Sunday, January 1, 2017

ABC - Projects in Development


(W: Writer, D: Director, EP: Executive Producer, Co-EP: Co-Executive Producer, P: Producer, SR: Showrunner)

ORDERED TO PILOT

CHARLIE FOXTROT
  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Captain Charlie Taylor (Biggs) is a cautious, lovable dentist stationed at Fort Bragg who promises to look after his brother's impulsive fiancée (Ortiz) and her two misfit teens while his sibling is deployed in Iraq.
  • Cast: Jason Biggs, Ana OrtizSwoosie Kurtz, Robert Baker 
  • Team: W/EP Sam Sklaver; EP Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor; D/EP Todd Holland 
  • Studio: ABC Studios, Kapital Entertainment
  • Notes:

THE CROSSING
  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past (Zahn), a federal agent (Holt) and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.
  • Cast: Sandrine Holt, Steve Zahn, Rob Campbell, Jay Karnes, Simone Kessell, Grant Harvey, Tommy Bastow, John D'Leo, Kelley Missal, Marcuis W. Harris 
  • Team: W/EP Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie; EP Jason Reed; D Rob Bowman
  • Studio: ABC Studios
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black (Cutmore-Scott) has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion and influence - the FBI. He'll become the world's first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation, and trap criminals and spies by using deception.
  • Cast: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Ilfenesh HaderaAmaury Nolasco, Lenora Crichlow, Justin Chon, Vinnie Jones 
  • Team: W/EP Chris Fedak; EP Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter; Co-P David Kwong; D/EP David Nutter
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in the aftermath of 9/11, the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the list is sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs that's ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.
  • Cast: Taye DiggsRachelle LefevreDan Byrd, Jack Davenport, Claire Holt, Rochelle Aytes 
  • Team: W/EP Mark Bianculli, VJ Boyd; EP Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz; D Joachim Rønning
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Carol Mendelsohn Productions, Pernomium Pictures, Signal Hill Productions
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: A young surgeon with Savant syndrome (Highmore) is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. The question will arise: can a person who doesn't have the ability to relate to people actually save their lives?
  • Cast: Freddie HighmoreAntonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Hill Harper, Irene King, Richard Schiff, Beau Garrett 
  • Team: W/EP David Shore; EP Daniel Dae Kim, Sebastian Lee, David Kim; Co-EP Eric Gunn, Lindsay Goffman; D Seth Gordon
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Shore Z Productions, 3AD
  • Notes: Based on a South Korean format.


  • Genre: Comedy (Multi-Camera)
  • Logline: A family has the opportunity to buy the house of their dreams but under extremely abnormal circumstances: They must live with the previous owner, an eccentric, larger-than-life actress (Burnett).
  • Cast: Carol Burnett, Timothy OmundsonMatt Oberg, Mary Holland 
  • Team: W/EP Michael Saltzman; EP Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Dave Becky, Michael Pelmont
  • Studio: Universal Television, Paper Kite Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, The Nacelle Company
  • Notes:


  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Detective Sonya De La Reina (Alonso) is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family - the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, Sonya must walk the murky line between the law and her family, and question her true destiny as a De La Reina.
  • Cast: Daniella AlonsoSonia Braga, John Corbett, Matthew Davis, Amanda Warren, Eric Winter, Shalim Ortiz 
  • Team: W/EP Dean Georgaris; SR/EP Chris Brancato; EP Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper; D/EP Liz Friedlander 
  • Studio: ABC Studios, The Mark Gordon Company
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Malcolm (Vance) is a smooth, confident liberal pundit and father of three who arms himself with cold, hard facts and an irresistible easy charm that wins over everyone he meets. He recently married Libby (Huffman), a strong, brilliant Republican who won his heart by knocking him off his feet. Now they'll forge a new life together at home against all odds while going head-to-head at work on their fiery new political talk show.
  • Cast: Felicity Huffman, Courtney B. Vance, Sayeed Shahidi, Jahi Winston, Monique Green, Caitlin McGee 
  • Team: W/EP Kenya Barris, Vijal Patel; EP Felicity Huffman, Courtney B. Vance, Brian Dobbins; D Anton Cropper
  • Studio: ABC Studios
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Three adult siblings (Cryer, Morales, Huntington) and their parents who - between their minds, their marriages, their freedom and life - are all losing it in different ways.
  • Cast: Jon CryerNatalie Morales, Sam Huntington 
  • Team: W/EP DJ Nash; EP Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor; D Julie Anne Robinson
  • Studio: ABC Studios, Kapital Entertainment
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Sheila Gable (King) is a tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids (Wilson, Alvarez, Jackson, Friedman) on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town.
  • Cast: Georgia King, Craig T. NelsonLulu Wilson, Izabella Alvarez, Talia JacksonCooper Friedman 
  • Team: W/EP Diablo Cody; EP Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Caitlin Moran, Caroline Moran, Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice, Caroline Leddy; D/EP Ben Taylor
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions, Big Talk Productions
  • Notes: Based on the U.K. series of the same name.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: A brilliant but misanthropic engineer (Tate) recruits a skeptical homeland security agent (Miller) to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the elite and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that may be linked to a greater conspiracy.
  • Cast: Allison Miller, Larenz TateJohn Leguizamo, Neil Sandilands, Elaine Tan 
  • Team: W/EP Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum, Scott Rosenberg; EP Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan; D Gary Fleder
  • Studio: ABC Studios, Midnight Radio, Keshet, Beta Film
  • Notes: Based on the 2012 Belgian series.

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: A couple's (Fischer, Hudson) marriage is reignited by their divorce.
  • Cast: Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson, Diane Farr 
  • Team: W/EP Emily Kapnek; EP Ellen DeGeneres, Mette Heeno, Jeff Kleeman, Hella Joof, Mie Andreasen; D Dean Holland
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Piece of Pie Productions, A Very Good Production
  • Notes: Based on the 2016 Danish series.

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Alex Schuman (Braff) is an inquisitive journalist, husband and father who dives headfirst into the brave new world of entrepreneurship when he quits his stable job and starts his own business.
  • Cast: Zach Braff, Tiya Sircar, Michael Imperioli, Hillary Anne Matthews, Chris Sacca (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Matt Tarses; EP John Davis, John Fox, Chris Gilberti, Alex Blumberg, Matt Lieber; D/EP Zach Braff
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, Gimlet Media
  • Notes: Based on the podcast of the same name.

  • Genre: Comedic Drama
  • Logline: A driven but stubborn detective (Rath) finds unlikely help from her precinct's trustee (Cox), a larger-than-life ex-con who is finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Although the two have completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a highly entertaining and successful partnership is born.
  • Cast: Meaghan Rath, Laverne CoxMichael Cudlitz, Lance Gross, David Warshofsky, Tim Kang, L. Scott Caldwell, Berto Colon 
  • Team: W/EP Jay Scherick, David Ronn; EP Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman; D/EP Michael Engler
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Brownstone Productions
  • Notes:


  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: An outspoken, idealistic rapper (Hall) runs for office as a publicity stunt. When he actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall.
  • Cast: Brandon Michael Hall, Lea Michele, Bernard Jones, Yvette Nicole Brown (2nd position to The Odd Couple
  • Team: W/EP Jeremy Bronson; EP Daveed Diggs, Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark; D/EP James Griffiths
  • Studio: ABC Studios, Bluegrass FanFare
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Ruby Adair (McEntire) is the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, Kentucky who finds her Red State outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent (Usmani) is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance as Ruby takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this Southern gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own.
  • Cast: Reba McEntire, Saamer UsmaniJack ColemanAmanda Detmer, Ben Esler, Natalie Hall, Ryan McPartlin, Saidah Ekulona, Emily Rose, W. Earl Brown, Roslyn Ruff 
  • Team: W/EP Marc Cherry; EP Reba McEntire, Sabrina Wind, Mindy Schultheis, Michael Hanel; D/EP Michael Offer
  • Studio: ABC Studios, Cherry-Wind Productions, Acme Productions
  • Notes:


  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Set in the 1990s, two high school teachers (Callen, Meadows) become unlikely father figures to the kids at their Philadelphia school.
  • Cast: Bryan Callen, Tim Meadows, Nia LongRachel Crow, Summer Parker 
  • Team: W/EP Adam F. Goldberg, Marc Firek; EP Doug Robinson, Seth Gordon; D Jay Chandrasekhar
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison Productions
  • Notes: Spinoff of The Goldbergs.

  • Genre: Comedy (Multi-Camera)
  • Logline: An intellectual but emotionally challenged single dad (Riggle) moves to Queens with his two young daughters and forms an unlikely family with the other residents in their apartment building.
  • Cast: Rob Riggle, Lombardo Boyar, Amy Hill 
  • Team: W/EP Dannah Phirman, Danielle Schneider; EP Sarah Haskins, Emily Halpern
  • Studio: ABC Studios
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Comedy (Multi-Camera)
  • Logline: A legendary rapper's (Rev. Run) plans for slowing down are thwarted when his wife (Simmons) decides to pursue her own dreams and stardom.
  • Cast: Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, Justine Simmons 
  • Team: W/EP Jeremy Bronson; EP Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, Jhoni Marchinko, Michael Lehman, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey; D/EP Don Scardino
  • Studio: ABC Studios, Amblin Television
  • Notes: Pilot presentation