Upcoming 2015 ABC tv pilots


STUDIO: ABC Studios/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Brad Copeland (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Ben Taylor (d)
LOGLINE: Two baby boomers are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren.
CAST: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Ed Oxenbould, Aly Michalka, Maulik Pancholy, Scott Michael Foster, Cooper Friedman, Grace Kaufman


STUDIO: ABC Studios/3 Arts
TEAM: Jermaine Fowler (co-w, p), Danny Chun (w, ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep), Avi Gilbert (ep), Whoopi Goldberg (ep), Tom Leonardis
LOGLINE: An odd couple for the new generation. A millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, moves in with his estranged grandmother, a strict, football-loving, former DC cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting.
CAST: Jermaine Fowler, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennia Fredrique, Roy Wood Jr.


STUDIO: Sony Television/ABC Studios/Davis Entertainment
TEAM: Jared Stern (w, ep), Mike O’Connell (w, co-ep), Ken Jeong (w, co-ep), John Davis, (ep), John Fox (ep) Mike Sikowitz (ep), Scott Ellis (d)
LOGLINE: Ken Jeong is a frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting, and succeeding at none of them.
CAST: Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Albert Tsai, Dave Foley, Tisha Campbell-Martin



STUDIO: Universal TV/3 Arts
TEAM: Matt Hubbard (w, ep), Fortune Feimster (w, co-ep), Robert Carlock (ep), Tina Fey (ep), David Miner (ep), Mark Cendrowski (d)
LOGLINE: A popular gym teacher in Georgia comes out of the closet to her close-knit group of family and friends. What she doesn’t realize is that she also will have to deal with her bickering and happily divorced parents also “coming out” that they are sleeping together again.
CAST: Fortune Feimster, Annie Potts, John Carroll Lynch, Parker Young, Lacey Chabert


STUDIO: ABC Studios/DiBonaventura Pictures TV
TEAM: David Windsor (w, ep), Casey Johnson (w, ep), Dan Savage (ep), Brian Pines (ep), Lorenzo DiBonaventura (ep), Dan McDermott (ep), Todd Holland (d)
LOGLINE: A picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. Loosely based on the life of boundary-pushing columnist Dan Savage.
CAST: Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Bebe Wood, Matthew Shively, Noah Galvin, Mary Hollis Inboden


STUDIO: Warner Bros. Television/Gavin&Roxie&Hap Productions
TEAM: Sherry Bilsing-Graham (w, ep), Ellen Kreamer (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Anti-romantic romantic comedy about the 46-percent of the population who choose to stay married, told through the POV of three couples.
CAST: Angela Kinsey, Ian Gomez, Jason Antoon, Nazneen Contractor, Malcolm Barrett, Jason Antoon

Cast-contingent on female lead
TEAM: Segahl Avin (w, ep), Peter Tolan (ep), Michael Wimer (ep)
LOGLINE: Follows Andy and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves. Based on the Israeli series Bilti Hafich.
CAST: Justin Long


TEAM: Howard Franklin (w, ep), Dan Fogelman (ep), David Frankel (d), Ben Karlin (ep, sr)
LOGLINE: Agoraphobic recluse Prentiss Porter ventures outside for the first time in 20 years when he spies what could be his soulmate moving into the building across the street. He will embark on an incredible journey of discovery right outside his front door.
CAST: Craig Ferguson, Carla Jimenez, Kirby Howell-Baptiste


STUDIO: ABC Studios/Universal TV
TEAM: Steven Cragg (w, ep), Brian Bradley (w, ep), Will Packer (ep), Phil Traill (ep)
LOGLINE: A childish man learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. Based on the 1989 movie.
CAST: Mike Epps, Nia Long, Aalyrah Caldwell


STUDIO: ABC Studios/3 Arts
TEAM: Victor Fresco (w, ep), Johnny Knoxville (ep), Michael Rotenberg (ep), Dave Becky (ep), Michael Fresco (d)
LOGLINE: Narrated by Johnny Knoxville and based on his life, it follows the exploits of 12-year-old Johnny navigating the “outlaw culture” of his family and small hometown of Knoxville, TN, and documents the childhood experiences that inspired him to become one of the greatest pranksters of a generation.
CAST: Johnny Knoxville, Julie Ann Emery, Brad Carter

STUDIO: 20th TV/3 Arts
TEAM: Judah Miller (w, ep), Tom Lassally (ep), Jonathan Berry (ep)
LOGLINE: When a Tony award winning mother and a risk averse, cerebral father are blessed with a son who is a natural-born competitive athlete, they are forced outside their parental comfort zones and into the high octane world of youth sports.
CAST: Megan Hilty, Efren Ramirez

STUDIO: 20th TV/Imagine TV
TEAM: Wendy Molyneux (w, ep), Lizzie Molyneux (w, ep), Brian Grazer (ep), Francie Calfo (ep)
LOGLINE: Through a combination of genetics and dynamic home schooling, Kip and Mona Lisa Mitchell find themselves raising extraordinarily intelligent kids. When Kip returns home from the military to be a stay-at-home dad, he experiences firsthand the challenges of parenting kids who have genius IQs but limited life and social skills. Inspired by the book by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding.

UNTITLED NBA PROJECT (single camera)
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Mandalay Sports Media/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: David Windsor (w, ep), Casey Johnson (w, ep), Dan Fogelman (ep), Mike Tollin (ep), Peter Guber (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), John Fortenberry (d)
LOGLINE: A buddy comedy set in the world of the NBA about a rookie who doesn’t speak English and a translator who doesn’t speak basketball.
CAST: Skylar Astin, Blondy Baruti, Jami Gertz, Laura Steinel, Ving Rhames, Matthew Glave


TEAM: David Zabel (w, ep)
LOGLINE: The patriarch of a New York legal dynasty becomes embroiled in a trial of his own, and his federal prosecutor daughter must decide which side she will fight on
CAST: Terry O’Quinn, Christine Lahti, Lenny Platt, Enuka Okuma

STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/Vendetta Productions
TEAM: Sheldon Turner (w, ep), Jennifer Klein (ep), Michael M. Robin (d, ep), Byrdie Lifson-Pompan (cp), Valerie Ulene (cp)
LOGLINE: A tough, resourceful,type-A business woman is at the top of her game but has a medical scare, only to be dangerously misdiagnosed, and experiences firsthand the hazards of our healthcare system. Shocking her friends and family, she leaves her career behind, becoming instead a brilliant and relentless advocate for anyone caught in the chaotic and ever-changing maze that is modern medicine. Inspired by the real story of former CAA agent Byrdie Lifson-Pompan.
CAST: Kim Raver, Elliot Knight, Joy Bryant, Coby Bell, Freddie Thorpe

STUDIO: ABC Signature Studios
TEAM: Josh Pate (w, ep), Rodes Fishburne (w, co-ep), Tony Krantz (ep)
LOGLINE: The biggest oil discovery in American history has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 Gold Rush. A young, ambitious couple comes to the oil fields of the Bakken seeking their fortune and a better life. In a modern-day “Wild West”, they negotiate a colorful ensemble of roughnecks, grifters, oil barons, criminals and fellow prospectors against a stark and beautiful backdrop.
CAST: Scott Michael Foster, Rebecca Rittenhouse, India de Beaufort

STUDIO: ABC Studios/Fake Empire
TEAM: Bess Wohl (w, co-ep), Stephanie Savage (ep), Josh Schwartz (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Coky Giedroyc (d), Alexandra Lyndon (p)
LOGLINE: Inspired by true stories, it follows the first four women to graduate from Boston’s Police Academy in 1978.
CAST: Rutina Wesley, Charlotte Spence, Cody Horn, Lauren Ambrose, Michael Gaston, Kenneth Mitchell, Alberto Frezza

STUDIO: ABC Studios/Shondaland
TEAM: Jennifer Schuur (w, ep), Shonda Rhimes (ep), Betsy Beers (ep), Julie Anne Robinson (d, ep), Helen Gregory (co-ep), Kate Atkinson (co-ep)
LOGLINE: A thriller about a woman about to get married and about to get conned. Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancé, our heroine — who investigates fraud for a living — is not all she claims to be. And when the fiancé’s expertly planned con collides with her perfectly constructed lies, they plunge into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
CAST: Mireille Enos, Jacky Ido, Jay Hayden, Damon Dayoub, Elvy Yost, Alimi Ballard

TEAM: Sallie Patrick (w, ep) Dan Dworkin (ep, sr), Jay Beattie (ep, sr), James Strong (d)
LOGLINE: A young man’s sister is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university. He adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums – in order to investigate her death.
CAST: Colm Feore, Khary Payton, racey Fairaway, Parminder Nagra

STUDIO: ABC Studios/Mandeville
TEAM: Steven Baigelman (w, ep), David Hoberman (ep), Todd Lieberman (ep), Laurie Zaks (ep), Tom Shankland (d)
LOGLINE: Character-driven, “true-crime” procedural explores sex, politics and popular culture across various noteworthy eras in Los Angeles history. In Season 1, two L.A. cops search for a Bonnie & Clyde-esque serial-killing team amidst the coke-infused rock ‘n’ roll revelry of the 1980s Sunset Strip.
CAST: Erika Christensen, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Adam Rothenberg, Taissa Farmiga, Holley Fain, Karolina Wydra

STUDIO: Warner Bros. TV/Le Train Train
TEAM: Jennifer Cecil (w, ep), Rashida Jones (ep), Will McCormack (ep), Jeff Grosvenor (co-ep), Daniel Barnz (d)
LOGLINE: Explores the realities of modern-day families — multi-cultural, multi-generational, built through divorces, affairs and adoptions — set against the backdrop of a revered family restaurant at a crossroads.
CAST: Camille Guaty, Myles Caldwell, Walter Perez, Blake Lee, Yobdee, Joaquim de Almeida

TEAM: Adam Cooper (w, ep), Bill Collage (w, ep), Jason Reed (ep), Reza Aslan (ep), Mahyad Tousi (ep), Jeffrey Nachmanoff (d)
LOGLINE: Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.
CAST: Ray Winstone, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Haaz Sleiman

STUDIO: ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Company
TEAM: Josh Safran (w, ep), Mark Gordon (ep,) Nick Pepper (ep), Marc Munden (d)
LOGLINE: A group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. As we intercut between their hidden pasts and their present training, we also flash-forward to the near future, where one of the recruits will turn out to be a sleeper terrorist responsible for the most devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
CAST: Tate Ellington, Graham Rogers, Aunjanue Ellis, Johanna Braddy, Yasmine Al Massri, Dougray Scott, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin

TEAM: Michael Cooney (w, ep), Peter Horton (ep), Ian Sanders (ep), Kim Moses (ep), Jon Cowan (ep), Michael Offer (d)
LOGLINE: A woman’s perfect life is ripped apart by one simple twist of fate; to uncover the truth she must follow a trail of lies that take her into the world of cartels and the illegal gun trade between the US and Mexico.
CAST: Paula Patton, Brent Sexton, Adam Rodriguez, Vondie Curtis Hall

STUDIO: ABC Studios/Mandeville Productions
TEAM: Jenna Bans (w, ep), David Hoberman (ep), Todd Lieberman (ep), Laurie Zaks (ep), Paul McGuigan (d)
LOGLINE: The return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier sends shockwaves through their tightknit community. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the cop responsible is forced to re-examine what truly happened so many years ago.
CAST: Zach Gilford, Liam James, Joan Allen, Margot Bingham, Alison Pill, Floriana Lima, Madeleine Arthur

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