Over the next week we will be hearing about the pilots picked up at the various broadcast networks. Today, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Fox has picked up four drama series and two comedies. Among the pick ups is comedy Making History and drama The Exorcist.
MAKING HISTORY (single camera)
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Julius Sharpe (w, ep), Phil Lord (ep), Chris Miller (ep), Seth Cohen (ep), Jared Hess (d)
LOGLINE: Chronicles three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. Two shows in one, it’s both a rollicking historical adventure, and a contemporary comedy about love, friendship and trying to fit in to an increasingly complex and impersonal world.
CAST: Adam Pally, Leighton Meester, Yassir Lester
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/Morgan Creek Productions
TEAM: Jeremy Slater (w, ep), James Robinson (ep), David Robinson (ep), Barbara Wall (ep), Rolin Jones (ep), Rupert Wyatt (d)
LOGLINE: More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.
CAST: Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Kurt Egyiawan
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that IDE comic series created by Joe Hill, is being developed for a series. The pilot is to be written by Hill. No network is attachd, it’s being developed in house and will be shopped around at a later date.
This is the second time the concept has been in development. Previously a pilot was created for Fox. It didn’t move forward at Fox, but it did get a screening at San Diego Comic Con in 2011.
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.
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