Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FOX Gives Series Orders to 'A.P.B.,' 'The Exorcist,' 'Lethal Weapon,' 'Making History,' 'The Mick' and 'Pitch'

FOX is the first broadcast network to give series orders to its pilot this week. This evening, the network has picked up four dramas - A.P.B., The Exorcist, Lethal Weapon and Pitch - and two comedies - Making History and The Mick - for the 2016-17 season.

A.P.B. - A tech billionaire (Justin Kirk, Weeds) purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one's murder. He uses a cutting-edge approach to fix the broken ways of these blue blooded veterans.

The drama also stars Natalie Martinez, Eric Winter, Caitlin Stasey, Taylor Handley, Tamberla Perry and Ernie Hudson.

David Slack created the series, but the pilot script was re-written by Matt Nix who will serve as showrunner for the first season. Len Wiseman directed the pilot. 20th Century Fox Television produces.

THE EXORCIST - A propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil. Based on the 1971 book by William Blatty.

The cast features Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Kurt Egyiawan and Alan Ruck.

Jeremy Slater wrote the pilot, which was directed by Rupert Wyatt. Both will executive produce with James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall. 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions produce.

LETHAL WEAPON - When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, Rectify) suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with Detective Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans Sr., My Wife and Kids) who, having recently suffered a "minor" heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. Remake of the 1997 feature film.

Jordana Brewster, Kevin Rahm, Keesha Sharp, Dante Brown, Chandler Kinney and Johnathan Fernandez co-star on the drama.

Matt Miller wrote the pilot, which was directed by McG. They executive produce with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. Warner Bros. Television, Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions produce.

MAKING HISTORY - Three friends find a way to travel through time for truth, justice and riches, which complicates their lives in 2016. They visit some of the greatest moments of the past as they try to resolve their personal problems while history and pop culture comically collide.

The comedy stars Adam Pally, Leighton Meester and Yassir Lester.

Julius Sharpe wrote the pilot. He executive produces with Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Seth Cohen. 20th Century Fox Television produces.

THE MICK - A hard-living, foul-mouthed woman (Kaitlin Olson, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) moves to affluent Greenwich, Connecticut to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment. She quickly learns what everyone else already knows: other people's children are awful.

The comedy also stars Sofia Black-D'Elia, Carla Jimenez, Thomas Barbusca, Jack Stanton and Susan Park.

John and Dave Chernin wrote the pilot, which was directed by Randall Einhorn. All three executive produce with Nick Frenkel and Oly Obst. 20th Century Fox Television and 3 Arts Entertainment produce.

PITCH - A young female pitcher (Kylie Bunbury, Under the Dome) defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.

The cast also includes Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mark Consuelos, Dan Lauria, Mo McRae, Ali Larter, Meagan Holder, Tim Jo and Bob Balaban.

Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer wrote the pilot, which was directed by Paris Barclay. The trio executive produce with Tony Bill and Helen Bartlett. 20th Century Fox Television produces.