Network Pilots for 2016-2017 Season (updated 11/17 2:30PM)


Will be updates coming throughout the next few weeks!  Look for RED!
Latest: NBC renewed THE NIGHT SHIFT
 
As we’ve done for multiple years now, here’s a list of renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups, as we get more and more information from the networks!  Here is what we know so far!  Bookmark this page for updates as we get more news!


NBC announced their schedule Sunday, May 15, and will present their new series to advertisers in NYC on Monday.

Officially renewed: AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR, AQUARIUS (S2 Summer), THE BLACKLIST, BLINDSPOT, THE CARMICHAEL SHOW, CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO PD, GRIMM, HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, LAW & ORDER: SVU, LITTLE BIG SHOTS, THE NIGHT SHIFT, SHADES OF BLUE, SUPERSTORE, THE VOICE

Officially canceled/ending: BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, CROWDED, GAME OF SILENCE, HEARTBEAT, HEROES REBORN, MR ROBINSON, THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, THE PLAYER, TELENOVELA, TRUTH BE TOLD, UNDATEABLE, YOU ME, AND THE APOCALYPSE

No word either way: THE BIGGEST LOSER

Finally premiering in 2016/2017: CELEBRITY APPRENTICE, EMERALD CITY

Pilots/Shows given series orders (some sight unseen):

  • TAKEN (previously announced) – Clive Standen stars as a younger Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson, from the movies) – the show will follow how Bryan learned his particular set of skills.
  • TRIAL & ERROR – John Lithgow stars as a small town murder suspect who ends up defended by a NY lawyer (Nicholas D’Agosto). His Josh Segal is a “bright-eyed New York lawyer who heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case.”  He is tasked with defending Lithgow’s eccentric poetry professor accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Josh sets up shop behind a local taxidermy shop and realizes the case isn’t as easy as he first assumed.  Jayma Mays, Sherry Shepherd, Steven Boyer, and Krysta Rodriguez also star.
  • POWERLESS – Danny Pudi and Vanessa Hudgens star in this DC Comics’ comedy series about the powerless office workers in the DC Universe. Hudgens is a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by superheroes.  She ends up a hero among her worn coworkers when she stands up for herself against one of the big heroes.  Alan Tudyk also stars!
  • CHICAGO JUSTICE – basically a foregone conclusion at this point, but NBC made it official today and picked up the fourth CHICAGO series, JUSTICE, starring Philip Winchester!
  • GOOD PLACE (previously announced) – Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, from Mike Schur. Centers on a woman wrestling with what it means to be good.
  • THIS IS US (fka 36) – Dan Fogelman dramedy about a bunch of people born on the same say.  The cast includes Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Sterling K. Brown (LOVE), Ron Cephas Jones, and Chrissy Metz.
  • MIDNIGHT, TEXAS – Adaptation of the hit book series from True Blood author Charlaine Harris. It centers on the rural Texas town of the title, which is filled with vampires, witches, psychics, and hit men, who band together when outsiders threaten them.
  • MARLON – loosely based on Marlon Wayan’s life, based “on a loving (but immature) father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. While his misguided fatherly advice, unstoppable larger-than-life personality, and unpredictable Internet superstardom might get in the way sometimes, for Marlon family really always does come first — even if he’s the biggest kid of all.”
  • GREAT NEWS – Andrea Martin is mother to Briga Heelan in this comedy from Tracy Wigfield and Tina Fey’s prod company. Logline: Getting along with some colleagues can be rough, but working with your mom? That’s a whole other story. When Katie (Heelan), an up-and-coming news producer, finds out her overbearing mom (Martin) has rejoined the workforce as an intern at the station where Katie works, it might just be the worst news ever. But, with her biggest cheerleader at her side, Katie might finally get the recognition she deserves
  • TIMELESS – Described as an action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal (Goran Visnjic) steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), soldier (Matt Lanter) and history professor (Abigail Spencer) who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While this intrepid trio must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive.
  • THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION – Spinoff that springs from the planted pilot starring Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen who has to work for redemption while, I guess, keeping his relationship to Famke Janssen a secret, her being his mama and all that?  Edi Gathegi and Tawny Cypress will also star, bringing their mothership characters to the spinoff.

FOX announced their 2016-2017 schedule Monday, May 16, 2016.

Officially renewed: BOB’S BURGERS, BONES, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, EMPIRE, FAMILY GUY, GOTHAM, HELL’S KITCHEN, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, LUCIFER, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, NEW GIRL, ROSEWOOD, SCREAM QUEENS, THE SIMPSONS, SLEEPY HOLLOW, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, WAYWARD PINES, WORLD’S FUNNIEST

Officially canceled/ending: AMERICAN IDOL, BOOM!, BORDERTOWN, COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE, GRANDFATHERED, THE GRINDER, KNOCK KNOCK LIVE, MINORITY REPORT, SECOND CHANCE

No word either way: ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?, THE X-FILES

Pilots/Shows given series orders (some sight unseen):

  • 24: LEGACYThe new series will retain the original show’s format of real-time storytelling with split screens and like the original, will represent one hour of an eventful day in each episode. The series revolves around a military hero’s (Corey Hawkins) return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back — compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil. Miranda Otto (“Homeland”) and Jimmy Smits (“Sons of Anarchy”) star alongside Hawkins.“24: Legacy” hails from the original team of exec producers, Howard Gordon, Manny Coto, Evan Katz and Brian Grazer, who shepherded the project.
  • STAR – follows three talented singers who navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. Newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady star as the young singers, alongside Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt. Lenny Kravitz will guest star. “Star,” co-created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy, will feature original music and stunning musical fantasy sequences.
  • PRISON BREAK (reboot) – reboot of the beloved (at least by me) series starring Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Robert Knepper, Paul Adelstein, Rockmund DUnbar, Amaury Nolasco, Mark Feurstein, among other returning faves.
  • SHOTS FIRED (event series) – Inspired by recent events that have sparked national outrage and the Black Lives Matter movement, “Shots Fired” examines the dangerous aftermath of racially-charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee. Sanaa Lathan, Timothy James, Aisha Hinds, Tristan Wilds, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfus, and Stephen Moyer star.
  • SON OF ZORN– Hybrid live action / animated comedy with Jason Sudeikis voicing a lead role.  Comes from the LMOE guys, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
  • APB – Justin Kirk stars as a tech billionaire who witnesses a crime first hand, and decides to buy Chicago PD’s 13th Precinct and turn it into a private police force. His character, Gideon, plans to “rethink everything about the way cops fight crime.” The pilot shot in Chicago, so the hope is that the series will, too.  Joining Kirk are Natalie Martinez, Eric Close, Ernie Hudson, Taylor Handley, Tamberla Perry, and Caitlin Stasey.  Len Wisemen directed, and Matt Nix is responsible for the re-written pilot script!
  • THE EXORCIST – not a spinoff or a reboot, but a “reimagining” of the classic horror film.  Set 4 decades after Linda Blair vomited pea soup, follows two priests who are trying to tackle one family’s case of demonic possession.  Great cast – Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrara, Ben Daniels, Brianne Howey, and Hannah Kasulka.
  • LETHAL WEAPON – this one is a reboot and reimagining? Damon Wayons Sr plays Murtaugh (Danny Glover in the movies); Clayne Crawford plays Riggs (Mel Gibson in the movies).  Basically, follows what happens when Riggs is paired up with a “too old for this shit” Murtaugh and they fight crime on a weekly basis. Jordana Brewster, Kevin Rahm, and Keesha Sharp also star.
  • PITCH – Kylie Burnbury plays Ginny Baker, the first woman to play Major League Baseball, when she’s called up to play for the Padres.  Stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Mark Consuelos, Dan Lauria, Michael Beach, Bob Balaban, Mo McRae (LOVE), Meagan Holder, and Tim Jo.
  • MAKING HISTORY – Single cam comedy that follows three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present day lives.  “Rollicking historical adventure” combined with a “contemporary comedy about love, friendship, and trying to fit into an increasingly complex and impersonal world.” Adam Pally, Leighton Meester, and Yassir Lester.  From Goldie Sharpe and Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Seth Cohen.
  • THE MICK – Single cam comedy starring Kaitlin Olson as Mickey, about a “brash, blue collar, two-bit hustler” who basically games the system and avoids responsibility.  When her sister and brother-in-law flee the country to escape federal charges, Mickey assumes custody of their hoity-toity high maintenance kids.  Not sure what this means for IASIP which is renewed for three more seasons at this point.
  • MY KITCHEN RULES – FOX has ordered MY KITCHEN RULES, an eight-episode unscripted cooking series that will pit celebrity duos against each other as they cook and critique each other’s food in Hollywood homes. The teams will take turns hosting intimate dinner parties with a menu designed to impress their rival competitors and two professional chef judges, Curtis Stone (“Top Chef Masters”) and Cat Cora (“Iron Chef America”). The celebrity duos include TV host and *NSYNC member Lance Bass, R&B recording artists Brandy and Ray J, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, country superstar Naomi Judd and reality TV star Brandi Glanville.  The series will feature escalating rounds of competition, in which the celebrity duo with the lowest score at the end of each round will be eliminated. The last two teams standing will battle it out in the final round for a pressure-cooker evening, during which they will prepare and present their ultimate dining menu. In the end, only one team will survive the heat, the drama and the right to claim MY KITCHEN RULES.
  • KICKING AND SCREAMING – a new competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest challenges of their lives.

ABC announced their 2016-2017 schedule Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Officially renewed: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, AMERICAN CRIME, THE BACHELOR, BLACK-ISH, THE CATCH, DANCING WITH THE STARS, DR KEN, FRESH OFF THE BOAT, THE GOLDBERGS, GREY’S ANATOMY, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, LAST MAN STANDING, THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY, MISTRESSES, ONCE UPON A TIME, QUANTICO, THE REAL O’NEALS, SCANDAL, SHARK TANK

Officially canceled/ending: AGENT CARTER, BLOOD & OIL, CASTLE!!!, THE FAMILY, GALAVANT, THE MUPPETS, NASHVILLE, OF KINGS AND PROPHETS, ROOKIE BLUE, UNCLE BUCK, THE WHISPERS, WICKED CITY

Finally premiering in 2016: SECRETS AND LIES

Pilots/Shows given series orders (some sight unseen):

  • DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (previously announced) – this straight to series drama follows Tom Kirkman, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Kiefer Sutherland, yes) as he becomes the President of the United States, after a devastating attack on the Capitol wipes out the current POTUS and all cabinet members. Maggie Q stars as an FBI agent tasked with investigating the attack.
  • STILL STAR-CROSSED – follows the Montagues and Capulets after Romeo & Juliet took their lives.  Comes from Shonda Rhimes. Anthony Head, Grant Bowler, and Torrance Coombs star.
  • CONVICTION – as if to ease the pain of cancelling Hayley Atwell’s AGENT CARTER, ABC picked up CONVICTION. In the show, lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Atwell) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family. MERRIN DUNGEY ALSO STARS!!!!!!
  • DOWNWARD DOG – Allison Tolman (LOVE) and Lucas Neff (LOVE) star in this comedy about a dog navigating the complexities of 21st century relationships.
  • UNTITLED SARAH DUNN (aka THE SECOND FATTEST HOUSEWIFE IN WESTPORT) – Comedy starring Katy Mixon – Narrated by Katie, a strong-willed mother, who is raising her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with “perfect” wives and their “perfect” offspring.
  • TIME AFTER TIME – Kevin Williamson created this one – Freddie Stroma and Josh Bowman star.  Loosely based on the 1979 novel, period piece about HG Wells. SO IN FOR THIS.
  • NOTORIOUS – Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.  Daniel Sunjata and Piper Perabo star, alongside Aimee Teegarden, J. August Richards, Kate Jennings Grant, Ryan Guzman, Sepideh Moafi, and Kevin Zeegers.
  • IMAGINARY MARY – Live-action/CGI project centers on a thirtysomething bachelorette whose life is turned upside-down when she finally meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as an only child suddenly reappears in her life to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family. Jenna Elfman stars, in the show from THE GOLDBERGS’ Adam Goldberg.
  • SPEECHLESS – Minnie Driver plays Maya DiMeo, a mom passionate about her family: husband Jimmy and ch Ray, Dylan and, JJ, the latter of which has special needs. As the official logline states: “As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his ‘voice.’”

CBS announced their 2016-2017 schedule Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Officially renewed: 2 BROKE GIRLS, THE AMAZING RACE, THE BIG BANG THEORY (for three seasons), BIG BROTHER, BLUE BLOODS, CODE BLACK, CRIMINAL MINDS, CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS, ELEMENTARY, HAWAII FIVE-0, LIFE IN PIECES, MADAM SECRETARY, MOM, NCIS, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, THE ODD COUPLE, SCORPION, SURVIVOR, UNDERCOVER BOSS, ZOO

Officially canceled/ending: ANGEL FROM HELL, CSI, CSI:CYBER, EXTANT, THE GOOD WIFE, MIKE & MOLLY, PERSON OF INTEREST, RUSH HOUR, UNDER THE DOME

Officially moving to CW: SUPERGIRL

Canceled on CBS but not fully canceled by CBS Studios yet: LIMITLESS

Pilots/Shows given series orders (some sight unseen):

  • KEVIN CAN WAIT (fka UNTITLED KEVIN JAMES SITCOM; previously announced) – Kevin James stars opposite Erinn Hayes.  James is a retired cop who hopes to have more time with the family but struggles to realize life at home is worse than being on the streets.  LEny Venito, Ryan Cartwright, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Leonard Earl Howze, Taylor Spreitler, and Gary Valentine star.
  • TRAINING DAY – another show based on a movie – this time the Denzel Washington early-aughts film. A crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film left, about an idealistic young police officer (Justin Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Bill Paxton). Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis, and Julie Benz star.
  • BULL – A drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw as the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull (Michael Weatherly) is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick.  Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, Chris Jackson, Jaime Lee Kirchner, and Annabelle Attanasio star.
  • PURE GENIUS – Follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan (Augustus Prew) who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting edge, “new school” approach to medicine.  This one is from Jason Katims (IN!!) – also starring Dermot Mulroney, Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton, Aaron Jennings, and Odette Annable.
  • MACGYVER – Yep. That show.  From Peter Lenkov and starring Lucas Till as a 20-something MacGyver.
  • MAN WITH A PLAN (fka NOT YOUR FRIEND) – Matt LeBlanc comes back to network TV with this one.  Jenna Fischer shot the pilot but isn’t moving forward with the show.  LeBlank is a contractor whose wife goes back to work starts spending more time with his kids and discovers the truth every parent eventually realizes: his little angels are maniacs.
  • THE GREAT INDOORS – Joel McHale comes back to network TV, too, with this one.  An adventure reporter must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of milennials in the digital department of the magazine.  Stephen Fry and Christopher Mintz-Plasse also star.
  • DOUBT – this Katherine Heigl starring legal drama has been worked and reworked a few times, finally finding a home at CBS.  In a historical move, Emmy nom Laverne Cox is the first transgender actor in a series regular role. One of our faves, Steven Pasquale, also stars. Logline is: The successful head of a law firm begins to fall in love with her client, who stands accused of a heinous crime that he may or may not have committed.

The CW announced their 2016-2017 schedule Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Officially renewed: THE 100, ARROW, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, THE FLASH, IZOMBIE, JANE THE VIRGIN, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, THE ORIGINALS, REIGN, SUPERGIRL(!!!!!), SUPERNATURAL, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Officially canceled/ending: AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (moving to Vh1), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, CONTAINMENT, SIGNIFICANT MOTHER

No word either way: WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?

Pilots/Shows given series orders (some sight unseen):

  • RIVERDALE – a live action ARCHIE series – surprising and subversive series about Archie and his friends, along with exploring the town of Riverdale itself. Lots of unknowns looking for a CW breakout, but most notably?  LUKE PERRY!
  • NO TOMORROW – described as “a risk averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest.”  He also believes that the end of days is imminent.  Stars Joshua Sasse and Tori Anderson.
  • FREQUENCY – reboot/remake/reimagining of the Dennis Quaid/Jim Caviezel movie – a female police detective in 2016 discovers she’s able to speak, via ham radio, with her estranged father who died in 1996. Riley Smith, Mekhi Phifer, Peyton List (the elder), Lenny Jacobson, Anthony Ruivivar, Devin Kelley, and Daniel Bonjour star.
  • MADTV (previously announced) – A revival of the original series which ran for 14 seasons on Fox. The new series will feature MadTV‘s signature pop-culture parodies and politically incorrect humor and star up-and-coming comedy voices. Also will feature special appearances from returning cast members of the original series as hosts of each episode.