Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Showtime - Upcoming Shows and Pilots


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

ORDERED TO SERIES

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY
  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: An epic tale of love, war and the birth of America's comic book superhero obsession in big band-era New York. Based on the novel by Michael Chabon
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman; EP Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman
  • Studio: CBS Television Studios, Paramount Television
  • Premieres: 2021

THE COMEY RULE
  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: An immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation. Two powerful figures - Donald Trump and James Comey, whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties - are put on a collision course. Down the corridors of power, the decision-makers struggle to apply old norms to a dramatic new paradigm in the face of Russia's deep and unprecedented penetration into American politics, with our nation's rule of law hanging in the balance. The actions in these historic months made the careers of some, destroyed the careers of others and helped shape the incendiary political landscape we live in today. Based on the novel A Higher Loyalty by Comey.
  • Cast: Jeff Daniels, Brendan Gleeson, Holly Hunter, Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle, Scoot McNairy, Jonathan Banks, Oona Chaplin, Amy Seimetz, Steven Pasquale, Peter Coyote, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Steve Zissis, Shawn Doyle, Brian d'Arcy James, Dalmar Abuzeid, William Sadler, Richard Thomas, T.R. Knight, Joe Lo Truglio, Spencer Garrett, Michael Hyatt, Damon Gupton, Seann Gallagher
  • Team: W/EP/D Billy Ray; EP Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Shane Salerno
  • Studio: CBS Television Studios, Home Run Productions, The Story Factory, Secret Hideout
  • Premieres: September 27, 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history's most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes, with the first season focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.
  • Cast: Viola Davis
  • Team: W/EP Aaron Cooley; EP Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Cathy Schulman, Jeff Gaspin, Brad Kaplan
  • Studio: Lionsgate Television, JuVee Productions, Welle Entertainment, Gaspin Media, LINK Entertainment
  • Premieres: 2021

THE GOOD LORD BIRD
  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: The story of how a young slave nicknamed Onion became part of abolitionist John Brown's motley family and eventually took part in the raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia that helped precipitate the Civil War. Based on the novel by James McBride.
  • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Joshua Johnson-Lionel, Daveed Diggs, Wyatt Russell, David Morse, Steve Zahn, Orlando Jones, Ellar Coltrane, Mo Brings Plenty, Jack Alcott, Nick Eversman, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Beau Knapp, Rafael Casal (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Ethan Hawke, Mark Richard; EP James McBride, Jason Blum, Brian Taylor, Ryan Hawke, David Schiff, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman; D/EP Albert Hughes
  • Studio: Blumhouse Television
  • Premieres: October 4, 2020

  • 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: Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Kate Kennedy, Yerin Ha, Danny Sapani, Olive Gray, Charlie Murphy
  • Team: W/EP/SR Kyle Killen; SR/EP Steven Kane; EP Scott Pennington, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank; D/EP Otto Bathurst
  • Studio: Microsoft/343 Industries, Amblin Television
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: Set in the isolated desert of Winslow, Arizona at NASA's Moon Base Simulator, eager astronauts Skip, Rook and Cap attempt to qualify for their first lunar mission. While working vigorously to complete their training, a series of unexpected circumstances forces the astronauts to question their own mental sanity, trust in each other and whether or not they're cut out for space travel.
  • Cast: Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, John C. Reilly
  • Team: W/EP/D Jonathan Krisel; W/EP Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, John C. Reilly; EP Dave Kneebone, Eric Wareheim, Ravi Nandan, Inman Young
  • Studio: A24
  • Premieres: November 8, 2020

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Tom Ripley travels from 1960s New York to Italy after he's hired by a wealthy man to retrieve his vagabond son. Deceit, fraud, murder and palpable sexual tension ensue. Based on the novels by Patricia Highsmith.
  • Cast: Andrew Scott, Johnny Flynn 
  • Team: W/EP/D Steven Zaillian; EP Garrett Basch, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Sharon Levy, Philipp Keel; P Andrew Scott
  • Studio: Endemol Shine North America, Entertainment 360, Filmrights
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Del Harris is the complicated and compromised police chief of a town in southwestern Pennsylvania. When the son of the woman he loves is accused of murder, Harris must decide what he's willing to do to protect the young man. Based on the novel American Rust by Philipp Meyer.
  • Cast: Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney, Bill Camp, David Alvarez, Alex Neustaedter, Julia Mayorga
  • Team: W/EP Dan Futterman; EP Jeff Daniels, Michael De Luca, Elisa Ellis
  • Studio: Platform One Media
  • Premieres: 2021

  • Genre: Limited Series
  • Logline: A legal thriller that rips through New Orleans 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: Bryan Cranston, Hunter Doohan, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Carmen Ejogo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Hope Davis, Lilli Kay, Amy Landecker, Tony Curran (recurring), Keith Machekanyanga (recurring), Lamar Johnson (recurring), Benjamin Flores Jr. (recurring), Lorraine Toussaint (recurring), Jimi Stanton (recurring), Chet Hanks (recurring), Margo Martindale (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Peter Moffat; EP Bryan Cranston, Robert King, Michelle King, Liz Glotzer, Alon Aranya, Rob Golenberg; D/EP Edward Berger
  • Studio: CBS Television Studios, King Size Productions, Scripted World
  • Premieres: 2020


ORDERED TO PILOT

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Set 18 years after being arrested for murder, male escort Julian Kaye struggles to find his footing in the modern-day Los Angeles sex industry, while seeking the truth about the set-up that sent him to prison all those years ago and also hoping to reconnect with his one true love, Michelle.
  • Cast: Jon Bernthal
  • Team: W/EP/D David Hollander; EP Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed
  • Studio: Paramount Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television
  • Notes: Sequel to the 1980 film featuring Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton.

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: A woman who overcame childhood leukemia achieves her lifelong dream of landing a job as a QVC host.
  • Cast: Vanessa Bayer, Molly ShannonTami Sagher 
  • Team: W/EP Vanessa Bayer, Jeremy Beiler; SR/EP Jessi Klein; EP Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle; D/EP Michael Showalter
  • Studio: Annapurna Television
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Comedy (Single Camera)
  • Logline: An alleged curse disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple who star in Flipanthropy, their troubled HGTV show.
  • Cast: Nathan Fielder, Benny Safdie
  • Team: W/EP/D Benny Safdie; W/EP Nathan Fielder; D/EP Josh Safdie
  • Studio:
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  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: A politically aimless and powerless vice president is unexpectedly elevated to the presidency halfway into the administration's first term. He then walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. With scandal and conspiracy on all sides, he has to choose between keeping his head down and toeing the party line or following a late-developing conscience and taking a stand.
  • Cast: David Oyelowo, Janet McTeerPaul Adelstein, Medina Senghore, Gina Gallego, Michael Rooker, Ann Dowd 
  • Team: W/EP Anthony Peckham; EP Bill Clinton, James Patterson, Christopher McQuarrie, Heather McQuarrie, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, David Oyelowo
  • Studio: Invisible Ink Productions
  • Notes:

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: A headstrong, unconventional teacher and single mother takes on every kind of authority - and her own family - in a messy, unfiltered way.
  • Cast: Lena Headey, Josh Hutcherson, Bryce Gangel, Curtiss Cook, Darren Pettie, Betsy Brandt, Paprika Steen, Isabella Crovetti, Gio Tavarez, Jade Payton, Connor Falk
  • Team: W/EP Christian Torpe; EP Lena Headey, Elisa Ellis; D/EP Lisa Cholodenko
  • Studio: Platform One Media
  • Notes: Based on a Danish series.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Three American women suffer private and/or public backlash for their sexual desires. Based on years of immersive reporting, the nonfiction book is a result of Lisa Taddeo's portrait of ordinary women from different backgrounds and regions.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP Lisa Taddeo
  • Studio:
  • Notes: Series commitment.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Traversing generations to tell an emotionally complex family story that interweaves modern-day and 1959 Detroit, a mystery is uncovered by a young musician who moves back to her childhood home.
  • Cast:
  • Team: W/EP/D John Ridley; W/EP Kyle Jarrow; EP Alicia Keys, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Marc Platt, R.J. Cutter, Adam Siegel
  • Studio: Fox 21 Television Studios
  • Notes: Series commitment.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Logline: Equal parts survival epic, horror story and coming-of-age drama, a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to warring, cannibalistic clans, while also tracking the lives they've attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.
  • Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, Tawny Cypress, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ella Purnell, Sammi Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Sophie NĂ©lisse, Steven Krueger, Amy Okuda, Ava Allan (recurring), Courtney Eaton (recurring), Briana Venskus (recurring), Liv Hewson (recurring)
  • Team: W/EP Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson; EP Drew Comins; D/EP Karyn Kusama
  • Studio: Entertainment One, Creative Engine Entertainment
  • Notes: