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Here are the The CW pilots up for consideration for the 2017-2018 TV season:

Black Lightning: The pilot is about Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend, Black Lightning.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

CAST: Cress Williams (Veronica Mars and Hart of Dixie), Nafessa Williams (Code Black), China Anne McClain (A.N.T. Farm), Christine Adams (Pushing Daisies and The Mentalist),

NOTE: If Black Lightning is picked-up, the network could stagger the superhero shows throughout the year, rather than scheduling five separate nights of superhero programming.

Dynasty: The modernized remake will follow two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The primetime soap will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Creators Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Sallie Patrick and Esther and Richard Shapiro.

CAST: Nathalie Kelley (The Vampire Diaries, Revenge), Elizabeth Gillies (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), Sam Adegoke (Murder in the First), Robert Christopher Riley (Hit the Floor), Grant Show (Melrose Place), Alan Dale (The O.C., 24 and Lost) and Rafael de la Fuente (When We Rise).

Insatiable: The pilot follows a disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach who takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client, and has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Lauren Gussis (Once Upon A Time), Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Todd Hoffman and Dennis Kim.

CAST: Debby Ryan (former Disney star), Erinn Westbrook (Awkward), Michael Provost (Six), Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife), Sarah Colonna (Chelsey Lately), Kimmy Shields (Big Little Lies), Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty and Popular), Alyssa Milano (Charmed and Mistresses),

Life Sentence: The pilot is about a young women diagnosed with terminal cancer who finds out that she’s not dying after all and has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.”

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith, Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold.

CAST: Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck and Unforgettable), Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars), Gillian Vigman (The Hangover), Elliot Knight (American Gothic), Carlos PenaVega (Grease: Live), Jayson Blair (Young & Hungry and The New Normal) and Brooke Lyons (2 Broke Girls).

Searchers: Searchers is about a group of unlikely heroes who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime. Ten years after the death of their parents, a pragmatic brother and free spirited sister are forced to team up when they learn that their mother’s terrifying and bizarre stories may be a road map to discovering the great legends, myths, and unexplainable mysteries of the world.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Jason Rothenberg, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

CAST: William Miller (Ruta Madre and Cinco de Mayo), Jeanine Mason (Of Kings and Prophets), Zane Holtz (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Alex McGregor (Of Kings and Prophets), newcomer Josh Kidd and Marc Blucas (Underground and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer).

Valor: The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a US Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets, and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Kyle Jarrow and Bill Habor.

CAST: Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow and Hellcats), Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire and Secrets and Lies), newcomer W. Tre Davis, Melissa Roxburgh (Arrow, Supernatural and Star Trek Beyond), Christina Ochoa (Matador and Animal Kingdom), Nigel Thatch (American Dreams and Selma), Corbin Reid (How to Get Away With Murder),

MOST LIKELY TO BE PICKED-UP: Black Lightning

WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE: Life Sentence

LONG SHOT: Insatiable

UNNECESSARY REBOOT: Dynasty

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Here are the NBC pilots up for consideration for the 2017-2018 TV season:

For God and Country: This pilot is a heart-pounding look into the complex world of the country’s bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Dean Georgaris, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.

CAST: Anne Heche (Men in Trees and Aftermath), Demetrius Grosse (Justified and Game of Silence), Noah Mills (2 Broke Girls), Sofia Pernas (Jane the Virgin), Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) and Tate Ellington (Quantico).

Good Girls: Explores what happens when three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances — they decide to stop playing it safe, and risk everything to take their power back.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Jenna Bans.

CAST: Manny Montana (Graceland and Conviction), Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Colony), Matthew Lillard (The Bridge), Retta (Parks and Recreation), Mae Whitman (Parenthood), young actress Lidya Jewett (Hidden Figures),

Redliners: Based on a series of short stories by author Charlaine Harris (True Blood), this high-octane series mixes humor, romance and espionage centering on a pair of former their undercover lives.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Kelly Sue DeConnick and Shaun Cassidy.

CAST: Jason Ensler (Red Band Society), Hannah Ware (Hitman: Agent 47 and Betrayal), newcomer Alan Powell, Greg Germann (Ally McBeal and Once Upon a Time), Jerod Haynes (Southside With You), Jenny Wade (Wedding Band), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy) and Quinn Shephard (Hostages).

Reverie: A grounded and dramatic thriller about a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Mickey Fisher (Extant), Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Brooklyn Weaver.

CAST: Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest and Fairly Legal), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes and Covert Affairs), Jessica Lu (Awkward), Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) and Dennis Haysbert (24 and Incorporated).

Rise (formerly Drama High): Based on the book by Michael Sokolove, the pilot is inspired by the true story of high school drama teacher Lou Volpe, centering around the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Jason Katims.

CAST: Auli’i Cravalho (the voice of Moana), Amy Forsyth (Defiance and The Path), Rosie Perez, newcomer Rarmian Newton, Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Shirley Rumierk (Collateral Beauty), relative newcomers Damon J. Gillespie, Joe Tippett, Ted Sutherland and Taylor Richardson; Shannon Purser (Stranger Things) and Marley Shelton (The Lottery).

Shelter (formerly called Salvation): A “real-time extreme event” medical series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough’s last viable trauma center after a catastrophic hurricane wreaks havoc on the city. On a holiday weekend with few doctors on call, the medical staff will be pushed to make the most difficult life-and-death choices as they work to save their patients and themselves.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Warren Leight, Paul Haggis and Charles McDougall.

CAST: Newcomer Paola Lazaro, Matthew James Thomas, Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters and Six Feet Under), Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon, Braindead and The Good Wife), JJ Feild (Turn), Latarsha Rose (The Hunger Games), Jamie McShane (Bloodline and The Fosters) and Nadia Gan (Mr. Robot).

MOST LIKELY TO BE PICKED-UP: Rise

WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE: Reverie and For God and Country

LONG SHOT: Good Girls

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Here are the FOX pilots up for consideration for the 2017-2018 TV season:

Behind Enemy Lines: A military soap thriller where a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines. The “distinctly patriotic series” is a multi-perspective narrative that closely follows our soldiers on the ground, and the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier, along with intelligence officers in D.C., as they attempt to bring our heroes home safely and under the radar.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Nikki Toscano, McG, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, John Davis and John Fox.

CAST: B.J. Britt (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Gabriel Chavarria (East Los High), Melia Kreiling (Tyrant), Nestor Carbonell (Bates Motel), Colm Feore (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Willa Fitzgerald (Scream and Royal Pains), Dylan Bruno (Numb3rs), Benito Martinez (American Crime and Supernatural) and Gabriel Chavarria (East Los High).

The Resident: The pilot centers on an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern-day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, Roshan Sethi, Antoine Fuqua and Oly Obst.

CAST: Manish Dayal (The Hundred-Foot Journey), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife and Gilmore Girls), Shaunette Renee Wilson (Billions), Emily Van Camp (Revenge) and Valerie Cruz (The Following).

Untitled Marvel Action-Adventure Pilot(also known as Gifted): The pilot revolves around two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Matt Nix, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and Bryan Singer.

CAST: Blair Redford (Switched at Birth and Satisfaction), Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Sean Teale (Incorporated), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Amy Acker (Angel and Person of Interest), Coby Bell (Burn Notice), Emma Dumont (Bunheads and Aquarius)

Untitled University Project (formerly titled Controversy): The pilot follows the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois university who must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. From the football coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence to a university administration under siege, the project explores the type of high-profile controversy all too familiar on today’s college campuses, as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Judy Smith, Jennifer Klein, Charlie Gogolak, Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), John Requa and Glenn Ficarra.

CAST: Austin Stowell (Whiplash), Christine Lahti, Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife and Blindspot), Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones), Saycon Sengbloh (Scandal), Griffin Freeman (Paper Towns), Anthony Edwards (ER), Robbie Jones (Bosch and 90210) and Vince Nappo (Reign and NCIS).

MOST LIKELY TO BE PICKED-UP: Untitled Marvel’s Pilot

WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE: Behind Enemy Lines

LONG SHOT: The Resident (seems a bit too much like House, to an extent)

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Here are the CBS pilots up for consideration for the 2017-2018 TV season:

Instinct: Based on the upcoming James Patterson novel, a former CIA operative who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Michael Rauch (Royal Pains), Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Alan Cumming, James Patterson, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout.

CAST: Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Bojana Novakoic (Shameless and Rake), Daniel Ings (The Crown), Naveen Andrews (Lost) and Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami).

Mission Control: The next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists juggle both their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Andy Weir (The Martian), Courtney Conte, Quan Phung, Simon Kinberg (The Martian), Aditya Sood and Charles Eglee (Dexter).

CAST: Levi Fiehler (The Fosters), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace and Unforgettable), Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives and Jane the Virgin), Peyton List (Frequency) and Wunmi Mosaku (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice).

Perfect Citizen: Revolves around the former General Counsel for the NSA who, after his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston. There, he faces the reality that while half the country thinks he’s our greatest patriot, the other half thinks he’s a traitor.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Craig Turk (The Good Wife)

CAST: Lenny Platt (Quantico and How to Get Away With Murder), Noah Wyle (ER and The Librarians), Shanley Caswell (The Conjuring), newcomer Adrienne Warren, Stephanie Szostak (Satisfaction), Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies and Glee) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (The Path and Mr. Robot).

S.W.A.T.: Inspired by the 1975 TV series of the same name, the series follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a highly-trained unit that is the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Aaron Thomas Shawn Ryan, Marney Hochman, Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Danielle Woodrow and Justin Lin.

CAST: Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds), Lina Esco (Kingdom), Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel and Secrets and Lies), Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted and Code Black), Peter Onorati (Murder in the First) and Australia actor Alex Russell.

The Get: This workplace drama centers on a team of tireless internet journalists who pursue and expose the stories of injustice using their unconventional investigative techniques in today’s anything-goes world of reporting.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Bridget Carpenter.

CAST: Emayatzy Corinealdi (Hand of God), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Jeananne Goossen (The Night Shift), newcomer Alex Fitzalan, Michael Rady (UnReal and Jane the Virgin) and Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy and Private Practice).

Untitled Jenny Lumet Project (formerly known as Higher Ground): The pilot focuses on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit, who solve a myriad of crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Jenny Lumet and Katie Couric.

CAST: Brad William Henke (Orange Is the New Black), Zach Appleman (Sleepy Hollow), Grace Rex (The Good Wife), Kevin Daniels (Sirens), Sharon Leal (Supergirl) and Omar Metwally (The Affair).

Untitled Navy SEALs Pilot: The pilot follows the lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions the country can ask.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Ben Cavell (Justified), Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

CAST: Neil Brown, Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Max Theriot (Bates Motel), Toni Trucks (Franklin & Bash), A.J. Buckley (Supernatural and CSI: NY), David Boreanaz (Bones and Angel) and Jessica Pare (Mad Men).

Wisdom of the Crowd: Based on the Israeli television series of the same name, the pilot tells the story of a tech innovator who, inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, creates a cutting edge crowdsourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionizing crime solving in San Francisco.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Ted Humphrey.

CAST: Jeremy Piven (Entourage and Mr. Selfridge), Richard T. Jones (Judging Amy), Blake Lee (Mixology), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones) and Jake Matthews (Bosch).

MOST LIKELY TO BE PICKED-UP: Instinct and Mission Control

WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE: S.W.A.T. and Untitled Navy SEALs Pilot

LONG SHOT: Wisdom of the Crowd

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Here are the ABC pilots up for consideration for the 2017-2018 TV season:

Deception: When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion and influence — the FBI. He’ll become the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Chris Fedak (Chuck and Forever); Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter and David Kwong (Blindspot, Now You See Me).

CAST: Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cooper Barrett and Kingsman: The Secret Service), Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break), Lenora Crichlow (Being Human), Ilfenesh Hadera (Billions), Justin Chon (Twilight movie franchise), Vinnie Jones (Arrow) and Laila Robins (Murder in the First and Homeland).

Doomsday: The series is set in the aftermath of Sept. 11, when the U.S. government instituted a secret think-tank comprised of the most creative minds in science and entertainment who were tasked solely with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. The ideas they invented were so dangerous that the list was sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Carole Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd.

CAST: Dan Boyd (Cougar Town), Jack Davenport (Smash), Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome), Taye Diggs (Murder in the First), Claire Holt (The Originals), Rochelle Aytes (Mistresses) and Justin Chatwin (Shameless).

Las Reinas: Revolves around Detective Sonya De La Reina, who is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family — the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, Sonya must walk the murky line between the law and her family, and question her true destiny as a De La Reina.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Dean Georgaris, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper and Chris Brancato.

CAST: Sonia Braga (Royal Pains and Luke Cage), John Corbett (Northern Exposure and Sex and the City), Daniella Alonso (Revolution), Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries), Eric Winter (Witches of East End), Shalim Ortiz (Heroes) and Amanda Warren (The Leftovers).

Salamander: The pilot follows a brilliant but misanthropic engineer who recruits a skeptical Homeland Security agent to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the elite and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that may be linked to a greater conspiracy.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum and Scott Rosenberg.

CAST: Alison Miller (Incorporated), John Leguizamo, Larenz Tate (Game of Silence and House of Lies), Elaine Tan (Hand of God), Karine Vanasse (Revenge), Treat Williams (Everwood), Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Grimm and Robin Hood movie) and Eric Bogosian,

The Crossing: Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie (Criminal Minds) and Jason Reed

CAST: Sandrine Holt (House of Cards and MacGyver), Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club), Jay Karnes (Burn Notice and The Shield), Simone Kessell (Terra Nova), Grant Harvey (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Marcius Harris (Vice Principals), Kelley Missal (One Life to Live), Tommy Bastow (EastEnders), John D’Leo (the box office movie The Family), Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome and APB) and Rick Gomez (Justified).

The Good Doctor: Based on a South Korean format, the drama centers on a young surgeon with Savant syndrome who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. The question will arise: Can a person who doesn’t have the ability to relate to people actually save their lives?

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: David Shore (House) and actor Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0).

CAST: Antonia Thomas (Misfits), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Nicholas Gonzalez (Pretty Little Liars and Jane the Virgin), Chuku Modu (Game of Thrones), Hill Harper (CSI: NY), Irene Keng (Grey’s Anatomy and Harry’s Law), Richard Schiff (The West Wing) and Beau Garrett (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce).

The Gospel of Kevin: A light one hour about Kevin, a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Marvel’s Agent Carter)

CAST: Newcomer Natacha Karam, Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Jason Ritter (Parenthood and Joan of Arcadia), Cristela Alonzo (Cristela), India de Beaufort (Jane By Design, Younger and NCIS: Los Angeles), Dustin Ybarra (We Bought a Zoo), Chloe East (Liv and Maddie), J. August Richards (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Angel) and JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Reba, Once Upon a Time and Privileged).

The Trustee: The hour-long comedic pilot revolves around a driven but stubborn detective finds who unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, a larger than life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Although these two have completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a highly entertaining and successful partnership is born.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Jay Scherick, David Ronn (Spin City), Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman.

CAST: Meaghan Rath (Being Human), Michael Cudltiz (The Walking Dead), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), Tim Kang (The Mentalist), David Warshofsky (Scandal and Captain Philllips), L. Scott Caldwell (Lost), Berto Colon (Orange Is the New Black) and Lance Gross (Sleepy Hollow).

Untitled Marc Cherry Pilot (formerly known as Bluegrass or Blood Red): Ruby Adair, the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, Kentucky, finds her red state outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance as Ruby takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this southern gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Marc Cherry, Reba McEntire, Sabrina Wind, Mindy Schultheis, Michael Hanel and Michael Offer

CAST: Singer-actress Reba McEntire, Ben Esler (Hell on Wheels), Natalie Hall (Pretty Little Liars and Star Crossed), Ryan McPartlin (Chuck), Jack Coleman (Heroes), Saidah Ekulona (Kevin Can Wait), Emily Rose (Haven), Saamer Usmani (Reign and Nikita), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), Roslyn Ruff (Madam Secretary) and Amanda Detmer (Necessary Roughness).

Untitled Paul William Davies Pilot: Set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” this legal drama follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Paul William Davies (Scandal), Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

CAST: Ben Rappaport (The Good Wife), Britne Oldford (Hunters and Ravenswood), Anna Deavere Smith (Nurse Jackie), Susannah Flood (Chicago Fire), Hope Davis (Wayward Pines), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Daredevil and Soul Food), Rege-Jean Page (Roots), Lyndon Smith (Parenthood), Ben Shenkman (Royal Pains) and Wesam Keesh (Awkward.).

Unit Zero: The pilot follows Jackie Fink, a brilliant but unassuming CIA engineer and single mom, as she leads a team of desk jockeys into the field as secret agents. Overlooked in the workplace, their invisibility makes them perfect for the CIA’s most covert missions.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Lindsey Shockley and Kenya Barris.

CAST: Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Kimberly Hebert Gregory (Vice Principals), Rob Huebel (Blunt Talk), Dana Powell (Modern Family), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles and Suits), Jamey Sheridan (Sully), Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Ayden Mayeri (New Girl).

MOST LIKELY TO BE PICKED-UP: Unit Zero and Untitled Marc Cherry Pilot

WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE: The Gospel of Kevin

LONG SHOT: Deception and Doomsday

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Here are the The CW pilots up for consideration for the 2016-2017 TV season:

Frequency – In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema film, a female police detective discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father, also a detective, who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder, but unintended consequences of the “butterfly effect” wreak havoc in the present day.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Jeremy Carver (Supernatural), Toby Emmerich, John Rickard, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz

CAST: Peyton List (The Flash, The Tomorrow People), Riley Smith (Nashville), Mekhi Phifer (ER), Lenny Jacobson (Nurse Jackie), Anthony Ruivivar (Banshee, American Horror Story), Devin Kelley (Resurrection) and Daniel Bonjour (The Walking Dead).

No Tomorrow – When a risk-averse female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center falls in love with a man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, it leads to comedic and poignant results as they embark on a quest to fulfill their individual bucket lists.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Corrine Brinkerhoff (Jane the Virgin), Scott McCabe and Tory Stanton

CAST: Tori Anderson (The L.A. Complex), Joshua Sasse (Galavant), Amy Pietz (The Nine Lives of Chloe King), Sarayu Blue (The Real O’Neals) and Jesse Rath (Defiance).

Riverdale – Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, this surprising and subversive take on Archie and friends explores the surrealism of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jon Goldwater

CAST: Newcomer KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody), Lili Reinhart (Surviving Jack), Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210), Mädchen Amick (Witches of East End), Marisol Nichols (Teen Wolf, 24), Camila Mendes, Ashleigh Murray, Madelaine Petsch.

Transylvania – In 1880, a headstrong young woman in search of her missing father ventures from NYC to Transylvania, where she teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard detective. Together, they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Hugh Sterbakov (writer), Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum and Scott Rosenberg

CAST: Laura Brent (Legend of the Seeker), Luke Allen-Gale (Dominion) and Sofia Penas (The Young and the Restless).

Untitled Mars Project – Explorers arrive on Mars to join its first human colony, only to discover that their predecessors have vanished. Led by a woman whose husband is among the missing, the colonists are forced to change their mission from exploration/settlement to investigation/survival, while navigating the hostile planet and their own personal demons.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Doris Egan, Frank Marshall and Robert Zotnowski

CAST: Georgina Haig (Fringe, Once Upon a Time), Neal Bledsoe (The Mysteries of Laura), Mouzam Makkar (The Vampire Diaries and The Following) and Carl Beukes (Dominion).

Untitled Paranormal Project – A young woman seeks help from a parapsychologist when she begins to experience paranormal phenomena.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Kevin Williamson and David Nutter

CAST: Megan West (How to Get Away with Murder), Matt Passmore (Satisfaction) and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl).

MOST LIKELY TO BE PICKED-UP: Riverside

WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE: No Tomorrow and Frequency

LONG SHOT: Untitled Mars Project

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Here are the NBC pilots up for consideration for the 2016-2017 TV season:

The Blacklist (Spin-Off) – The May 12 episode of The Blacklist will serve as a backdoor pilot, with Famke Janssen playing Susan “Scottie” Halsted, who will – rumor has it – have a relationship with Tom Keane (Ryan Eggold) that mirrors the relationship that Liz and Red have on the mothership series.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, John Davis and John Fox

CAST: Famke Janssen (How to Get Away With Murder), Edi Gathegi (The Blacklist) and Tawny Cypress (Unforgettable).

Chicago Justice – This will be a planted Chicago P.D. spinoff – a backdoor pilot – that will be set in the legal world.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Dick Wolf

CAST: Philip Winchester (The Player), Joelle Carter (Justified), Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn) and Carl Weathers (Rocky and Colony).

Cruel Intentions – This pilot picks up over 15 years after the end of the movie, following the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her brother, who was the late Sebastian Valmont, and Annette Hargrove. Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Roger Kumble, Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin, Neil Moritz and Pavun Shetty

CAST: Sarah Michelle Gellar (the original Cruel Intentions film), Taylor John Smith (American Crime), Peter Gallagher (The O.C.), Kate Levering (Drop Dead Diva), Samantha Logan (The Fosters), Sophina Brown (Ravenswood and Numb3rs) and Nathalie Kelley (UnREAL).

Heavenly Creatures – This pilot is redeveloped from last season’s pilot called Unveiled. It follows a war hero who rediscovers his purpose in life when a celestial being offers him a chance to change the world, one person at a time.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: John Glenn, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey

CAST (as of 2015 Unveiled pilot) [this list of cast could clearly change]: Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Stephan James (Selma), Will Kemp (Petals in the Wind), Connie Nielsen (The Following), Mouzam Makkar (Matador) and Dana Davis (Franklin & Bash).

Midnight Texas – Based on Charlaine Harris’ best-selling trilogy and set in Midnight, Texas, a remote town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf, and even an angel. Mystery, horror and romance combine to both enthrall and frighten any outsiders who decide to venture into this unusual place.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Monica Owusu-Breen and David Janollari

CAST: François Arnaud (Blindspot), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black, Heroes Reborn), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Parisa Fitz-Henley and Yul Vasquez.

Miranda’s Rights – A legal soap about an idealistic group of lawyers who not only work together but live together at their start-up firm.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Katie Lovejoy and John Glenn

CAST: Rebecca Breeds (The Originals), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Noel Fisher (Shameless), Gail O’Grady (Revenge), John Gabriel (Young & Hungry), Monique Coleman (High School Musical) and Ruffin Prentiss (Power).

Time – This high-octane drama follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Shawn Ryan, Eric Kripke, John Davis, Jon Fox and Marney Hochman

CAST: Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Suits), Matt Lanter (90210), Malcolm Barrett (Better Off Ted), Goran Visnjic (ER), Claudia Doumit (Scandal) and Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards).

Untitled Dan Fogelman Dramedy – This hour-long project centers on a group of people born on the same day, including a married couple expecting triplets in Pittsburgh and a handsome television actor growing bored of his fly bachelor lifestyle.

THOSE BEHIND THE SCENES: Dan Fogelman, Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak, John Requa and Glenn Ficarra

CAST: Mandy Moore (Red Band Society), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Justin Harley (Revenge and Smallville), Sterling Brown (Army Wives) and Ron Cephas Jones (Mr. Robot).

MOST LIKELY TO BE PICKED-UP: The Blacklist Spinoff and Chicago Justice

WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE: Midnight Texas and Time

COOL FOR NOSTALGIA SAKE ONLY: Cruel Intentions

LONG SHOT: Heavenly Creatures

The drama Taken has been given a straight to series order. It will be set in present day, serving as a prequel to Luc Besson’s big-screen franchise, following a young Bryan as he acquires the very skills he uses to save his future daughter. The cast will include Clive Standen (Vikings) and Jennifer Beals (The L Word).

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