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Current Showtime Projects

City on a Hill

ORDERED TO SERIES

Genre: Drama

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.

Pilot Cast: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Kevin Dunn.

Series Creator: Chuck MacLean.

Pilot Director: Michael Cuesta.

Producers: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chuck MacLean, Jennifer Todd, Michael Cuesta, James Mangold, Kevin Bacon.

Studios: Showtime Networks.

The Good Lord Bird

ORDERED TO SERIES

Genre: Historical

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.

Pilot Cast: Ethan Hawke, Joshua Jackson.

Series Creator: Mark Richard, Ethan Hawke.

Pilot Director: Anthony Hemingway, Albert Hughes.

Producers: Ethan Hawke, Anthony Hemingway, Jason Blum, Albert Hughes, James McBride, Mark Richard.

Studios: Blumhouse.

Halo

ORDERED TO SERIES

Genre: Drama

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.

Pilot Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Yerin Ha.

Series Creator: Kyle Killen.

Based on: The Xbox franchise

Producers: Kyle Killen, Rupert Wyatt, Justin Falvey, Scott Pennington, Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank.

Studios: 343 Industries, Amblin Television.

How to Make Love to a Black Woman

(Also known as How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t))
ORDERED TO PILOT

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.

Producers: Cassalina “Cathy” Kisakye, Lena Waithe, Rishi Rajani.

Intelligence

ORDERED TO SERIES

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.

The Loudest Voice

(Also known as Untitled Roger Ailes Project)
ORDERED TO SERIES

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.

Pilot Cast: Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney, Annabelle Wallis, Aleksa Palladino.

Series Creator: Tom McCarthy, Gabriel Sherman.

Based on: Gabriel Sherman’s reporting for New York Magazine and his book, "The Loudest Voice in the Room"

Pilot Director: Kari Skogland.

Producers: Kari Skogland, Tom McCarthy, Jason Blum, Russell Crowe, Alex Metcalf, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold, Liza Chasin, Gabriel Sherman.

Studios: Blumhouse, Showtime Networks.

The L Word: Generation Q

ORDERED TO SERIES

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.

Pilot Cast: Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, Leisha Hailey.

Series Creator: Marja-Lewis Ryan.

Based on: The 2004-2010 series

Producers: Marja-Lewis Ryan, Ilene Chaiken, Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, Leisha Hailey.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

ORDERED TO SERIES

Genre: Horror

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.

Pilot Cast: Natalie Dormer, Nathan Lane.

Series Creator: John Logan.

Producers: John Logan, Michael Aguilar, Pippa Harris, Sam Mendes.

Studios: Desert Wolf Productions, Neal Street Productions.

Purity

ORDERED TO SERIES

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.

Queen Fur

ORDERED TO PILOT

Genre: Drama

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.

Pilot Cast: Kim Dickens, Jon Foster, Joshua Mikel, Spencer Howell, Michael Mosley, Lily Mae Harrington.

Series Creator: Eileen Myers.

Pilot Director: Sian Heder.

Producers: Deborah Speder, Eileen Myers, Sian Heder.

Studios: Sony Pictures Television.

Rita

ORDERED TO PILOT

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.

Based on: Danish series Rita

Producers: Christian Torpe, Elisa Ellis, Lena Headey.

Studios: Platform One Media, Showtime Networks.

Rust

ORDERED TO SERIES

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

Producers: Jeff Daniels, Elisa Ellis, Michael De Luca, Dan Futterman.

Studios: Platform One Media.

Untitled Gael Garcia Bernal Project

ORDERED TO PILOT

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.

Pilot Cast: Gael García Bernal, Marise Alvarez, Greg Grunberg, Norma Maldonado.

Series Creator: Jonas Cuaron.

Producers: Jonas Cuaron, Gael García Bernal, Sam Baum, Scott Nemes, Pam Abby, Brad Weston.

Studios: Makeready.

Work in Progress

ORDERED TO SERIES

Genre: Dramedy

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.

Pilot Cast: Abby McEnany, Julia Sweeney, Theo Germaine, Celeste Pechous, Karin Anglin.

Series Creator: Abby McEnany, Tim Mason, Lilly Wachowski.

Producers: Abby McEnany, Lawrence Mattis, Ashley Berns, Josh Adler, Tim Mason.

Studios: Circle of Confusion.

The Wrong Mans (US)

PILOT REJECTED

Genre: Comedy

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.

Pilot Cast: Ben Schwartz, Jillian Bell, Annie Chang.

Series Creator: Ian Maxtone-Graham, James Corden, Mathew Baynton.

Based on: UK Series

Pilot Director: Jim Field Smith.

Producers: J.J. Abrams, Jim Field Smith, Ben Stephenson, Angie Stephenson, Ian Maxtone-Graham, James Corden, Mathew Baynton.

Studios: Warner Bros. TV, Bad Robot, BBC Studios , Fulwell 73 Productions.

Your Honor

ORDERED TO SERIES

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

Pilot Cast: Bryan Cranston, Michael Stulhbarg, Hope Davis, Sofia Black-D'Elia.

Series Creator: Peter Moffat.

Based on: The Israeli series Kvodo

Producers: Robert King, Michelle King, Peter Moffat, Liz Glotzer, Ron Ninio, Shlomo Mashiach, Alon Aranya, Rob Golenberg.

Studios: CBS Television Studios, King Size Productions, Scripted World.