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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



Behind Enemy Lines
Loosely based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, Behind Enemy Lines is a military soap thriller wherein a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines.
Team: Nikki Toscano will write and executive-produce with McG, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, John Davis, John Fox, and co-EP Albert Page.
Cast: B.J. Britt, Marg Helgenberger, Benito Martinez, Colm Feore, Willa Fitzgerald, Gabriel Chavarria, Melia Kreiling, Dylan Bruno.

Orville (straight-to-series)
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.

The Resident
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.


Amy’s Brother
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.

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.

Thin Ice
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.

Type A
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

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