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ABC Projects for 2018/2019 Pilot Season

DRAMA PROJECTS

THE AMBASSADOR (20th Century FOX Television)

Drama soap. Based on the Spanish series The Embassy. By Ilene Chaiken (Empire, The L Word) & Eva Longoria (Grand Hotel). Put pilot commitment.

When the thrice married, very rich and politically connected US Ambassador to France is killed in a freak speedboat accident, his much younger and arguably unqualified third wife is appointed to replace him. Ambassador Roxanne Eagleton takes on the challenges of her new position as she also navigates the drama and intrigue of her late husband’s family while beginning to suspect that his death was not an accident. The Ambassador takes us behind the curtain of the US Embassy in France – the glamorous but treacherous “upstairs” of the Ambassador’s life in Paris, and the “downstairs” lives of the career diplomats that are there to serve their Ambassador and their country.

THE BAKER & THE BEAUTY (Universal Television & Keshet Studios)

Drama soap by Dean Georgaris (The Brave). Put pilot commitment.

About the impossible Miami love story between a simple baker and an international superstar. Noa Hollander has it all: she’s the most famous woman in the country, the beautiful daughter of a real estate magnate, a successful model with an international career and – up until now – one half of a Hollywood power couple. The son of Cuban immigrants, Daniel is a simple guy who still lives with his parents and works at the family bakery. A chance encounter at a fancy restaurant — where Daniel may or may not propose to his eager girlfriend of 8 years, Vanessa, and where Noa is avoiding public speculation about a break-up from her Hollywood lover – leads to unexpected sparks and an even more unlikely love story. Can their love survive her jet-setting lifestyle, her overbearing agent, his unworldly family, both their exes and the media?

BEST WISHES (ABC Studios)

Fantasy drama. By Jon Harmon Feldman (Dirty Sexy Money, No Ordinary Family), David Posamentier & Geoff Moore.

The story of a pragmatic, once successful man, Nick Day, who thinks the notion of wishes is a waste of time due to a personal tragedy he’s recently endured. But just as everything in his life is crumbling around him, things get more complicated when he’s approached by a potentially crazy woman claiming to be in the business of granting wishes. And she needs Nick’s help.

BLANK (ABC Studios/Kapital Entertainment)

Medical drama by David Semel (Heroes, Star Trek Discovery, Person Of Interest), Glenn Geller & Trey Callaway. Put pilot commitment.

About a successful but egotistical surgeon who suffers a traumatic brain injury that changes his personality and erases his memory, but leaves his surgical skills fully intact. From a**hole to good soul, he shocks and confuses his colleagues and family with a new POV— unburdened by the past and uniquely present in his patients’ lives.

COMPLETENESS (ABC Studios)

Sci-fi drama by James Griffiths (A Million Little Things, The Mayor), Adam Stein & Michael Strahan.

In our increasingly atomized world, a company sets out a shingle to provide its clients with what’s missing in their lives. Whatever you need — a friend, a mother, a grandson, a husband — the Complete Company’s versatile facilitators can become it for you. The resulting relationships are more real than you’d expect, and sometimes way more complicated. Described as This Is Us meets Grey’s Anatomy meets Westworld (without robots).

EXHIBIT A (ABC Studios)

Legal drama by Daniel Dae Kim (The Good Doctor) & Warren Hsu Leonard (How To Get Away With Murder). Based on the South Korean series My Lawyer, Mr. Jo.

It centers on disgraced former prosecutor, Andrew Cho, whose career is sabotaged by the corrupt power brokers he’s working to take down. But in losing everything, Andrew discovers something new: a life of purpose. Along with a clever, driven young associate, and alegal staff of loyal misfits, Andrew becomes the fearless, caring, underdog lawyer he was always meant to be. Together they give voice to the voiceless and speak truth to power, no matter the cost.

FAMILY HISTORY (ABC Studios)

Family genealogy drama by Deborah Schoeneman (Girls, The Newsroom) & Laurie Zaks (Castle, The Family, The Fix). Put pilot commitment.

About a young tech reporter in the Bay area whose life changes when she discovers a family secret via a DNA-testing web site. The show explores nature versus nurture and how technology has caught up to our secrets. We may be the last generation to have secrets….

THE HYPNOTIST’S LOVE STORY (ABC Studios)

Drama based on the bestselling book by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty & Laurie Zaks (Castle, The Family, The Fix).

Successful hypnotherapist Ellen is optimistic about her current boyfriend after a string of failed romances, until he reveals a disturbing truth: a stalker ex-girlfriend who has been following him for years. Ellen finds herself intrigued, and oddly thrilled by the stalker, entirely unaware that they’ve already met.

Starring Heather Graham

LOVE, DAD (Sony Pictures Television)

Family drama by Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor, Bates Motel) & Dave Collard (Family Guy).

Emotional family drama that is centered around adult siblings from a blue-collar family in the most blue-collar of cities — Buffalo, New York. As the siblings navigate the ups and downs of their lives, they’re aided (and sometimes impeded) by each other, but also an unlikely source — their dead father, who has left them each an email account that he’s been writing to for their entire lives, so that he would always be there for them… even when he wasn’t.

THE MARRIAGE LIE (ABC Studios)

Drama by Michael Cooney, producer Kim Moses, director Michael Offer. Inspired by Kimberly Belle’s bestselling book of the same name.

Iris and Will have been married for seven years and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for upstate New York has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core. Iris’ immaculate life spirals into a rabbit hole when she discovers a connection between her husband and a past layered with secrets that he has kept hidden from her until now.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE (20th Century FOX Television)

Drama by Maggie Friedman (No Tomorrow, Witches of East End, Once & Again) & Eva Longoria (Grand Hotel). Script commitment with penalty.

Described as an addictive character drama about a gifted therapist, accustomed to helping other people navigate their messy lives, who finds herself facing a crisis in her own life. We follow her, her family and her diverse slate of clients as they confront the often poignant and at times hilarious ups and downs of family, friendship, romance, work, parenting, growing up, growing old, and what it means to be human.

NEW YORK UNDERCOVER REBOOT (Universal Television/ABC Studios)

Police drama by Dick Wolf (Law & Order, Chicago PD) & Ben Watkins (Hand of God). Reboot of the 1990s New York cop drama. Pilot production commitment.

Details are being kept under wraps.

NYPD BLUE SEQUEL (20th Century FOX Television/ABC Studios)

Cop drama by Matt Olmstead (Prison Break, Breakout Kings, Chicago PD), Nick Wootton (Golden Boy) & Jesse Bochco. Pilot production commitment.

Sequel following Detective Andy Sipowicz’son, Theo, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Theo seems to have taken after his father as he too is a hard-drinking, hard-headed and quick-witted cop.

Starring Alona Tal

OHANA (ABC Studios)

Family drama by Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder) & Lisa Takeuchi Cullen. Based on bestselling book “Shark Dialogues”.

The story of four hapa women from biracial backgrounds, including Japanese, Filipino, black and white heritage, who reunite when their grandmother, a mystic known as a kahuna, dies mysteriously and leaves them the family plantation…

PANK (20th Century FOX Television)

Family drama by Felicia P. Henderson (The Quad). Script commitment with penalty.

About 33-year-old Faith Jones, who is living and lovin’ her life as a PANK: Professional Auntie No Kids: a new guy, a new promotion, a new house, a fast car and plenty of disposable income; it’s kinda perfect – until the unexpected happens and circumstances force her to care for her brother’s three children…

PUSHOVER (ABC Studios)

Dark dramedy by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (Kevin Probably Saves The World, Agent Carter, Resurrection).

Around a woman who has been “nice” all her life and decides to become a villain, with the help of her landlord, the office custodian, and the IT department.

REEF BREAK (ABC International Studios)

Detective drama by Ken Sanzel (Numb3rs) & Poppy Montgomery. Ordered to series.

About Cat Chambers, a thief-turned-fixer for the governor of a stunning and seductive Pacific Island paradise. Impulsive, reckless and irresistible, Cat’s less-than-perfect past gives her an instinctive gift for understanding crime and criminals as she becomes enmeshed in fast-paced, high octane adventures and island intrigue. Cat’s reappearance also makes waves for old friends, enemies and lovers, including an FBI agent ex-husband, her imprisoned crime boss and a police detective lover who is in over his head. Each episode will be a character-driven cocktail of crime, surf, sex and sunshine, and for Cat, the lines between work and play have never been blurrier.

Starring Poppy Montgomery

THE SORORITY GIRL WHO SAVED YOUR LIFE (ABC Studios)

Thriller drama by Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) & Wendy Mericle (Arrow)…

Details the incredible true story of Tracy Walder. Walder happened upon a CIA recruiter at a jobs fair and was recruited by the agency while a USC student and Delta Gamma sorority sister. She would spend the next five years as a covert operative for CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, assuming aliases, thwarting terrorist attacks, and hiding in the trunks of cars on her way to debrief terrorists at black sites. During her time at the CIA, Walder travelled to the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia, receiving awards for her service.

THICKER THAN WATER (ABC Studios)

Siblings dramedy by Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) & Michael McDonald (American Crime). Pilot production commitment.

Centers on a single mother who returns to her Tennessee hometown for her estranged father’s funeral, and finds herself graveside with several strangers who happen to be her half-siblings

THREADS (ABC Studios)

Fashion drama by Lindsey Rosin (Cruel Intentions).

Centers around aspiring designer Jessica Lee, who finds herself at the center of the biggest battle for power in the fashion world when the legendary founder of the iconic brand — where she currently works as an assistant — is forced to step down, setting off a cutthroat, high-stakes search for his replacement. Caught between her loyalty and her ambition, Jessica must navigate sex, secrets and succession as the beauty of fashion gets ugly.

TRAILBLAZER (ABC Studios)

Basketball drama by Michael Seitzman (Quantico, Code Black) & Joe Webb (Sleepy Hollow, Quantico).

Centers on Jordan Cruz, the gifted men’s basketball coach at a small D3 college in South Dakota who rises to fame when she’s recruited by UCLA to become the first female coach of a Division 1 men’s team.

UNTIL THE WEDDING (ABC Studios)

Romantic drama by Becky Mode (Smash). Import of the Israeli series.

Tells the story of how one couple’s decision to get married can affect everyone in their lives.

UNTITLED BERLANTI & CARROLL PROJECT (Warner Bros. Television)

Cop drama. By Greg Berlanti, Elizabeth Banks & Nkechi Carroll (Rosewood, All American). Put pilot commitment.

Centers on recently divorced and unemployed Chelsea Barnum who is looking for a second chance. When she packs up her kids and moves from the big city to the small town of Sutter, North Carolina, to accept a job as the new Police Chief, what she finds is something unimaginable — a criminal justice system run entirely by women of color. What started out as a second chance at a career ends up becoming a second chance at life, as together these women revolutionize crime and punishment while restoring hope, community and humanity to a town that desperately needs it.

UNTITLED CHIARELLI FASHION DRAMA (ABC Studios)

Fashion drama by Peter Chiarelli (Crazy Rich Asians) & Zac Posen (Project Runway).

Set in the world of fashion…

UNTITLED ISAAC WRIGHT PROJECT (Sony Pictures Television)

Drama by Hank Steinberg (Without A Trace, The Nine, The Last Ship) & 50 Cent (Power).

Based on Isaac Wright, Jr., once wrongfully convicted as the kingpin behind one of the largest drug distribution networks in New Jersey, who now practices law in the same courtroom where he was sentenced to life behind bars. In prison, Wright studied the law and worked as a proxy-lawyer, writing briefs and motions to overturn the convictions of over 20 fellow inmates and ultimately to exonerate himself.  He now works as a lawyer defending the wrongly accused…

UNTITLED MARVEL HEINBERG PROJECT (ABC Studios)

Superhero drama by Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Scandal, The Catch) & Marvel’s Jeph Loeb.

Based on lesser-known Marvel characters. There have been a number of fairly obscure female superhero team-ups that have appeared sporadically in Marvel comics over the years, including A-Force, Lady Liberators and Fearless Defenders.

UNTITLED SARAH CHALKE PROJECT (Warner Bros. Television)

Family dramedy by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town, Whiskey Cavalier) & Sarah Chalke.

About two very different sisters who take over the adoption agency that their parents, a lawyer and a social worker, have run out of their home for the last 30 years…

Starring Sarah Chalke

WARRIORS (ABC Studios)

High-school drama by Regina KingMichael NarducciMichael McDonald (American Crime).

It takes place in a Midwestern community where two friends–a semi-retired NFL player and an idealistic high school principal–will attempt to overcome their conflicting styles of teaching as they mentor a new generation and confront the long buried sins of their past.

WOLFE (Kapital Entertainment)

Crime drama by Aaron Kaplan (A Million Little Things, Life in Pieces), Kathy Reichs & Michael Peterson (Bones).

Centers on veterinarian Dr. Charles Wolfe, who has a unique perspective on homicide, believing murder is a primal, animalistic act, and killers are animals. After getting elected coroner of Boulder, CO, Wolfe partners with his mirror opposite, FBI profiler Kristin Faulk, who is confident Wolfe is dead wrong and that it is nurture, not nature, that leads a person to murder.

COMEDY PROJECTS


AMERICANIZED
(ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Sara Saedi (iZombie, The Goodwin Games) & Reese Witherspoon.

The story of a loving and off-beat Iranian family who’s been living with a huge secret: they’re undocumented immigrants. Told through an irreverent, heartfelt and a-political lens, the series will give viewers a window into the life of a Middle-Eastern household while exploring the universal truths that bond every type of “American” family.

BECAUSE KIDS (CBS Television Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Alone Together) & Adam Sztyskiel (Undateable). based on the podcast “Atomic Moms”

A lighthearted yet honest examination of the lives of a married couple with two young children…

BEWITCHED (Sony Pictures Television/ABC Studios)

Supernatural sitcom by Kenya Barris (Blackish, Grownish, The Game) & Yamara Taylor (Blackish, Instant Mom). Reboot of the famed 1964-1972 series. Pilot production commitment.

A hardworking black single mom who happens to be a witch marries Darren, a white mortal who happens to be a bit of a slacker. They struggle to navigate their differences as she discovers that even when a black girl is literally magic, she’s still not as powerful as a decently tall white man with a full head of hair in America.

BLESS HEAR HEART (Warner Bros. Television)

Multi-camera comedy by Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) & Chuck Tatham (How I Met Your Mother). Put pilot commitment.

Centered on two very different Texas matriarchs who wreak havoc on their children’s lives when they all wind up living together.

CAN-CAN (Universal Television)

Single-camera comedy by Maysoon Zayid & Sean Hayes (Grimm, Hot in Cleveland).

Inspired by the life of Zayid, Can-Can follows the life of a Muslim woman who has cerebral palsy, as she struggles to find love, the right career, and discover who she is separate of her opinionated Muslim parents.

Starring Maysoon Zayi

COMMON AREAS (Sony Pictures Television)

Multicamera comedy by Nick Stoller (Friends From College, The Carmichael Show) & Hillary Winston (Bad Teacher).

In cities where rents have skyrocketed, people are turning to micro-units in luxury buildings, where they can get a bedroom for the price of an apartment in any other city. These dorm residents are getting a lot more than just a tiny bedroom and athlete’s foot, they’re getting a community (but also probably athlete’s foot).

DESIGNING WOMEN (Sony Pictures Television)

Multicamera comedy, sequel series to the former CBS staple, by original creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.

The next generation of Sugarbakers with a crop of new, young, female designers at an Atlanta interior design firm, but still with the same razor-sharp dialogue and ability to cut through the political, cultural, and social factions that rarely agree on anything.

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Kevin Hart & Courtney Lilly (Blackish).

About a 40-year old divorced dad who had one hit with a PM Dawn-type hip-hop group back in the ’90s and how he uses his attempt at a comeback to get his swagger back in parenting, relationships and life and prove that no matter where you are, your best days are ahead of you.

EAST WILLYB (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Julia Ahumada Grob & Yamin Segal. Small screen on the web series

Around a truly unconventional family, dysfunctional neighbors who populate the last hold-out dive bar in gentrified Brooklyn

EVERYTHING’S UNDER CONTROL (Sony Pictures Television)

Single-camera comedy by Jamie Tarses (Franklin & Bash, Mr Sunshine, The Mayor).

Centers on a working-class Midwestern family who are just barely keeping it together, and then their grandmother gets Alzheimer’s.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (20th Century FOX Television)

Single-camera comedy by Christine Pietrosh & Jessica Goldstein (Telenovela), Jason Winer (Single Parents, Life In Pieces). Put pilot commitment.

Around three working moms, who would have never been friends outside of work, but band together to survive an office that, despite its wholesome public image, is not quite “family friendly.”

FOOD & FAMILIA (ABC Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Peter Murieta & Will Smith.

Inspired by Danny Trejo’s life. When the matriarch of the family passes away, she leaves her restaurant to her son, Danny — who’s about to get out of prison — and her granddaughter, Michelle, who hates her father for abandoning her. This gift from beyond the grave might heal the father and daughter and get them back together but, it’s gonna be rocky as the two of them work their differences out while trying to operate a restaurant, live together, and become a real family again.

Starring Danny Trejo

FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Jeremy Bronson (The Mayor) & Todd Holland (The Real O’Neals). Put pilot commitment.

About a group of thirtysomethings trying to overcome the mess they made as twentysomethings.

HAPPY ACCIDENT (20th Century FOX Television/ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Abraham Higginbotham & Jon Pollack (Modern Family). Pilot ordered.

centers around 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.

LAZY RICH ASIANS (CBS Television Studios / Imagine Television)

Single-camera comedy by Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty). Script commitment with penalty.

about Janet Zhao, 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.

THE LONG GAME (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Chadd Gindin (Santa Clarita Diet, The Cleveland Show) & Randall Einhorn (The Kids Are Alright).

follows a family of scam artists led by Loni — who, 16 years into being a mother, decides it’s time for her to be a good one. She tries to get her family to go straight despite a husband who still slips, a lifetime of bad examples that the kids won’t let her forget and no idea how to accomplish this in a society that seems to have embraced the morally gray area she’s trying to get them away from.

THE SANCHEZ WAY (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Isaac Gonzales, Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos.

About a loud, proud, Mexican-American family that lives by a very strict working class code

THE THREAD (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Michael Gagerman and Andrew Waller (Search Party).

 A group of longtime friends, leading diverse, chaotic lives, who stay connected through a long running daily text thread. Through “The Thread”, these friends offer support, advice and ridicule, altering each other’s day to day life choices and changing the course of their lives.

SUE SUE IN THE CITY / THE MIDDLE SPIN-OFF (Warner Bros. Television)

Single-camera comedy by DeAnn Heline & Eileen Hesler (The Middle). Ordered to pilot. Pilot rejected.

Spin-off series focused on Sue Heck as she leaves college and her hometown of Orson, Indiana, for the ups and downs of a career and young adulthood in Chicago

Starring Eden Sher, Brock Ciarlelli, Aaron Branch, Kimberley Crossman, Finesse Mitchell, Chris Diamontopoulos

UNTITLED DUSTY SLAY COMEDY (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Chadd Gindin (Santa Clarita Diet) & Dusty Slay.

Inspired by Slay’s childhood, growing up the youngest of three in an Alabama trailer park. The story centers on a middle-aged single mother, who despite her blue collar lifestyle strives to give her loved ones all the joys of a normal life.

Starring Dusty Slay

UNTITLED FACTORY TOWN PROJECT (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Lee Eisenberg (SMILF), Paul McLalin (Superstore) & Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).

follows a blue-collar family in Kalamazoo, Michigan who are adjusting to life after the family’s patriarch is laid off from the local manufacturing plant by his son and both have to adjust to their new roles in the family.

UNTITLED HANNAH SIMONE COMEDY (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Hannah Simone (New Girl). Put pilot commitment.

Follows the broke, single and nearly thirtysomething Hannah (Simone) as she and her father form a new bond when he announces that he and her mother are separating. It’s described as a unique coming-of-age story where father and daughter are starting over together.

Starring Hannah Simone

UNTITLED NATE BARGATZE (20th Century FOX Television)

Multicamera comedy by Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) & Nate Bargatze. Put pilot commitment.

Deals with Bargatze’s struggle moving back home to Tennessee and being caught between his wife and opinionated parents…

Starring Nate Bargatze

UNTITLED ODOM JR COMEDY (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Kerry WashingtonSaladin K. Patterson (The Last O.G., The Big Bang Theory). Put pilot commitment.

inspired by the experiences of real-life couple Pastor Touré Roberts and Pastor Sarah Jakes-Roberts. Leslie and Hope 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.

Starring Leslie Odom Jr

UNTITLED ROBIN THEDE COMEDY (Sony Pictures Television)

Single-camera comedy by Robin Thede,  inspired in part by her childhood growing up dirt poor in a trailer park, & Kay Cannon (30 Rock, Girlboss).

The show will explore how a difficult upbringing shaped Robin Sanders, a famous and successful financial advisor, and will vacillate between the character’s adulthood and childhood as it examines how your past always pops up in the present.

Starring Robin Thede

UNTITLED TRAE CROWDER COMEDY (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Trae Crowder, Andrew Reich (Friends)…

About three best friends in the rural south and the women in their lives.

UNTITLED RACHNA FRUCHBORN COMEDY (20th Century FOX Television)

Single-camera comedy by Rachna Fruchborn (Fresh Off The Boat). Script commitment with penalty.

Centers on a confident but prolifically apologetic, newly single stay-at-home mom who decides at 37 to start at the bottom and work her way up to her dream job, where her eccentric co-workers help her stop apologizing and become the person she’s meant to be.

UNTITLED SCHAAL COMEDY (ABC Studios)

Single-camera family comedy by Simon Rich (Man Seeking Woman) & Kristen Schaal. Put pilot commitment.

Told from a child’s perspective, about working together, overcoming adversity and getting the monsters in your closet not to eat you.

Starring Kristen Schaal.

UNTITLED TESSA COATES COMEDY (ABC Studios)

Unspecified comedy by Greg Daniels (The Office) & Tessa Coates.

No synopsis available.

Starring Tessa Coates

WHAT IF? (ABC Studios)

Single-camera comedy by Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cooper Barrett’s guide To Surviving Life, Deception), Jay Lacopo & Ruben Flerischer (Zombieland).

Explores how seemingly insignificant choices – with the help of a little bit of luck – can have life-changing consequences.

Starring Jack Cutmore-Scott…

WOMAN UP (20th Century FOX Television)

Single-camera comedy by Zoe Lister-Jones (Life In Pieces), Jason Winer (Modern Family) & Liz Meriwether (New Girl, Single Parents).

About two former teen moms who have worked their asses off to see their daughters all the way through high school graduation. And now, at 37, they’re ready to make up for the youth they never had.

WORK WIFE (ABC Studios)

Multicamera comedy by Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest & Mark Consuelos. Put pilot commitment.

Explores the dynamics surrounding our “work spouses,” who have very few boundaries with each other, and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else.

The CW Projects for 2018/2019 Pilot Season


THE 4400 REBOOT 
(CBS Television Studios)

Sci-fi drama by Craig Sweeny (Limitless, Medium) & Taylor Elmore (Justified).

Over the course of recent history, four thousand four hundred young adults in their reproductive prime have gone missing all over the world—some disappearances happened as recently as a few weeks ago, while others date as far back as the infamous day the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up at the sites of their original abductions. None of them have aged a day; none have any memory of where they’ve been. The so called “4400” must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world… and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.

BATWOMAN (Warner Bros. Television)

Superhero drama from the Arrow-verse by Greg Berlanti & Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville)…

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.

Starring Ruby Rose

CITY OF GHOSTS (Warner Bros. Television)

Fantasy drama by I. Marlene King (Pretty Little Liars), Karen Wyscarver (Private Practice) & Sanford Golden (Bones, Taken).

After a near-death experience, college grad Cassidy moves to Scotland to study paranormal psychology at the University of Edinburgh in hopes of learning more about her strange connection to the afterlife. There she meets the enigmatic Dr. Barrow and discovers that her gift is more powerful that she ever thought possible.

THE COVE (Warner Bros. Television)

Family adventure by Chad Fiveash (Kyle XY, Rise, Krypton), James Stoteraux (Switched at Birth, Legend of the Seeker) & Robert Zemeckis (Manifest).

Follows estranged sisters in the aftermath of their father’s death as they return to the Caribbean resort island they frequented as a family, only to discover the sun-drenched paradise is hiding many secrets, including the missing treasure that was their father’s obsession and may ultimately hold the key to eternal life.

DORIAN (Warner Bros. Television)

Fantasy dramedy by Marisa Coughlan & Len Goldstein (The Carrie Diaries, Cult).

It centers on a woman who made a deal with the devil 50 years ago to remain young has spent the subsequent decades living selfishly and without consequences. As the downsides of eternal youth finally land on her, Dorian is ready to grow up and age gracefully, but, to do so, she’ll have to make amends for half a century of bad behavior.

DR MIRAGE (CBS Television Studios)

Fantasy drama by Laurie McCarth (Reign). Based on the Valiant graphic novel.

About a female paranormal investigator who can communicate with dead souls except the one she wants to reach – the love of her life.

FINLEY & JUNE (CBS Television Studios)

Dramedy by Anna Fricke (Men In Trees, Being Human US) & Rina Mimoun (Everwood, Mistresses, Privileged).

When a tightly-wound aspiring children’s book author meets an actual fairy with rage issues in a Griffith Park restroom, the magic of female friendship takes on literal new meaning as the two millennials help each other navigate hipster LA in the quest to fulfill their destinies.

GLAMOROUS (CBS Television Studios)

Dramedy by Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together) & Jordon Nardino (Star Trek Discovery, Quantico, GCB).

It centers on a recent gender non-conforming high school graduate who lands the gig of a lifetime interning at the Manhattan cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube. But not everyone is happy to have him there, and they are doing everything they can to take him down.

GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES (CBS Television Studios/ABC Studios)

Soap drama by Leila Cohan-Miccio (Awkward.), Darren Star (Melrose Place, Sex & The City, Younger) & Aaron Kaplan. Inspired by Kim Gatlin’s book of the same name.

Follows the clergy and parishioners of Flock, a hip church plant in Austin where prayers and worship music cover up a multitude of sins and secrets.

THE L.A. COMPLEX REBOOT (Warner Bros. Television)

Dramedy by Martin Gero (Blindspot) & Brendan Gall.

Revolve around a new crop of tenants who move into the Luxe hotel in the heart of Hollywood – a ragtag commune of twentysomethings all hustling to make it as actors, dancers, producers or comedians

LEAN ON ME (Warner Bros. Television)

Inspired by the 1989 film that starred Morgan Freeman. Highschool drama by Wendy Calhoun (Nashville, Empire, Revenge) & Lebron James.

When a spirited young black teacher Amarie Baldwin scores the principal job at an Akron, Ohio, public high school, she must dig deep to transform a failing campus into an urban oasis. In a time when education and school safety have life-or-death stakes, Amarie will take on a broken system that tests her mettle, love life and family. But can she keep her moxie in check in order to embody the aspirational educator that motivates and uplifts an entire community.

LIFEBOAT CLIQUE (CBS Television Studios)

Drama by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Cold Case, Lucifer), Jonathan Littman, KristieAnn Reed & Katie Wech (Star, Rizzoli & Isles).

About when a freak tsunami hits a Malibu house party, a group of teenagers from diverse social circles are swept out to sea; the place where they wind up is new, but the high school politics and social hierarchies that emerge are not

NANCY DREW (CBS Television Studios)

Mystery Drama by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, Dynasty, Chuck, The OC).

Centered on 18-year-old Nancy Drew in the summer after her high school graduation. Nancy thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, she uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.

NOBODY’S PRINCESS (Warner Bros. Television)

Musical dramedy by James Corden (Carpool Karaoke), Erin Cardillo & Richard Keith (Life Sentence, Significant Mother).

Reimagines the stories of four classic fairy tale princesses for today’s generation. Instead of being set “once upon a time, in a land far away” where princesses were waiting around for true love to find them, the time is now, the setting is New York City, and the princesses are a group of friends in their twenties who are setting out to change the world and create their happily-ever-afters on their own terms.

NO HARD FEELINGS (CBS Television Studios)

Dark comedy by Brad Silberling (Charmed, Dynasty), Gus Hickey (Suburgatory) & Jordan Reddout (Man with a Plan).

About a group of friends who conspire to exact revenge on an old rival who assaulted one of their own and got away with it back in college.

THE PROGENY (CBS Television Studios)

Thriller drama by Chris Roberts (Orphan Black), based on Tosca Lee’s bestselling book.

Centers on a young amnesiac who discovers she’s a descendant of history’s greatest murderess, plunging her into a deadly underground war as she fights to stop a secret society that has preyed on her kind for centuries.

RUTHLESS (CBS Television Studios)

Thriller drama by George Olson & Michael Weatherly (NCIS, Bull).

About an ex-CIA operative, desperate for a normal life after a decade spent as a government killing machine, and a slightly unhinged teenage girl craving an escape from the mundane, who are forced into an unlikely alliance

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST DAUGHTER (CBS Television Studios)

Thriller drama by Glenn Geller & AJ Marechal (The First). Small screen take on the novels by fantasy author Theodora Goss.

Set in Victorian London where two radically different young women – one the daughter of Dr. Jekyll; the other, Mr. Hyde – discover they’re half-sisters when a series of gruesome murders appear connected to their deceased father. They unite with other unsung but remarkable daughters of famous literary figures to rise above societal norms and unearth the mystery of their origins.

STRONG GIRL (CBS Television Studios)

Superhero drama by Melissa Scrivner-Love (Person Of Interest, Fear the Walking Dead), Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ronda Rousey & Ben Silverman (Jane the Virgin, No Tomorrow).

It follows a former war photographer named Rayna who discovers she is indestructible and potentially the strongest woman in the world. Ghosted by her Spec Ops fiance when she reveals her newfound power to him, Rayna is hired as a bodyguard by a billionaire named Oliver, who sees her true potential.

SUPER CLEAN (CBS Television Studios)

Superhero dramedy by Sascha Rothchild (GLOW, The Carrie Diaries). Based on the upcoming graphic novel by Heath Amodio and Cullen Bunn.

Explores the superhero genre from the human side. Becky Masters, an uber-organized and brilliant human, and her ragtag team of non-powered cohorts navigate the danger and drama of “cleaning up” after superheroes and villains, all while Becky works to prove her superhero boyfriend is innocent of a dastardly crime.

SURVIVOR’S CLUB (Warner Bros. Television)

Fantasy drama based on the comics from DC’s Vertigo, by Jared Frieder (Sweet/Vicious) & Len Golstein (The Carrie Diaries, Cult).

In a world where horror franchise monsters are real, twins Jason and Jennifer barely survived a demonic childhood possession that claimed their mother’s life and fractured their bond. Ten years later, when a new evil force awakens, the siblings join forces with other teen survivors to combat the literal and metaphorical monsters that haunt them.

UNTITLED JANE THE VIRGIN SPIN-OFF (CBS Television Studios)

Soapy Dramedy by Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane The Virgin, Charmed), Valentina Garza, Gina Rodriguez, Ben Silverman & Brad Silberling.

The spinoff is envisioned as a soapy, telenovela-inspired anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva and narrated by her.

UNTITLED RIVERDALE SPIN-OFF (Warner Bros. Television)

Drama by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina).

Spin-off series that “will be very different” from “Riverdale”

The CW 2018/2019 Schedule (THOUGHTS & TRAILERS)

 

 

 

MONDAY

8- LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

9- ARROW

TUESDAY

8- THE FLASH

9- BLACK LIGHTNING

WEDNESDAY

8- RIVERDALE

9- ALL AMERICAN

THURSDAY

8- SUPERNATURAL

9- LEGACIES

FRIDAY

8- DYNASTY

9- CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

SUNDAY 

8- SUPERGIRL

9- CHARMED

MIDSEASON

THE 100 | JANE THE VIRGIN | iZOMBIE | ROSWELL | IN THE DARK


THOUGHTS

No surprise The CW chose Charmed for their new sunday, a little bit surprised that it airs at 9 and not at 8, though. It was strong enough to self-start and it’s not like Supergirl was still a hit anyway…

Riverdale & All-American, two school dramas, paired seems logical, though the new Berlanti-produced show will have to fight hard on this difficult timeslot since Riverdale is not that good a lead-in. Wouldn’t be surprised if Roswell ends up there midseason.

– Thursday should be strong with Supernatural & Legacies. Not so sure about monday. Arrow didn’t deserve to stay at a 8pm slot but not sure Legends Of Tomorrow, though younger, deserved it either.


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The CW | 2018/2019 – Fantasy Schedule

Those are predictions based on feelings and The CW final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Thursday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

RENEWED

SUPERNATURAL | ARROW | THE FLASH | SUPERGIRL | THE 100 | JANE THE VIRGIN | LEGENDS OF TOMORROW | iZOMBIE | CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND | RIVERDALE | BLACK LIGHTNING | DYNASTY

ORDERED

CHARMED | ROSWELL | ALL AMERICAN | IN THE DARK | LEGACIES

CANCELLED

VALOR | LIFE SENTENCE

 

Is The CW still relevant in this day and age? Wouldn’t it be simpler for both CBS Television Studios & Warner Bros. Television -which co-own the network- to sell their shows directly to cable, Netflix and other streaming platforms? I mean, The CW is becoming Netflix-dependent and that can’t be good in the long run. Dynasty did terrible live numbers the whole year but it was still renewed because Netflix paid them a lot of money to get the international rights for it. Same goes for Riverdale that everybody outside the US think is a Netflix Original (and that’s how it’s presented, as they always do with their acquisitions).  Well, anyway, scheduling still matters for The CW as for the other nets, so let’s see what they could do with the new shows they picked up and the large number of DC Comics’ shows that are still on their air, even weakened Arrow, while they decided to re-open sunday night!

 

SUNDAY

CHARMED

SUPERNATURAL

At its peak, the original Charmed aired on sunday nights at 8pm. It would make sense to put it back there, especially since they need to make noise about their sunday re-opening. Charmed is the buzziest show they have and hopefully they won’t wait for midseason to launch it, as they surprisingly did with Riverdale and Black Lightning the past two years. The longest-running American live-action fantasy TV series aka Supernatural could also move there, it’s one of the two nights with monday where it hasn’t aired yet. I guess it would be another record of some sort. Also, Charmed & Supernarutal would make a strong pair.

 

MONDAY

SUPERGIRL

ARROW

I remember The CW president said one time that he would never all of the DC Comics’ shows at the same time. Well, I’m betting he will. While Supergirl should stay where it is, I’d paired it with Arrow and for a shortened seventh season, that could also be its last. It’s a though night and a though slot, I think they should wait for midseason to lauch something new there.

 

TUESDAY

THE FLASH

ALL-AMERICAN

The Flash is The CW’s strongest piece and wasting it on a show that is not new would be kinda dumb. So, here’s Greg Berlanti’s new high-school drama coming right after it on tuesday. Yeah, it would also have been cool to put it with Riverdale, which is also a high-school drama, but they can still do it later, if it survives.

 

WEDNESDAY

RIVERDALE

LEGACIES

Dynasty didn’t work at all behind Riverdale; Life Sentence did worse and had to be moved; then they replaced it with The Original‘s farewell season and it did surprisingly good. To the point when The CW probably regretted cancelling it. As a consequence, it would be logical to put the spin-off there. Legacies might not be as strong, but at least they would have given it the best chance!

 

THURSDAY

BLACK LIGHTNING

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

Not a huge fan of this night to be honest but I kinda like the idea of having Black Lightning opening the night since it’s really family-oriented. Legends Of Tomorrow can air alongside since this terrible show still exists.

 

FRIDAY

DYNASTY

JANE THE VIRGIN

Friday night should stay a dumping ground, nothing new should be launched there. So here we go again with a mix of Dynasty, Jane The Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend back at some point. Not bold AT ALL but there’s just nothing else to do.

 

MIDSEASON

ROSWELL – It should be kept for midseason so they don’t launch both of their reboots at the same time. It could be paired with Riverdale if Legacies is limited.

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND – So yeah, friday, maybe when Dynasty takes a break.

IN THE DARK – They could pair it with Supergirl on monday once Arrow is done… and probably send it to friday next year!

THE 100 & iZOMBIE – They’re basically summer shows at this point, or deep-spring shows. Let them be again.

CBS 2018/2019 Schedule (THOUGHTS & TRAILERS)

 

MONDAY

8- THE NEIGHBORHOOD / HAPPY TOGETHER

9- MAGNUM, P.I.

10- BULL

TUESDAY

8- NCIS

9- F.B.I.

10- NEW ORLEANS

WEDNESDAY

8- SURVIVOR

9- SEAL TEAM

10- CRIMINAL MINDS

THURSDAY

8- THE BIG BANG THEORY / SHELDON

9- MOM / MURPHY BROWN

10- S.W.A.T.

FRIDAY

8- MACGYVER

9- HAWAII 5-0

10- BLUE BLOODS

SUNDAY

7- 60 MINUTES

8- GOD FRIENDED ME

9- NCIS: LOS ANGELES

10- MADAM SECRETARY

MIDSEASON

ELEMENTARY | INSTINCT | THE CODE | THE RED LINE | LIFE IN PIECES | MAN WITH A PLAN | FAM

THOUGHTS

– CBS apparently got too afraid to break up The Big Bang Theory & Young Sheldon to help new comedies. As a result, the monday ones will have to fight for themselves without any support. That might ugly real quick! Hopefully, they have a few more to launch midseason. Though none of them are strong.

Magnum, P.I. will also have to self start but at least there will be curiosity for it that might help it get sampled the first weeks of its run. Other than that, I’ll probably be a struggle… Dick Wolf’s F.B.I. got luckier with the NCIS’ lead-in. Bull moving to monday at 10 could be a real challenge, facing both The Good Doctor & Manifest, but CBS probably wanted to put something that’s strong and not a dying show. Though Bull could die in the process.

– Not buzzy at all Murphy Brown revival is exactly where it should be: paired with Mom in a slot that’s not so important for them. But wasting Young Sheldon on Mom once again is a bit of a waste.

God Friended Me on sunday? I know it’s church day but this show that’s supposed to skew younger than other CBS dramas will never find this audience here in this slot, between 60 Minutes and NCIS: Los Angeles… Gone by december! Welcome back Instinct!


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CBS | 2018/2019 – Fantasy Schedule

Those are predictions based on feelings and CBS final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Wednesday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

RENEWED

NCIS | NCIS: LA | NCIS: NEW ORLEANS | CRIMINAL MINDS | HAWAII FIVE-O | ELEMENTARY | BLUE BLOODS | MADAM SECRETARY | BULL | MACGYVER | SEAL TEAM | S.W.A.T. | INSTINCT

THE BIG BANG THEORY | MOM | LIFE IN PIECES | MAN WITH A PLAN | YOUNG SHELDON

ORDERED

F.B.I. | MAGNUM, P.I. | GOD FRIENDED ME | THE CODE | THE RED LINE

MURPHY BROWN | THE NEIGHBORHOOD | FAM | HAPPY TOGETHER

CANCELLED 

SCORPION | WISDOM OF THE CROWD

KEVIN CAN WAIT | SUPERIOR DONUTS | ME, MYSELF & I | 9JKL | LIVING BIBLICALLY

TO BE DETERMINED

CODE BLACK

 

Tough season for CBS: they’re still winning in total viewers but they skew older and older each year. And while ABC has a drama problem, CBS has a big comedy one. With The Big Bang Theory possibly ending next season -they’ll fight like crazy to get more I guess- and Young Sheldon being the only newbie doing good numbers, they’d better up their game and schedule them better. They surprisingly got rid of Kevin Can Wait but they still have some stones in their shoes like Man With A Plan or Life In Pieces, doing barely okay. Will their Murphy Brown revival help them like Will & Grace helped NCB and Roseanne helped ABC? Unlikely. The political-fueled show has many good reasons to come back in this troubled climate and will probably have relevant things to say but it’s not a comedy that left such a huge mark in pop culture. I’m not sure people will welcome it so warmly. In the drama department, CBS looks more and more like a syndication farm. Which is fine when you can find a home for your new shows. But as Scorpion proved after 4 seasons: if your show is weak from the get-go, nobody will buy it… CBS’s schedule is pretty unpredictable. They’d need to make drastic changes and bold moves to improve. But it’s not like them. Here’s what I would do:

 

MONDAY

THE BIG BANG THEORY / HAPPY TOGETHER or FAM

GOD FRIENDED ME

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

Yep. I feel like the only way for CBS to be back in the comedy game as they used to on monday is to bring back The Big Bang Theory the night it started more than 10 years ago. That’s also where it aired for a few weeks at the beginning of the past seasons when there was football on thursday and it always did great. This way, it will be able help a new comedy instead of helping Young Sheldon that should be fine without it now. Can’t decide which one between Happy Together with Damon Wayans Jr. or Fam with Nina Dobrev is the best option since they’re like twins based on the scripts. At 9, it’s a bit unconventional I know but I would give the slot to God Friended Me, first because it’s a dramedy, then because it’s CBS’ only chance next year at skewing younger. I have a feeling it won’t work, but I don’t see this show airing anywhere else. They ordered it so… At 10, NCIS: New Orleans would be used as a safe weapon when the other networks are bringing out the big guns (The Good Doctor on ABC and Manifest on NBC). Better not launch something new there…

 

TUESDAY

NCIS

F.B.I.

BULL

NCIS is starting to show its age on tuesday and it’s the occasion for CBS to use it to launch something new one last time before it’s too late. Dick Wolf’s F.B.I. looks generic as hell but could make an efficient lead-out. Bull may lose a bit of its loyal audience at 10, especially since Michael Weatherly will have to face Nathan Fillion (The Rookie) on ABC, but it should be strong enough by now to survive. Tuesday would look fresher overall and it needs to if they want to stay competitive on the night. Swim or sink!

 

WEDNESDAY

SURVIVOR

MAGNUM, P.I.

CRIMINAL MINDS

After wasting Survivor‘s lead-in with Seal Team last year, that never really took off, CBS should not insist and give it to a more promising newbie… aka Magnum, P.I. new generation. With Justin Lin driving the project, it may be modern enough to be worth a slot that is not on friday or sunday. Plus, the Hawaiian-set show looks like a good fit with Survivor, based on the beaches. At 10, Criminal Minds is doing okay business and should stay there, whether it’s for a 13-episode (final) season or a full one.

 

THURSDAY

YOUNG SHELDON / THE NEIGHBORHOOD

MOM / MURPHY BROWN

S.W.A.T.

With Young Sheldon leading the night, CBS should bet on shows with a strong family element and The Neighborhood might be a good candidate as a consequence. Mom should stay where it is doing solid business and that’s where Murphy Brown comes in. It’d be a female-fueled comedy hour and if the revival doesn’t work, they won’t look too dumb since it was not in a high-priority slot. Life In Pieces can comeback there once the shorten season is done. SWAT doesn’t have to move.

 

FRIDAY

MACGYVER

HAWAII 5-O

BLUE BLOODS

No adjustement to make. Magnum P.I. will end up there sooner or later anyway…

 

SUNDAY

60 MINUTES

SEAL TEAM

NCIS: LA

MADAM SECRETARY

So I would put serious Seal Team after serious news magazine 60 Minutes, where it should have aired from the get go! (Schedulet it there last year already). The rest of the night should stay intact, though Madam Secretary does horrible numbers. But it has a rich syndication deal so…

 

MIDSEASON

MAN WITH A PLAN – The show got a pity renewal because it’s fully owned but it should be benched until there’s a slot available for it. If God Friended Me doesn’t work on monday, it would be easy to put it here paired with either Fam or Happy Together.

ELEMENTARY – Shoud be back in deep spring again, airing mostly during the summer.

INSTINCT – Whenever to plug a hole.

THE CODE – If Criminal Minds is limited this year, it could take over in spring.

THE RED LINE – This one feels like a limited-show. Don’t know what they can do with it but it’s clearly something that they will be proud of but that they won’t be able to schedule properly…