lure some star. We’ll see if that translates into ratings since it’s rarely how it works…

 

 

  1. CAROL’S SECOND CHANCE (CBS Television Studios)

around Carol Chambers (Patricia Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.

What you think you’ll get is exactly what you get with Carol’s Second Chance. It’s funny and comfy, and yet a little different since it’s set in a hospital and no comedy since Scrubs got that right. Patricia Heaton is playing the same kind of mom character you loved in Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle; she’s just older and ready to leave home to go back to work. Every scene is at the hospital, by the way. It’s a workplace comedy, but the medical cases are not at the center. It’s very much about how annoying and yet adorable she can be surrounded by younger people, at the exception of Kyle MacLachlan. Yeah! I still don’t know how CBS managed to convince him to join the sitcom but here he is. Of course, he will be great, even if it’s a waste of his talent. There’s no way it doesn’t get picked up. I can totally see it paired with Mom, or sandwiched between Young Sheldon & Mom. No other project has the strength that this one has.

 

2. OUR HOUSE (Sony Pictures Television & CBS Television Studios)

a devoted mom and dad (Katherine Heigl & Malcolm Barrett), who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents (Nancy Lenehan & Phil Hendrie) and siblings back in the picture.

So now, Katherine “movie star” Heigl is doing comedy… multicamera comedy! I mean, there’s no shame in this but it’s quite surprising. After two drama flops and a short stint in dying Suits, perhaps it was the only way to go. I’m really curious to see if she would be a draw for the audience and if she can be good at it. I have a feeling she has found the right fit. And also that it could be paired with The Neighborhood and doing okay. Anyway, it’s a good sitcom, that doesn’t really feel new, or inventive, it’s the same story over and over again (ABC & NBC have similar projects), but there’s heart in there. The “house” of the title really is the central character and the heart of the show. And somehow that’s the refreshing element. The pairing of Heigl and Malcolm Barrett seems odd on paper but I’m confident they didn’t put them together for no reason. There must be chemistry. To my own surprise, Our House is one project I’m betting on!

 

3. THE UNICORN (CBS Television Studios)

A widower (Walton Goggins) is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world — where, to his shock, he’s suddenly a hot commodity.

Didn’t expect to like this one as much either. By the way, it’s the only straight single-cam CBS has in its roster. That may help its chances somehow. Again, it’s pretty generic and NBC also has a show based on a widower’s experience (The Kenan Show) but I feel like this one is less manipulative and funny enough. The central character is quite interesting and charming but not in a obvious, easy way. Yes he’s a widower, and yes it’s hard but that’s not really the point and they’re not even trying to make us cry a little between two laughs. The writing is sharper than you would expect in a CBS sitcom. And yet it’s not tonally different from their other shows. Plus, they have Walton Goggins in the lead role. Not sure how they convinced him, but that’s a very good news for the project. He may transcend the material.

 

4. THE EMPEROR OF MALIBU (Warner Bros. Television)

When the son (Max Willems) of a Chinese billionaire (Ken Jeong) announces his engagement to an American woman, his outrageous family descends upon the couple to win their son back and test drive the American dream.

Let’s adress the elephant in the room first: yes, it’s a rip-off of mega hit Crazy Rich Asians. There’s the similar East-meets-West theme as in Kevin Kwan’s popular book and its movie adaptation. And Kwan is the writer as well, while Ken Jeong is back in the father role. They found a cheaper version of Henry Golding in Max Willems, and he seems just as good-looking. And maybe he’s funnier, which wouldn’t be that hard. I prefer ABC’s attempt (Untitled Jessica Gao Project) ‘cos at least they tried to re-arrange it so it doesn’t sound exactly the same, plus it’s female-focused, but The Emperor of Malibu works too. It’s predictable as fuck -even if you haven’t seen the movie, which was predictable as well, and quite boring if you ask me- and that’s a pity because other than that, the characters are engaging and they tone down the romantic aspect to focus on the family and more importantly on the funny.

 

 

4. BROKE IN RESEDA (CBS Television Studios)

Two siblings (Pauley Perrette & Nathasha Leggero) are forced to reconnect when an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby (Jaime Camil) is cut off by his father, and he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda condo.

It’s hard to picture CBS giving a greenlight to both Our House and Broke In Reseda, which are very similar offers. Here, the star is not Heigl but NCIS’ Pauley Perrette. It would be her first project since she left the long-running show, and that’s a draw in itself for a lot of CBS’ viewers. Would it be enough though? There’s also a tiny Jane The Virgin vibe, thanks to Jaime Camil playing exactly the same role as in The CW series and Jennie Snyder Urman producing it as well. But Jane is not exactly a huge hit, even by The CW standarts, so I don’t think CBS should bet on Broke In Reseda for that reason. There are other ones, like the fact that it’s funny sometimes and pretty much on-brand. It may be too generic but playing the “we’re broke” card might resonate with viewers these days so…

 

5. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN (CBS Television Studios)

Evan (Michael Angarano) sets out with his group of 20-something friends to accomplish a list of challenges he wrote for himself years ago in an effort to turn around his banal life.

Like every year since How I Met Your Mother went off the air, CBS tries to find the perfect formula for another romantic hybrid comedy around a group of friends which would be different enough to warrant a series order. And it never happens because one way or another, they are the same, but less original. They could have tried last year with History Of Them from One Day at a Time creator Gloria Calderon Kellett which had that special thing going for it. But the pilot wasn’t picked up to series for some reason and they’re back at it with new propostions. To Whom It May Concern is okay, and the concept of the “list of challenges”, though not entirely new, is working. It’s the characters who are not totally working. They’re not special. They’re expected. How I Met Your Mother worked because they had Barney, and Robin, and Marshall, and even Ted. Where are they here? Nowhere, I’m afraid. Performances could change everything but I’m not convinced.

 

5. SUPER SIMPLE LOVE STORY (Sony Pictures Television & CBS Television Studios)

a story told through interviews and vignettes spanning 10 years, about how an unlikely couple (David Walton & Elizabeth Alderfer) becomes an unlikely family.

Well. Here’s another candidate in the never-ending How I Met Your Mother‘s replacement race, from One Day at A Time executive producer Mike Royce. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t like it either. I found it messy on the page, and what’s messy on the page is messy on the screen too, in general. As the title suggests, it’s a super simple love story. Is it ironic? I’m not sure. My take on it is that it is indeed a super simple love story but told in a way that makes it way more complicated than it really is. It’s irritating sometimes, frustrating also, and the only real thing that differentiates it from HIMYM in the end is that there are those interview scenes and it’s not something groundbreaking as you know. So, neh. Let’s keep it even more simple CBS: don’t order it!

 

6. BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA (Warner Bros. Television)

after having a heart attack (Billy Gardell), a man falls in love with his Nigerian nurse (Christine Ebersole) and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance…

After an unconvicing trip to Netflix with pot comedy Disjointed -I’m pretty sure the network version of this with the same cast could have worked- and critical darling The Kominsky Method -that nobody I know watches- hit-maker Chuck Lorre is back at CBS with Bob <3 Abishola, which is somewhat original because of its title but that’s about it. It’s a romantic comedy that turns into a family comedy, like he did before with Dharma & Greg and Mike & Molly. He even called back Billy Gardell! It’s not bad – CBS doesn’t really have any bad comedy pilot this year- but its potential for a long run seems quite low and he have had way better ideas in the past. They needed to be four to write this? Damn! It should be funnier… Also, maybe that’s just me, but I found the way the hero tries to seduce his nurse very pre-#MeToo. He’s a little too insistant. He’s not creepy or anything and there’s nothing to be furious about in his behaviour but I don’t know, it made me a bit uncomfortable for a little while. Let’s just say CBS has better options. But I’m not stupid: they will want to make Lorre happy and order it anyway!

 

Perfect Harmony, Uninsured, The Kenan Show… NBC 2019 comedy pilots ranked from best to worst

 

After years of disaster in the comedy department, Superstore was considered as a beacon of hope for NBC when it arrived on the air in 2015. Four seasons later, we can’t call it a hit, we can’t even say it helped launch a new brand, but at least it keeps the lights on on an otherwise uneventful night, facing CBS’ sitcoms and ABC’s Shonda-fueled TGIT. Thanks to its Netflix deal, The Good Place showed some promise during its second season but that didn’t last long. Even though the show will be back for a fourth and is creatively still amazing, NBC can’t count on it ratings-wise. And then there’s cult sitcom Will & Grace that came back strong for its ninth season but has lost some steam since then. During its current tenth season, it’s regularly the strongest comedy of the night by a very slim margin but really nothing to rave about. When FOX decided to get rid of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, NBC saved it since it’s an in-house production. Here again, despite the promotion the move gave it, the cop comedy returned at a low level. What to say about fall “sensation” I Feel Bad, that never should have been ordered in the first place? It’s virtually dead. Why did NBC decide to treat exciting outdoor-shot multicam Abby’s like shit? No one knows. It deserved a better chance than a late spring launch. And don’t even get me started on A.P. Bio… To summarize: NBC still has a big comedy problem, with no hits, no brand… and nothing crazy good to offer next season it seems…

 

 

  1. PERFECT HARMONY (20th Century FOX Television)

 about a rural church choir that gets the director it never thought it needed when a salty, in mourning Ivy League music professor (Bradley Whitford) stumbles through their door and helps them find their voices…

From the network that brought you The Voice, Smash (and Rise). This musical comedy totally fits with NBC, though it’s not exactly the proof it’s a hit in the making. It could be billed as an adult version of Glee, in a church instead of a high-school. With a music professor a little more interesting and funny than this poor Will Schuester. No offense, gleeks! Was that even a word? Anyway, Perfect Harmony is not surprising, or groundbreaking, or anything else really than a good script introducing a promising group of characters with both funny and sweet moments, and creating its own world with its own rules and gimmicks (one being very similar to The Good Place‘s “safe language”). And somehow that’s enough. Also, the jokes are top-notch, sometimes they go a little too far but they stop at the right moment. Plus Bradley Whitford, y’all! And Anna Camp. Hallelujah! Rooting for this one. Could make sense paired with Will & Grace, ‘cos the gay audience will stan this. Hopefully, it will skew larger than that.

 

2. UNINSURED (Sony Pictures Television)

 around young parents Dave and Rebecca (Adam Pally & Abby Elliott) who end up having to take care of Dave’s parents (Fran Drescher & Steven Weber) who have mishandled their finances and need help to pay down a sizable debt….

NBC only has two multicam pilots this year and Uninsured is a really good one, despite a pitch that not is exactly earth-shattering. Except it fits the bill, sort of. It’s nice to have a show centered around “normal” people, having to deal with real life issues, with not much money in the bank. A bit like Superstore. Too bad it was not developed for ABC. It would have worked well with The Conners. For those who are nostalgic of The Nanny, it has a very strong argument: it would mark Fran Drescher’s network sitcom return in a role that was clearly written with her in mind. She’s a grandmother in there! Gosh. Fran is now Sylvia, in a way. Same type of character. It should be fun. Those who are familiar with Adam Pally & Abby Elliott know they should mesh well. There’s not much not to like in Uninsured, unless you’re allergic to good ol’ sitcoms.

 

3. THE KENAN SHOW (Universal Television)

a newly widowed dad (Kenan Thompson) is determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law (Andy Garcia) become more involved in their lives…

This one is a question mark but also the most likely to get ordered to series: NBC seems very high on Kenan Thompson, they managed to convince Andy Garcia to sign up whereas he refused a lot of offers the past few years, and it’s a broad concept. That being said, I didn’t find the pilot script exceptionally good, though it’s okay. The voice-over of the deceased mother is surprising at first, destabilizing but sweet. At some point, it feels like they use it too much. I’m not convinced it can work this way for a long time. But if they dump it after the pilot, they’re loosing what makes it original. Tough call! It has lot of heart and it’s sometimes fun. Maybe that’s enough to get a series order, but to find an audience on NBC? Unlikely.

 

 

4. SUNNYSIDE (Universal Television)

Former New York City Councilman Garrett Shah (Kal Penn) finds his calling when faced with six recent immigrants in need of his help and in search of the American Dream…

Okay. So this one has a concept, and a star, and a LOT OF diversity, and… a confusing start. It’s typically the kind of niche comedy that could become great after a while, like Parks And Recreation or Community, but I’m not sure it fits with today’s NBC and more importantly with today’s network television. You need to be effective from the get-go if you want people to stick around. And this pilot is not effective. It certainly shows some promise, the show it could become if they’re lucky enough to get the chance to last more than three episodes, but we’re not there yet. Too much exposure, too many characters. Tough sell. Also, this title doesn’t make much sense. Come back with a better one if it’s picked-up!

 

5. VILLAGE GAZETTE (Universal Television)

Amber (Amber Ruffin), the editor of the Benson Village Gazette, loves her safe small town life writing fluff pieces about gardening and nursing baby squirrels back to health. That is until the newspaper owners hire a disgraced big city reporter, Randall (Tommy Dewey), who immediately challenges the happy denial Amber (and the Benson Village town folk) have been living in. Now, Amber is forced to recognize that everything isn’t always sunshine and rainbows and that she has a lot to say if she could get the courage to push against the rose–colored protective bubble she has created for both herself and the Gazette…

It’s a nope. And it’s a sad nope because on paper I liked the idea of a workplace comedy set in a small town inside a newspaper, with characters who are journalists. It’s uncommon and timely. The thing is the script gave me very few smiles and no laughs. It made me roll my eyes too many times, it’s way too cheesy for its own good and it’s so damn predictable all the time. The central character tries too hard to be the new Leslie Knope. And it doesn’t work ‘cos there’s only one Knope. While the “grumpy” character is way too cliché to be appealing, even as a villain. So for me, it’s nope, nope, nope. NBC only ordered a pilot presentation so they don’t seem to be totally sold either.

 

6. LIKE MAGIC (Universal Television)

an optimistic young woman (Jee Young Han) is pursuing her dream to be a headlining magician in the eccentric and ego-driven world of the Magic Palace…

I may be too harsh with this one, but I can’t see something that can be saved in there. Yes, the magic part of the show is unusual and makes it different on the surface. But on the inside… it’s just a lazy workplace comedy, already seen too many times, rarely funny, predictable, cringy and well… ’nuff said! Want it to disappear in a magic hat.

 

The script for the new version of multicam “Friends-in-Law” is not available. And no one has been cast in it yet. It may be dead. The first version was okay and would have been a good companion for Will & Grace.

Nana, Hannah, Happy Accident… ABC 2019 comedy pilots ranked from best to worst

It was bound to happen sooner or later and this time is now: the “ABC Funny” brand of single-camera family-oriented comedies is going through a rough patch after years of success and may be heading towards a slow death. It took form back in 2009, when both critically-acclaimed Modern Family and dearly beloved The Middle started. They were joined over the years by other strong and more modest performers such as The Goldbergs, Fresh Off The Boat, Blackish and American Housewife. Every single time they tried to deviate from the formula (Trophy Wife, The Real O’Neals) or totally go into other directions (Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the Bitch, Selfie, The Mayor), they got slapped in the face with terrible ratings. Most of those shows were pretty good by the way, with the exception of some iconic failures like Work It and Super Fun Night.

Now that everything has been made, from 70s, 80s and 90s settings to big pushes on diversity, the audience seems to be tired of them. The Middle is gone, Modern Family is about to go. New entries Single Parents and The Kids are Alright started well before settling down at disappoiting levels, while the sophomore season of unowned Splitting Up Together is nothing to rave about. It leaves the network with a huge comedy problem and one decent hit, The Conners, even though it lost steam compared to mothership Roseanne. ABC may think the answer is in the multicamera genre, that they tried to revive occasionnally, with Last Man Standing (cancelled and now on FOX) and Cristela among others. From the nine pilots ordered, one has already been passed on –The Middle spin-off Sue Sue In The City, which was probably not on-brand- one is a second spin-off from modest performer Blackish, similar to Young Sheldon centered around Young Bow, 4 are single cams and 3 are multicams. The number of comedy ordered in may will depend on ABC’s decision about reducing or not their comedy slots. They may very well only take one of each. But one thing’s for sure: they had a weak development season in that department… Which leads to our ranking based on the scripts.

 

SINGLE CAMERA COMEDIES

 

 

  1. HAPPY ACCIDENT (20th Century FOX Television & ABC Studios)

Around two Pittsburgh families — a father (Matt Walsh) with three adult daughters (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kether Donohue, Jessie Pinnick), and a hotel lounge singer (Vanessa Williams) with her med student son (Elliot Knight) — who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed… 

Ordered off-cycle, Happy Accident might very well be ABC’s last chance to capitalize on Modern Family‘s lead-in to launch a new family comedy with potential. I wouldn’t consider this script as a no-brainer -the whole story is very predictable and it’s not laugh-out-loud funny- but it’s actually not bad at all with a few sweet moments and good dialogues. It’s more adult-oriented -there’s only one kid in there- than ABC’s usual fare and it may be a good thing though it makes it a harder fit with the last comedies standing. It’s very diverse, blending a white traditional family with a more excentric black one, and it includes a gay son and a tomboy daughter. The cast is really great and that’s what could save it from being mediocre. Vanessa Williams will go back to what she does best: being a queen diva. Veep‘s Matt Walsh is a nice get for ABC. Joanna Garcia is a show killer but a nice gal we’re always happy to watch. And You’re The Worst‘s revelation Kether Donohue -that I consider as the new Megan Mullally- could become the main attraction. So unless Happy Accident tests poorly, I can totally see it on the schedule next year. Becoming a hit though is a whole other story…

 

2. UNTITLED JESSICA GAO PROJECT (ABC Studios, CBS Television Studios & Imagine Television)

about Janet Zhao (Holly Chou), a first generation Chinese-American woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she’s spent her life trying to keep at arm’s length…

Originally known as “Lazy Rich Asians'”, this comedy pilot written by Jessica Gao, who worked on Silicon Valley and who won an Emmy for writing “Pickle Rick,” a standout episode of Rick and Morty that aired in 2017, totally and confidently surf on summer 2018 box-office smash Crazy Rich Asians. The plot is very similar though the genre is different since it’s more of a family comedy than a romcom. It’s fresh, funny, sometimes moving, and it sounds like something that comes from a place of respect and love for a community without being cheesy. Fresh Off the Boat became the first Asian family comedy in the U.S. in more that two decades. It would be nice to get a second one now, not in two more decades…

 

3. HANNAH (ABC Studios)

The story of Hannah (Hannah Simone) and her Indian-American immigrant father. They always have been close, but after she admits to herself that she’s in a dead-end job and he reveals his marriage is over, they’re starting over together and each finding a new path. This new chapter will either make them crazy close — or just crazy…

I have nothing against Hannah Simone, really, but I’m not sure why ABC is so eager to give her a starring vehicle. Last year’s The Greatest American Hero female reboot she was on was definitely not a good fit with the network and it made total sense to pass on itn whatever the result may have been. This one is said to be semi-autobiographical and ABC loves that. It’s a weird and not entirely effective mix between a family single-cam and a romantic/girly comedy that is not designed for a large audience. The daughter/father relationship dynamics is cute, but the rest is weak. It would be great to have a nontraditional Indian family at the center of a show, it has not been made yet, but this one is not THE one, sorry.

 

4. WOMAN UP (20th Century FOX Television)

about two former teen moms (Mary-Elizabeth Ellis & Tawny Newsome) who have worked their asses off to see their daughters all the way through high school graduation; and now, at 35, they’re ready to make up for the youth they never had…

Damn ABC. You’re supposed to do better than this! First, why is this a single-cam? It would have worked better as a multicam in the vein of 2 Broke Girls and Mom. Okay, ABC is not CBS and they probably couldn’t have found the right slot for it but why ordering it in the first placee? It barely works as a single-cam, but it has its moments. This is not a straight family comedy, though there are strong family elements, and those single mothers-teenage daughters relationships are not as innovative as they want to be. Nobody remembers FOX’s one-season-and-done I Hate my Teenage Daughter, but it’s the same concept. They had other very similar pilots in the past and with better scripts, like last year Most Likely To. Maybe it would have had a chance with a better cast but it’s a really weak one, with no recognizable faces. They have better options!


MULTICAMERA COMEDIES

 

 

  1. NANA (20th Century FOX Television & ABC Studios)

After the death of his wife, an obsessive, overprotective dad (Josh Lawson) is forced to invite his brash and bawdy mother-in-law (Katey Sagal) into his home to help raise the two granddaughters she barely knows…

Loved Nana! Made me think a bit of One Day At A Time, shamelessly cancelled by Netflix just a few days ago. It’s both (very) funny and emotional, though it’s less diverse. It’s set in Minneapolis and it’s not about a wealthy family but about midwestern americans having real problems. It’s easy to imagine it paired with The Conners. It’s the best option they have in that regard, with a central character that is different from Roseanne but who still could be compared to her because she’s an irreverent and noisy woman with lots of love to give… but in her own way. It’s so easy to close your eyes and imagine Katey Sagal knocking the part out of the park. She’s perfect for this. It would be a nice addition to ABC’s line up and it could help them expand the multicam genre. It’s not original or anything, it’s just good. And sometimes that’s just what we ask for.

 

2. UNITED WE FALL (Sony Pictures Television)

Based on writer Julius Sharpe’s life, the parents (Will Sasso & Christina Vidal) of two young kids struggle to achieve the ordinary. When two people with young children and overzealous extended families truly love each other, barely anything is possible, even with an extremely judgmental mother (Jane Curtin) at home….

The writing here is strong. Some lines and situations really made me laugh out loud, it’s a bit more racy than ABC’s usual comedies, more realistic too, and with the right chemistry it could be a really enjoyable sitcom. The problem with United We Fall is that there’s no hook. What’s different? Seems like a sitcom from 15 years ago, except it’s multicultural! It might do the trick behind The Conners, but Nana has a slight advantage because of Katey Sagal and a more modern feel. Then again, the writing is top-notch.

3. PASTORIZED (ABC Studios)

Leslie and Hope (Leslie Odom Jr & Kelly Jenrette) are joint pastors at a young, hip, diverse church in Los Angeles. Through their services, online streams and books they are experts at uniting people across different races, genders, orientations and opinions. But when it comes to uniting the people in their blended family, they are way out of their comfort zone and as a result, the teachers often find themselves the pupils…

This one is a clear disappointment. The concept seemed cool and modern based on the pitch, and in some ways it is. But the jokes will only make you smile, best case scenario. There’s a B story with the kids that is really uninteresting and too weak for a pilot. And well, it doesn’t fit with The Conners. It would have been great for TV Land, when the channel still had original sitcoms on its roster. On ABC, it’s a huge pass.

 

 

#PilotSeason By The Locations [2019 edition]

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COMMENTS

With slighlty less drama pilots ordered this year overall (35 against 41 in 2018 – same as 2014), Los Angeles is the city that suffers the most from the decrease with only 5 pilots (8 in 2018) being produced within its borders. As always, L.A. is compensating with all of the comedy pilots, both singlecam & multicam (25 overall), shot there, as well as many cable and streaming series. In fact, L.A. is poised to hit an all-time record in 2019, mostly thanks to streaming platforms.

Meanwhile, Vancouver is having an all-time record, scoring 10 pilots (6 in 2018). And the canadian city already harbors numerous CW series and many more (The Good Doctor, A Million Little Things…). It’s a good year for New York too, with 9 pilots (11 in 2018), while Atlanta is gaining momentum after a difficult year last year. They have 4 (2 in 2018). Chicago is the biggest loser since it has 0 pilot (4 in 2018), while exotic locations are almost nowhere to be found, with the exception of New Zealand for ABC’s Triangle.

A few pilots will get the opportunity to shoot limited exterior scenes in other cities, which is unusual, like Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist in San Francisco, Batwoman in Chicago, The Baker and the Beauty in Miami and Stumptown in Portland.

 

THE FULL LOCATIONS LIST

ALBUQUERQUE

PRISM (NBC) – March 6

ATLANTA

DEPUTY (FOX) – March 12

HEART OF LIFE (ABC) – March 19

LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER (FOX) – March 25

THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY (ABC) –

LOS ANGELES

COURTHOUSE (CBS) – March 15

JANE THE NOVELA (The CW)

TOMMY (CBS) – March 12

UNDER THE BRIDGE (CBS) –

UNTIL THE WEDDING (ABC) – March 12

MEMPHIS

BLUFF CITY LAW (NBC) – March 11

NEW JERSEY

EMERGENCE (NBC) – March 11

NEW ORLEANS

FILTHY RICH (FOX) – March 7

NEW YORK

EVIL (CBS) – March 12

FBI: MOST WANTED (CBS) – February 21

KATY KEENE (The CW) – March 11

LINCOLN (NBC) – March 11

NEW YORK UNDERCOVER (ABC) – March 12

NYPD BLUE (ABC) – March 5

PRODIGAL SON (FOX)

SISTERS (FOX) – March 25

UNTITLED HANK STEINBERG PROJECT (ABC) – March 18

NEW ZEALAND

TRIANGLE (ABC) – April 15

SAVANNAH 

COUNCIL OF DADS (NBC) – March 6

TORONTO

GLAMOROUS (The CW) – March 15

VANCOUVER

BATWOMAN (The CW) – March 4

FRANKENSTEIN (CBS) – March 19

NEXT (FOX) – March 26

REPUBLIC OF SARAH (CBS) – March 11

STUMPTOWN (ABC) – March 11

SURVEILLANCE (CBS) – November 30

THE HAUNTING OF NANCY DREW (The CW) – March 25

THE HYPNOTIST’S LOVE STORY (ABC) – March 10

THE LOST BOYS (The CW) – March 13

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (NBC) – March 14

 

MAP designed by @_Piair

NBC Projects for 2018/2019 Pilot Season

DRAMA PROJECTS

3,000 HOURS (Warner Bros. Television)

Medical drama by Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith (Life Unexpected) & Greg Berlanti. Put pilot commitment.

revolves around a group of master’s psychology candidates who embark on the 3,000 clinical hours they must spend in the field with patients to get their degrees — all while balancing their education, friendships and messy personal lives. Along the way, they’ll not only find unique and surprising ways to help their patients, they’ll also learn how to help each other and, ultimately, themselves.

ADVERSARIES (Warner Bros. Television)

Legal drama by Martin Gero (Blindspot, Deception) & Alex Berger. Put Pilot.

A humorous, aspirational legal drama that argues the path to healing a polarized nation is through listening and empathy. It stars Panjabi as a successful LA attorney who leaves her comfortable, coastal bubble to practice law in America’s heartland, her home state of Wisconsin. She’s forced to confront preconceived stereotypes and realize there’s more that unites us than divides us.

Starring Archie Panjabi.

AT THAT AGE (Universal Television)

Drama by Nikki Reed & Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip, Scary Movie 5).

Billed as an exploration of a Harlem family’s legacy; after the Cooper family’s golden child suffers a catastrophic event, seven family members face a foundational shift, make life-altering decisions and deal with deep secrets coming to light…

BLACKMISTH (Universal Television)

Thriller drama by Jeff Wadlow (The Strain, Bates Motel, Truth or Dare). Based on the graphic novel by Malik Evans and Richard Sparkman.

Centered on Alex Malloy, known in the intelligence community for building high-tech weapons for U.S. government agencies. When he discovers some of the files containing his weapon designs have fallen into the wrong hands, he sets off on a journey to recover the files before his weapons are used for harm.

THE BLACK TAPES (Universal Television)

Supernatural drama by Matthew Arnold (Emerald City). Based on the podcast of the same name.

Follows a journalist’s investigations into the unexplained supernatural mysteries caught on tape by a skeptical scientist. Each week the two of them embark on a journey exploring the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.

BLOOD TIES (Universal Television)

Procedural crime show by Jennifer Lopez (Shades Of Blue) & Tom Szentgyorgyi (The Mentalist).

When convicted homicide detective Steve Horvath is exonerated, he’s given his job back but finds he now has unconventional insight about the criminals he faces. Teaming up with an unexpected rookie who has a secret agenda of his own, Horvath must learn to adapt to life outside of prison while trying to figure out who framed him and why.

THE BONE COLLECTOR (Sony Pictures Television/Universal Television)

Thriller drama by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli (S.W.A.T.). based on the bestselling book series by Jeffery Deaver and the 1999 movie of the same name. Premium script commitment.

Follows Lincoln Rhyme, a retired genius forensic criminologist left paralyzed after an accident on the job. When a harrowing case brings him back to the force, Rhyme partners up with an ambitious young detective, Amelia Sachs, to take down some of the most dangerous criminals in the U.S.

CAPITAL (Universal Television)

Thriller drama by Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) & Julie Anne Robinson (The Middle, The Catch).

centers on Special Agent Joanna Ward who heads up an elite Washington, D.C., unit that catches the world’s most dangerous criminals because she knows that all high-stakes crimes have one thing in common. Money. Someone’s paying for it and someone’s profiting from it. But when her partner gets killed and her team comes under attack, Jo must form an unholy alliance with her arch-enemy: a money launderer-extraordinaire who’s on the run from his most dangerous client.

CONWAY (Universal Television)

Crime drama by Vin DieselJonny Umansky.

Centers around St. Louis detective Cal Conway, who finds his world turned upside down when he wakes up from a coma with exceptional cognitive abilities. Returning to the force, he sets out to solve the city’s most complex cases but the discovery of a lethal side effect makes Cal wonder whether his new abilities are more of a blessing or a curse.

COUNCIL OF DADS (Universal Television)

Drama by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Close to Home), Joan Rater & Tony Phelan (Doubt, Grey’s Anatomy).

the story of Scott Perry, who assembles a unique group of carefully chosen male friends to help his family adjust to a new normal after receiving a potentially terminal diagnosis.

CUL-DE-SAC (Universal Television/Blumhouse Television)

Horrific serialized drama by Laryza Kondracki (The Fix, Rogue).

About three families living in a suburban cul-de-sac who begin to experience terrifying events and come to realize there’s something sinister invading their perfect middle-class dream

EINSTEIN (Universal Television)

Crime drama by Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) & Michael Reisz (Boston Legal, Charmed, Unforgettable). Import of the German series.

Follows a whip-smart, smooth-talking and illegitimate descendant of Albert Einstein who is recruited by the police for his skills at solving particularly complex cases.

EMERGENCE (ABC Studios)

Mystery drama by Michelle Fazekas & Tara Butters (Kevin Probably, Agent Carter, Resurrection). Put pilot.

centers around a sheriff who takes in a young child that she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all.

GOLDBUG (Universal Cable Productions)

Adventure drama by Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Falling Water) & Daniel Tuch (Burn Notice, Hand of God).

Follows a bookish PhD student who must travel halfway across the world to find the treasure her estranged mother never could

HOOPS (SpringHill Entertainment)

Basketball drama produced by Lebron James & Jennifer Cecil (Notorious, Private Practice). Script commitment with penalty.

After years on the road as both a star player and coach in the WNBA, Stevie Decker jumps at the chance to return to her alma mater to become the first female head coach of a men’s college basketball team. But coming home isn’t easy as her career took a toll on her family, and the school she loves is embroiled in a sex scandal involving her mentor, a legendary former coach.

THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE (20th Century FOX Television)

Supernatural thriller drama based on Seth Grahame-Smith, by Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys).  Script commitment with penalty.

Follows a 500-year-old bloodsucker and bon vivant named Henry Sturges, who’s been held under lock and key for the last forty years, and who’s believed to be the last of his kind. When a series of grizzly murders reveal a resurgence of vampires in the U.S., the FBI teams this affable monster up with Abby, a young FBI analyst, to solve a conspiracy centuries in the making.

THE LAST SPY (CBS Television Studios/Imagine Television)

CIA drama by David Guggenheim (Designated Survivor) & Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man).

The members of an elite deep cover CIA unit are killed after their real-life identities are exposed. In the aftermath, the only operative to escape the onslaught recruits her own team of former spies and assets to complete their missions while also working to unravel the conspiracy behind who betrayed her friends and colleagues.

LAW & ORDER: HATE CRIMES (Universal Television)

Crime drama by Dick Wolf & Warren Leight (Law & Order: Criminal Intent).

Based on New York’s actual Hate Crimes Task Force, the second oldest bias-based task force in the U.S. The unit, which pledges to uphold a zero tolerance policy against discrimination of any kind, works under the NYPD’s real Special Victims Unit and often borrows SVU’s detectives to assist in their investigations.

MAJOR (Universal Television)

Dance drama by Jennifer Lopez (Shades Of Blue) & Todd Graff.

set at the most competitive and prestigious university dance department in the country…

ORDINARY JOE (20th Century FOX Television)

Fantasy drama by Matt Reeves (Felicity, The Passage, Planet of the Apes)& Garret Lerner (Altered Carbon). Put pilot commitment.

Joe faces a dramatic crossroads: Will he choose love, loyalty, or his artistic passion? It then jumps forward 10 years and follows three different paths Joe’s life takes based on each choice he could have made a decade earlier.

PRISM (Universal Television)

Legal drama by Daniel and Ben Barnz (Cake, Phoebe in Wonderland), Carol Mendelsohn (CSI).

A provocative exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different person involved. Driven by an ensemble of complicated and original characters, the Rashomon-inspired show will explore bias in the criminal justice system and let the audience ask if truth matters less than who can tell the most compelling story.

RED STICK (Sony Pictures Television)

Crime drama by  Samantha Humphrey (SWAT), based on an idea by Patricia Cornwell. Script commitment with penalty.

It follows Dr. Annie Dodge who is summoned from New York to her hometown of Baton Rouge, LA, after the sudden death of her father, the city’s beloved coroner. Now, as she’s mourning the loss of her childhood hero, Annie finds herself reluctantly stepping into her father’s role to solve an ongoing murder while navigating the complicated waters of Bayou politics, Southern hospitality and a simmering past romance.

STRONG JUSTICE (Warner Bros. Television)

FBI drama by Wendy Calhoun (Empire, Nashville).

centers on FBI’s first-ever mother-daughter duo, Special Agents Etta and Memphis Strong, who strive to be exceptional investigators despite sexist and racist hurdles. Both women tackle dangerous cases and fight for equality over two time periods, but their individual pursuits reveal truths that threaten to ruin their role-model legacy.

TRUST (Universal Television)

Thriller family drama by Joan Rater & Tony Phelan (Doubt, Grey’s Anatomy).

It follows psychology professor Michaela Murphy as she unexpectedly takes over her family’s banking business when her brother suspiciously falls into a coma. In order to save her brother’s life, the bank and her family’s legacy, Michaela must contend with her estranged family and in doing so begins to uncover a host of long-buried secrets.

UNTITLED BLEIWEISS & HARTHAN PROJECT (20th Century Fox Television)

Crime drama by Todd Harthan (The Resident, Rosewood) & Evan Bleiweiss.

centers on a recently widowed NYPD detective and an officer just promoted to the detective division who is dealing with her own personal challenges

UNTITLED CHRISTINA KIM PROJECT (Warner Bros. Television)

Drama soap by Christina Kim (Lost, Ghost Whisperer) & Martin Gero (Blindspot, The LA Complex).

Revolves around three half-Korean women who grew up straddling two cultures and identities are forced to pick sides between their Korean mother and Caucasian father after the latter, the head of a global Asian food empire, is thrown in jail. The drama will uncover dark family secrets and follow the sisters as they step out of their father’s shadow to salvage their empire.

UNTITLED CHUCK ROSE PROJECT (Universal Television)

Political murder mystery drama by Chuck Rose (The Art of More) & Julie Anne Robinson (The Middle, The Catch).

When a series of murders are predicted on a radical conspiracy blog, it puts the blogger in the crosshairs of an astute NSA agent. But when they find that they may be the next target, an unlikely alliance forms as the blogger and the NSA agent team up to discover the truth, pulling them into a larger mystery than either of them could have imagined.

UNTITLED GRIMM SPIN-OFF (Universal Television)

Fantasy drama by Melissa Glenn (Iron Fist, Zoo) & Sean Hayes.

Builds off the mythology of the original series and will feature returning fan favorites while also introducing new characters, new dangers and new mysteries.

UNTITLED KEVIN O’HARE DRAMA (Universal Television/Keshet Studios)

Police drama by Dean Georgaris (The Brave).

Based on police pilot programs in major U.S. cities. The drama follows an unlikely group of LAPD officers and detectives incentivized to live and become active members in the community they patrol, all in hopes of changing perceptions and reducing violence.

UNTITLED LAVENDER & ULIN PROJECT (20th Century Fox Television)

Musical drama by Meredith Lavender (Nashville, The Gifted), Craig Brewer (Terriers, Empire) & Milo Ventimiglia. Script commitment with penalty.

About gifted musician Madison, who fears her life in the music business is over after an epic breakdown on stage goes viral; with a new boldness she teams up with her musical prodigy sisters to form a band that might be more than what they bargained for

UNTITLED POLICE WOMEN PROJECT (Universal Television)

Police drama by Liz Brixius (Nurse Jackie) & Debra Martin Chase.

Explores the personal and professional lives of four LAPD women officers who have been best friends since the police academy.

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (Universal Television & Lionsgate Television)

Musical dramedy by Paul Feig (Freaks & Geeks, Ghostbusters) & Austin Winberg (Gossip Girl, 9JKL). Script commitment with penalty.

Described as What Women Want meets La La Land. It follows a whip-smart, socially awkward girl in her late 20s who is suddenly given an extraordinary ability to know the deepest desires of the people around her through songs.

COMEDY PROJECTS

ALL FANCY (Universal Television)

Multicamera comedy by America Ferrera (Superstore) & Kevin Hart.

The series is seen through the point of view of Veronica Jimenez, a newly successful 30-something Mexican-American woman who often goes against cultural and social expectations, creating chaos and comedy within her marriage, business and extended family.

Starring Anjelah Johnson.

ALL TOGETHER NOW (20th Century FOX Television)

Single-camera musical comedy by Jason Winer (Single Parents, Modern Family) & Bradley Whitford.

About a rural church choir that gets the gift it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy League professor becomes its director.

Starring Bradley Whitford

BROTHERLY LOVE (Warner Bros. Television)

Single-camera comedy by Kourtney Kang (Fresh Off the Boat) & Patrick KangScript commitment with penalty.

Inspired by the life of Ben Simmons and centers on a unique sibling relationship within a multi-ethnic family. Together, they pursue their dreams while navigating life in the spotlight in Philadelphia, a passionate city where sports is in your blood, and your blood is always boiling.

BUSINESS AS USUAL (20th Century FOX Television)

Single-camera comedy by Phil Lorde & Chris Miller (Last Man On Earth, LEGO movie). Script commitment with penalty.

About everyday employees at a company in crisis, trying to keep their jobs and maintain their relationships as their workplace goes insane.

EXES IN LAW (Universal Television)

Single-camera comedy by Niki Schwartz-Wright (Speechless) & Sean Hayes.

Inspired by a real-life relationship. When Tess and Alex have an explosive break-up and vow never to see each other again, they’re horrified to discover that their younger siblings (and best friends) have been secretly dating and will soon be wed. Now, not only do they have to see each other again, they’re about to be family.

LIKE MAGIC (Universal Television)

Single-camera comedy by Vicky Luu (Superstore, 90210), Bridget Kyle (Superstore, Family Guy), Julie Anne Robinson (The Middle), Matt Hubbard (30 Rock)…

about an optimistic young woman pursuing her dreams in the mysterious world of the Magic Palace.

MAN. WOMAN. CHILD. (Universal Television)

Single-camera comedy by Vanessa McCarthy (Schooled), Sean Hayes (Hot in Cleveland, Grimm) & Will Packer.

Centers around a single man in his 30’s who makes the calculated decision to start a family and have a baby via surrogacy. With loads of opinions and judgment from his friends and family, only one young woman – with her unique entrepreneurial goals and financial needs – would be the perfect match for this man and his approach to having a child.

ME & YOU (20th Century Fox Television)

Single-camera comedy by Sarah Tapscott (New Girl, Single Parents). Script commitment with penalty.

About a pair of late bloomers who start their first real relationship by impulsively moving in together after just two dates

SAVE THE DELI (20th Century FOX Television)

Multicamera comedy by Lauren Bachelis (Single By 30) & Milo Ventimiglia.

On a 30-year-old woman, who much to the shock of her family, friends and mostly herself, becomes the new owner of her Chicago family deli after her grandfather dies. Naturally, her very opinionated staff and family members make the job unbearable since they all have conflicting ideas of how to save the deli.

SAVING LARRY (Universal Television)

Single-camera comedy by Jackie Clarke (Superstore, Happy Endings) & Lorne Michaels (SNL, 30 Rock) . Pilot production commitment. 

About a dad who, after his wife dies, has to be both mother and father to his kids. And he has to do it all with his father-in-law hovering over him.

Starring Kenan Thompson

SECRET SOCIETY (Universal Television)

Single-camera comedy by Emily Heller (Barry, People of Earth) & Kay Cannon (GIRLBOSS).

Centers on Beth, a struggling reporter who is tired of feeling invisible in her small town and recruits other women to help take over a dying branch of an all-male secret society.

THE EXCEPTIONAL (Universal Television)

Single-camera comedy by Seth Meyers (AP Bio), Josh Meyers, Steven Cragg & Brian Baddle.

The HOA board members of the Exceptional, a Los Angeles condo building, find themselves hopelessly deadlocked. That is, until a fellow resident, Justin (Josh Meyers), reluctantly agrees to join the board and, in his first meeting, stumbles into becoming its president. Now Justin has to leave his self-obsessed bubble and engage with his neighbors, finding himself knee deep not only in the issues of the building but also the personal problems of the condo’s diverse residents — an endeavor that offers both hilarious challenges and surprising benefits.

THE INN CROWD (Warner Bros. Television)

Multi-camera comedy by Jim Parsons (Young Sheldon) & David Holden (Young & Hungry).

Centers around a gay couple who divide a small town when they open a very successful inn.

THE OBSOLESCENTS (Universal Television)

Single-Camera comedy by Lorne Michaels & Andrew Gottlieb (Hope & Faith, Fuller House).

Takes place in a New Jersey suburb where the facade of peace and civility is disrupted by the shocking death of a long-time Township Council member.

Starring Meg Ryan

UNINSURED (Sony Pictures Television)

Single-camera family comedy by Dan Levy & Doug Robinson (The Goldbergs).

Around young uninsured parents Dave and Rebecca, who in addition to raising their two kids, end up taking care of Dave’s parents, Elliot and Linda, who have mishandled their finances and need their help to pay down a sizable debt.

UNTITLED KAL PENN COMEDY (Universal Television)

Single-camera comedy by Kal Penn & Mike Schur (Parks And Rec, The Good Place). Put pilot commitment.

Centers on a disgraced New York City Councilman and former baseball wunderkind Garrett Shah who finds his calling when faced with six recent immigrants in search of the American Dream.

Starring Kal Penn

UNTITLED GOLDBERG & WILSON MUSICAL COMEDY (Universal Television)

Single-camera musical comedy by Sas Goldberg & Jake Wilson.

It follows Sally who, newly jobless and single after a decade working abroad, returns to New York hoping to relive her college glory days with her friends, only to find the realities of adulthood have eclipsed the carefree days of their 20s.

UNTITLED JUSTIN NOBLE (Universal Television/Keshet Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Justin Noble (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

About seven residents who live in a modern, communal living space modeled after college dorm

UNTITLED SILBERMAN BROTHERS PROJECT (Universal Television)

Semi-autobiographical comedy by Jon & Josh Silberman.

About a father and son who find themselves starting their midlife and quarter-life crises the same week and make the decision to move in together, so they can move on together

WHITES (Sony Pictures Television)

Single-camera comedy based on the UK format, by Matt Tarses (Alex Inc, Worst Week) & Will Arnett.

Set in the fast-paced and hilarious kitchen at a beautiful restaurant in upstate New York. Roland White, a disgraced wunderkind of the New York culinary scene, has spent the past three years here in exile, and things are complicated when the owner hires Emily, a new pastry chef who is as gluten-free, farm-to-table and gender-neutral-pronoun-using as anyone on the planet.

WOMAN SCOUTS (Universal Television)

Single-camera comedy by Charlie Grandy (Champions) & Seth Meyers (AP Bio)…

Centers on a feminist who, after dropping out of grad school, pledges to kickstart the lives of a group of women by becoming an adult Girl Scout troop. There’s no limit to what life achievement badge they can conquer together, if they can just figure out the whole sisterhood thing first.

CBS Projects for 2018-2019 Pilot Season

DRAMA PROJECTS

APEX (Sony Picctures Television)

Thriller drama by Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys), John Fox & John Davis (The Blacklist, Magnum PI, Timeless).

about the daughter of a notorious serial killer who returns to work hunting down murders and deviants for the FBI years after living an inconspicuous suburban life

BODY CAM COP (CBS Television Studios)

Cop drama by Glenn Geller & David Grae (Gilmore Girls).

When a cop’s heroism inadvertently lands him celebrity status after an on-the-job incident goes viral, he and his new partner are selected to be part of a pilot program that livestreams body cam footage to the public. However they soon find their lives complicated when the cameras create unintended consequences on and off the force…

BODHI (CBS Television Studios)

Supernatural legal drama by Greg Grunberg & Jonathan Shapiro (Goliath).

centers on a high-powered lawyer who inherits his father’s small law firm and discovers not only that his father’s clients are ghosts, but that he himself can now see and communicate with them, all of which forces him to pair with his estranged investigator brother (Grunberg) as they resolve cases that will allow the dead to finally rest in peace.

Starring Greg Grunberg

CHAPLAIN (CBS Television Studios)

Medical drama by Nick WeissLaurie McCarthy (Reign), Dr Phil (Bull) & Jay McGraw.

Centers around a talented, scientifically minded ICU doctor and her free-thinking, faith-oriented brother clash over the best approach to the business of saving lives when he is hired as chaplain at her hospital.

CROOKED BROOKLYN (Lionsgate)

Crime drama by Joel Silver (Veronica Mars) & Adair Cole (Norco).

with an unparalleled drive to ferret out corruption and find justice, the DAs of the Brooklyn Rackets Division are given badges and guns and tasked with both investigating crime on the streets and prosecuting those crimes in the courtroom.

EMBODY (CBS Television Studios)

Sci-fi drama by James CordenChai Hecht.

After a mission gone wrong renders her permanently blind, a special agent volunteers for an experimental government program that can temporarily transfer her consciousness into someone else’s body, giving her the ability to see through their eyes as she infiltrates high-stakes situations and takes down criminals from within.

EVIL (CBS Television Studios)

Fantasy drama by Robert & Michelle King (The Good Wife, The Good Fight).

Focuses on a skeptical female clinical psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possession and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.

FALSE MEMORIES (Lionsgate/Condé Nast Entertainment)

Crime drama by Steve Maeda (Salvation) & Joel Silver (Veronica Mars).

Xenters on a forensic psychologist who uses her expertise in the malleability of human memory to investigate crime scenes and analyze the memories of victims and witnesses in her quest for justice.

FAMILY EMERGENCY (CBS Television Studios)

Medical drama by Michael Rauch (Jane the Virgin) and Jennie Snyder Urman (Charmed).

Revolves around three sisters who often clash but always have each other’s backs work together in a busy ER, saving patients’ lives while navigating the complications of love, medicine and family.

FAR ROCKAWAY (CBS Television Studios)

Supernatural cop drama by David Wilcox (Fringe, 666 Park Avenue) & Alex Kurtzman (Hawaii 5-O). Remake of spanish show Estoy Vivo.

A workaholic NYPD detective killed in the line of duty is granted a second chance to return to earth in the body of another cop in order to bring his killer to justice and heal the fractured family he left behind.

FIRST LADY (CBS Television Studios)

Drama by Michael Weatherly (Bull), Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS:LA) & Jessica Grasl (Designated Survivor)

Centers around the beloved First Lady of the United States, who, determined to reclaim her life, does the unthinkable — she divorces her husband while he’s still in office and uses her prominence to become an advocate for truth and justice by revitalizing her career as an investigative journalist.

H-TOWN (CBS Television Studios)

Cop drama by Samantha Corbin-Miller (K-Ville). Domestic take on the Canadian drama series “19-2”.

domestic take on the Canadian drama series “19-2” in which two Houston detectives from opposing sides of a multi-generational family feud are paired as partners, they find themselves surprisingly drawn to each other even as they investigate a case that may have far-reaching ramifications for both their families

MD-1 (Sony Pictures Television)

Medical Drama By Dr Oz & Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva).

Follows a team of street doctors who take on the biggest catastrophes in New York, saving lives without ever setting foot in an emergency room or hospital. The project is inspired by the “Medical Avengers” program in New Jersey.

MELANIE (CBS Television Studios)

Legal drama by Scott PrendergastDr Phil & Jay McGraw.

Centers on a scattered but astute criminal defense attorney who uses her seemingly inept methods to disarm judges, charm juries, and win cases returns home to join her brother’s white-shoe law firm and help her family of outsiders get back on their feet.

MIA (CBS Television Studios)

Detective drama produced by Michael Weatherly (NCIS, Bull) & Cote de Pablo.

When a newly minted homicide detective is assigned to an experienced, by-the-book partner to solve cases in Miami, she struggles to keep the personal entanglements of her final undercover assignment from jeopardizing her future.

MS. MAYOR (CBS Television Studios)

Female Mayor Drama by Barbara Hall (Madam Secretary, Homeland, Joan of Arc) & Nina Tassler. Put pilot commitment.

When a young activist runs for Mayor of NY on a whim, her surprise victory launches her onto a political stage that she’s not prepared for, but is determined to take on with her idealistic enthusiasm.

NURSES (CBS Television Studios)

Medical drama based on finnish series by Eric Christian Olsen.

About four trauma center nurses charged with everything from triage to surgery who must balance life and death stakes on the job with the drama of their complicated lives outside the hospital

RANGER (CBS Television Studios)

Police procedural by Jason Hall and based on James Patterson.

Centers on a Texas Ranger and his cantankerous father move to South Florida where the Ranger becomes a homicide detective and searches for his brother’s killer.

SECRET SIX (Warner Bros. Television)

DC Comics drama by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) & Rick Muirragui (Suits). Pilot production commitment.

Centers on six morally ambiguous strangers, each with their own unique specialties and secret pasts, who are brought together by an enigmatic figure who blackmails them into working as a team to expose the corruption of the corporate and political elite.

THE SECRET TO A GOOD MARRIAGE (Warner Bros. Television)

Spy drama by Greg Berlanti & Martin Gero (Deception, Blindspot). Pilot production commitment.

Centers on an elite pair of CIA spies who, in the wake of their fractured marriage, are pushed to their limits both professionally and personally, fighting to save the world while they forge a new kind of relationship for themselves and their son.

SURVEILLANCE (20th Century Fox Television.CBS Television Studios)

Thriller drama by Matt Reeves (The Passage, Felicity) & Sophia Bush. Ordered to pilot.

A complex and timely spy thriller centered around the head of communications for the NSA, a charming operative who finds her loyalties torn between protecting the government’s secrets and her own.

Starring Sophia Bush, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Raphaël Acloque, Matthew Modine, Allan Leech…

UNDER THE BRIDGE (CBS Television Studios)

Medical Drama by Rina Mimoun (Everwood, Dawson’s Creek) & Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI).

When a scandal rocks the medical practice she runs with her husband and their friends, a surgeon rises to the occasion and takes the lead in trying to mend both the practice and her own marriage.

UNTITLED JOSH REIMS MEDICAL DRAMA (CBS Television Studios)

Medical military drama by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI) & Josh Reims (Dynasty).

An intimate look at the high-octane, complicated lives of the med students, residents and attending physicians at the elite Uniformed Services University, where every doctor is also a trained soldier whose patients can be anyone from a fellow serviceperson to the President of the United States.

COMEDY PROJECTS

AMERICA, USA (CBS Television Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Michael Kramer (Men in Trees, Life Unexpected) and Lilli Birdsell (TURN).

A young workplace ensemble set at a Colonial-times theme park called America, U.S.A.

AMERIKHANS (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Farhand Arshad (Man with a Plan), Brian Grazer

Centers around a young Pakistani-American guy who must make amends with his estranged family when he and his girlfriend take in his cousins and grandfather, turning their previously carefree lives upside down.

BAIT & TACKLE (Warner Bros. Television)

Multicamera comedy by Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory, Living Bibically), Brian Kelley & Linfa Figueiredo (Stuck In the Middle).

Revolves around three adult siblings who must step up to run the family business—a small town bait & tackle shop—when the family patriarch retires.

BE HERE NOW (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Tommy Johnagin (Man with a Plan, Late Late Show) & James Corden (Carpool Karaoke).

Centers on a young widower who decides to move his life and kids from Los Angeles to a small town in Illinois to be closer to his wife’s large family.

BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA (Warner Bros. Television)

Multicamera comedy by Chuck Lorre (Mom, Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory), Al Higgins (The Kominsky Method) & Gina Yashere. Pilot production commitment. 

The story of a man who has a heart attack and falls in love with his Nigerian nurse. He then sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance.

Starring Billy Gardell

CAROL’S SECOND ACT (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Patricia Heaton, Emily Halpern (Trophy Wife) & Aaron Kaplan (Life in Pieces, American Housewife)… Put pilot (blind series commitment). 

About Carol Chambers, who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor

Starring Patricia Heaton

THE CREW (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Gracie Glassmeyer.

When the family patriarch dies, his son has to step up and take the wheel as the driver of the father’s racing team

DAD VS. FATHER (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Cedric The Entertainer & Kurt Braunohler (The Neighborhood).

Centers on new parents Karl and Leanne, who move in with Karl’s formerly deadbeat dad, his much younger wife, and their two 14-year-old daughters, starting an intense competition between the men to prove who is the better father.

THE EMPEROR OF MALIBU (Warner Bros. Television)

Multicamera comedy by Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians) & Michelle Nader (2 Broke Girls). Put pilot.

Revolves around two very different families — one from Shanghai with new money and one from the U.S. East Coast with old money — who learn to co-exist when their children get married.

THE FOLKS (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Kerry Washington & Frank Pines.

About what happens when a momma’s boy marries a daddy’s girl, and their respective parents can’t let go

GENERATION GAP (Warner Bros. Television)

Single-camera comedy by Dan Kopelman (Me, Myself and I, Malcolm). Put pilot.

About the hell of teenage years, as told from the dueling perspectives of a 16-year-old girl and her father…

HALFWAY THERE (ABC Studios)

Multi-camera comedy by Iliza Shelsinger, Ellen Plummer-Kreamer & Sherry Bilsing-Graham (I Hate my Teenage Daughter). Put pilot.

Centers on a comic who prides herself on “guiding women” in her act. She is forced to put that to practical use when her half-sister moves in with her.

Starring  Iliza Shelsinger

JUST LIKE US (Sony Pictures Television)

Multicamera comedy by Gloria Calderon Kellett (One Day at a Time).

Centers on a widower who takes in his teenage El Salvadorian niece while still raising his two grown daughters, retired parents and running the restaurant he started with his late wife.

LIFE LESSONS (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Mark GrossEric Christian Olsen. Small screen take on Dave Keystone and Nolan Sarner’s Canadian digital series “Kids On”.

About a guy who is a professional failure at life and finds advice and friendship in the most unlikely of places… a class of first graders

THE LITTLE THINGS (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Tom Segura & Christina Pazsitsky.

Focuses on the funny coping mechanisms that get you through the harder parenting dilemmas.

Starring Tom Segura, Christina Pazsitsky….

OUR HOUSE (Sony Pictures Television)

Multicamera comedy by Nick Stoller (Friends From College, The Carmichael Show) & Brendan O’Brien (Neighbors 1 & 2). Put pilot.

Centers on a devoted mom and dad who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture.

QUINTA & JERMAINE (ABC Studios & CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Jermaine Fowler & Larry Wilmore (Blackish, The Bernie Mac Show). Pilot production commitment

Stars the title duo as childhood best friends who find themselves expecting a child while navigating adulthood.

Starring Jermaine Fowler, Quinta Brunson

RATCHET (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Natasha Leggero (Another Period) & Morgan Murphy (Two Broke Girls).

centers on Jessica Rachet, who must start a new life and make new friends after her rich fiancé dies suddenly and leaves her to fend for herself.

Starring  Natasha Leggero

RICHES TO RAGS (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace, Modern Family) & Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane the Virgin, Charmed).

When an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her sister’s Reseda condo where they delight in the “charms” of the working class but mourn the loss of being the 1% of the 1%.

Starring Jaime Camil

SIBLINGS (CBS Television Studios)

Multicamera comedy by David Hornsby (It’s always sunny in Philadelphia).

Centers on two very different siblings who decide to live together and raise their kids

SHOULDA COULDA WOULDA (Sony Pictures Television)

Multicamera comedy by Gloria Calderon-Kellett (One Day at a Time).

After receiving a letter they wrote to themselves in high school, a group of 28-year-old friends plan to hold each other accountable to becoming who they want to be in the next 10 years.

THE SQUEEZE (CBS Television Studios)

Multi-camera comedy by Dana Klein (Friends with better lives) & Aaron Kaplan (9JKL).

Centers on a married couple that struggles to take care of both dependent children and dependent parents.

THE STORY OF US (Sony Pictures Television)

Multicamera comedy by Nick Stoller & Mike Royce (One Day at a Time, Everybody Loves Raymond).

A story told through interviews and vignettes spanning 10 years, about how an unlikely couple becomes an unlikely family.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN (CBS Television Studios)

Hybrid comedy by Mike Metz & Gail Berman.

About Evan, who sets out with his group of 20-something friends to accomplish a list of challenges he wrote for himself years ago in an effort to turn around his banal life

TOWNIES (Warner Bros. Television)

Mulitcamera comedy by Katie Greenway (The Millers) & Jared Stern (Dr Ken).

Follows an eclectic group of friends in their twenties who are happily living large in their small Wisconsin hometown.

WIDOWER (CBS Television Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Peyton Reed (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Bill Martin & Mike Schiff (Fam, Grounded for Life, 3rd Rock From the Sun).

centers on a widower who is eager to move on from the worst year of his life, only to find he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own. He’s equally unready for a dating world where, to his shock, he’s suddenly a hot commodity.