ABC has released the full descriptions for all their pilot for this year along with the potential key arts. Key arts for some pilots have not been released yet.
The largest oil discovery in U.S. history is happening right now in North Dakota and people are coming from all over the country to strike it rich. Heading there with big dreams and sky-high ambition are the young married couple of Billy and Cody Lefever (Rebecca Rittenhouse), pulling their truck full of washers and dryers to start their first laundromat. Their plan: to lever-up, and step-by-step, build their fortune from scratch.
The growing boomtown of Winslow, ND has 100% employment with oilrig jobs paying $100/per hour. While the champagne is flowing and the clubs and restaurants are packed, living here is shockingly expensive and everyone is too ambitious for a normal paying job.
Just ask Sheriff Tip Hamilton — whose department is understaffed as the crime rate is rising — not a good thing in a town full of roughnecks, grifters and newly made millionaires with cash to burn on anything. This really is a modern-day Wild West.
The town’s wealthiest and most powerful man is Hap Briggs. This iconic self-made oil baron has made billions and lost them too, and he’s married to Carla Briggs, as brilliant in business as she is beautiful. Together, they have the inside track on everything oil, turning that world to their advantage. This power couple is out to charm Oil And Gas Commissioner, Myron Stipple, a Mormon and not easily seduced by the decadence of the Briggs’ lifestyle.
Hap’s children, Wick (Scott Michael Foster) and Lacey, have their major challenges with stepmother Carla, but it is Wick’s complicated relationship with his successful father that leads to the ultimate showdown between father and son.
In the pilot, Hap cuts Wick off, taking him out of his will. Wick gets help from his lover, and ambitious businesswoman, Jules Jackman. Spurned by his father, Wick’s choice is to become a dangerous wild card in the oil game, building his own Cowboy Mafia from scratch.
Hap’s daughter, Lacey, is on the opposite side of the oil business: a fracktivist. She’s a bleeding-heart environmentalist — with a brain. Job one is to stop the drilling before it destroys the land, which includes sacred Native American burial grounds the oil is buried two miles under.
Lacey and AJ Menendez, Hap’s driver, are having a secret affair, and he takes Lacey’s side in this oil debate. But AJ has his own agenda and is not who he seems to be.
Billy and Cody’s dreams are derailed right from the jump when their truck is hit and their washers and dryers are destroyed, strewn like tumbled dice across the highway. But oil fever is contagious, and after hearing a tip, they leverage everything they have to make a last-ditch play to be become part of the boom, putting them squarely in bed with the Brigg’s family, way over their heads.
Scott Michael Foster
India de Beaufort
It is 1978 and the Boston PD has just graduated its first class of female police officers as fully equal to the men. The press calls these extraordinary women, “The Broad Squad.” They don’t think of themselves as heroes, but they are nothing less—defying society’s expectations and shaking up the ultimate old boys’ club.
There’s 28-year-old Eileen Pearce (Lauren Ambrose), who was born into a family of cops and is married to one. Her marriage to Jim is beginning to feel the strain of his recent injury that is keeping him at home, taking care of their son while she fulfills a lifelong dream of joining the force. She’ll learn how complicated it is for a woman to “wear the pants” in the family—much less when those pants come with a badge and gun.
Molly Callahan (Charlotte Spencer) is a 22 year old who grew up in a family with mob connections, and joined the force to escape the life of crime her brothers lead. Still, her juvenile rap sheet is coming back to haunt her, used against her by the Captain who wants to enlist her in a covert war—against her own family.
Joanne Jones (Rutina Wesley), 26, has to work twice as hard to get respect, since the cops call her a “two-fer,” as in female and black. She’s fighting for Dr. King’s dream of freedom, even at the cost of her own brother, who is badly beaten as payback for her being a cop. She’s shunned by family and community, who hate cops—and further isolated by a secret: that she has a girlfriend.
Lisa Osgood (Cody Horn), 30, was a Beacon Hill rich girl, estranged from her family as a teen and forced to fend for herself in the world. She’s battling the trauma of a sexual assault in her past, and has joined the force to help other women like her. But when she arrives on her first day, her past is shoved in her face— another cop in her district is the man who assaulted her.
Working together, these women will try to change all the rules of one of the toughest, most tradition-infused police departments in the country, all set against the tumultuous, explosive and ever-changing world of Boston in the late 1970s.
From Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl)
Jacob Darlow has just transferred from Oxford to Braddock, an elite Ivy League University. He starts to ingratiate himself with the privileged students, professors, and alumni. Jacob has ambitions to become a member of Braddock’s secret society, Skull and Key.
Jacob strikes up a friendship with fellow rower and student, Max Walden. Max is definitely in the inner circle. His father, alumnus Adam Walden, is a Senator and considering a run for President. Max’s mother is Helen, the perfect politician’s wife.
A member of Skull and Key, and someone Jacob should get close to, is Vivian Vandemeer. Her father, Simon Vandemeer, is the Dean at Braddock and her mother, Maeve, a professor. Maeve used to date Senator Walden back in the day.
Vivian’s fellow student and lover, Taylor Collins, is an assistant to the Dean. The two keep their affair secret, like so many things on this campus.
Before Jacob came to Braddock, there was a murder of a freshman, scholarship student named Julia. The investigation into her death lead to Professor Radha Mittal (Parminder Nagra) who believes she was set up by Skull and Key to take the fall. Before being taken into custody, Radha contacted Julia’s brother, Eli, to help her prove her innocence.
Radha thinks that Julia lost her life because she found out something that would compromise the secret society. Radha cannot rely on the legal system or police to help her; Skull and Key is a powerful organization, not only on campus, but in the highest places across the country. She wants Eli to uncover the truth by going undercover at the school.
Eli agrees to help and takes on the persona of the pedigreed Brit, Jacob Darlow, our new transfer student. As he infiltrates his way into the inner circles, he’s poised and ready to expose whoever is responsible for the death of his sister.
Written and exec produced by Sallie Patrick (Revenge).
Michael A. Trevino
WRITER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
LA’s legendary Sunset Strip in 1982 was the epicenter of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Here at the Whisky A Go Go, you can be anybody you choose to be because anything goes at the most iconic club on the strip. Girls like Emily are looking for high rollers with deep pockets so it wasn’t hard for club regular, Kent Galloway to pick her up. But it will be the last date for Emily; her murder is all over the news.
Two detectives, Jack Roth (Adam Rothenberg) and his newly assigned partner, Paco Contreras, are on the case. They suspect it could be part of a bigger murder spree…after all LA is the serial killer capital of the world – the Hillside Strangler, Freeway Killer, and the Zodiac Killer.
Jack Roth’s wife Liz notices his preoccupation and realizes it’s a big case. Having been down this road before, she worries that he will stray again with Detective Dianne Garrett or someone else. She also worries about their 16-year old daughter, Vicki, who is dead set on going to a party with her boyfriend in the area where the Hillside Strangler attacked.
Wannabe journalist, Karen McClaren (Taissa Farmiga) may have stumbled onto a big story when she saw Emily at the Whisky the night she died. What she doesn’t know is that John, the guy she met that very night, is the same Kent Galloway who killed Emily. Desperate to jump start her career, she begins working with Diver Hawkes, a crime scene photographer who shows her the ropes.
In the meantime, Kent has picked up another unsuspecting rocker chick, Betty (Erika Christensen), whom to his dismay, is the mother of two young kids. This saves her from being his next victim and eventually, their twisted sexual connection will lead to her becoming his partner in crime a la Bonnie and Clyde.
When Jack and Paco get a lead from an anonymous caller about some evidence from the murder, Diver and Karen hear the call on the police radio band and get there as fast as they can. She talks to the detectives about what she saw at the club the night of the murder and an alliance forms between them.
This crime thriller follows a different case each season set in a different notable era of LA history. Written by Steven Baigelman (Upcoming Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead) who executive produces with David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks.
Welcome to Mix, a family-owned restaurant in Austin, Texas. It’s a special day…or perhaps the eye of the storm for the Castillos, a multicultural and multigenerational family.
Owner and larger-than-life chef Ray Castillo (Joaquim de Almeida) is doing what he does best: cooking. He’s juggling running the restaurant, catering his son Mateo’s commitment ceremony to his boyfriend Finn and preparing the kitchen for the return of his daughter Remy, home from a three year stint in prison for drug possession.
His ex-wife but best friend, Stella Knox, is always around, running an offshoot of Mix called Mix Plus and lending a hand at Mix when she can. The food, family, and frenzy makes Ray long for the days when the Wells clan was one big happy family. He even wants to get remarried to Stella for a third time!
Ray and Stella’s adult children are pediatrician and groom-to-be, Mateo and photographer and new mom, Lola. Lola’s new daughter is an adopted 7-year-old Ethiopian girl named Yeshi. Shee’s only been in the US for six months and is having a hard time adjusting to the culture, the language, and much to the chagrin of Ray, the food. Remy, Ray’s youngest and a skilled chef like her father, is Ray’s daughter from an affair he had during his marriage to Stella. Although Ray and Stella raised Remy, Remy has always felt different than her siblings. There’s always been an underlying tension between her and Stella and an outspoken one with her sister Lola.
On the eve of Mateo’s wedding, things fall apart when Stella discovers Ray secretly has leveraged the restaurant in order to pay for Remy’s early release from prison, Finn reveals a lie to Mateo that threatens the wedding and Lola reveals a secret she’s been carrying since Remy was arrested. This family will be tested in more ways than one as they struggle find a way to save their restaurant and more importantly, to save their family.
Mix is written by Jennifer Cecil (Private Practice, Brothers and Sisters, One Tree Hill), directed by Daniel Barnz (Cake), and executive produced by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
Joaquim de Almeida
Warner Bros. TV Studios
OF KINGS AND PROPHETS
An epic Biblical saga that begins during the reign of Saul, first King of Israel — and follows his dramatic fall from grace and the rise of his successor, David.
Living in the land of milk and honey isn’t easy when enemies circle on all sides. Circumstance has pushed King Saul (Ray Winstone) into countless wars to defend his reign and brought him to the edge of madness — so much so, that he even threatens to kill his son Jonathan who he fears is a traitor.
But there are indeed real enemies at every gate — among them, the Amalekites. God’s prophet, Samuel, demands that King Saul kill every Amalekite man, woman and child. The King, now war weary, does not want to go into battle once more, but Samuel insists that he must destroy them to save his crown.
In the meantime, shepherd David is upset that a lion who prowls the wilderness has decimated his flock. Because of this, he cannot deliver on the monthly tithe his family owes to King Saul’s wife, Queen Ahinoam. The Queen however, is willing to barter with this handsome shepherd. After all, her husband has never been loyal to her, taking up with other women and fathering their children.
David finds new confidence when he uses his cunning to defeat the lion, despite the lion’s superior strength. He secures his flock of sheep and the safety of his people, and in so doing, proves his ability to lead.
In battle with the Amalekites, Jonathan saves his father King Saul’s life and proves his loyalty. But when Saul spares the life of the Amalekite king, Samuel predicts that a new king will dethrone Saul.
His destiny and David’s are now intertwined in this epic drama from the writers of Exodus: Gods and Kings, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, and producers Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi.
It’s been ten years since 9-year-old Adam Warren (Liam James) disappeared from Red Pines, Maine and the world has changed a lot in his absence. His mother, Claire (Joan Allen), who was then just starting her first City Council campaign, has been elected mayor. His father, John, is now the bestselling author of “Grieving with Grace” a book series on coping with loss.
Adam’s siblings, Danny (Zach Gilford) and Willa (Alison Pill), who were supposed to be watching Adam when he disappeared, have each dealt with their guilt in their own way. Willa turned to religion and busied herself with work, playing a huge role in her mother’s political career, while Danny gave up his bright athletic future for a life of booze-fueled floundering.
Nina Meyer (Margot Bingham), the young cop who put the Warren’s neighbor, Hank, in jail for Adam’s murder, is now a hotshot detective and next in line for Chief.
Everyone has managed to piece together a new life in the wake of Adam’s disappearance. So, when a young man appears in Red Pines claiming to be Adam, it throws everyone into a tailspin.
The man sitting in jail for Adam’s death is released as the Warrens struggle beneath the emotional weight of Adam’s return. John and Claire’s marriage is tested as they disagree on how to deal with Adam and past indiscretions are brought to light.
Danny is slow to welcome Adam, who is so drastically different than the brother he once knew, back into the family, while Willa tries to hold the family together as she hides secrets of her own.
As Adam’s DNA test is called into question and a guilt-ridden Nina reopens the case, we start to wonder what really happened ten years ago. Is Adam really who he says he is? And if not, what evil has been unleashed on the city of Red Pines?
Grey’s Anatomy/Scandal alum producer Jenna Bans will pen the project and executive-produce.
The new recruits have just arrived at Quantico Base in Virginia and Special Agent Liam O’Connor (Dougray Scott) tells them that the FBI Academy is the toughest boot camp and hardest grad school rolled into one.
The agent hopefuls include Bay Area beauty Alex Weaver (Priyanka Chopra), Brooklyn hipster Simon Asher (Tate Ellington), clean cut Mormon Eric Packer, golden boy Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers), southern belle Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy), hijab wearing Nimah Anwar (Yasmine Al Massri), and good looking Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin) who manages to seduce Alex before classes begin.
Some come from FBI families, others have been victims of terrorism. Whatever their reason for joining, these recruits only have a 50/50 chance of finishing and there are no second chances. Between target practice and tests of physical endurance, they have to learn the art of investigation. Their first exercise is to find secrets about their fellow trainees. This task proves to be very enlightening– exposing more than they would like. But it pushes one of the recruits tragically too far.
This tragedy will reflect poorly on supervisor Liam and his friend and boss, Miranda Shaw (Aunjanue Ellis), the director of Quantico. But they’re about to face something even bigger –a recruit is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
Smash showrunner Josh Safran writes and executive produces with Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper.
Yasmine Al Massri
Lauren Marks (Paula Patton) is a sexy wife, loving mom, and career woman. She’s married to pediatric surgeon Adam Marks, a smart, doting and reliable husband. Sparks still fly between them and they are worshiped and adored by their 7-year-old son, Jackson. But Lauren’s entire life is turned upside down when she drops Adam off at the airport for a work related trip and his flight crashes with no survivors. After a day of devastating grief, Lauren receives a strange phone call: her husband never boarded his flight.
Relief turns to suspicion when Lauren asks Adam’s brother Simon (Brent Sexton), a Chicago police detective, to investigate. After getting access to the airport security footage, Lauren watches Adam being dropped off on the morning of his flight, only to meet with a Latina woman and her son, and exit the airport with them. Even stranger, a facial recognition search identifies the mysterious Latina woman as Lauren Marks. She has stolen Lauren’s identity.
With no word from Adam, Lauren must rely on her family, including Simon, Adam’s younger brother Josh, and their respective wives Emily and Rebecca, to follow the clues of Adam’s disappearance. The investigation takes her straight to the heart of Mexico City, where she begins to realize that her husband may be connected to a dangerous Mexican cartel and an international gun running operation. Lauren quickly finds herself in a world she knows nothing about, where any mistake could turn deadly.
Runner is a soapy thriller that explores the dangerous world of gun running through the eyes of a wife and mother who is thrown violently into this world as she uncovers the mystery of her husband’s disappearance. Based on a Turkish format, it is executive produced by Ghost Whisperer alums Ian Sander and Kim Moses; directed by Michael Offer; and written by feature writer Michael Cooney (Identity).
Vondie Curtis Hall
Matt Le Nevez
Chris J. Johnson
20th Century Fox
SMOKE AND MIRRORS
From Shondaland, comes a new thriller centered on the strong successful, Alice Martin (Mirelle Enos).
She’s a fraud investigator, fighting crime by the numbers and exposing embezzlers, money launderers and even cartels. Follow the money…that’s how Al Capone was brought down.
Alice is a partner in a Los Angeles firm and attracts top clients, which affords her a nice lifestyle she shares with her fiancé, Kieran (Damon Dayoub). They are getting married soon and about to buy their dream house.
A big case takes her on a first class flight to Japan where she engages a suspected embezzler. But it’s not all that it seems and Alice uses her honed skills, and help from her junior associates, Maria and James, to uncover the truth behind the numbers.
On the personal side, this ace investigator has her own blind spot–Kieran. Her fiancé disappears with a valuable painting and two million dollars from her bank account.
With her marriage off and her bank account drained, Alice is determined to find Kieran and the truth. Even worse, if her clients find out that this fraud investigator was a fraud victim herself, it could mean the end of her career.
What Alice doesn’t yet know is that Kieran is married and he and his wife are running scams on unsuspecting women. Yet when Kieran can still get out of town, he decides to stay–Alice has gotten under his skin.
The twists and turns mount as the FBI uncovers some of Alice’s own secrets.
From executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder) and written by Jennifer Schuur (Hannibal).
Julie Anne Robinson
For the past few decades, the Hayward family has been as close to a New York City legal dynasty as it gets. This dynasty is put in turmoil when the patriarch is indicted on federal charges and the daughter, a star prosecutor, finds herself in a difficult position, stuck between the family she loves and the office she works for.
Parents Charlie (Terry O’Quinn) and Maggie Hayward (Christine Lahti) built a successful law firm on their dynamism, tenacity and brilliance as lawyers. They’ve garnered well-earned respect from their peers and they’ve also attracted numerous high-profile clients and cases. While Charlie and Maggie may no longer live together, and are in the midst of a drawn out divorce, they still love each other and operate their firm as unequivocal partners.
Their eldest daughter Jaime has followed in, but deviated from, her parents’ footsteps as she pursues her career as an Assistant US Attorney. Like her parents, Jaime is ambitious and intelligent – having already made a name for herself working at the Department of Justice. She often hasn’t seen eye to eye with her father and she thought that by not joining his firm, she could finally escape his shadow.
Jaime and Charlie find themselves facing off on opposite sides of the same case when Charlie’s longtime client and good friend, Cooper Landings, is arrested for defrauding innocent investors to the tune of millions of dollars.
The line between business and family blurs even further when a new development soon emerges: Charlie is sold out and framed by his own client, and indicted as a co-conspirator in the case. He’s accused of being a party to mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering among other things. His arrest causes a media firestorm, prompting Jaime to get to the bottom of the charges.
Sensing that her boss Southern District US Attorney Ted Fontana seems hell-bent on putting Charlie away for a long time, Jamie is faced with a tough gut check of her loyalty: career or family?
With a little coaxing from Maggie, Jaime leaves her job and switches sides to defend Charlie against the bogus charges. Her team includes the Haywards’ firm’s third partner Danny Vasquez as well as rising young litigator Aisha Irby. They get further help from another member of the Hayward family: Cam, Jamie’s little sister. Cam is a musician-turned-paralegal whose interest in the law tends to waver as she wrestles over giving up her dream of being a singer-songwriter.
While Charlie’s case galvanizes the family, it also re-opens some old wounds – specifically about Charlie and Maggie’s only son, Kyle. Years earlier, Kyle fell in with a bad crowd, which ultimately led to his disappearance and presumed death. The loss of Kyle was a game-changer for this family, leaving unhealed wounds and persistent tensions.
The resulting proceedings bring out all the tensions, frustrations and alliances within a strong but difficult family in this compelling comedic drama, a family show wrapped up in a procedural, from David Zabel (Detroit 1-8-7, ER).
WRITER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Francis “Frankie” Reese (Kim Raver) knows everyone in Hollywood and they know her. As a top talent agent, she thrives on pressure. But shortly after a death in the family, part of her face becomes paralyzed. Doctors tell her that it is stress related and should go away.
One day at a coffee house, while she talks to her ex-husband about their teenage son, Tommy, a woman stares at her face. Frankie tells her, “It’s called Bell’s Palsy.” But this woman, Ryan (Joy Bryant), tells her that she doesn’t have Bell’s Palsy and refers Frankie to a specialist who diagnoses the real problem— a brain tumor.
After surgery and recovery Frankie returns to a warm welcome from her agency and clients. But somehow she is over it.
Frankie wants to help others who are overlooked or misdiagnosed by the medical system. She starts her own medical advocacy business with the woman at the café who changed her life, Dr. Ryan Clarke.
The two make a good team. Ryan is the brains of the operation and Frankie is the muscle. Ryan is a caring doctor and great researcher looking for what doctors may have overlooked. Frankie puts her agent skills to work convincing, charming, and negotiating with doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. Frankie is not above using Ryan’s beauty to get a hospital bed or a lifesaving treatment.
Their team also includes receptionist Brett, the immaculately dressed gatekeeper and money guy, Chris Holiday, who is involved with Ryan.
Whether they are well paid or working pro bono, this team will find a way to get the right care and diagnosis for their clients.
Inspired by the true story of writer Sheldon Turner’s (Up in the Air, X-Men: First Class) former agent, Byrdie Lifson-Pompan, who will consult. Turner will executive produce with Jennifer Klein (Pearl Harbor).
Warner Bros. TV Studios
WHEN WE RISE
When We Rise chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse group of men and women as they participate in the movement for equal rights for the LGBT community.
Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
Chevy Chase returns to primetime and reunites with Beverly D’Angelo, his co-star of the National Lampoon Vacation movies.
They are Chev and Bebe–two baby boomers loving retirement since they gave up their house and its trappings for life on the road in an RV.
But everything changes when they are left to raise their three Gen Z grandchildren: Taylor (14), the nerdy-handsome magician; Hope (12), the beautiful, smart and slightly sullen middle child; and Elliot (4), the ridiculously cute one.
The generation gap is as big and obvious as their RV, which is now parked in front of their new house in a gated community in a Los Angeles suburb. All the neighbors welcome them including former hippies Andy and Debbie Coker and their daughter, Dawn who attracts the attention of Taylor.
Trying to reconcile their retirement with being parents again, they take on their grandkids’ school drama, tree house drama, and allergy drama…with only a couple visits to the ER. But then there’s Molly drama.
Molly (Aly Michalka) is Chev and Bebe’s opinionated youngest daughter and the kids’ aunt who comes to visit with her boyfriend Amir (Maulik Pancholy), a slacker med student. Molly stirs up doubt about her parents’ ability to raise their grandkids. Whether they like it or not, she’s going to stay and help out.
But who can raise these kids with more love than Chev and Bebe? Even though they might make lots of mistakes, they’ll make sure their golden years are golden years for their grandkids as well.
Writer Brad Copeland (My Name is Earl, Arrested Development) executive produces with Aaron Kaplan (Secrets and Lies, Neighbors).
DELORES AND JERMAINE
Jermaine (Jermaine Fowler) is the first person in his family to go to college…and also the first to drop out. Even though this idealistic millennial has big dreams of being, well, something really big, he just can’t seem to get off his Dad’s couch in the morning.
When Jermaine is also fired from his fast-food job at Liver & Shakes, it’s the last straw for his father who decides that the only way for Jermaine to finally grow up is for him to move out. Unfortunately, his mother won’t let Jermaine stay with her and her brand new wife, so his last resort is his estranged grandmother, Delores (Whoopi Goldberg).
Delores is unlike any grandmother you’ve ever seen. She’s an outspoken woman who broke down barriers to become one of the first women on the DC police force back in the 80’s. She’s also an obsessive football fan and can’t cook to save her life. Jermaine quickly learns that Grandma Delores is not afraid to lay down the law and she will use any means necessary if someone crosses her.
Unlike Jermaine’s father, Delores has no problem getting Jermaine off the couch with endless chores and her own brand of tough love…or as Jermaine sees it, hazing. In an effort to get his reclusive Grandmother off his back, Jermaine decides to get her out of the house and distract her with a fake football-loving boyfriend. Even though Grandma Delores initially enjoys herself for the first time in years, Jermaine’s scheme ultimately backfires and she is hurt and disappointed in him. Jermaine is surprised to find that he feels true remorse and he decides to do something selfless for quite possibly the first time in his life.
Based on comedian Jermaine Fowler’s own life, this unorthodox buddy comedy showcases an unlikely pair from two different generations who quickly realize that they are better off together than apart.
Fowler writes and produces alongside EPs Daniel Chun (The Office, The Simpsons), Kristin Newman (Galavant, How I Met Your Mother, That 70s Show), Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Leonardis, Michael Rotenberg, and director Beth McCarthy-Miller (Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Modern Family).
Roy Wood Jr.
Ken Jeong, former doctor turned comedian and actor (Community, The Hangover) plays Dr. Ken Park, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He calls an overweight patient ‘fat’ and dismisses patients’ opinions about their own health as wrong. But he gets away with it because this #3 general practitioner in LA’s San Fernando Valley is usually right.
The person he vexes most at work is his clinic’s manager and money guy Pat (Dave Foley). This former Circuit City manager doesn’t see much difference between electronics and patients–he only sees dollar signs– and wishes Dr. Ken would prioritize profits over patients, like he does. One of his biggest cost saving jobs is stopping patients from suing because of Dr. Ken’s bad bedside manner.
Also part of the practice is Dr. Ken’s match in the tell-it–like-it-is department, receptionist Damona (Tisha Campbell-Martin). She’s not afraid to slow his roll. There’s also his naïve and enthusiastic resident, Julie. She clearly has a lot of admiration for him, and in her shy way somehow manages to give him some good advice, especially when it comes to his kids. And then there’s the loyal but somewhat dimwitted nurse Hector, who worships Dr. Ken, and is happy to jump aboard as Ken’s partner in crime – whether Dr. Ken wants one or not.
Keeping him sane at home is his wife, Allison (Suzy Nakamura), an artist turned therapist who has a Zen approach to her husband’s crazy-making. She’ll stand back and enjoy a Dr. Ken train wreck instead of trying to stop him or criticize him. He appreciates her being someone so unlike the ultra-strict father who raised him. However, despite being seen as the “sane one” of the couple, Allison also has her unhinged moments, “second hand crazy,” she calls it, which she insists she gets from her husband.
Ken and Allison have two children. 16-year-old Molly is testing every boundary like she should. Though she’s already failed her driver’s test (the only test this Korean father was happy for her to fail), she is trying again. She has left her nice friends behind and is hanging with the popular hottie, Avery. Even her little brother recognizes the danger in this.
9-year-old Dave (Albert Tsai) is super-smart and adorable. However, he’s about to commit social suicide by miming Katy Perry’s “Roar” in the upcoming school talent show. Ken tries to talk him into singing instead, but Dave wants to do something ‘different.’ Mom Allison is supportive, even though back in college, she was humiliated for her slam poetry, and tries to explain that to Dave. But this kid’s gonna mime. He’s as determined as his Dad sometimes.
At work, Ken’s posse helps him interpret Molly’s cryptic texts, which he has secretly obtained. They all suspect she will be going to a rave instead of studying at Avery’s house. They convince Dr. Ken to install the questionable DaughterTracker app to see where she goes. When they find out she is, in fact, at the rave, Hector gives Dr. Ken a ridiculous makeover in order to help him get into the club, find Molly, and take her home.
But Dr. Ken’s plans to help the kids escalate into near disaster both in the club with Molly and onstage at the talent show with Dave.
But it’s just like Dr. Ken to do whatever it takes to be a good dad and a good doctor. And Allison will be there for him when his well-placed intentions go wrong.
Written by Ken Jeong, Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), and Mike O’Connell. Executive produced by Ken Jeong, Mike Sikowitz (The McCarthys, Rules of Engagement) and Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox (The Blacklist).
Krista Marie Yu
ABC Studios & Sony Pictures TV
Fortune Ferguson (Fortune Feimster) has a lot going right in her life. She’s a popular Health and Fitness Teacher in her hometown of Belmont, North Carolina and is surrounded by friends and family. But there’s something missing in her life. Fortune’s never had too much luck with guys. As Fortune herself puts it love, companionship – all that dumb crap – has eluded her.
Things come to a head during Fortune’s 28th birthday celebration at a local margarita bar. Cajoled into doing body shots off a hot bartender by her overbearing mom Ginger (Annie Potts), Fortune has a moment of total clarity. As she tells the bar: she’s gay. As gay as all hell, y’all.
Fortune’s public revelation sends shockwaves through her Southern family. Ginger is astonished, but then quickly accepts Fortune’s gayness. Maybe too much. Within a day she’s plastered her house with rainbow flags and posters of gay icons, having realized that gay culture will allow Ginger ample opportunity to dance on a float, something she’s always dreamed of. Ginger has a way of making everything, including Fortune’s life-changing epiphany, about herself.
Fortune is more worried about telling her dad Mike (John Carroll Lynch). A janitor at Fortune’s school, Mike is taciturn and tough. Divorced from Ginger, he likes to keep his life simple and his worldview small. Fortune once tried to buy him a cappuccino machine and he promptly used it as target practice. Fortune’s good-hearted but naïve brother Tyler (Parker Young) and his wife Nichole (Lacey Chabert) agree with Fortune – Mike may not be able to accept who she is. And worse, the man has a way of cutting things out of his life. Exhibit A is Gordon, Mike’s dog, who peed on Mike’s truck in 2007. Mike hasn’t spoken to him since. And as Tyler points out, being gay is way worse than peeing on a truck. Will Fortune lose her dad?
After a quickly aborted attempt to force herself to be straight with her best friend Steven, Fortune realizes she has no choice but to risk her relationship with her father and tell him who she is. Fortune gathers the family together to come out to her Dad, not realizing that her family may have some secrets of their own. “Family Fortune” is based on the life and stand-up of Fortune Feimster. Written by Feimster and Matt Hubbard, it is executive produced by Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and David Miner.
John Carroll Lynch
Johnny Knoxville of Jackass fame is the narrator in this comedy based on his childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee in the early 1980’s.
12-year-old Johnny is impulsive and acts before he thinks: jumping out of trees, eating nails, and rolling down the street inside a tire. His mother, the beautiful Genevieve, worries that all the stress he causes her will ruin her good looks. This lovable narcissist is always happy to share stories about the many men who find her attractive. And yes, it’s always about her. She and Johnny love being the center of attention much to the irritation of Johnny’s sister, 16-year-old Audrey.
Like her mom, Audrey has the beauty to attract lots of suitors and admirers. She’s also the brightest one in the family, but that’s often overlooked and taken for granted by the rest of the Knoxville clan.
Johnny, the future daredevil/prankster, learned many of his skills from his Dad, Ray, who loves playing jokes on people. Ray is a tough guy with a big personality and an even bigger heart, but tends to be a little too lenient when it comes to his chip off the old block.
Being a future daredevil/prankster means Johnny gets in trouble pretty much all the time. The only place he can be himself and not get in trouble is at his dad’s tire store, where he feels accepted by the guys who work there. There’s the even-tempered Big Stevie and the wiry, small and easy to anger “Jukebox” Johnson, Jr. They may be opposite in looks and temperament, but they are both tough like Ray and, as Johnny describes them “very familiar with the judicial system.”
But his mom wants more for her son than a future working at a tire store. While his teachers see him as an out-of-control student, Genevieve sees him as someone with imagination and boundless energy. She wants him to harness those qualities and do something special with his life…or she’ll kill him.
Knoxville executive produces with Michael Rotenberg (Silicon Valley, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Everybody Hates Chris), Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted, My Name is Earl) and Dave Becky (Louis). Pilot written by Victor Fresco and directed by Mike Fresco.
Julie Ann Emery
Special Forces Operations Sergeant Kip Mitchell (James Roday) has been in some of the toughest spots in the world. But now, thanks to a bullet in his derriere, his Blackhawk days are over. He’s taking early retirement and taking on his biggest challenge— becoming the stay at home dad to his five super-smart kids.
Kip’s sexy brainiac wife, Mona Lisa (Majandra Delfino) has spent the last fifteen years using her PhD. to home-school their kids while they traveled the world, and they’ve all grown into smart, fun little weirdos. There’s 4-year-old Thunder who reads blueprints and Dostoevsky; Gregory the 9-year-old Donald Trump; 11-year-old Phoebe, whose running a psychiatry practice out of her bedroom; and the twins – teenage computer whizzes Matthew and Marisa.
After Kip gets shot in the butt, the Mitchells settle down in California, where they’ve been offered a free place to stay by Mona Lisa’s mom Celeste (Melanie Griffith). Celeste is a former pageant queen who welcomes them with open arms and free spray tanner. Once settled, the Mitchells all take on new roles – Mona Lisa heads back to work at the Community College, Kip stays home, and the kids find themselves in a public junior/senior high for the first time.
Predictably, things go south pretty quickly. The kids cause chaos on campus when they create a dating app for the students, Kip gets tased by the overzealous school security guard, and Mona Lisa’s students would rather read Lindsay Lohan’s tweets than Emily Dickinson’s poetry.
After all hell breaks loose, Kip deals with something that he rarely faced in the military: his orders are not being obeyed. When the kids refuse to take down the dating app, using his military know-how will help Kip win this battle. But to win the war, he’ll have to earn their respect. It’s a dilemma every parent has faced, but this one will involve push-ups, blue-prints of the town’s water system, a sweat-lodge, dressing up like Sylvia Plath, and lots and lots of sausage. In short, just another day with the nerd herd at the Mitchell abode.
Inspired by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding’s book, “The Brainy Bunch” about their own high-achieving kids and their homeschooling methods, writers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux (Bob’s Burgers) exec produce with Imagine’s Brian Grazer (Empire, Parenthood, 24) and Francie Calfo (Empire).
- Melanie Griffith
20th Century Fox
THE 46 PERCENTERS
Three long-term couples celebrate the 16th anniversary of Ramy (Jason Antoon) and Kiri (Nazneen Contractor) , the couple with the seemingly perfect marriage of the group. At the beginning of the evening they are all part of the 46 Percenters—the percentage of Americans who are staying married. By the end of the night, however, things have changed.
To Robert (Ian Gomez) and Judy (Annie Mumolo), Ramy and Kiri’s lives seem so much easier and better than their own. It’s a little crazy at their house with three children and two full time jobs. Robert and Judy juggle their calendars trying to get to soccer games, dental appointments, teachers meetings, and still make time for each other. They do it all pretty well, except for the time for each other part, which is why Robert has to book an “appointment” in Judy’s calendar to M.L. – make love.
The other couple is Jay (Malcolm Barrett) and Marni (Angela Kinsey, The Office). They met in 10th grade and have been soulmates ever since. They are the couple that always want to sit next to each other at dinner parties, have to be on each other’s team on game night, the couple that still has sex twice a week. Jay recently left his job so they could start a business together. But, working in their tiny office and being together 24/7 is creating some problems. Marni adores Jay, but working in such tight quarters has made her hyper-aware of his quirks like the way he drinks water from a bottle like a hamster. Jay is surprised to realize that some of her behavior is beginning to annoy him as well, like when she sings the wrong lyrics to songs everyone knows. Or when she redoes whatever he’s just done: Marni has a habit of going back and relocking the office door right after Jay has locked it.
As the couples toast to the 46 percent of Americans who stay married, Ramy and Kiri surprise everyone and announce that they are going their separate ways. They explain that it is the little things that have driven them apart: her humming, his nose breathing, and the fact that they have to schedule time for sex.
The other couples panic. If Ramy and Kiri, the perfect couple, are splitting up, what chance do they have of staying together?
Worried Robert tries to sweep Judy back off her feet with a romantic night in a fancy hotel. Self conscious about her body, Judy invites the kids to Robert’s dismay. Jay and Marni have heart to heart talks and tell each other about all the little things that get on their nerves. Not the best idea. And Ramy and Kiri find out that being single is not as carefree as they thought.
Here’s to everyone who wants to be part of the 46 Percenters! An unromantic romantic comedy about the relatable ups and downs of marriage, family, and relationships. From writers Sherry Bilsing-Graham (Friends; New Adventures of Old Christine) and Ellen Kreamer (Friends; New Adventures of Old Christine), who will executive produce.
WRITERS & EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Warner Bros. TV
THE KING OF 7B
Prentiss Porter (Craig Ferguson) resides in a handsome apartment in New York City and is employed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of Arms & Armor. Prentiss is among the world’s foremost experts on medieval weaponry. As a student of military strategy, he can spout quotations from Sun Tzu or George Patton on subjects such as “vanquishing one’s enemies” with a grandeur that’s most impressive — especially for a man afraid to leave his apartment — something he hasn’t done for eleven years.
Rather than deal with his condition, Prentiss has created a universe where he has absolute control. Since he cannot go out into the world, he demands the world be brought to him by the ragtag family he has assembled around him.
There’s his sister, Charlotte Porter Armstrong, a divorced mom and animal rights fanatic, who goes out of her way to run special errands for him. This former debutante now dresses like a vegan hippie who hasn’t visited a makeup counter in ages. She’s a bit of a hoarder and makes one wonder if dysfunction runs in the family.
For groceries and gossip, he gets deliveries from Darren, a Millennial with a podcast, whose family owns the bodega downstairs.
Prentiss gets almost daily visits from his housekeeper Juana de la Cruz, a widowed mother of four, who provides tough love and common sense, in addition to running the household and gossiping about the neighbors they watch through the window.
The newest and soon-to-be-regular visitor is Greta Milgrim, a new intern from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who has come by to deliver a medieval gauntlet. Ostensibly she will be with Prentiss no longer than today.
But today, something happens that changes everything… love at first sight. Catching sight of his new neighbor (through binoculars), Prentiss vows to meet her and marry her. His sixth sense must be at work because she, too, is a renowned expert on Medieval History. She is Professor Veronica Shultz, who wrote a book that Prentiss holds in the highest esteem. But, she is old school– no cell phone, no email and hates the internet because it has made us a nation of shut-ins. Could this be a deal breaker?
Prentiss plots to get her to come to his apartment using his knowledge from “The Art of War,” and gets help for his elaborate plan from Charlotte, Darren, Juana, and Greta. But the King of 7B may need to do something even bigger… step outside his door to battle his demons and win over the love of his life.
Written and executive produced by Howard Franklin (Quick Change, The Big Year), Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Tangled, Cars), Ben Karlin (Modern Family, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Jess Rosenthall and directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me).
THE REAL O'NEALS
Everyone admires the O’Neal Family. Eileen O’Neal (Martha Plimpton) is the quintessential wife and mother. She is always impeccably dressed, runs an idyllic household and spearheads church events with ease and flair. Her husband, Pat O’Neal (Jay R. Ferguson) is a local cop and hero in their Chicago community. Though he doesn’t quite have Eileen’s passion for perfection, he tries his best to keep her happy.
Each of the O’Neal children excels in their own way. The eldest, 17-year-old Jimmy (Matthew Shively), is a handsome varsity wrestler and 14-year-old Shannon (Bebe Wood) is known for her charity work and ceaseless fundraising efforts. And then there’s 16-year-old Kenny who is clearly Mom’s favorite, even though he doesn’t have the athleticism or altruism of his siblings. (Let’s just say that neither of them will watch The Bachelor with her every week!)
As the picture perfect O’Neal family prepares for Eileen’s highly anticipated annual church fundraiser, a blemish appears on the façade of perfection when Kenny’s girlfriend, Mimi, tries to convince him they should have sex. This privately awkward moment immediately becomes public when Kenny tries to flush Mimi’s condoms down the toilet and accidentally floods the house while Father Phil and women from the church are making baskets for bingo night. Eileen is horrified and embarrassed.
The increasing pressure from Mimi, and a very unorthodox sex talk orchestrated by his father, forces Kenny to face the fact that he’s gay and he simply can’t keep it to himself any longer. Just before the church bingo game begins, he finally finds the courage to tell his family the truth. But before Kenny can share his news, his dad shares a confession of his own: he and Eileen are secretly in therapy and contemplating divorce. Desperate to get his kids to open up for the first time, he pushes them to share as well. Jimmy reluctantly admits he’s anorexic. Then Shannon reveals she’s been stealing from her charitable collections to buy herself a car. And Kenny finally tells his family that he’s gay.
This contagious bout of confessions shatters Eileen’s myth of their perfect family. It’s clear that it will take time for her to adjust, but instead of destroying her family, it’s actually the beginning of a new, messier, family where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.
Written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson (Galavant) and produced by best-selling author Dan Savage (It Gets Better), Stacy Traub (Trophy Wife, Glee), Brian Pines (Hypomania Content), Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott (DiBonaventura Pictures Television). Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle) also produces and directs.
Jay R. Ferguson
Mary Hollis Inboden
Buck (Mike Epps) is an irresponsible man-child. He recently got fired from his job at the mall and his girlfriend has kicked him out.
Needing a place to stay, he calls his brother, Will, the stable one in the family. He’s married to Alexis (Nia Long) and they have three children, 5-year-old Maizy who’s the dreamer, 9-year-old Miles who likes to stir the pot, and 16-year-old Tia who is the straight A student and trying to get rid of her nerdy image. Their fifth and most recent Nanny called them “demon children” before she quit.
Desperate for a babysitter, Will and Alexis invite Uncle Buck to stay for the weekend so they can take their business trip. They leave a long list of instructions and hope that everyone will be alive when they get back.
Uncle Buck’s kidlike personality is almost an asset in this situation, as he can relate to his nephew and nieces. He is usually a step ahead of them keeping them out of trouble, and keeping Tia away from Jordan, the school gigolo.
True, this dreamer and schemer brought the kids to a bar to sell questionable TVs to a questionable buyer, but it all sort of worked out okay.
When Will and Alexis rush back early from their trip, worried, they hear the fire alarm. But it is only Uncle Buck making the biggest pancake in the world. They see that everyone looks like they are having fun. Their kids haven’t sent him packing and he’s managed to keep them alive and well. Maybe he’s the ‘Manny’ they’ve needed all along and perhaps they are the answer to his problems.
Based on the hit movie of the same name, Uncle Buck is written by Mad TV’s Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley who will executive produce with Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man), Kat Likkel and John Hoberg. Korin Huggins serves as co-executive producer.
Kat Likkelv John Hoberg
ABC Studios & Universal Television
UNTITLED JUDAH MILLER
Gary and Irene’s eight-year-old son, Gus, is not exactly a chip off the old block.
Gary (Greg Grunberg), a geriatric physician, is intellectual and conflict-averse. His Tony-award-winning wife, Irene (Megan Hilty), gave up her glamorous Broadway life to raise their son in the suburbs, which she’s perfectly content with—so long as she has an excuse to dress up in costume or burst into song every now and then.
Somehow this combination of intellect and drama has produced a fiercely competitive and athletically-inclined alpha male, August (named after the great playwright Au