TV Pilots 2019: All of the New Series in the Works
The past year of TV has been nothing short of stellar, so all of the new pilots in the works must bring their A-game. And from the looks of the upcoming projects, 2019 is going to be great.
New comedies from Amy Poehler, Kenya Barris, and Lake Bell are in early production stages. Not to mention another drama from the mind of Law & Order veteran Dick Wolf and an NYPD Blue sequel.
From 'Game of Thrones' to 'The Big Bang Theory.'
Plus, TV pros like Patricia Heaton, Sophia Bush, and Regina Hall all have big parts in future series.
Read on for a breakdown of all of the pilots and keep checking back as announcements come in. Your guide includes: W=writer, EP=executive producer, D=director.
The Hypnotist’s Love Story (Drama)
Based off Liane Moriarty's (author of Big Little Lies) book of the same name
Cast: Heather Graham
EPs: Heather Graham, Liane Moriarty, Katie Wech (writer), David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks
Synopsis: Successful hypnotherapist Ellen is bad at relationships but thinks her current boyfriend could be the one until she learns that his ex-girlfriend (Graham) has been stalking him for years.
EP: Kenya Barris
Synopsis: A single camera, interracial blended family comedy based on the popular 1960s sitcom.
New York Undercover (Drama)
EPs: Dick Wolf, Ben Watkins
Synopsis: Reboot of the ’90s cop drama
NYPD Blue Sequel (Drama)
EPs: Matt Olmstead, Nick Wootton, Jesse Bochco
Synopsis: An updated version of the cop drama that will revolve around the son of Dennis Franz’s Detective Andy Sipowicz character from the original series.
Work Wife (Comedy)
Writer: Michael Ian Black
EPs: Nina Wass, Andrea Shay, Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos
Synopsis: A half-hour multi-camera comedy inspired by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest's relationship on their morning show.
Thicker Than Water (Dramedy)
EPs: Tig Notaro (co-creator, star), Cara DiPaolo, Michael McDonald
Writers: Tig Notaro, Cara DiPaolo
Synopsis: A one-hour dramedy about a single mother who returns to her Tennessee hometown for her estranged father’s funeral only to find out she has several half-siblings.
Bless This Mess (Comedy)
Cast: Lake Bell, Dax Shepard
EPs: Lake Bell, Dax Shepard, Liz Meriwether, Katherine Pope
Writers: Lake Bell (also director), Liz Meriwether
Synopsis: A single-camera comedy about a newlywed couple who give up their unfulfilling lives in New York and move to Nebraska for a simpler life.
Happy Accident (Comedy)
EPs/W: Abraham Higginbotham, Jon Pollack
Synopsis: A single-camera family comedy about 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.
From 'Good Omens' to 'Watchmen.'
Formerly known as The Bone Collector and based on the internationally bestselling book series
EPs: VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli (writers), Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan
Synopsis: The story follows legendary forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme, who was seriously injured while hunting down a genius serial killer known as the Bone Collector. When the killer comes out of hiding, Rhyme is called back into action but this time partners with Amelia Sachs, a young cop who helps him piece together the clues.
Council of Dads (Drama)
Based on Bruce Feiler’s bestselling memoir
EPs: Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (writers), Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, P James Oh, Bruce Feiler
Synopsis: Based on Bruce Feiler's memoir of the same name, the drama revolves around a father whose life is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness. Facing his morality, he and his wife assemble a group of friends to support his family and guide them through life's challenges.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Musical Dramedy)
EPs: Austin Winsberg (writer), Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson
D: Paul Feig
Synopsis: An awkward twentysomething year old girl who discovers she has the power to hear people's innermost thoughts as songs
EPs: Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, Paul McGuigan, Robert Atwood
D: Paul McGuigan
Synopsis: A sheriff 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.
Cast: Archie Panjabi
EP: Martin Gero, Alex Berger
Writer: Alex Berger
Synopsis: An aspirational legal drama that argues the path to healing a polarized nation is through listening and empathy.
EP: Daniel and Ben Barnz, Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz
W/D: Daniel Barnz
Synopsis: A thought-provoking exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved.
Bluff City Law (working title) (Drama)
EP: Dean Georgaris, David Janollari, Michael Aguilar
W: Dean Georgaris
Synopsis: A character-driven legal drama that follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis law firm that specializes in the most controversial landmark civil rights cases.
Saving Kenan (Comedy)
Cast: Kenan Thompson
EPs: Kenan Thompson, Lorne Michaels
W; Jackie Clarke
Synopsis: Thompson will play widowed dad who is “determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives"
Like Magic (Comedy)
EP: Matt Hubbard
W: Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu
Synopsis: A workplace comedy that follows an optimistic young woman pursuing her dream to be a headlining magician in the eccentric and ego-driven world of the Magic Palace"
Secret Society (Comedy)
EPs: Emily Heller, Kay Cannon, Laverne McKinnon
W: Emily Heller
Synopsis: 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.
All Together Now (Comedy)
Writer: Lesley Wake Webster
EPs: Lesley Wake Webster, Jason Winer, Bradley Whitford, Jon Radler
Synopsis: A single-camera comedy about a rural church choir that gets the gift it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy League professor (possibly Whitford) becomes its director.
Bright Futures (Comedy)
Cast: Emily Ratajkowski, Lilly Singh, Shameik Moore, Jimmy Tatro, Calum Worthy, Lisa Kudrow (narrator)
Writers/EPs: Hale Rothstein, Danny Segal, Isaac Schamis
EP: Kenya Barris
Synopsis: The show follows a group of friends, all twentysomethings, who stumbling through life as they try to figure out their paths to become successful adults.
Untitled Aseem Batra/Amy Poehler Project (Comedy)
W/EP: Aseem Batra
EP: Amy Poehler, Dave Becky
D/EP: Julie Anne Robinson
P: Julie Pancho
Synopsis: Follows one woman’s unfiltered take on the side effects of trying to have it all.
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The Story Of Us (Comedy)
EPs: Mike Royce (writer), Nick Stoller
Synopsis: The show is about story how an unlikely couple becomes an unlikely family and will be told through interviews and vignettes spanning 10 years.
Bob Hearts Abishola (Comedy)
Cast: Folake Olowofoyeku, Christine Ebersole, Maribeth Monroe, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Matt Jones
EPs: Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, Gina Yashere (all writers)
Synopsis: After having a heart attack, Bob (Gardell) falls in love with his Nigerian nurse and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance.
Carol's Second Act (Comedy)
Cast: Patricia Heaton
EP: Emily Halpern , Sarah Haskins, Patricia Heaton, David Hunt, Rebecca Stay, Adam Griffin
Writers: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins
Synopsis: Meet Carol Chambers (played by Heaton) who, after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a second act in life to become a doctor.
Halfway There (Comedy)
Cast: Iliza Shlesinger
Writers: Iliza Shlesinger (also creator), Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Plummer-Kreamer
EPs: Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Plummer-Kreamer, Kara Baker, David Martin
Synopsis: A multi-camera comedy about a a comic (Shlesinger) whose life is turned upside-down when her half-sister moves in with her.
Cast: Sophia Bush, Dennis Haysbert, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Matthew Modine, Allen Leech, Raphael Acloque
EPs: Matt Reeves, David C. White (writer), Patricia Riggen (director)
Synopsis: A complex spy thriller centered on the head of communications for the NSA, Maddy (Bush), a charming operative who finds her loyalties torn between protecting the government’s secrets and her own.
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W/EPs: Robert King, Michelle King
EP: Liz Glotzer
Synopsis: About the battle between science and religion. A female clinical psychologist who is skeptical about religion, a priest-in-training, a blue-collar contractor investigate miracles, demonic possessions, and other impossible events
Daddy Issues (Comedy)
Cast: Erin Foster, Don Johnson, Janina Gavankar, Jane Leeves
EP: Liz Meriwether, Oly Obst, Josh Lieberman, Erin Foster (writer)
Synopsis: Loosely based on Erin Foster’s life, Daddy Issues revolves around Andi (single, 30-something), who refuses to settle down, and her friendship with her playboy dad. Andi’s world is turned upside down when she discovers her dad’s fallen in love with her best friend.
Lil Kev (Animated Comedy)
EP: Kevin Hart
Voice actors: Kevin Hart, Wanda Sykes, Deon Cole, Gerald “Slink” Johnson, Keith Robinson
Writers: Michael Price, Matt Claybrooks
Synopsis: Based on Hart's childhood, the show follows a 12-year-old boy as he grows up in North Philadelphia with the help of "his strong, quick-tempered mother, drug-addicted father, pessimistic older brother, ex-con uncle and wise-ass talking dog."
Filthy Rich (Drama)
EP: Tate Taylor (writer, director), John Norris, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo
Synopsis: Southern Gothic dramedy which revolves around two strong, sharp women who will go to any length to protect their loved ones and get their due.
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Based on comic book series Y: The Last Man
Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Diane Lane, Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Marin Ireland
EP/Showrunner: Aïda Mashaka Croal, Michael Green
EP: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brian K. Vaughan, Melina Matsoukas (director)
Synopsis: Y traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event has decimated every male mammal save for one lone human. The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class and survival.
Based on the novel by Ross Thomas
Cast: Rosario Dawson, Jay R. Ferguson, Edi Gathegi, Brian Geraghty
W: Andy Greenwald
EP: Andy Greenwald, Sam Esmail, Chad Hamilton, Rosario Dawson
Synopsis: Dawson will lead as Allegra "Pick" Dill, a tenacious and highly-skilled investigator working in Washington, DC for a young, ambitious Senator. When her ten-years-younger sister, a homicide detective, is killed by a car bomb, Allegra returns to her corrupt Texas hometown. What begins as a search for the murderer becomes a fraught and dangerous excavation of the past Allegra has long sought to bury. Dawson will also serve as producer.
EP: Tim Kring, Ramin Bahrani, Ben Smith, Jeffrey Weiner, Justin Levy, Bradley Thomas
D: Ramin Bahrani
W: Tim Kring
Synopsis: Spinoff of the Jason Bourne movie series. The series explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone, a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins.
Dare Me (Drama)
Based on the novel by Megan Abbott
EP: Megan Abbott, Gina Fattore, Peter Berg, Michael Lombardo, Sarah Condon, Karen Rosenfelt
W: Megan Abbott, Gina Fattore
Synopsis: A look into volatile competitive high school cheerleading. The series explores female friendships, jealousy, loyalty and the dynamics of power in a small Midwestern town.
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Beast Mode (Drama)
W: David Schneiderman
EP: David Schneiderman, Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Ann Wolfe
Synopsis: Inspired by the life of legendary boxing trainer Ann Wolfe, the show tells the story of a feisty, brilliant-yet-damaged woman with a “kill or be killed” mentality. While these qualities make her an excellent trainer, they tend to cause problems in the rest of her life.
Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Sharon Gless
EPs: Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell, Bill Dubuque, Tom Lesinski, Jenna Santoianni, Jesse Peretz, KC Perry
W: KC Perry
D: Jesse Peretz
Synopsis: It follows former beauty queen turned small town bureaucrat, Constance Young, whose life is thrown into turmoil after her husband’s mysterious death. Realizing she and her family are on the verge of financial ruin, Constance turns to cooking the books at City Hall, while simultaneously trying to reinvent herself through the hyper-competitive world of direct-sales cosmetics.
Arthur's Law (Comedy)
Remake of the German comedy Arthurs Gesetz.
Cast: Jan Josef Liefers, Martina Gedeck, Nora Tschirner, Ronald Kukulies, Cristina do Rego Robert Gallinowski
D: Christian Zübert
W: Benjamin Gutsche, Ceylan Yildirim, Sebastian Bleyl
EP: Moritz von der Groeben, Nataly Kudiabor, Hannes Heyelmann, Anke Greifeneder
Synopsis: Arthur wants his obnoxious wife to die. With the money from the life insurance there’s no obstacle for a restart with his beloved mistress but every problem solved by Arthur has a far worse and hilarious effect.
Raised by Wolves (Drama) *Straight-to-Series Order*
Cast: Travis Fimmel
D: Ridley Scott (first two episodes)
W: Aaron Guzikowski
EPs: Ridley Scott, Aaron Guzikowski (showrunner)
Synopsis: The series is about two androids — Father and Mother — who are raising children on a virign planey. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.
Ball Street (Comedy)
Cast: Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, Casey Wilson, Paul Scheer
EP/W: David Capse, Jordan Cahan
D/EP: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Synopsis: October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday – saw the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. No one knows who caused it — until now. A group of outsiders takes on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and end up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party and the glass ceiling.
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Run (Romantic comedic thriller)
Cast: Merritt Wever, Domhnall Gleeson
EPs: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Vicky Jones (writer), Emily Leo
Synopsis: Ruby (Wever), a woman living a humdrum existence who one day gets a text inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact, promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame.
The Righteous Gemstones (Comedy)
Cast: Danny McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam Devine
EP: Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride
W/D: Danny McBride
Synopsis: The Gemstone are a televangelist family who have "a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ."
Untitled Game of Thrones Prequel (Drama)
Cast: Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse
Ws: George R.R. Martin, Jane Goldman,
EPs: George R.R. Martin, Jane Goldman, James Farrel, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman. Chris Symes
Synopsis: The series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend — it’s not the story we think we know.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Docu-Series)
D: Joe Berlinger
Synopsis: The four-part series will feature never-before-heard audio interviews with the infamous serial killer on death row.
Selena: La Serie (Drama)
EPs: Selena's sister Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr.
Writer: Moisés Zamora
Synopsis: A scripted series about the young singer's rise to stardom and tragic murder.
Shadow And Bone (Drama)
Based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows Grishaverse fantasy novels
EP: Eric Heisserer (W/showrunner), Shawn Levy, Leigh Bardugo, Pouya Shahbazian, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry
Synopsis: An eight-episode series about will combine the plots and characters Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. The world has been divided by "a massive barrier of perpetual darkness" where creatures hunt and eat humans. But a young female solider uncovers a power that could save her world but she's struggling to control her abilities. And new dangers are now after her.
Pilots Without a Network
Sometimes I Lie (Drama)
Based on the book by Alice Feeney
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar
W: Robin Swicord
EP: Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jeff Kleeman
Synopsis: A woman, Amber Reynolds, wakes up in a semi-coma and thinks her husband in responsible for it. It takes place over three different time periods — Amber in the coma, Amber a week before the coma, and Amber's childhood.