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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



Black Lightning
Based on the DC Comics character, the story follows Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who made his choice to hang up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend — Black Lightning.
Team: Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil will write and executive-produce with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.
Cast: Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, Christine Adams.

The Rolls Royce of all primetime soaps returns in a modernized reboot that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington — daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington — and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal — a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class. In an age where dynasties appear everywhere — from reality TV to the polling booths — this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.
Team: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Sallie Patrick will write and executive-produce with Brad Silberling and original Dynasty creators Esther Shapiro and Richard Shapiro.
Cast: Grant Show, Nathalie Kelley, Elizabeth Gillies, Sam Adegoke, Robert Christopher Riley, Alan Dale, Rafael de la Feuente.

When a disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client, he has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world.
Team: Lauren Gussis will write and executive-produce with Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay, Todd Hoffman, Dennis Kim and Andy Fleming.
Cast: Debby Ryan, Erinn Westbrook, Michael Provost, Dallas Roberts, Sarah Colonna, Chris Gorham, Kimmy Shields, Alyssa Milano.

Life Sentence
When a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer finds out that she’s not dying after all, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.”
Team: Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith will write and executive-produce with Bill Lawrence, Oliver Goldstick, Jeff Ingold and Lee Toland Krieger.
Cast: Lucy Hale, Dylan Walsh, Jayson Blair, Gillian Vigman, Brooke Lyons, Elliot Knight, Carlos PenaVega.

An action-adventure drama about a group of unlikely heroes who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime. Ten years after the death of their parents, a pragmatic brother and free-spirited sister are forced to team up when they learn that their mother’s terrifying and bizarre stories may be a road map to discovering the great legends, myths, and unexplainable mysteries of the world.
Team: Jason Rothenberg will write and executive-produce with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Dean White.
Cast: Alex McGregor, Zane Holtz, William Miller, Jeanine Mason, Josh Kidd, Marc Blucas.

The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a US Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets, and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.
Team: Kyle Jarrow will write and executive-produce with Bill Haber, Anna Fricke, and Michael Robin.
Cast: Matt Barr, Charlie Barnett, W. Trè Davis, Christina Ochoa, Nigel Thatch, Corbin Reid, Melissa Roxburgh.


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