Will this be the year the five broadcast networks find the next big thing?
Will this be the year the five broadcast networks find the next big thing?
While there’s a good chance you’ll never see most of what lies ahead, ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC are on the precipice of deciding the fates of roughly 70 pilots in contention for the 2017–18 television season.
Ahead of the frenzy that is upfronts, EW has compiled the full list of the potential shows in contention, from Marvel’s new ABC super drama Inhumans and Fox’s not X-Men (but totally X-Men) project to Jason Katims’ high school musical, The CW’s Dynasty reboot, and new comedies starring Lauren Graham, Eva Longoria, and Carol Burnett. Which will get picked up? Which will end up on the cutting room floor? Weigh in with your guesses in the comments below. (All show descriptions provided by the respective networks.)
Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in a small American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent, and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.
Team: Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie will write and executive-produce with Jason Reed.
Cast: Sandrine Holt, Steve Zahn, Natalie Martinez, Jay Karnes, Marcuis Harris, Tommy Bastow, Simone Kessel, Bailey Skodje, Rick Gomez, Kelley Missal, Rob Campbell, John D’Leo, Grant Harvey, Luc Roderique.
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When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion, and influence — the FBI. He’ll become the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception.
Team: Chris Fedak will write and executive-produce with Martin Gero, David Kwong, and Greg Berlanti.
Cast: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Lenora Crichlow, Amaury Nolasco, Ilfenesh Hadera, Justin Chon, Vinnie Jones, Laila Robins.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the U.S. government instituted a secret think tank composed of the most creative minds in science and entertainment, tasked solely with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. The ideas they invented were so dangerous that the list was sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book occurs, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.
Team: Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd will write and executive-produce with Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz.
Cast: Dan Byrd, Jack Davenport, Rochelle Aytes, Rachelle Lefevre, Taye Diggs, Claire Holt, Justin Chatwin.
The Good Doctor
Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to win over his skeptical colleagues and save the lives of the patients he deeply cares for.
Team: David Shore will write and executive-produce.
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Richard Schiff, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Hill Harper, Irene Keng, Beau Garrett.
The Gospel of Kevin
A one-hour dramedy about the divorced, depressed, and unemployed Kevin (Jason Ritter), who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.
Team: Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters will write and executive-produce.
Cast: Jason Ritter, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Cristela Alonzo, Chloe East, Dustin Ybarra, India de Beaufort, J. August Richards.
The new Marvel project will explore the adventure of Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and the royal family.
Team: Scott Buck will write and executive-produce with Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
Cast: Anson Mount, Serinda Swan, Iwan Rheon, Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moh, Sonya Blamores, Ellen Woglom.
Detective Alex De La Reina (Daniella Alonso) is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family – the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, Sonya must walk the murky line between the law and her family and question her true destiny as a De La Reina.
Team: Dean Georgaris will write and executive-produce with Mark Gordon.
Cast: Daniella Alonso, Sonia Braga, Shalim Ortiz, Matthew Davis, Amanda Warren, John Corbett, Eric Winter.
A brilliant but misanthropic engineer recruits a skeptical Homeland Security agent to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the elite and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that may be linked to a greater conspiracy.
Team: Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, and Scott Rosenberg will write and executive-produce.
Cast: Allison Miller, John Leguizamo, Neil Sandilands, Larenz Tate, Elaine Tan, Treat Williams, Victor Williams, Karine Vanasse, Michael Cerveris, Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Eric Bogosian, Josh Boone.
In this fun, female buddy cop dramedy, a driven but stubborn detective finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, a larger than life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Though these two have completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a highly entertaining and successful partnership is born.
Team: Jay Scherick and David Ronn will write and executive-produce with Elizabeth Banks and Michael Engler.
Cast: Meaghan Rath, Micheal Cudlitz, Laverne Cox, Gail Bean, Lance Gross, L. Scott Caldwell, Trevor Lerner, Berto Colon, Tim Kang, David Warshofsky.
A one-hour action-dramedy that follows Jackie Fink (Toni Collette), a brilliant but unassuming CIA engineer and single mom, as she leads a team of desk jockeys into the field as secret agents. Overlooked in the workplace, their invisibility makes them perfect for the CIA’s most covert missions.
Team: Lindsey Shockley will write and executive-produce with Kenya Barris.
Cast: Toni Collette, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Matthew Le Nevez, Rob Huebel, Dana Powell, Ayden Mayeri, Parvesh Cheena, Peter Cambor.
Untitled Marc Cherry Project
Ruby Adair (Reba McEntire), the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, Kentucky, finds her red state outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific act. Together they form an uneasy alliance as Ruby takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this Southern Gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own.
Team: Marc Cherry will write and executive-produce with Reba McEntire, Sabrina Wind, Mindy Schultheis, and Michael Hanel.
Cast: Reba McEntire, Ben Esler, Natalie Hall, Amanda Detmer, Will Buie Jr., Ryan McPartlin, Saidah Ekulona, Emily Rose, Saamer Usmani, W. Earl Brown, Roslyn Ruff, Jack Coleman.
Untitled Paul William Davies Project
Set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, a.k.a. “The Mother Court,” this legal drama follows brand new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution — as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.
Team: Paul William Davies will write and executive-produce with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
Cast: Britne Oldford, Lyndon Smith, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Rege-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Anna Deavere Smith.
Captain Charlie Taylor (Jason Biggs), a cautious, lovable dentist stationed at Fort Bragg, promises to look after his brother’s impulsive fiancée and her two misfit teens while his brother is deployed in Iraq.
Team: Sam Sklaver will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.
Cast: Jason Biggs, Ana Ortiz, Swoosie Kurtz, Madalyn Horcher, Nicolas Cantu, Robert Baker, Erik Griffin, Geoff Stults, Meera Robit Kumbhani.
The Goldbergs Spin-off
A Goldbergs spin-off set in the ’90s, following two high school teachers (Bryan Callen, Tim Meadows) who become unlikely father figures to the kids at their Philadelphia school.
Team: Adam Goldberg and Marc Firek will write and executive-produce with Dough Robinson and Seth Gordon.
Cast: Bryan Callen, Tim Meadows, Nia Long, Rachel Crow, Summer Parker, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Missi Pyle, Ana Gasteyer.
This multi-camera comedy follows a family who has an opportunity to buy the house of their dreams but under extremely abnormal circumstances: They must live with the previous owner, an eccentric, larger-than-life actress (Carol Burnett).
Team: Michael Saltzman will write and executive-produce with Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Carol Burnett, Dave Becky, and Michael Pelmont.
Cast: Carol Burnett, Timothy Omundson, Matt Oberg, Mary Holland, Zoe Anne Pessin, Maverick Thompson.
Jalen vs. Everybody
A half-hour, single-camera comedy following former NBA player and current ESPN personality Jalen Rose as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad.
Team: Nahnatchka Khan will write and executive-produce with Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar, Mandy Summers, and Jalen Rose.
Cast: Jalen Rose, Anna Maria Horsford, Marla Gibbs, Kelly Jenrette, Rich Sommer, Campbell Williams, Kyan Samuels, Laysla de Oliveira, Jessica McKenna.
Libby & Malcolm
A blended family comedy about two polar-opposite political pundits (Felicity Huffman, Courtney B. Vance) who fall in love despite all odds and form an insta-family as well as a work partnership.
Team: Kenya Barris and Vijal Patel will write and executive-produce with Felicity Huffman, Courtney B. Vance, and Brian Dobbins.
Cast: Felicity Huffman, Courtney B. Vance, Sayeed Shahidi, Monique Green, Jahi Winston, Caitlin McGee, James Lesure.
A single-camera, half-hour comedy about three adult siblings and their parents who – between their minds, their marriages, their freedom, and life – are all losing it in different ways.
Team: DJ Nash will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.
Cast: Jon Cryer, Gerald McRaney, Sam Huntington, Natalie Morales, Sharon Lawrence, Camille Chen, Bresha Webb.
After an outspoken, idealistic rapper runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall.
Team: Jeremy Bronson will write and executive-produce with Daveed Diggs, Jamie Tarses, and James Griffiths.
Cast: Brandon Michael Hall, Lea Michele, Bernard David Jones, Marcel Spears, Yvette Nicole Brown, David Spade.
Raised by Wolves
Based on the U.K. series, the comedy follows Sheila Gable, a tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town.
Team: Diablo Cody will write and executive-produce with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice, Caroline Leddy, and original series creators Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran.
Cast: Georgia King, Craig T. Nelson, Mia Allan, Ella Allan, Cooper Friedman, Lulu Wilson, Isabella Alvarez, Talia Jackson.
Splitting Up Together
Based upon the original Danish series created by Mette Heeno, Splitting Up Together is the story of a couple whose relationship is reignited by their divorce.
Team: Emily Kapnek will write and executive-produce with Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Mette Heeno, Mie Andreasen, and Hella Joof.
Cast: Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson, Lindsay Price, Olivia Keville, Bobby Lee, Diane Farr, Van Crosby, Sander Combs, Geoff Pierson, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Kelsey Asbille.
Based on the podcast of the same name, the project follows Alex Schuman (Zach Braff), an inquisitive journalist, husband, and father who dives headfirst into the brave new world of entrepreneurship when he quits his stable job and starts his own business.
Team: Matt Tarses will write and executive-produce with Zach Braff, John Davis, and John Fox.
Cast: Zach Braff, Tiya Sircar, Hillary Anne Matthews, Michael Imperioli, Elisha Heig, Audyssie James, Austin Pendleton, Chris Sacca as himself.
Untitled Single Dad Project
An intellectual but emotionally challenged single dad moves to Queens with his two young daughters and forms an unlikely family with the other residents in their apartment building.
Team: Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider will write and executive-produce with Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins.
Cast: Rob Riggle, Abagail Riggle, Reagan Rundus, Lombardo Boyar, Amy Hill, Gary Anthony Williams, Anne Bedian, Stephanie Cood.
This year’s upfronts take place between now and May 18
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year’s upfronts take place between now and May 18
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.
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.
This year’s upfronts take place between now and May 18
A comedic drama set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar Fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.
Team: Seth MacFarlene will write and executive-produce with Brannon Braga, David Goodman, Jason Clark, Liz Heldens, Howard Griffith, and Jon Favreau.
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, J. Lee, Halston Sage, Penny Johnson Jerald, Mark Jackson, Chad Coleman.
An idealistic young doctor begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered.
Team: Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi will write and executive-produce with Antoine Fuqua.
Cast: Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Bruce Greenwood, Manish Dayal, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Valerie Cruz.
Untitled Marvel Action-Adventure Series
The drama will focus on two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker) who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
Team: Matt Nix will write and executive-produce with Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory.
Cast: Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Percy Hynes White, Natalie Alyn Lind, Cody Bell, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung, Sean Teale, Emma Dumont.
Untitled University Project
The Junior Counsel (Austin Stowell) of a prestigious Illinois university must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. From the football coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence, to a university administration under siege, the series explores the type of high-profile controversy all-too familiar on today’s college campuses, as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.
Team: Sheldon Turner will write and executive-produce with John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Judy Smith, Jennifer Klein, and Charlie Gogolak.
Cast: Archie Penjabi, Austin Stowell, Anthony Edwards, Christine Lahti, Erin Moriarty, Saycon Sengbloh, Griffin Freeman, Robbie Jones, Vince Nappo.
An unconventional family is formed when a successful type-A man and his estranged sister, plus her two children, find themselves not only back in each other’s lives but also living under one roof.
Team: Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa will write and executive-produce with Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, and Beth McCarthy-Miller.
Cast: Michael Urie, Annie Mumolo, Sawyer Barth, Ursula Parker, Sharif Atkins, Miguel Pinzon.
A cynical skeptic (Craig Robinson) and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal (Adam Scott) are recruited by The Bureau Underground to look into the rampant “unexplained” activity in Los Angeles — all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.
Team: Tom Gormican will write and executive-produce with Kevin Etten, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott, Oly Obst, Jonathan Krisel, and Mark Schulman.
Cast: Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Ally Walker, Edi Patterson, Adeel Akhtar.
LA –> VEGAS
An ensemble workplace comedy about a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world, set on the Friday night flight from LAX to Vegas and the returning flight on Sunday, who all share the same goal: to come back a winner in the casino of life.
Team: Lon Zimmet will write and executive-produce with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy.
Cast: Dylan McDermott, Kim Matula, Olivia Macklin, Nathan Lee Graham, Ed Weeks.
Linda from HR
All it takes is one bad decision to throw Linda (Lauren Graham) from HR’s monotonous, unfulfilled life into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of balancing work life, home life and a secret that could unravel everything.
Team: Geoff Barbanell and Itai Grunfeld will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, and Dana Honor.
Cast: Lauren Graham, Michael Landes, Zachary Knighton, Kylie Rogers, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Ellis Rubin, Dominic Burgess.
Centers on a woman who reclaims her dreams when she finds herself at the end of the earth — in Antarctica — surrounded by a group of brilliant misfits.
Team: Liz Meriwether, Ed Macdonald, and Mark Grimmer will write and executive-produce with Katherine Pope.
Cast: Bridget Mendler, Isiah Whitlock, Ian Harding, Jane Curtin, Dan Gill, Ramona Young, Trond Fausa.
Loosely based on the book Asshole: A Theory, it’s an office comedy about a group of consultants hand-picked to do the dirty work most professionals can’t handle: layoffs, downsizing, generally delivering horrible news. To everyone else, they’re the enemy – to each other, they’re family.
Team: Lesley Wake-Webster will write and executive-produce with Jason Winer.
Cast: Eva Longoria, Ken Marino, Andy Richter, Kyle Bornheimer, Steve Harris, Dulce Sloan.
This year’s upfronts take place between now and May 18
Explores what happens when three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances — they decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back.
Team: Jenna Bans will write and executive-produce with Jeannine Renshaw and Dean Parisot.
Cast: Mae Whitman, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Retta, Matthew Lillard, Manny Montana, Reno Wilson, Lidya Jewerr, Izzy Stannard.
Based on short stories by best-selling author Charlaine Harris, Redliners is a high-octane project that mixes humor, romance and espionage centering on a pair of former operatives who get reactivated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives.
Team: Shaun Cassidy and Kelly Sue DeConnick will write and executive-produce with Jason Ensler and David Janollari.
Cast: Hannah Ware, Greg Germann, Alan Powell, Jerod Haynes, Jenny Wade, Rodney To, Quinn Shephard, Tommy Flanagan.
A grounded and dramatic thriller about a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.
Team: Mickey Fisher will write and executive-produce with Brooklyn Weaver, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Jaume Collet-Serra.
Cast: Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Kathryn Morris.
Based on the book Drama High, the drama introduces an extraordinary working class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town.
Team: Jason Katims will write and executive-produce with Michelle Lee, Flody Suarez, Mike Cahill, and Jeffrey Seller.
Cast: Josh Radner, Rosie Perez, Auli’i Cravalho, Marley Shelton, Rarmian Newton, Amy Forsyth, Shannon Purser, Damon J. Gillespie, Shirley Rumierk, Joe Tippett, Ted Sutherland, Taylor Richardson, Casey Johnson.
A real-time “extreme event” medical series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital which becomes the borough’s last viable trauma center after a catastrophic hurricane wreaks havoc on the city. On a holiday weekend with few doctors on call, the medical staff will be pushed to make the most difficult life-and-death choices as they work to save their patients and themselves.
Team: Warren Leight will write and executive-produce with Paul Haggis and Charles McDougall.
Cast: Rachel Griffiths, Matthew James Thomas, Paola Lazaro, RJ Brown, JJ Feild, Latarsha Rose, Nikki M. James, Jamie McShane, Nadia Gan.
A hilariously cynical Ivy League professor loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school biology teacher where he imposes his unorthodox teaching style and uses the kids to plot out revenge on those who wronged him.
Team: Mike O’Brien will write and executive-produce with Seth Meyers, Mike Shoemaker, Lorne Michaels, and Andrew Singer.
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Glenn Howerton, Mary Sohn, Lyric Lewis, Aparna Brielle, Nick Peine, Jacob McCarthy.
The comedy centers on Vince (Anders Holm), a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lives with his younger brother Michael (Andy Favreau), a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when the teenage son of Vince is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Mindy Kaling), one of his old high school flings.
Team: Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy will write and executive-produce with Howard Klein and Michael Alan Spiller.
Cast: Anders Holm, Mindy Kaling, Andy Favreau, Mouzam Makkar, J.J. Totah, Nina Wadia.
An adult brother (Jon Rudnitsky) and sister (Genevieve Angelson) wind up living together for the first time since they were kids after one of them suffers a big loss. They become each other’s wingmen, shoulder to cry on, best friend and punching bag as they navigate love, loss and work while helping to get each other “un-stuck.”
Team: Max Mutchnick and Jeff Astrof will write and executive-produce.
Cast: Jon Rudnitsky, Genevieve Angelson, Jane Lynch, Diona Reasonover, Derek Gaines.
The Sackett Sisters
The Sackett family is reunited when two estranged sisters (Casey Wilson, Busy Philipps) perform an act of public heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together.
Team: Luke Del Tredici will write and executive-produce with Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and David Miner.
Cast: Casey Wilson, Busy Philipps, Bradley Whitford, Alec Mapa, Felix Miguel Avitia.
Workplace comedy that centers on a working-class genius and his struggles to fit in with an established team all made more difficult when their job is building a rocket to mars.
Team: Adam Sztykiel will write and executive-produce with Bill Lawrence, Ruben Fleischer, and Jeff Ingold.
Cast: Matt Shively, Christine Woods, Donald Faison, Ken Kirby, Brett Goldstein, Miranda Cosgrove.
What About Barb?
Based on the hit movie What About Bob?, a psychotherapist tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient, but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.
Team: Joe Port and Joe Wiseman will write and executive-produce with Will McCormack and Rashida Jones.
Cast: Jessica Gunning, Leah Remini, Ben Lawson, Eddie Shin, Odessa Adlon, Tyler Sanders.
Where I’m From
Based on Kourtney’s life, the untitled comedy will explore what it’s like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world issues like race and gender while never losing focus of her life goal: to become a Laker Girl like her idol, Paula Abdul.
Team: Kourtney Kang will write and executive-produce with Nahnatchka Khan, Mandy Summer, and Fred Savage.
Cast: Isabella Russo, Kenneth Choi, Rebecca Creskoff, Paula Abdul, Ben Taylor, Cade Michael, Derek Hough.
Will & Grace (straight-to-series)
A 12-episode revival of the long-running Emmy-winning comedy, which will reunite Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally.
Team: Original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will act as showrunners and executive producers, while prolific director James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is on board to direct and executive-produce.
Cast: Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally.
This year’s upfronts take place between now and May 18