Tracking the Broadcast Network Pilots – An Update

Every year, Deadline: Hollywood follow the development of the broadcast network pilots prior to the May up-front meetings with advertisers, where they announce the line-up for the upcoming television season. Before the up-fronts, they look at the attention the pilots are getting from their contacts at the networks. What I have done here is boil down their comments specific to SF&F specific pilots.

The links below have been updated with the latest feedback on May 6, 2016.

ABC Pilots – 2016
CBS Pilots – 2016 (CBS has no genre related pilots this year.
The CW Pilots – 2016
Fox Pilots – 2016
NBC Pilots – 2016

Behind the Scenes in Genre TV

Below you’ll find new that helps shape upcoming projects.

  • May 5 – Emmy-winning director Adam Bernstein is set to direct the premiere episode of Spike’s straight-to-series drama The Mist, based on the Stephen King story. The Mist has a 10 episode order. See Deadline Hollywood for more information.
  • May 5 – Darkover in development at Amazon, has hired Elizabeth Sarnoff and Patrick Macmanus as Executive Producer and writers of the series pilot. Fore details can be found at Deadline Hollywood.

Aftermath Finds its Leads

SpoilerTV reports the Syfy / Space series Aftermath has it’s leads. Real life couple James Tupper and Anne Heche will star as the husband and wife of the post-apocalyptic serries Aftermant. Aftermath begins shooting May 9th for a 13 episode summer release on Syfy in the U.S. and on Space in Canada.

Tupper and Heche star as a husband and wife, who along with their three teens, learn to survive when the world comes to an end due to an onslought of natural disasters, and the rise of supernatural creatures.

The series was created by William Laurin and Glenn Davis, who will also act as showrunners. The pilot will be directed by Jason Stone.

Vanessa Williams joins “The Librarians”

In season 3 of the TNT series The Librarians, you’ll be seeing a new face, on a recurring basis. Vanessa Williams joins the fantasy series on a recurring basis. She plays General Rockwell, head of the secret government agency D.O.S.A. (The Department of Statistical Anomalies)

Her story line on the series falls into spoiler territory, so highlight the text below below.

The third season of TNT’s fan-favorite series will see the Librarians confronting a new antagonist, which has shown up in the form of D.O.S.A. — The Department of Statistical Anomalies — whose mission is to apprehend the Librarians and take control of the Library and all the magical artifacts hidden inside.

This story was originally reported by Variety.com.

Fox picks up Seth McFarlane Sci-fi Dramedy

Fox has picked up direct to series, a new sci-fi show created by Seth McFarlane. The series, to star McFarlane, is slated to air during the 2017-18 season, and has been picked up for 13 episodes.

Currently untitled, the series is set “300 years in the future. The show 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.”

More details can be found at Deadline Hollywood.

Tracking the 2016 Broadcast Pilots

Every year, Deadline: Hollywood follow the development of the broadcast network pilots prior to the May up-front meetings with advertisers, where they announce the line-up for the upcoming television season. Before the up-fronts, they look at the attention the pilots are getting from their contacts at the networks. What I have done here is boil down their comments specific to SF&F specific pilots.

ABC Pilots – 2016
CBS Pilots – 2016 (CBS has no genre related pilots this year.
The CW Pilots – 2016
Fox Pilots – 2016
NBC Pilots – 2016