The list of pilots indicated below is a clear sign that preparations for the 2021-2022 U.S. TV season is proceeding as close to usual as possible in Los Angeles, as well as in other U.S. cities and internationally. During the Upfront presentations (to be held May 17-20), the U.S. broadcast TV networks will unveil their picks for the new season’s line-up.

Adopted (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: ABC Studios, Kimmelot
Writers/Exec Prods: Shawn Vance, Daril Fannin, Jimmy Kimmel
Premise: When a Green Beret returns home to Texas from military service, he and his family struggle with the challenges of adopting his new brother, a 12-year-old Russian boy. Inspired by a true story.
International Distributor: Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International

Black Don’t Crack
Prod Co: ABC Signature, JuVee Productions, Wilmore Films
Writer/Exec Prod: Regina Hicks
Exec Prods: Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Larry Wilmore
Premise:  Three former sorority sisters lost touch after college and reunite during a pivotal point in their lives. They realize sometimes it’s OK to crack and when you do, no one will be there for you like your friends.

Bucktown (pilot pick-up)
Prod Co: ABC Signature
Writers/Exec Prod: Emily Wilson
Exec Prods: Sara Gilbert, Tom Werner, Marc Provissiero, Mandy Summers
Premise: After being dumped by her boyfriend and kicked out of her apartment on the eve of a big promotion, Amy finds refuge at her mom’s house in the blue-collar neighborhood where she grew up.

Harrity Elementary
Prod Co: Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions, Warner Bros. Television, 20th Television
Writer/Exec Prod: Quinta Brunson
Exec Prods: Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker
Premise: Workplace comedy starring Quinta Brunson about a group of teachers brought together at one of the worst public schools in the country, simply because they love teaching.

Prod Co: 20th Television
Writers/Exec Prods: Maggie Mull, Justin Adler
Exec Prod: Evan Hayes
Premise: Based on Tim Curcio’s short film of the same name, the comedy revolves around a young woman who tries to cope with life while coming to terms with her abilities as a psychic.

Untitled Alec Baldwin-Kelsey Grammer comedy (straight-to-series)
Prod Co: 20th Television
Writers/Exec Prods: Chris Lloyd, Vali Chandrasekaran
Exec Prods: Alec Baldwin, Kelsey Grammer, Jason Schrift, Matt DelPiano, Tom Russo, Adam Griffin, Jeff Morton
Premise: Revolves around three guys who were roommates in their 20s until their warring egos drove them apart. They reunite decades later for one more run at the lives they’ve always wanted.

The Wonder Years (pilot pick-up)
Prod Co: 20th Television, Lee Daniels Entertainment
Writer/Exec Prod: Saladin Patterson
Exec Prods: Lee Daniels, Marc Velez, Fred Savage, Neal Marlens
Premise: While the original ABC series starred Fred Savage and revolved around a 1960s white suburban middle-class family, the net’s new take focuses on a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the same era.


Acts of Crime
Prod Co: Universal Content Productions, ABC Signature, Esmail Corp.
Writer/Exec Prod/Director: Sam Esmail
Exec Prod: Chad Hamilton
Premise: A unique spin on the crime procedural.

Dark Horse
Prod Co: Keshet Studios, Universal Television
Writer/Exec Prod: William Jehu Garroutte
Exec Prods: Jessica Goldberg, Peter Traugott, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Darren Dale, Miranda Dear, Rachel Griffiths
Premise: Follows Alex Irving, a passionate Indigenous woman, on her unconventional journey into politics. Based on the Australian series Total Control.

Epic (pilot pick-up)
Prod Co: ABC Signature
Writer/Exec Prod: Brigitte Hales
Exec Prods: Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis
Premise: A romantic anthology that reinvents fairy tales for a new audience.

National Parks (formerly National Parks Service) (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: A+E Studios in association with 20th Century Fox Television.
Showrunner: Aaron Helbing
Rod Lake, Ivan Cohen, Ken Halsband and Jon Baird of Kevin Costner’s Territory Pictures Entertainment will executive produce alongside Costner and Helbing
Premise: Revolves around a small group of elite NPS agents as they solve crimes while protecting these national treasures.
International Distributor: Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International

Promised Land
Prod Co: ABC Signature, Lit Entertainment Group
Writer: Matt Lopez
Exec Prod: Adam Kolbrenner
Premise: An epic, generation-spanning drama about two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley.

Queens (pilot pick-up)
Prod Co: ABC Signature
Writer/Exec Prod: Zahir McGhee
Exec Prod: Sabrina Wind
Premise: Estranged and out-of-touch, four women in their 40s reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had as a hit 1990s hip-hop group.

Triage (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: 20th Century Fox Television, OutEast Entertainment
Writer/Exec Prod: David Cornue
Showrunner/Exec Prod: Erica Messer
Director/Exec Prod: Jon M. Chu
Exec Prods: Steven Marrs, Courtney Hazlett, Caitlin Foito
Premise: A character-driven medical drama that follows a pioneering surgeon, Finley Briar, over three distinct decades at the same hospital. With the evolution of medicine as the backdrop, the show explores the interconnected careers, friendships and romances of Finley and her colleagues, and their tenuous relationship with time.


Ghosts (pilot pick-up) (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: CBS Television Studios, Lionsgate, BBC Studios, Monumental Television
Writers/Exec Prods: Joe Port, Joe Wiseman
Exec Prods: Matthew Baynton, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Martha Howe-Douglas, Alison Carpenter, Debra Hayward, Alison Owen, Angie Stephenson
Premise: A struggling young couple inherit a beautiful country house, only to find it’s both falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents. Based on the British comedy series of the same name.
International Distributor: Lionsgate

Jury Duty
Prod Co: CBS Studios, Fulwell 73, Big Talk Productions
Writers/Exec Prods: Frank Pines, Dana Klein, Stephanie Furman
Premise: A group of jurors are sequestered together until they all agree on a verdict and they can’t even agree on lunch.

The Three of Us (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: CBS Television Studios, Fulwell 73
Writer/Exec Prod: Frank Pines
Exec Prods: Ben Winston, Jeff Grosvenor, James Corden
Premise: Adult siblings who are children of divorce must circle the wagons when their sister’s husband unexpectedly announces he wants to call it quits on their marriage.
International Distributor: ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group

Untitled Sarah Cooper/Cindy Chupack Project
Prod Co: CBS Studios, PatMa Productions
Writers: Sarah Cooper, Cindy Chupack
Exec Prods: Nina Tassler, Denise Di Novi, Joan Boorstein
Premise: Inspired by Cooper’s book How to be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings, this comedy follows three women at different stages in their careers at a male-dominated company who help each other navigate modern gender politics in their professional and personal lives.

Untitled Tom Smallwood Project
Prod Co: CBS Studios
Writer: Mark Gross
Exec Prods: David Hollander, Brian D’Arcy James
Premise: After being laid off from the GM factory, a seemingly ordinary man makes the decision to provide for his family by following his dream of becoming a professional bowler. Based on professional bowler Tom Smallwood’s life.

Welcome To Georgia (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: CBS Television Studios, Kapital Entertainment
Writers/Exec Prods: Corinne Kingsbury, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Exec Prods: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling
Premise: When Penelope’s career takes off at exactly the same time as her husband’s, they call on Penelope’s young single mom, Georgia, to help raise their son, but what they find is Georgia needs more raising than their child.
International Distributor: ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group

Wilde Things (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: Universal Television
Writers/Exec Prods: Max Mutchnick, David Kohan
Premise: A successful crisis manager’s world is turned upside down when she decides to let someone into her life for the first time — an 11-year-old girl who she adopts and raises with the occasional help of her sister.

Good Sam (pilot pick-up) (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: CBS Television Studios, Sutton St. Productions
Writer/Exec Prod: Katie Wech
Exec Prods: Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein
Premise: A talented yet stifled surgeon embraces her leadership role after her renowned and pompous boss falls into a coma. When he awakens and wants to resume surgery, however, it falls to her to supervise this overbearing blowhard who never acknowledged her talents — and also happens to be her father.
International Distributor: ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group

True Lies
Prod Co: 20th Television, Lightstorm Entertainment, Wonderland Sound and Vision, Flying Glass of Milk Productions
Writer/Exec Prod: Matt Nix
Exec Prods: James Cameron, Mary Viola, Rae Sanchini
Exec Prod/Director: McG
Premise: Shocked to discover that her husband is a skilled international spy, an unfulfilled suburban housewife is propelled into a life of danger and adventure when she’s recruited to work alongside him to save the world as they try to revitalize their passionless marriage. Based on the 1994 James Cameron movie.

Ways & Means (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: CBS Television Studios, PatMa Productions, 3 Arts
Writers/Exec Prods: Mike Murphy, Ed Redlich
Exec Prods: Nina Tassler, Denise DiNovi, Tom Lassally, Patrick Dempsey
Co-Exec Prod: Joannie Burstein
Premise: A powerful congressional leader who has lost faith in politics works secretly with an idealistic young congresswoman from the opposing party to subvert the gridlocked system he helped create. Together, they’ll attempt to save American politics.
International Distributor: ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group


Housebroken (series pick-up)
Writers: Clea Duvall, Jennifer Crittenden, Gabrielle Allan
Exec Prods: Sharon Horgan, Clelia Mountford, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
Premise: An irreverent comedy that explores human dysfunction and neurosis through a group of neighborhood animals who live in the suburbs.

Pivoting (pilot pick-up) (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: Warner Bros. Television, FOX Entertainment, Kapital Entertainment
Writer/Exec Prod: Liz Astrof
Exec Prods: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
Premise: After the death of their childhood best friend, three women are faced with the reality that life is short. In desperate attempts to find happiness, they make a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions, strengthening their bond and proving it’s never too late to screw up your life.

This Country (series pick-up)
Prod Co: Lionsgate Television, BBC Studios LA, Fox Entertainment, Perkins Street Prods, Feigco Entertainment
Exec Prods: Paul Feig, Angie Stephenson, Dan Magnante, Charlie Cooper, Daisy May Cooper
Premise: In this half-hour mockumentary series inspired by the BBC format, a documentary crew goes to a small town to study young adults and their current concerns. Their focus is the daily lives of cousins Kelly and Shrub Mallet and their idiosyncratic surroundings.

Untitled Dan Harmon Project (series pick-up)
Prod Co: Bento Box Entertainment, Fox Entertainment
Exec Prod: Dan Harman
Premise: Set in mythical ancient Greece, the series centers on a flawed family of humans, gods, and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other.

The Big Leap (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: 20th Century Fox Television
Writer/Exec Prod: Liz Heldens
Director/Exec Prod: Jason Winer
Exec Prod: Sue Naegle
Premise: Inspired by a U.K. format, this funny and contemporary tale centers on a group of diverse underdogs from all different walks of life who compete to be part of a competition reality series that is putting on a hip remake of Swan Lake.
International Distributor: Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International

Blood Relative (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: Paramount TV Studios, Anonymous Content, FOX Entertainment
Writers/Exec Prods: Chris Levinson, James Renner
Director/Exec Prod: Philip Noyce
Exec Prod: Liza Chasin
Premise: Genetic genealogy is the best new tool in crime-scene forensics, and nobody knows it like Louise Kelly. Based on a 2018 Cleveland Scene article by journalist and author James Renner.
International Distributor: ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group

The Cleaning Lady (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: Warner Bros. Television, FOX Entertainment
Writer/Exec Prod: Miranda Kwok
Exec Prods: Melissa Carter, Shay Mitchell
Premise: Based upon the original Argentinian series, this darkly aspirational character drama follows a whip-smart doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. When the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she becomes a cleaning lady for the mob and starts playing the game by her own rules.

Fantasy Island (series pick-up)
Prod Co: Fox Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, Gemstone Studios
Writers/Exec Prods: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain
Premise: A modern semi-anthology series that delves into the questions, both big and small, that keep us awake at night.

Untitled Goonies Re-enactment project (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: Warner Bros. Television, SideCar/FOX Entertainment, Amblin TV
Writer/Exec Prod: Sarah Watson
Exec Prods: Gail Berman, Lauren Shuler Donner, Richard Donner, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank
Premise: After failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret with her, Stella Cooper returns to her distressed automotive hometown to substitute teach. She finds hope and ultimately salvation when she agrees to help three students who are pursuing their dreams by undertaking an ambitious shot-for-shot remake of The Goonies.


American Auto (ordered to series)
Writer: Justin Spitzer
Prod Co: Kapital Entertainment, Universal Television
Exec Prod: Aaron Kaplan
Premise: A workplace comedy set at the head-quarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit, where a floundering group of executives tries to rediscover the company identity amidst a rapidly changing industry.

Crazy For You (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: Universal Television, Broadway Video, Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions
Writer/Co-Exec Prod: Rachele Lynn
Exec Prod: Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Mike Shoemaker, Andrew Singer, Hilary Marx, Jason Carden
Premise: When Daisy’s life stalls, she decides to re-enter the dating scene only to discover that while she was out of the game, the game completely changed.

Grand Crew (ordered to series)
Prod Co: Universal Television
Writer: Phil Jackson
Exec Prod: Dan Goor
Premise: An ensemble comedy about a group of black friends, dating, and wine.

Jefferies (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: Universal Television, Hazy Mills, Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Writer/Exec Prod: Jim Jefferies, Suzanne Martin
Exec Prod: Sean Hayes, Todd Miller, Tim Sarkes, Alex Murray
Premise: Jim Jefferies stars as a fictionalized version of himself: a comedian with a unique take on modern life, relationships, and co-parenting with his best friend.
International Distributor: NBCUniversal International Distribution

Kate & Allie
Prod Co: Fierce Baby Productions, Propagate, Universal Television
Writer: Erica Oyama
Exec Prods: Nahnatchka Khan, Ben Silverman, Rodney Ferrell, Jen Carreras, Peter Principato, Brian Dobbins, Howard T. Owens, Gregory Lipstone
Premise: An updated take on the 1980s series about two best friends raising their children together in one household. The two prove romance isn’t necessary to be successful women and mothers.

Someone Out There (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: Universal Television
Writers/Exec Prods: Matt Hubbard, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan
Exec Prods: Emiliano Calemzuk, Gonzalo Sagardia, Javier Veiga
Premise: A romantic comedy about two set-in-their-ways adults who are challenged by very unexpected strangers to become the best versions of themselves in order to find love and possibly each other. Based on the format Pequeñas Coincidencias, created by Javier Veiga.

At That Age (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: Universal Television, Blackmaled Productions
Writer/Exec Prod: Carla Banks-Waddles
Exec Prods: Malcolm D. Lee, Debra Martin Chase
Premise: An exploration of an African-American family’s legacy. After the Cooper family’s golden child suffers a catastrophic event, seven family members face a foundational shift, make life-altering decisions, and deal with deep secrets.
International Distributor: NBCUniversal International Distribution

Echo (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: Universal Television, Davis Entertainment
Writer/Exec Prod: JJ Bailey
Exec Prods: John Davis, John Fox
Premise: A high-concept, genre procedural revolving around a team of investigators who solve the highest-profile crimes by sending our heroes into the past… in the body of the victim.
International Distributor: NBCUniversal International Distribution

La Brea (ordered to series)
Prod Co: Keshet Studios, Universal Television
Writer/Exec Prod: David Appelbaum
Exec Prods: Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Ken Woodruff
Premise: When a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. Half of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world alongside a disparate group of strangers.

Ordinary Joe (2020 holdover)
Prod Co: 20th Century Fox Television, 6th & Idaho, 3 Arts
Writers/Exec Prods: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
Exec Prods: Matt Reeves, Rafi Crohn, Howard Klein
Premise: The drama explores the three parallel lives of its main character after one makes a pivotal choice at a crossroads in his life. It asks how different life might look if decisions were based on love, loyalty, or passion. Based on a British concept Matt Reeves originally developed for ABC in 2006.
International Distributor: Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International


The 4400 (straight to series)
Prod Co: CBS Studios
Writer/Exec Prod: Ariana Jackson
Exec Prods: Anna Fricke, Laura Terry
Premise: 4,400 undervalued or otherwise mar-ginalized people who vanished without a trace over the last hundred years are all returned in an instant, having not aged a day. As the government races to analyze the potential threat, the 4400 must grapple with the fact that they’ve been returned with a few… upgrades. Based on the 2004-07 USA Network series.

All American: Homecoming (backdoor pilot order)
Prod Co: Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television
Writer/Exec Prod: Nkechi Okoro Carroll
Exec Prods: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, Robbie Rogers
Premise: From the executive producers of All American, the show follows a young tennis hopeful from Beverly Hills and an elite baseball player from Chicago as they contend with the high stakes of college sports, while also navigating the highs, lows and sexiness of unsupervised early adulthood at a prestigious Historically Black College.

Prod Co: Array Filmworks, Warner Bros. Television
Writers/Exec Prods: Ava DuVernay, Jill Blankenship
Exec Prods: Sarah Bremner, Paul Garnes
Premise: Follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins. Based on the characters from DC.

Painkiller (backdoor pilot order)
Prod Co: Warner Bros. Television
Exec Prod/Writer/Director: Salim Akil
Premise: Khalil Payne is a young man ridden with the guilt of his troubled past from a former life, where he was a super-enhanced killing machine known as Painkiller. Khalil has distanced himself from everyone he knows and loves by moving to a new city. As his violent, destructive history crashes into his idyllic new beginning, Khalil is thrust back into action with a new mission.

The Powerpuff Girls
Prod Co: Berlanti Productions, Vita Vera Films, Warner Bros. Television
Writers/Exec Prods: Heather Regnier, Diablo Cody
Exec Prods: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden
Premise: The Powerpuff Girls used to be America’s pint-sized superheroes. Now they’re disillusioned twenty-somethings who resent having lost their childhoods to crime fighting. Based on the original Cartoon Network animated series.

Tom Swift
Prod Co: CBS Studios, Fake Empire
Writers: Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau, Cameron Johnson
Exec Prods: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
Premise: The planted Nancy Drew spinoff follows the serialized adventures of the billionaire inventor who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father.

Untitled Urman/Rothrock/Weir
Prod Co: CBS Studios, Sutton St. Productions
Writers/Exec Prods: Claire Rothrock, Ryann Weir
Exec Prods: Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein
Premise: A dramedy about two millennial nuns — a devout true believer, and a new arrival who has yet to take her final vows — who start as strangers and become sisters on a funny, spiritual journey to understand their own faith and place in the Catholic church.

(List compiled by Mike Reynold as of March 26)

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