TV Pilots

Network: NBC Entertainment
Studio: Universal Television
Production Companies: David Janollari Entertainment, John Glenn Entertainment
Executive Producers: David Janollari, John Glenn
Writers: Lars Jacobson, John Glenn
Logline: Tracks a modern-day immaculate conception on a large scale. The show follows those few children that survived and how they’re destined to change the world.
SSN Insight: This is Janollari’s third sale to NBC in his first development season. Already in development are comedies Gifted, from writer David Bickel, and an untitled project written by Paul Ruehl. Glenn wrote two drama projects for NBC last season, the modern-day Hatfields & McCoys, which went to pilot, and Lost Horizon with M. Night Shyamalan, which had a put pilot commitment, but was not picked up.

Untitled Sean Jablonski Project
Network: USA Network
Production Company: Universal Cable Productions
Executive Producers: Sean Jablonski, Russ Krasnoff
Writer/Creator: Sean Jablonski
Logline: Follows investment banker Neil Truman and his wife Grace who are sifting through their stagnant relationship when Neil discovers that Grace is seeing a male escort and accidentally gains possession of the escort’s phone. He gains a unique perspective on his life and what motivates women, while Grace contemplates whether her needs are being met and whether her marriage is worth saving.
SSN Insight: Sean Jablonski was the showrunner on the first season of USA’s Suits and is currently a co-executive producer on the new ABC series Betrayal.

Broken Girls
Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television
Production Company: Prospect Park
Writer: John Scott Shepherd
Logline: Follows an antiheroine who must live with a body that has become both her fortress and her cage. After emotionally damaged Trish Derring loses the man she saw as her last hope for happiness, she decides she has nothing left to live for only to discover she’s literally invincible.
SSN Insight: Shepherd was an executive producer on the mid-season comedy Save Me, which was canceled after one season.

Untitled McPherson-Schwartz Project
Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
Studio: Lionsgate Television
Production Company: Wonder Monkey
Executive Producer: Steve McPherson (also developed by)
Co-Executive Producer: Brandon Schwartz
Writer: Brandon Schwartz
Logline: Centers on a young hopeless romantic guy who, after being dumped by his first and only girlfriend, moves into a West Hollywood apartment complex with a handsome former gigolo, two aspiring female supermodels, and a self-defense instructor who become his unlikely friends and support group and introduce him into a wild new world he could have never imagined exist.
SSN Insight: This is McPherson’s first sale as an independent producer. For his second sale, he has another untitled project at Fox, which is based on a play by Julliard graduate Kate Gersten.

Untitled Rob Thomas Project
Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Production Company: Rob Thomas Productions
Executive Producers: Rob Thomas Productions, Danielle Stokdyk, Rob Thomas
Supervising Producer: Graham Norris
Writer: Graham Norris
Logline: A contemporary take on Les Miserables, about a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before. He must navigate high society, continue his mission of saving innocent people, and manage his tumultuous family and romantic life — all while staying one step ahead of a ruthless U.S. Attorney who refuses to let the ghosts of the past die.
SSN Insight: This is the second classic 19th century French novel to get a contemporary take as a soapy primetime drama; ABC’s Revenge was inspired by Alexamdre Dumas’ The Count Of Monte Cristo.

Raised By Wolves
Network: CBS Entertainment
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Executive Producers: Fred Savage, Matt Dearborn, Racelle Rosett Schaefer
Writers : Racelle Rosett Schaefer
Logline: Revolves around a 20-something guy who suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his 7-year-old daughter and whose buddies band together to help him raise her.
SSN Insight: Project reunites Fred Savage and Matt Dearborn; Savage has directed a few episodes of Dearborn’s Even Stevens for Disney.

Network: FX Network
Production Company: FX Productions
Executive Producers: Scott Frank (showrunner, EP), Paul Giamatti, Scott Frank, Carol Fenelon, Daniel Carey
Cast: Paul Giamatti
Director: Scott Frank
Writer: Scott Frank
Logline: A story of mid-life crisis and murder that features the hardboiled and possibly insane homicide detective Hoke Moseley in pre-chic Miami circa 1985.
Details: Based on the novels Sideswipe, New Hope For The Dead and The Way We Die Now by Charles Willeford.

Untitled Kaplan/ Ritter/ Vassey Bowling Project
Network: NBC Entertainment
Studio: Universal Television
Production Company: Kapital Entertainment
Executive Producers:  Aaron Kaplan, Krysten Ritter
Writer: Liz Vassey
Logline: Revolves around a group of six friends who meet each Wednesday night for their weekly bowling league and centers on two of them — a couple, now broken up, who refuse to give up custody of their bowling league.
SSN Insight: Kaplan has also just received a put pilot commitment from NBC with writer-producer Justin Spitzer about a Detroit auto company. This marks Kaplan’s fifth sale this season.

Bad Guys
Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Executive Producers: Zev Borow, Matthew Miller
Writers: Zev Borow, Matthew Miller
Logline: Centers on Lea Morris, a NYPD detective and a single mom raising a teenage son, and her dad Nalin Morris, a recently paroled ex-con who wants a second chance with his daughter and a first with his grandson.
SSN Insight: Miller recently sold the project Forever to ABC and will be a co-EP on The 100 for CW, while Borow is a co-EP on Love is Dead for USA, which was recently picked up to pilot. Miller and Borow previously worked together on the Fox project Human Target.

Untitled Alex Delaware Jerry Bruckheimer Project
Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
Production Company: Jerry Bruckheimer Television
Executive Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Kellerman, Pam Veasey, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed
Writer: Pam Veasey
Logline: Features a crime-solving psychologist, who joins forces with a closeted gay LAPD detective.
Details: Based on the Alex Delaware mystery series by Jonathan Kellerman.

Network: HBO Network- Home Box Office
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Production Companies: Bad Robot, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Kilter Films
Executive Producers: Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk
Co-Executive Producer: Kathy Lingg
Producer: Athena Wickham
Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy
Logline: A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
Details: Based on the 1973 film Westworld, written and directed by Michael Crichton, for MGM.
SSN Insight: This project marks the first cable sale for Bad Robot, which has been producing multiple projects for broadcast TV over the past few years. This is also the second series inspired by the film. The first spinoff was a 1980’s drama entitled Beyond Westworld, which was a continuation of Westworld and its sequel Futureworld.

No Way Back
Network: ABC Entertainment Group
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television
Production Company: Imagine Television
Executive Producers: Jessica Sharzer, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo
Co-Executive Producer:
Writer: Jessica Sharzer
Logline: Centers on two women who join forces and embark on a dangerous odyssey to find the truth and save their lives. One is a suburban mother and ex-cop, whose chance meeting with a stranger in a hotel ends when the man is murdered and she’s the only witness. The other is a young woman from Mexico who has a deadly secret that has driven her into hiding until she can prove her innocence. It’s a desperate hunt that leads them into a nefarious web of treachery, lies and corruption involving drug lords, arm dealers and shadowy figures in the highest echelons of government.
Details: Based on the novel No Way Back, written by Andrew Gross.

Karl Gibson

Karl Gibson (Editor, Studio System News) has worked in the Los Angeles media sector for over 15 years. His editorial experience encompasses over 1,400 printed daily, festival and special editions of ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ where he covered news desks and event coverage as Editorial Business Analyst from 2001 to 2008. He has worked for The New York Times Company, PR Newswire, The Knight Digital Media Center and appeared as a media panelist for events, festivals and television. Karl also has handled event, premiere and awards show coverage for over seven awards seasons.

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