Monday, January 1, 2018

Showtime - Upcoming Shows and Pilots


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

ORDERED TO SERIES

BLACK MONDAY
  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Kicking off on October 19, 1987 - aka Black Monday, the day of the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street, a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world's largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley's birthday party and the glass ceiling.
  • Cast: Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Yassir Lester, Michael James Scott, Eugene Cordero, Kurt Braunohler (recurring), Casey Wilson (recurring), Ken Marino (recurring), Geoff Stults (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP David Caspe, Jordan Cahan; D/EP Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Television
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: In the early 1990s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, and then it all suddenly changed. At the center is an African-American District Attorney who comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and the unlikely alliance he forms with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston's city-wide criminal justice system.
  • Cast: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Mark O'BrienJonathan TuckerJill Hennessy, Kevin Chapman, Jere Shea, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Dunn (recurring), Cathy Moriarty (recurring), Michael O'Keefe (recurring), Rory Culkin (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Chuck MacLean; EP Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Gavin O'Connor, Jennifer Todd, James Mangold; D/EP Michael Cuesta
  • Studio: Pearl Street Films
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Miniseries
  • Logline: The real-life story of Richard Matt and David Sweat, two inmates who were discovered missing at the maximum security Clinton Correction Facility in New York after being aided in their escape by a female prison employee. The escapes spawned a massive manhunt for the two convicted murderers.
  • Cast: Patricia Arquette, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano, Bonnie HuntEric Lange, David Morse, Jeremy Bobb, Michael Beasley (recurring), Michael Imperioli (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin; EP Bryan Zuriff, Michael De Luca, Nicky Weinstock; D/EP Ben Stiller 
  • Studio: Red Hour Productions, Michael De Luca Productions
  • Premieres: 2018

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Dramatizes an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. It weaves deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Kyle Killen; EP Scott Pennington, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank; D/EP Rupert Wyatt
  • Studio: Microsoft/343 Industries, Amblin Television
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Jeff (aka Mr. Pickles) is an icon of children's TV, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America's impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him - who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire. But when his family (his wife, two sons, sister and father) begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella, Judy Greer, Justin Kirk, Ginger Gonzaga (recurring), Bernard White (recurring), Grace Song (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Dave Holstein; EP Jim Carrey, Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan, Michael Aguilar; D/EP Michel Gondry
  • Studio: Aggregate Films
  • Premieres: September 9, 2018

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Tells the startling story of a sitting U.S. president's disappearance, with the level of detail that only someone who has held the office can know - generating a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller. The story brings to life the pressures and realities of the most important position in the world.
  • Cast:
  • Team: EP Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Studio:
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: A morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty and cold-blooded murder. Jonathan Franzen's intricately plotted novel is populated by characters both hungry for the truth and desperate to hide it. From STASI offspring to Oakland anarchists, Franzen tracks his characters' landscapes as varied as East Berlin, the Bolivian jungle, East Harlem walk-ups and the California Redwoods. Purity is at once supremely ambitious in scope and intensely intimate in its treatment of character - a decades-spanning tragicomedy that builds to a contemporary climax.
  • Cast: Daniel Craig
  • Team: W/EP/D Todd Field; EP Daniel Craig, Jonathan Franzen, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Davie Hare
  • Studio:
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: In today's politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, molding Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government. To understand the events that led to the rise of Donald Trump, one must understand Ailes. The upcoming limited series takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican party's de factor leader, while flashing back to defining events in Ailes' life, including an initial meeting with Richard Nixon on the set of The Mike Douglas Show that gave birth to Ailes' political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. Told through multiple points of view, the limited series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.
  • Cast: Russell Crowe
  • Team: W/EP Gabriel Sherman, Tom McCarthy; EP Jason Blum, Alex Metcalf, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold
  • Studio: Blumhouse Television
  • Premieres: 2019

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: A legal thriller that rips through Chicago society, the son of a respected judge is involved in a hit and run, with both of them dragged into a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices when it's revealed that the victim was the son of a crime boss.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Peter Moffat; EP Robert King, Michelle King, Liz Glotzer, Alon Aranya, Rob Golenberg
  • Studio: CBS Television Studios, King Size Productions, Scripted World
  • Premieres: 2019


ORDERED TO PILOT
  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Two ordinary office workers have their menial existence turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity: "If you are not here by 5 o'clock, we will kill your wife." As the only people who can help, these two unlikely characters must find their inner hero in their quest to save not just themselves, but their loved ones and ultimately their whole town.
  • Cast: Ben Schwartz
  • Team: W/EP James Corden, Matthew Baynton, Ian Maxtone-Graham; EP J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson; D/EP Jim Field Smith
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, Fulwell 73 Productions
  • Notes: Based on the British series of the same name.