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Will this be the year the five broadcast networks find the next big thing?

April 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT



The Get
A team of tireless internet journalists pursues and exposes stories of injustice using their unconventional investigative techniques in today’s anything-goes world of reporting.
Team: Bridget Carpenter will write and executive-produce with James Strong.
Cast: Amy Brenneman, Brad Garrett, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Alex Fitzalan, Jeananne Goossen, Michael Rady.

Based on the soon-to-be-published James Patterson book, in which a former CIA operative (Alan Cumming) who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose.
Team: Michael Rauch will write and executive-produce with Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Alan Cumming, James Patterson, Marc Webb, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout.
Cast: Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Naveen Andrews, Daniel Ings, Khandi Alexander.

Mission Control
The next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists juggle both their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error.
Team: Andy Weir will write and executive-produce with Courtney Conte, Quan Phung, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood, Charles Eglee and Brian Buckner.
Cast: Poppy Montgomery, David Giuntoli, Levi Fiehler, Peyton List, Ricardo Chavria, Wunmi Mosaku.

Perfect Citizen
After his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, the former General Counsel for the NSA (Noah Wyle) embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston, facing the reality that while half the country thinks he’s our greatest patriot, the other half thinks he’s a traitor.
Team: Craig Turk will write and executive-produce with Ridley Scott, David Zucker, and Paris Barclay.
Cast: Noah Wyle, Shanley Caswell, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephanie Szostak, Adrienne Warren, Lenny Platt, Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Inspired by the film of the same name, the drama follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant (Shemar Moore) is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a highly-trained unit that is the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles. Inspired by the film of the same name.
Team: Aaron Thomas will write and executive-produce with Shawn Ryan, Marney Hochman, Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Danielle Woodrow, and Justin Lin.
Cast: Shemar Moore, Jay Harrington, Stephanie Sigman, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Alex Russell, Peter Onorati.

Untitled Jenny Lumet Project
An elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit solve a myriad of crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases.
Team: Jenny Lumet will write and executive-produce with David Marshall Grant, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Couric and Richard Shepard.
Cast: Sharon Leal, Grace Rex, Brad William Henke, Zach Appelman, Kevin Daniels, Sheaun McKinney, and Omar Metwally.

Untitled Navy Seal Project
Follows the lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask.
Team: Ben Cavell will write and executive-produce with Chris Chulack, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Ed Redlich.
Cast: David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr, A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks, Jessica Paré.

Wisdom of the Crowd
Based on the Israeli format of the same name, and inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, a tech innovator (Jeremy Piven) creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionizing crime solving in San Francisco.
Team: Ted Humphrey will write and executive-produce with Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Dror Mishani, Shira Hadad, and Adam Davidson.
Cast: Jeremy Piven, Richard T. Jones, Jake Matthews, Blake Lee, Natalie Tena, Monica Potter.


9J, 9K, and 9L
A family comedy inspired by a time in Mark Feuerstein’s adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby’s apartment, 9L, and his attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well-meaning family.
Team: Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor, and Pamela Fryman.
Cast: Mark Feuerstein, Linda Lavin, Elliott Gould, David Walton, Matt Murray, Liza Lapira.

Brothered Up
An emotionally guarded African-American cop (D.L. Hughley) gets partnered with an emotionally available Pakistani cop (Adhir Kalyan) and are forced to find a way to connect as they patrol a Detroit neighborhood.
Team: Mark Gross will write and executive-produce with James Burrows.
Cast: Adhir Kalyan, D.L. Hughley, Merrin Dungey, Nishi Munshi, Glynn Turman, John C. McGinley.

Inspired by the comedy of Chris Distefano, the comedy follows Izzy (Diane Guerrero) and Chris (Distefano), two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families – one Colombian-American, one Italian.
Team: Chris Distefano, Carter Bays, and Craig Thomas will write and executive-produce with Brian Bockrath and Pamela Fryman.
Cast: Chris Distefano, Annie Potts, Diane Guerrero, Chazz Palminteri.

Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices
A comedy that centers on a woman (Alice Eve) who has made some interesting choices throughout her life – namely, having three different kids with three different men – but all have led her to having a very unique, loving, blended family.
Team: Matt Tarses will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor, and Fiona Clark.
Cast: Alice Eve, James Earl, Kyle Howard, Tyler Labine.

Living Biblically
Based on the bestselling book by A.J. Jacobs, the comedy follows a modern-day man (Jay R. Ferguson) at a crossroads in his life who decides to live according to the Bible.
Team: Patrick Walsh will write and executive-produce with Johnny Galecki, Spencer Medof, Andrew Haas, and Andy Ackerman.
Cast: Jay R. Ferguson, Lindsay Kraft, Ian Gomez, Tony Rock, David Krumholtz.

Me, Myself & I
A single-camera comedy examining one man’s life over a 50-year span. The show will focus on three distinct periods in his life – as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old (Bobby Moynihan) in the present day, and a 65-year-old (John Larroquette) in 2042.
Team: Dan Kopelman will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.
Cast: Bobby Moynihan, John Larroquette, Brian Unger, Kelen Coleman, Mandell Maughan, Jaleel White, Christopher Paul Richards, Sharon Lawrence.

Real Life
Chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in the same office.
Team: Hilary Winston will write and executive-produce with Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman.
Cast: Rebecca Rittenhouse, Ryan Hanson, Brenda Song, Lucas Hazlett, Kristen Johnston, Bret Harrison.

Young Sheldon (straight-to-series)
The series follows The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) at the age of 9, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school.
Team: Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro will write and executive-produce with Todd Spiewak, Jon Favreau, and Jim Parsons, who will also narrate as adult Sheldon.
Cast: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Reagan Revord, Montana Jordan.


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