Description: Set in Boston in the early ’90s when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies, City on a Hill is a fictionalized account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” The change agent is District Attorney Decourcy Ward, who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with Jackie Rhodes, a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s citywide criminal justice system.
Series Creator: Chuck MacLean.
Pilot Director: Michael Cuesta.
Studios: Showtime Networks.
Description: Henry Shackleford aka “Little Onion” joins up with abolitionist John Brown during the tense Bleeding Kansas era before the Civil War and has encounters with history and historical figures such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.
Series Creator: Mark Richard, Ethan Hawke.
Description: Weaving deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future, this live-action scripted series will dramatize an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.
Series Creator: Kyle Killen.
Based on: The Xbox franchise
Studios: 343 Industries, Amblin Television.
Genre: Comedy Anthology
Description: From executive producer Lena Waithe comes this anthology series about connection and rejection that explores our most harrowing — and harrowingly comic — sexual secrets.
Series Creator: Cassalina “Cathy” Kisakye.
Genre: Political, Historical, and Spy
Description: Based on real stories from around the world, it will explore the secret inner workings of power – how espionage intersects with politics, finance, media and Silicon Valley. The first season will dramatize the behind-the-scenes history leading up to the 2016 U.S. election, with each subsequent season looking at a major world event through the lens of covert operations.
Series Creator: Mark Boal.
Producers: Mark Boal, Michael Ellenberg, Alan Poul, Megan Ellison.
Studios: Showtime Networks, Media Res.
Genre: Drama Six episode limited series
Description: The story of Roger Ailes, who as the architect of Fox News, had arguably become the Republican Party’s de facto leader before multiple sexual harassment accusations and settlements brought his career to a sudden end.
Based on: Gabriel Sherman’s reporting for New York Magazine and his book, "The Loudest Voice in the Room"
Pilot Director: Kari Skogland.
Studios: Blumhouse, Showtime Networks.
Genre: Relationship Drama
Description: This sequel to the original series will reunite the show's original stars alongside a new generation of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.
Series Creator: Marja-Lewis Ryan.
Based on: The 2004-2010 series
Description: A spiritual descendant of the original Penny Dreadful story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter opens in 1938 Los Angeles, featuring all new characters and storylines.. Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will explore an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop.
Series Creator: John Logan.
Studios: Desert Wolf Productions, Neal Street Productions.
Genre: Thriller and Political
Description: A powerless and politically aimless vice president unexpectedly becomes president halfway into his administration’s first term, despite his every wish to the contrary. He walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. Attacked by friends and enemies alike, with scandal and conspiracy swirling around him, he is confronted with a terrible choice: keep his head down, toe the party line and survive, or act on his stubborn, late-developing conscience and take a stand.
Pilot Cast: David Oyelowo.
Series Creator: Anthony Peckham.
Based on: the novel by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Studios: Showtime Networks, Invisible Ink Productions.
Genre: Drama Limited Series
Description: A morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty and cold-blooded murder, featuring characters both hungry for the truth and desperate to hide it. From STASI offspring to Oakland anarchists, Purity is a decades-spanning tragicomedy that builds to a contemporary climax.
Pilot Cast: Daniel Craig.
Series Creator: David Hare, Jonathan Franzen, Todd Field.
Based on: Jonathan Franzen's book
Pilot Director: Todd Field.
Producers: Daniel Craig, Todd Field, Scott Rudin, Jonathan Franzen, EIi Bush, Garrett Basch.
Studios: Scott Rudin Productions.
Description: Welcome to small town in Central Florida, a place where beauty pageants, gun culture, Cuban revolutionaries and Southern hospitality co-exist and collide. And at the center of it all is Macy Dunleavy – a curvy, sexy, unapologetic high school dropout who is finding her womanhood and is ready to seize a big opportunity.
Series Creator: Eileen Myers.
Pilot Director: Sian Heder.
Producers: Deborah Speder, Eileen Myers, Sian Heder.
Studios: Sony Pictures Television.
Genre: Dramedy and Family
Description: The story of a headstrong, unconventional teacher and single mother who takes on every kind of authority – as well as her family – in a messy and unfiltered way.
Pilot Cast: Lena Headey, Christian Torpe.
Series Creator: Christian Torpe.
Based on: Danish series Rita
Pilot Director: Lisa Cholodenko.
Producers: Christian Torpe, Elisa Ellis, Lena Headey.
Studios: Platform One Media, Showtime Networks.
Genre: Family and Police
Description: The tattered American dream through the eyes of complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris in a Rust Belt town in southwest Pennsylvania. When the woman he truly loves sees her son accused of murder, Harris is forced to decide what he’s willing to do to protect him.
Pilot Cast: Jeff Daniels.
Series Creator: Dan Futterman.
Based on: Philipp Meyer’s debut novel American Rust
Studios: Platform One Media.
Genre: Family Thriller
Description: When his wife is detained by ICE, desperate and resourceful undocumented immigrant Marco (Bernal) assumes the identity of an immigration officer to rescue her.
Series Creator: Jonas Cuaron.
Producers: Jonas Cuaron, Gael García Bernal, Sam Baum, Scott Nemes, Pam Abby, Brad Weston.
Description: Follows a 45-year-old self-identified, fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship.
Studios: Circle of Confusion.
Description: 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.
Based on: UK Series
Pilot Director: Jim Field Smith.
Genre: horror, Survival, and Teen
Description: Relates the narrative of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who 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.
Pilot Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Tawny Cypress.
Series Creator: Bart Nickerson, Ashley Lyle.
Pilot Director: Karyn Kusama.
Producers: Bart Nickerson, Karyn Kusama, Drew Comins, Ashley Lyle.
Studios: Entertainment One Television, Showtime Networks, Creative Engine Entertainment.
Genre: Legal Thriller
Description: The son of a respected judge is involved in a hit and run. Soon after, both father and son are drawn into a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices when it comes to light that the victim was the son of a notorious crime boss
Series Creator: Peter Moffat.
Based on: The Israeli series Kvodo
Studios: CBS Television Studios, King Size Productions, Scripted World.