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2019 ABC Pilots - Dramas

The Baker and the Beauty


Genre: Romantic Dramedy

Description: Noa Hollander has it all: she’s the most famous woman in the country, the beautiful daughter of a real estate magnate, a successful model with an international career and, up until now, one half of a Hollywood power couple. The son of Cuban immigrants, Daniel Garcia, is a simple guy who still lives with his parents and works at the family bakery. A chance encounter at a fancy restaurant leads to unexpected sparks. Can their love survive her jet-setting lifestyle, her overbearing agent, his unworldly family, both their exes and the media?

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Pilot Cast: Nathalie Kelley, Victor Rasuk, Dan Bucatinsky, Lisa Vidal, Carlos Gomez , Belissa Escobedo.

Series Creator: Dean Georgaris.

Pilot Director: David Frankel.

Producers: Dean Georgaris, David Frankel, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan.

Studios: Universal Television, ABC Studios, Keshet Studios.



Genre: Mystery Thriller

Description: Jo, the sheriff of a small town, takes in a young child that she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all. Determined to discover the truth and to protect herself and her her family, she takes all the risks.

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Pilot Cast: Allison Tolman, Alexa Skye Swinton, Donald Faison, Owain Yeoman, Robert Bailey Jr, Ashley Aufderheide, Zabryna Guevara.

Series Creator: Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters.

Pilot Director: Paul McGuigan.

Producers: Paul McGuigan, Robert Atwood, Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters.

Studios: ABC Studios, Fazekas & Butters Productions.

For Life

(Also known as Untitled Hank Steinberg Project)

Genre: Legal

Description: Once wrongly convicted as the kingpin behind one of the largest drug distribution networks in New Jersey, the true story of a man who now practices law in the same courtroom where he was sentenced to life behind bars. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him.

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Pilot Cast: Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant, Dorian Missick, Mary Stuart Masterson.

Series Creator: Hank Steinberg.

Pilot Director: George Tillman Jr..

Producers: Isaac Wright, Jr, Alison Greenspan, Doug Robinson.

Studios: Sony Pictures Television, G-Unit Film & Television, Doug Robinson Productions.

Heart of Life


Genre: Family and soap

Description: Two sets of adult siblings from wildly different worlds discover they’re related and must reassess everything they thought they knew about their shared father. As they explore the mystery of their separate childhoods, they’ll experience the difficulty in overcoming the sins of the past, and learn the joys of reuniting with long-lost family.

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Pilot Cast: Dave Annable, Jessica Stroup, Harry Shum Jr., Katie Findlay, Nick Thune, Ming-Na Wen.

Series Creator: Ben Queen.

Based on: John Mayer’s song

Pilot Director: Anne Fletcher.

Producers: Ben Queen, Melvin Mar, Paul Weitz, John Mayer.

Studios: 20th Century FOX Television, ABC Studios.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story


Genre: Soap

Description: After a string of failed romance, a successful hypnotherapist named Ellen is optimistic about her current boyfriend, a charming widower. Then he reveals a disturbing truth: he has a stalker ex-girlfriend who has been following him and his son for years. Ellen finds herself intrigued and oddly thrilled by the stalker, entirely unaware that they’ve met.

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Pilot Cast: Juliet Rylance, Heather Graham, Adan Canto, Jane Seymour, Liza Lapira, Skye P. Marshall.

Series Creator: Katie Wech.

Pilot Director: Francesca Gregorini.

Producers: Katie Wech, Heather Graham, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks.

Studios: ABC Studios, Mandeville Television.

New York Undercover


Genre: Crime Detective

Description: Detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz investigate New York City’s most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park.

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Pilot Cast: Toby Sandeman, Otmara Marrero, Anna Enger, Octavio Pizano, MC Lyte, Fat Joe, Malik Yoba, Luna Lauren Vélez.

Series Creator: Dick Wolf, Ben Watkins.

Based on: The 90s series

Pilot Director: Anthony Hemingway.

Producers: Peter Jankowski, Arthur Forney.

Studios: Universal Television, ABC Studios, Wolf Films.

NYPD Blue (2019)


Genre: Cop Drama

Description: Andy Sipowicz’s son, Theo, tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s cold case when new information arises. Theo seems to have taken after his father as he too is a hard-drinking, hard-headed and quick-witted cop.

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Pilot Cast: Fabien Frankel, Alona Tal, Kim Delaney, Bill Brochtrup, Rick Gomez, Ashley Thomas .

Series Creator: Matt Olmstead, Nick Wootton.

Pilot Director: Jesse Bochco.

Producers: Dayna Bochco, Jesse Bochco, Matt Olmstead, Nick Wootton.

Studios: 20th Century Fox, ABC Studios.


Genre: Detective Drama

Description: Inspired by the spirited graphic novel, Stumptown follows Dex Parios, a sharp tongued, whip smart, down on her luck, making-it-up-as-she-goes-along, hot mess of a P.I., working in Portland, Oregon. It’s a distinct world populated by oddball characters where seemingly simple cases unfold with surprising turns, emotional stakes, and a healthy dose of humor. At its heart, our reluctant heroine solves other people’s messes with a blind eye toward her own. Dex usually gets it right … but not until all other options have been exhausted.

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Pilot Cast: Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Michael Ealy, Camryn Manheim, Mark Webber, Adrian Martinez.

Series Creator: Jason Richman.

Based on: Greg Rucka's graphic novel Stumptown

Pilot Director: James Griffiths.

Producers: Jason Richman, Ruben Fleischer, Dave Bernad, Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth, Justin Greenwood.

Studios: ABC Studios.



Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Description: What if the Bermuda Triangle was not a watery grave in the middle of the ocean, but a land lost in time that has trapped travelers over the course of human history? When a family is shipwrecked in this strange land, they must band together with a group of like-minded inhabitants — from throughout history — to survive and somehow find a way home.

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Pilot Cast: Mike Vogel, Mallory Jansen, Matt Passmore, Edwin Hodge, Lorenzo Richelmy, Sibongile Mlambo, Diana Bermudez, Amit Shah, Sarah Catherine Hook.

Series Creator: Jon Harmon Feldman, Sonny Postiglione.

Pilot Director: McG.

Producers: Jennifer Gwartz.

Studios: ABC Studios, Random Hill.

Until the Wedding


Genre: Romantic and Soap

Description: One couple’s decision to get married affects everyone in their lives, as friends and family are forced to reckon with their own romantic lives and come to terms with the realities of love and marriage.

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Pilot Cast: Olivia Thirlby, E.J. Bonilla, Britt Lower, Michael Stahl-David, Trent Garrett, Christian Coulson, Vered Blonstein, Christian Borle, Liza Colon-Zayas, Michael Benjamin Washington.

Series Creator: Becky Mode.

Pilot Director: Susannah Grant.

Producers: Becky Mode, Susannah Grant, Alon Aranya, Avi Zvi, Ami Amir, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman.

Studios: ABC Studios, Matar Productions, Reshet 13, Paper Plane Productions.

2019 ABC Pilots - Comedies



Genre: single-camera and family

Description: The story of Hannah and her Indian-American immigrant father. They always have been close, but after she admits to herself that she’s in a dead-end job and he reveals his marriage is over, they’re starting over together and each finding a new path. This new chapter will either make them crazy close — or just crazy.

Pilot Cast: Hannah Simone, Jane Leeves, Alanna Ubach.

Series Creator: Hannah Simone, Matt Fusfeld, Alex Cuthbertson.

Pilot Director: Todd Holland, Alex Cuthbertson.

Producers: Matt Fusfeld, Hannah Simone.

Studios: ABC Studios, 20th Century FOX Television.

Happy Accident


Genre: Sngle Camera and Family

Description: Two Pittsburgh families — a father with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son — are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Pilot Cast: Vanessa Williams, Matt Walsh, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kether Donohue, Elliot Knight, Robert Smith, Jessie Pinnick, Jon Pollack, Abraham Higginbotham.

Series Creator: Abraham Higginbotham, Jon Pollack.

Pilot Director: Kat Coiro.

Producers: Abraham Higginbotham, Jon Pollack.

Studios: 20th Century FOX Television, ABC Studios.



Genre: Single Camera and Family

Description: Blackish spin-off around young Bow not fitting in at school and her mom Alicia going to work for her rich grandfather Harrison at Johnson and Johnson Esquire.

Pilot Cast: Arica Himmel, Tika Sumpter, Gary Cole, Peter Saji.

Based on: Black-ish

Pilot Director: Anton Cropper.

Producers: Kenya Barris, Peter Saji.

Studios: ABC Studios, Principato-Young Entertainment.



Genre: multi-camera and family

Description: After the death of his wife, an obsessive, overprotective dad is forced to invite his brash and bawdy mother-in-law into his home to help raise the two granddaughters she barely knows.

Pilot Cast: Katey Sagal, Ben Lawson, Bill Bellamy, Kimberly Quinn, Gemma Allen, Andy Ackerman, Lon Zimmet.

Series Creator: Lon Zimmet.

Producers: Katey Sagal, Laura Lancaster, Ted Melfi, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson.

Studios: 20th Century FOX Television, ABC Studios, Alcon Entertainment, Goldenlight Films.



Genre: multi-camera and family

Description: Leslie and Hope are joint pastors at a young, hip, diverse church in Los Angeles. Through their services, online streams and books they are experts at uniting people across different races, genders, orientations and opinions. But when it comes to uniting the people in their blended family, they are way out of their comfort zone and as a result, the teachers often find themselves the pupils.

Pilot Cast: Leslie Odom Jr., Kelly Jenrette, Hailey Kilgore, Lilah Richcreek, Alexis Field, Saladin K. Patterson.

Series Creator: Saladin K. Patterson.

Pilot Director: Fred Savage, Pilar Savone.

Producers: Kerry Washington, Leslie Odom Jr..

Studios: ABC Studios, Simpson Street.

United We Fall


Genre: multi-camera and family

Description: Based on writer Julius Sharpe’s life, the parents of two young kids struggle to achieve the ordinary. When two people with young children and overzealous extended families truly love each other, barely anything is possible.

Pilot Cast: Will Sasso, Christina Vidal, Jane Curtin, Jason Michael Snow.

Series Creator: Julius Sharpe.

Pilot Director: Mark Cendrowski, Julia Gunn, Seth Gordon.

Producers: Julius Sharpe.

Studios: Sony Pictures Television, Exhibit A.

Untitled Jessica Gao Project


Genre: single-camera and comedy

Description: About Janet Zhao, a first generation Chinese-American woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she’s spent her life trying to keep at arm’s length.

Pilot Cast: Holly Chou, Cindy Cheung, Kelly Hu, Stephen Park, Helen Hong, John Gemberling.

Series Creator: Jessica Gao.

Pilot Director: Jude Weng, Samie Kim Falvey.

Producers: Jessica Gao, Francie Calfo, Brian Grazer.

Studios: ABC Studios, CBS Television Studios, Imagine Television.

Untitled Nate Bargatze Pilot


Genre: Multicamera and Family

Description: Nate and his wife choose to move from California to Nate’s native Tennessee, where his parents still live, to raise their six-year-old daughter. They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more complicated than they imagined.

Pilot Cast: Nate Bargatze, Katie Aselton, Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith.

Series Creator: Nate Bargatze, Dan Shaki, Ari Katcher, Jerrod Carmichael.

Pilot Director: Drew Goddard.

Producers: Drew Goddard, Jerrod Carmichael, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, Ari Katcher, Nate Bargatze.

Studios: 20th Century FOX Television, Brillstein Entertainment.

Woman Up


Genre: single-camera and family

Description: About two former teen moms who have worked their asses off to see their daughters all the way through high school graduation; and now, at 35, they’re ready to make up for the youth they never had.

Pilot Cast: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Tawny Newsome, Bryce Charles, Tate Moore.

Series Creator: Zoe Lister-Jones.

Pilot Director: Zoe Lister-Jones, Jon Radler, Jason Winer.

Producers: Zoe Lister-Jones, Liz Meriwether.

Studios: 20th Century FOX Television, Small Dog Pictures, Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures, Lister Films.