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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



For God and Country
A heart-pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
Team: Dean Georgaris will write and executive-produce with Avi Nir, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Alon Shtruzman, and Brad Anderson.
Cast: Mike Vogel, Anne Heche, Demetrius Grosse, Hadi Tabbal, Natacha Karam, Noah Mills, Tate Ellington, Sofia Pernas.

Good Girls
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.P. Bio
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.

Relatively Happy
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.

Spaced Out
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

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