24 TV Pilots in the Works This Year: What Could We Be Watching Very Soon?

It’s pilot season, and that means that all the networks are gearing up to produce pilots for TV shows that could air this or next year. Let’s take a look at some of them:

1.  Sawyer and Huck

Well, it had to happen someday. An adaptation of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as lawyers. Don’t worry, this won’t be a Bugsy Malone type of deal where the kids are lawyers. Instead, it has Tom Sawyer seeking the help of Huck Finn with the intention of making a law firm for people with no one else to turn to. If it airs, seek it out on CBS.

2. Caesar

Basically, Julius Caesar in modern-day LA. The murder of a Hispanic mayor sends shockwaves throughout the whole town, and also puts on the search for a killer. It’s created by Matt Lopez, better known for writing live-action Disney fare like The Magician’s Apprentice and Race to Witch Mountain. The pilot’s co-writer, John Glenn is better known for his work on the series Allegiance and the 2008 Shia LaBeouf thriller, Eagle Eye. Look for it on ABC.


3. Damage Control

Yes, Marvel fans. This is actually coming to ABC.  Ever wondered who cleans up after the Chiaturi invasions or Hulk smashing things around? This show will provide the answer and we’ll follow them in their adventures. In case you don’t want to wait for the show or if it doesn’t get picked up, here’s the comic to soothe you over

4. Marvel’s Most Wanted

Another one for the Marvelites, the focus will be on Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird, and Lance Hunter. With actors Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood headlining the show, spinning-off from their characters in Agents of SHIELD.

5. Monstropolis

In a world where monsters live among us, someone is picking them off. And it’s up to…a monster to find them before he becomes the next victim. Watch out for this show on ABC.

6. Jack Ryan

Amazon will make a pilot based on the popular character created by Tom Clancy. Lost’s Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland are writing the pilot. If it does get released look for it on Amazon.com.

7. Z

Zelda Fitzgerald’s life has everything in it to be a great TV series, so thankfully, actor Tim Blake Nelson got the same idea and now we have the opportunity to check it out. You can watch the pilot right here.

8. Preacher

Based on the popular Garth Ennis comic, Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg will bring it to AMC this year along with Breaking Bad writer Sam Catlin. The ten-episode first season will air in the middle of this year.

9. The Infamous

A&E will produce this pilot set in 1990’s LA, leading up to the Riots, with two men on a collision course as the lead characters.

10. Talk Nerdy To Me

This CBS comedy is based on Jen Friel’s Talk Nerdy To Me, Lover. It centers on four women: two computer programmers, a musician and a doctor who share a house in Venice, California,as they follow their dreams with each other’s support.

11. Training Day

Taking place fifteen years after the film, set in present-day LA. The film’s director Antoine Fuqua is attached to the series as director and executive producer, alongside Jerry Bruckheimer who is also producing through his company.

12. The Story of David

This pilot is to be produced in the CW, centering on a first generation Hispanic American who goes through poverty and crime, to become a soccer star.

13. 24 Legacy

If this gets off the ground, don’t expect someone new to play Jack Bauer. Instead, it’ll focus on a whole new lead, a military man who has returned to the USA and finds himself to be the target of a threat that will also take destroy the USA.

14. Behind Enemy Lines

Inspired by the 2001 film, the show intends to follow a military flight crew shot down in South America, while their commanding officer and a female CIA officer in Washington try to bring them home, while all find themselves in a conspiracy.

15. Pitch

A baseball drama about a young woman who ends up becoming the first female pitcher in the major leagues. Galavant creator has written the pilot alongside producer Rick Singer. Kyle Bunbury is set to be the lead. Expect it on Fox.

16. Untitled Julius Sharpe, Phil Lord and Chris Miller pilot

A comedy about three friends that discover time travel, which may seem like it solves their personal issues, but instead it complicates them. It’s set to be produced in Fox, the home of Lord and Miller’s comedy The Last Man on Earth.

17. Atlanta

Created by and starring Donald Glover, this series is about two very different cousins finding themselves in the Atlanta rap scene. It’s set to air on FX.

18. Better Things

Created and starring Pamela Adlon, it tells the story of Sam, a working actor that attempts to deal with her profession, family and relationships

19. Ken Jeong Made Me Do It

MTV is set to produce this comedy about 22-year old Andy who gets into a small accident with Ken Jeong, who decides to take pity on him and teach him the ways of being a man.

20. Brides

Greg Berlanti brings to NBC a reimagining of the Van Helsing tale, with the three brides of Dracula not having been killed by him, but instead all living in present-day New York City.

21. American Gods

Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, this Starz pilot will tell the story of Shadow, an ex-con who becomes guardian to conman and old god Mr. Wednesday, as they ready for a battle that will take place between the old gods of mythology and the new ones of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.

22. Lumen

Set to be produced in TNT, it’s about a family of four that ends up transported into the magical world which inspired the work of a missing fantasy writer. Once there, they find themselves in a war between rival magical forces of light and darkness.

23. Will

Also on TNT, a series about the life of young William Shakespeare, helmed by Baz Luhrmann.

24. Falling Water

Set to air on USA Network, this mind-bending thriller follows three unrelated people who’re all dreaming a different part of one dream, each of them on a quest of something that can only be found in their subconscious.

For more information on these and other pilots, check out this page.

Oscar Moreno
Oscar Moreno
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