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TV Pilot Season 2020: TheWrap’s Complete Guide

  • The Wrap
It’s pilot season — when broadcast networks decide which of dozens of prospective shows should become full-fledged series.

TheWrap’s complete network pilot guide will keep you up to speed on the status of every project under consideration by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. In cases where they’ve already ordered a show to series, we’ll say so.

Check back often for regular updates.

ABC: Comedy / Drama

CBS: Comedy / Drama

The CW: Drama

Fox: Comedy / Drama

NBC: Comedy / Drama

ABC Comedy

My Village

Writer(s): Kari Lizer

Studio: Sony Pictures Television, ABC Studios

Logline: An empty-nester mom wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought.(Multi-camera)

Prospect

Writer(s): Sherry Bilsing-Graham,
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Kari Lizer Empty-Nester Mom Comedy ‘My Village’ Gets ABC Pilot Order

  • Deadline
Kari Lizer Empty-Nester Mom Comedy ‘My Village’ Gets ABC Pilot Order
ABC has given a pilot order to My Village, a multi-camera comedy from The New Adventures of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer, Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios.

Written and executive produced by Lizer, My Village revolves around an empty-nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought.

My Village, which had a production commitment, marked the first sale for Lizer under the significant multi-year overall deal she signed with Sony Pictures TV last year. The pilot will be a co-production of Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios.

2020 ABC Pilots & Series Orders

In addition to CBS’ New Adventures of Old Christine, which ran for five seasons and earned star Julia Louis-Dreyfus an Emmy,
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ABC Orders Comedy Pilot From ‘New Adventures of Old Christine’ Creator

  • Variety
ABC Orders Comedy Pilot From ‘New Adventures of Old Christine’ Creator
ABC has picked up the multi-cam comedy pilot “My Village” from Kari Lizer.

The project follows an empty-nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought.

Lizer is writing and executive producing the pilot. Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios will produce, with Lizer currently under an overall deal at Sony.

Lizer previously created the hit CBS multi-cam “The New Adventures of Old Christine” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The show ran for five seasons between 2006 and 2010. It received eight Emmy nominations during its run, with Louis-Dreyfus picking up a win for best actress in a comedy series in 2006. Lizer’s other TV credits include the original run of “Will & Grace,” for
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Katey Sagal Tapped for Erin Brockovich Pilot Rebel, From Grey's Anatomy Ep

Katey Sagal Tapped for Erin Brockovich Pilot Rebel, From Grey's Anatomy Ep
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) has been cast as the lead in Rebel, a potential ABC drama series inspired by the life of Brockovich, as reported by our sister site, Deadline.

Created by Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19), Rebel follows Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue collar legal advocate without a law degree who is “a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost,” according to the official logline.

More from
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Katey Sagal Lands Lead Role in ABC's Erin Brockovich Drama

Katey Sagal is staying put at ABC.

The actress has been tapped to lead the cast of Rebel, a TV series that would pick up following the 2000 Erin Brockovich movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Here is the official logline:

‘Rebel’ is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today. Twenty years after a movie made her famous, Annie “Rebel” Rebelsky is still working as a legal consultant without a law degree.

A funny, messy, brilliant and fearless real-life superhero who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves, when Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.

Krista Vernoff, the showrunner of both Grey's Anatomy and Station 19, is behind this new series, which will mark her third series at ABC if it goes to series.

Vernoff penned the pilot and executive produces alongside her husband,
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Katey Sagal To Star In Erin Brockovich-Inspired Drama ‘Rebel’ From Krista Vernoff Picked Up To Pilot By ABC

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Katey Sagal To Star In Erin Brockovich-Inspired Drama ‘Rebel’ From Krista Vernoff Picked Up To Pilot By ABC
Katey Sagal has signed on for the title role in Rebel, a drama inspired by the life of activist Erin Brockovich today, which has received a pilot order at ABC. Executive produced by Brockovich, Rebel hails from Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff, Davis Entertainment, Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios.

Sagal had been the most sought after actress at ABC in the early stages of 2020 pilot season. The network had been high on the Sons of Anarchy and Married… with Children alumna since last season when it ordered her comedy starring vehicle Nana to pilot. The project did not go but ABC remained in business with Sagal, tapping her for arcs on Grand Hotel and The Conners. And this month, I hear ABC brass sent Sagal virtually all of their hottest scripts for her to choose from. She picked Rebel.

The Erin Brockovich drama, which had a put pilot commitment,
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Katey Sagal to Star Erin Brockovich-Inspired Pilot From Krista Vernoff at ABC

  • Variety
Krista Vernoff is looking to set up another show at ABC.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” showrunner is the writer and executive producer on a new pilot which has been ordered at ABC, inspired by the life of famous legal clerk Erin Brockovich. Katey Sagal has been cast to play the lead role.

Titled “Rebel,” the project hails from ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television, and centers around Annie “Rebel” Bello (Sagal), a blue collar legal advocate without a law degree. Rebel is described as a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When she applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.

Brockovich herself is on board as a non-writing executive producer, alongside Alexandre Schmidt and Davis Entertainment (John Davis and John Fox).

Brockovich’s life was previously
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Night Tide

Night Tide

Blu ray

Powerhouse/Indicator

1960/ 1:85:1 / 86 min.

Starring Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson

Directed by Curtis Harrington

During the early fifties, an anxious era that leaned on fanciful songs like Faraway Places, Beyond the Sea and Robert Maxwell’s Ebb Tide, Curtis Harrington wrote a similarly dreamy fable called The Girl from Beneath the Sea. The 34 year old director’s script was finally produced in 1960 and premiered as Night Tide at the Spoleto Film Festival in 1961. Thanks to Filmgroup, Roger Corman’s distribution company, the movie reached American theaters in 1963. Instead of the windswept romance of Maxwell’s song, ticket buyers were treated to a fatalistic thriller with the unpredictable qualities of a New Wave film.

Dennis Hopper plays Johnny Drake, a navy recruit from the arid climes of Oklahoma. Though he looks seaworthy in his white uniform and cap he still seems pretty landlocked, ambling through the beachfront
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Andy Fickman Boards Comedy ‘Tension Ring’ for Robbins Lane Entertainment (Exclusive)

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Andy Fickman Boards Comedy ‘Tension Ring’ for Robbins Lane Entertainment (Exclusive)
Andy Fickman will direct the romantic comedy “Tension Ring,” the debut feature of the newly formed Robbins Lane Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Tension Ring” marks the launch of Robbins Lane Entertainment, from Seth B. Fass and Scott Prisand. The shingle is named after the pair’s elementary school in Syosset, Long Island.

Fickman will direct from a script he wrote with Marnie Alexenburg and Kristen Gura Fickman. Inspired by a true love story, “Tension Ring” follows a New York stock broker who enlists the help of his girlfriend’s eccentric father to pull off the engagement of a lifetime — but quickly realizes the alliance could ruin everything.

The project is set to film in New York in early 2019. Fass and Prisand will produce with Fickman’s Oops Doughnuts, with Betsy Sullenger also producing. The film will be executive produced by Robert Leary of Vineyard Point Productions.

“We are thrilled
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Cannes: BidSlate Closes Partnerships, Title Deal With Kasper

  • Variety
Content rights specialist BidSlate has closed partnerships with VOD platforms SoFy.tv and Cinezen along with a 78-title package with India’s Kasper Digital, Variety has learned exclusively.

The deals were reached at the 2018 Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival. The announcement was made Wednesdsay by Roland Rojas, co-founder and president of BidSlate.

The new global partnerships and deals include Largo Films, based in Switzerland, which has signed a partnership deal for its SoFy.tv. BidSlate will initially supply award-winning shorts to the platform, including “Decay,” “I’m Here Too,” “PagPag,” “Sineater,” “Testimony,” “The Life of Baldrick,” “Used Body Parts,” “I Meant to Tell You,” and “Diversion.”

BidSlate has licensed 78 titles to the Mumbai-based media company Kasper Digital for 15 years, covering the Indian sub-continent territory. Among the feature films are “The Cloth,” “Band of Keepers,” “Brother’s Day,” “Devil’s Six Commandments,” and “Bitter Sweet Monday.”

Cinezen, the
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The Duel Trailer: Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth Battle It Out in The Old West

It was less than a week ago that I was writing about how the western genre seems to be experiencing a bit of a resurgence, and now that trend continues as another western film heads our way. Entertainment Weekly has the first trailer and poster for The Duel, which sees Hunger Games stars Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson go from allies to enemies.

The Duel stars Liam Hemsworth as a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher played by Woody Harrelson. However, the routine undercover investigation soon turns personal for the ranger who must solve the case before he loses everything to the mysterious town.

The film hails from Triple 9 writer Matt Cook and director Kieran Darcy-Smith, who's part of the Blue Tongue Films collective along with Joel Edgerton, Nash EdgertonSpencer Susser (Hesher), David Michod (Animal Kingdom), Mirrah Foulkes,
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Spencer Susser on his Tropfest-winning Shiny

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Spencer Susser last night.

American filmmaker Spencer Susser has a long history in Australia.

He was camera operator on Nash Edgerton's shorts Lucky, Spider and Bear, and collaborated with David Michôd on I Love Sarah Jane, a zombie short starring a pre-Alice Mia Wasikowska, and on his feature debut, Hesher, starring Joseph Gorden-Levitt.

Since then he's directed an episode of the TV show Hemlock Grove, and made several shorts - one of which took out Tropfest's top prize last night.

Shiny is a brief (less than four minutes) stop-motion animation Susser made with fellow Los Angeleno Daniel 'Cloud' Campos, a former dancer who toured with Madonna and is, according to Susser, "quite a well known B-boy".

The pair met through a mutual friend, Australian director Michael Gracey, and discovered a shared "let's-go-make-stuff gene", said Susser.

"Originally Cloud and I had made a stop-motion commercial for a big cool company
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Daniel Campos and Spencer Susser's Shiny wins Tropfest

Shiny.

Daniel Campos and Spencer Susser (Hesher) were the winners at Tropfest last night with stop-motion animation Shiny.

Judges Mel Gibson, Simon Baker, Rebecca Gibney, Don McAlpine, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Maya Newell awarded first prize to Shiny despite it running for less than four minutes (Tropfest allows seven). It also won two Tropfest Craft Awards for Sound Design and VFX.

Nick Baker and Tristan Klein won second prize for the animated Postcards to Ulay, while third prize went to Rick Donald for The Atm.

A $3,000 prize donated by Nicole Kidman for best male actor went to Rick Donald for his role as Frankie in The Atm, and to Natalie Bassingthwaighte as best actress for her performance as Sarah in Why Would I Lie?

Andrew Kennedy and Tim Chatfield's.Jeff Harding,.a documentary about Australia.s first World Light Heavyweight Champion, won the Nikon Dslr Film category..

John Polson said: ..I
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'Kung Fu Panda 3' #1; Holdovers Make Up for Money Lost in the Snow

'Kung Fu Panda 3' #1; Holdovers Make Up for Money Lost in the Snow
Kung Fu Panda 3 reigns atop the weekend box office, bringing in more than enough to become the largest January animated opening of all-time. Meanwhile, fellow newcomers The Finest Hours, Fifty Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun didn't fair so well as holdovers from last weekend make up for dollars lost due to last weekend's snowstorm. Not a single film in the top ten dropped more than 34% and the overall top twelve was up nearly 25% compared to last weekend, which is also a 46% improvement over the same weekend last year. With an estimated $41 million, Kung Fu Panda 3 crushed the previous January, animated opening weekend record of $19.4 million held by The Nut Job (2014). It's also bordering on a enough to become the second largest January opening of all-time, just shy of Ride Along's $41.5 million from 2014. Compared to the first two Panda films, the opening does signify yet another
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Interview: Actor / Writer Tim Ogletree from The Walking Deceased

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Actor / writer Tim Ogletree is fairly new in the world of filmmaking. He kicked off his career in 2010 as an office production assistant for the movie Hesher. Ogletree then moved into a starring role in the spoof movie Supernatural Activity. He decided to get even more involved in his latest venture, The Walking Deceased, by producing, writing, and taking a role in front of the camera.

I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Ogletree about his latest project, The Walking Deceased. With zombies all the rage right now, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a film lampooning the lumbering undead. Read on to see what to expect if you take the opportunity to sit down and watch this horror / comedy.

How did you get involved in The Walking Deceased?

I’ve actually been involved from the conception. Derek Nixon, our rock star of a producer, came to me
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Fine Brothers To Produce Teen Comedy Feature With Big Block

YouTube stars the Fine Brothers are joining with Big Block Entertainment on an untitled teen comedy. Benny and Rafi Fine — who have built a big presence on YouTube and other social media — and will write, direct and produce the untitled feature-length project.

The film is billed as “an over-the-top look at the clique-filled world of high school” as outcasts turn the tables on their tormentors.

“We haven’t made a feature-length film since we were teenagers, and we’re excited to be making one now,” the brothers said in a release. “Consider this our spin on classics like Can’t Hardly Wait and Mean Girls, and we can’t wait to unleash this movie to our 10+-million subscribers and beyond.”

Big Block’s Tom Pellegrini (Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, Hesher) and Tony-nominated Broadway producer Scott Prisand (Rock Of Ages, Legally Blonde) will produce. Big Block founder and CEO Scott Benson (Ride,
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The Fine Bros. Are Making A Movie

The Fine Bros may be best known for their short-form React series on YouTube (and soon to be on television), but the two fraternal partners are now taking their creative talents to the big screen. Benny and Rafi Fine (who boast over 13.8 million subscribers across three YouTube channels) will write, produce, and direct a currently-unnamed film in partnership with Big Block Entertainment Group. The upcoming movie is set to be a teen comedy filled with a premise of high school growing pains and angst. Here's the logline from the release: Comedic feature film that takes an over the top look at the clique filled world of high school and how the people you grew up with, and even used to be friends with, often become the same people who torment you by the time you graduate....and now it's time for the outcasts to change all of that. Big Block
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Votd: Spencer Susser’s Eugene Short Film

Votd: Spencer Susser’s Eugene Short Film
In 2008, I discovered a great short film titled I Love Sarah Jane by commercial and music video director Spencer Susser (you can watch it here — and if you haven’t yet, you really need to). I was slightly disappointed by Susser’s feature directorial debut Hesher, which premiered at the 2010 Sundnace Film Festival. Since the festival, Susser has been trying […]

The post Votd: Spencer Susser’s Eugene Short Film appeared first on /Film.
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Watch: Spencer Susser's Short 'Eugene' About a Wish-Granting Laptop

What would you wish for if you suddenly held in your hands a laptop that granted wishes? How far would you take it, and what would happen next? For those looking for a bit of Sunday fun to cheer them up, look no further than Eugene, a sponsored short film directed by Spencer Susser, the Aussie filmmaker who brought us that short I Love Sarah Jane years ago as well as the feature Hesher. Created for (and chosen as one of the winners of) a filmmaking competition held by Intel and W Hotels, Eugene is a humorous story of what happens when you give a lonely, bearded man too much power. It's fun and will leave you with a smile. From the description on Short of the Week: "A traveler in Washington DC gets a mysterious gift: a laptop that grants all his wishes. How will he wield his unexpected powers?
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The Rover

The Rover

Directed by: David Michod

Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy

Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: June 23, 2014 (Chicago)

Plot: Ten years after a global economic collapse, a loner (Pearce) looks for his stolen car with the help of an abandoned American (Pattinson).

Who’S It For? Viewers who like their thriller spaced out, with ebbs of intensity. On a smaller scale, this movie is also for anyone who has not yet confirmed Pattinson’s acting abilities.

Overall

There is a profound interest in impulse within the work of Australian filmmaker David Michod, whose number of features finally reaches two with his anticipated followup to Animal Kingdom, The Rover. Even his co-writing work for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s life-crasher movie Hesher is indicative of a storytelling force jazzed by that which is abrupt and unexplainable, and without worry of how polarizing these weirdo choices may be. With
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