TV Pilots 2019: All the New Network Shows Ordered to Series So Far
In addition to your returning favorites, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and The CW will be bringing new programming to your television screens for the 2019-2020 season.
Some new projects that have been ordered to series will be bringing TV favorites back in new roles, including Cobie Smulders in an as-of-yet titled drama on ABC, Sarah Wayne Callies, Tom Everett Scott, and J. August Richards in the NBC drama Council of Dads, and Kal Penn in the NBC comedy Sunnyside.
The CW is also expanding the Arrowverse to include Ruby Rose’s Batwoman, who was introduced in the latest crossover, “Elseworlds.” There are also spinoffs, like Katy Keene, and prequels, like mixed-ish, to expand already-established universes.
Read on for a breakdown of all the new shows that have been ordered to series, and keep checking back for updates. (Note: W=writer and EP=executive producer)
Untitled Cobie Smulders Project (Drama)
Cast: Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, Adrian Martinez, Camryn Manheim, Michael Ealy
W/EP: Jason Richman
EP: Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth, Justin Greenwood
Synopsis: Based on the Stumptown graphic novels, the series follows strong, assertive, and sharp-witted army veteran Dex Parios, who has a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great P.I., but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.
The Beauty and the Baker (Drama)
Cast: Victor Rasuk, Nathalie Kelley, Carlos Gomez, Dan Bucatinsky, Lisa Vidal, Belissa Escobedo, Michelle Veintimilla, David Del Rio
W/EP: Dean Georgaris
EP: David Frankel, Becky Hartman Edwards, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Assi Azar
Synopsis: The series follows baker Daniel Garcia, who is doing everything his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do, when he meets international superstar and fashion mogul Noa Hamilton, putting his life in the spotlight.
Cast: Allison Tolman, Alexa Swinton, Owain Yeoman, Ashley Aufderheide, Robert Bailey Jr., Zabryna Guevara, Donald Faison, Clancy Brown
W/EP: Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters
EP: Paul McGuigan
Synopsis: A police chief takes in a young child she finds near a mysterious accident with no memory of what happened. Her investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and at the center of it is the child’s identity.
For Life (Drama)
Cast: Boris McGiver, Dorian Missick, Glenn Fleshler, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant, Mary Stuart Masterson, Nicholas Pinnock, Tyla Harris
EP: Alison Greenspan, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Doug Robinson, George Tillman Jr., Hank Steinberg, Isaac Wright Jr.
Synopsis: This drama was inspired by the true story of 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.
Cast: Arica Himmel, Tika Sumpter, Christina Anthony, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Ethan Childress
W/EP: Peter Saji, Kenya Barris
EP: Tracee Ellis Ross, Randall Winston, Artists First (Brian Dobbins), Cinema Gypsy (Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland), Anthony Anderson
Synopsis: Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia move from a hippie commune to the suburbs, where the family struggles with the challenges of their new life. Bow and her siblings navigate a school in which they’re seen as neither black nor white. Their experiences highlight the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.
United We Fall (Comedy)
Cast: Christina Vidal, Ella Grace Helton, Jane Curtin, Jason Michael Snow, Will Sasso
EP: Julia Gunn, Julius Sharpe, Seth Gordon
Synopsis: This comedy is a profoundly realistic, multicultural family sitcom that shows how, when two people with young children and overzealous extended families truly love each other, barely anything is possible.
All Rise (Drama)
Cast: Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho, Marg Helgenberger, J. Alex Brinson, Lindsay Mendez, Ruthie Ann Miles
W/EP: Greg Spottiswood
EP: Len Goldstein, Mike Robin
Synopsis: A drama that follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal system.
Bob Hearts Abishola (Comedy)
Cast: Billy Gardell, Folake Olowofoyeku, Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Travis Wolfe Jr.
W/EP: Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins
W: Gina Yashere
EP: Beth McCarthy Miller
Synopsis: After having a heart attack, a middle-aged sock businessman from Detroit unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance.
Cast: Jaime Camil, Pauley Perrette, Natasha Leggero, Izzy Diaz, Antonio Corbo
W/EP: Alex Herschlag
EP: Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein, Ben Silverman, Guillermo Restrepo, Gonzalo Cilley, Maria Lucia Hernandez, Jaime Camil
Synopsis: When an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda home, forcing the two siblings to reconnect.
Carol’s Second Act (Comedy)
Cast: Patricia Heaton, Kyle MacLachlan, Ito Aghayere, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Sabrina Jalees
W/EP: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins
EP: Patricia Heaton, Adam Griffin, David Hunt, Rebecca Stay, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Pamela Fryman
Synopsis: After raising her two children and retiring from teaching, Carol Chambers embarks on a unique second act: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor.
Cast: Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Brooklyn Shuck, Skylar Gray, Maddy Crocco, Dalya Knapp
W/EP: Michelle King, Robert King
EP: Liz Glotzer
Synopsis: A psychological mystery that examines science vs. religion and the origins of evil, the series focuses on a skeptical female forensic psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter to investigate and assess the Church’s backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and unexplained phenomena.
FBI: Most Wanted (Drama)
Cast: Julian McMahon, Kellan Lutz, Alana De La Garza, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Roxy Sternberg, Nathaniel Arcand
W/EP: Dick Wolf, Rene Balcer
EP: Arthur W. Forney, Peter Jankowski
Synopsis: This series centers on the Fugitive Task Force of the FBI that tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.
The Unicorn (Comedy)
Cast: Walton Goggins, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Omar Benson Miller, Maya Lynne Robinson, Ruby Jay, Makenzie Moss
W/EP: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
EP: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling, Peyton Reed, John Hamburg
Synopsis: A tight-knit group of friends and family helps a widower move on following the most difficult year of his life, which includes being an ill-equipped but devoted single parent to his two daughters, and taking the major step of dating where, to his shock, he’s a hot commodity.
9-1-1: Lone Star (Drama)
Cast: Rob Lowe
EP: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear, Rob Lowe (co-EP)
Synopsis: The series follows a sophisticated New York cop who, along with his son, re-locates to Austin, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.
Bless the Hearts (Animated Comedy)
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz
EP: Emily Spivey, Chris Miller, Phil Lord, Kristen Wiig, Seth Cohen
Synopsis: The half-hour comedy follows a group of Southerners who are always broke as a joke and aim for the American dream of status and wealth, but they’re “rich” where it matters, in friends, family, and laughter.
Cast: Stephen Dorff, Yara Martinez, Brian Van Holt, Siena Goines, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Shane Paul McGhie, Mark Moses
W/EP: Will Beall
EP: David Ayer, Chris Long, Barry Schindel
Synopsis: A modern cop drama that blends the spirit of a classic Western with a modern-day attitude and gritty authenticity. When the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff dies, an arcane rule forged back in the Wild West thrusts the most unlikely man into the job: a fifth-generation lawman, more comfortable taking down bad guys than navigating a sea of politics. He leads a skilled team of ambitious and complicated human beings who won’t rest until justice is served.
Duncanville (Animated Comedy)
Cast: Amy Poehler, Ty Burrell
EP: Amy Poehler, Mike Scully, Julie Scully, Dave Becky
Synopsis: The comedy follows the spectacularly average 15-year-old Duncan and his friends and family, including a high-strung mother trying to keep him from ruining his life.
Filthy Rich (Drama)
Cast: Gerald McRaney, Kim Cattrall, Melia Kreiling, Aubrey Dollar, Corey Cott, Benjamin Levy Aguilar, Mark L. Young, Olivia Macklin, Steve Harris
W/Director: Tate Taylor
EP: Kim Cattrall
Synopsis: Wealth, power and religion collide — with outrageously soapy results. When the patriarch of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. With monumental twists and turns, this series presents a world in which everyone has an ulterior motive — and no one is going down without a fight.
The Great North (Animated Comedy)
Cast: Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Megan Mullally, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Will Forte, Dulcé Sloan
EP: Loren Bouchard, Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux, Minty Lewis
Synopsis: It follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family, as single dad, Beef, does his best to keep his weird bunch of kids close, especially as the artistic dreams of his only daughter, Judy, lead her away from the family fishing boat and into the glamorous world of the local mall.
Cast: John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner, Eve Harlowe, Aaron Moten, Gerardo Celasco, Elizabeth Cappucino, Evan Whitten
W/EP: Manny Coto
EP: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Charlie Gogolak
Synopsis: A propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand. A Silicon Valley pioneer discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – might spell global catastrophe, and teams up with a cybercrime agent to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen – one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves.
Not Just Me (Drama)
Cast: Brittany Snow, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Emily Osment, Mustafa Elzein, Mo McRae, Victoria Cartagena, Timothy Hutton
W/EP: Annie Weisman
EP: Jason Katims, Jeni Mulein, Imogen Banks, Sharon Levy, Leslye Headland
Synopsis: A story of an unusual family formed through extreme odds, exploring such hot-button issues as identity, human connection, and what it truly means to be a family. An only child finds her life turned upside down when her father reveals that, over the course of his prize-winning career as a pioneering fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive upwards of a hundred children, including two new sisters. As these three young women slowly embrace their new reality, they will attempt to form an untraditional bond as sisters, even as they must welcome a tidal wave of new siblings into their rapidly expanding family. Based on the original Endemol Shine Australia series, Sisters, from Jonathan Gavin and Imogen Banks.
Cast: Jason Biggs, Maggie Lawson, Connor Kalopsis, Ashley Boettcher, Jack Stanton, Oakley Bull, Tisha Campbell-Martin
W/EP: Lon Zimmet
Synopsis: A family comedy about a blue-collar couple in South Jersey trying to get by and raise four kids, three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses.
Prodigal Son (Drama)
Cast: Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage, Aurora Perrineau, Frank Harts, Keiko Agena
W/EP: Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver
EP: Lee Toland Krieger, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter
Synopsis: A fresh take on a crime franchise with a provocative and outrageous lead character and a darkly comedic tone. Malcolm Bright knows how killers think. Why? His father was one of the best, a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.” That’s why Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes, while dealing with a somewhat manipulative mother, an annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, and his own constantly evolving neuroses.
Bluff City Law (Drama)
Cast: Jimmy Smits, Caitlin McGee, Scott Shepherd, Barry Sloane, Michael Luwoye, MaameYaa Boafo, Stony Blyden, Jayne Atkinson
W/EP: Dean Georgaris
EP: Michael Aguliar, David Janollari
Synopsis: Coming from a famous Memphis family known for taking on injustice, brilliant lawyer Sydney Strait used to work at her father Elijah’s celebrated law firm until their tumultuous relationship got in the way. After her philanthropist mother passes away unexpectedly, Sydney agrees to rejoin the firm because despite her lingering resentment and distrust, she knows that working alongside her father is her best hope at changing the world … if they can ever get along.
Council of Dads (Drama)
Cast: Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver, Michael O’Neill
W/EP: Tony Phelan, Joan Rater
EP: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed
Synopsis: When Scott, a loving father of four, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare, he calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as back-up dads for every stage of his growing family’s life. These men agree to devote themselves to supporting and guiding Scott’s amazing family through all the triumphs and challenges life has to offer – just in case he ever can’t be there to do so himself.
Cast: Adam Pally, Abby Elliott, Steven Weber, Fran Drescher
W/EP: Dan Levy
EP: Doug Robinson
Synopsis: Young parents Dave and Rebecca are ready to reclaim their life after years of diapers and sleepless nights. However, things take an unexpected turn when Dave’s parents show up unannounced and broke, leaving Dave with no choice but to open the door to the people who gave him everything. But these boomerang parents aren’t great with boundaries and the question of who’s parenting who quickly become blurred in this multi-generational comedy.
The Kenan Show (Comedy)
Cast: Kenan Thompson, Punam Patel, Dani Lockett, Dannah Lockett, Andy Garcia
W/EP: Jackie Clarke
EP: Kenan Thompson, Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer
Synopsis: In this family comedy, Kenan Thompson strives to be a super dad to his two adorable girls while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who “helps” in the most inappropriate ways.
Cast: Russell Hornsby, Arielle Kebbel, Brian F. O’Byrne, Tate Ellington, Courtney Grosbeck, Ramses Jimenez, Brooke Lyons, Roslyn Ruff, Michael Imperioli
W/EP: VJ Boyd, Mark Bianculli
EP: Seth Gordon, Avi Nir, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan
Synopsis: Inspired by the best-selling book The Bone Collector, former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. When Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer who’s got her own gift for proﬁling finds herself hot on the killer’s trail, Rhyme in turn finds a partner for this new game of cat and mouse. As the unlikely detective duo joins forces to crack the city’s most confounding cases, they must also race to take down the enigmatic “Bone Collector” who brought them together.
Perfect Harmony (Comedy)
Cast: Bradley Whitford, Anna Camp, Tymberlee Hill, Rizwan Manji, Will Greenberg, Geno Segers, Spencer Allport
W/EP: Lesley Wake Webster
EP: Jason Winer, Bradley Whitford, Adam Anders, Jon Radler
Synopsis: This series is about finding inspiration in the most unlikely places. When former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran unexpectedly stumbles into choir practice at a small-town church, he finds a group of singers that are out of tune in more ways than one. Despite the ultimate clash of sensibilities, Arthur and his newfound cohorts may just be the perfect mix of individuals to help each other reinvent and rediscover a little happiness, just when they all need it most.
Cast: Kal Penn, Diana Maria Riva, Joel Kim Booster, Kiran Deol, Poppy Liu, Moses Storm, Samba Schutte
W/EP: Kal Penn, Matt Murray
EP: Michael Schur, David Miner, Dan Spilo
Synopsis: The career of Garrett Modi, the youngest New York City Councilman ever, came to an end when his public intoxication and stupidity was caught on tape. As he wonders where it all went wrong, a diverse group of hopefuls who dream of becoming American citizens hire him and give him a new sense of purpose.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Drama)
Cast: Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Carmen Cusack, Mary Steenburgen
W/EP: Austin Winsberg
EP: Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, David Blackman, Daniel Inkeles
Synopsis: Zoey Clarke is a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At ﬁrst, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.
Cast: Ruby Rose, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth Anweis, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Nicole Kang, Rachel Skarsten
W/showrunner: Caroline Dries
EP: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns
Synopsis: 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.
Katy Keene (Drama) — Riverdale Spinoff
Cast: Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Julia Chan, Jonny Beauchamp
W/EP: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
EP: Greg Berlanti, Jon Goldwater
Synopsis: The series follows fashion designer Katy and Riverdale‘s Josie as she pursues music in New York City, as well as other starving artists including a mysterious socialite and a Broadway-bound performer and his drag queen alter ego. While their climb to the top is rife with obstacles, this found family will stop at nothing to see their names in lights.
Nancy Drew (Drama)
Cast: Kennedy McMann, Scott Wolf
W/EP: Noga Landau, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
Synopsis: The series follows the amateur detective just after she graduates high school. Though she planned to go off to college, a family tragedy keeps her in her hometown for a year. She finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.