We may be at the halfway point of the 2021-2022 season, but networks are already looking ahead to next year, and therefore, so are we. Welcome to pilot season.
The ones below may not all make it to series, while some that aren’t on this list — such as those still being shopped around — may end up part of the primetime lineup. But we are starting to get information on the comedies and dramas that could be coming to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and The CW, including sequels to classic shows and movies.
Here, a breakdown of all the pilots in the works for the 2022-2023 season. Be sure to keep checking back for updates. (W=writer, EP=executive producer, P=producer, SP=supervising producer, D=director)
Cast: Jo Koy
W: Steve Joe
EP: Steve Joe, Jo Koy, Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar, Joe Meloche, Randall Park, Michael Golamco, Hieu Ho
Synopsis: A recently divorced Filipino American nurse attempts to navigate dating, fatherhood and a very Filipino mother who loves to “help.”
L.A. Law (Drama)
Cast: Blair Underwood, Corbin Bernsen, Toks Olagundoye, Hari Nef, Ian Duff
W: Marc Guggenheim, Ubah Mohamed
EP: Marc Guggenheim, Ubah Mohamed, Dayna Bochco, Jesse Bochco, Blair Underwood, Anthony Hemingway
D: Anthony Hemingway
Synopsis: The venerable law firm of McKenzie Brackman reinvents itself as a litigation firm specializing in only the most high profile, boundary pushing and incendiary cases. Blair Underwood reprises his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins, who has gone from idealistic to more conservative as he clashes with millennial JJ Freeman to decide the best path forward for the firm to effect political and legal change.
The Son-in-Law (Comedy)
W: Ajay Saghal
EP: Ajay Saghal, Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar
Synopsis: A salt of the earth man finds himself seeking the approval of his new fiancée’s sophisticated parents, even as he is a difficult to impress father-in-law to his daughter’s longtime boyfriend.
Untitled Newspaper Drama (Drama)
Cast: Hilary Swank, Jeff Perry
W: Tom McCarthy
EP: Tom McCarthy, Bert Salke, Melissa Wells, Hilary Swank, Kyle Hopkins, Ryan Binkley
D: Tom McCarthy
Synopsis: A star journalist moves to Alaska for a fresh start after a career-killing misstep and finds redemption personally and professionally joining a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage.
Will Trent (Drama)
W: Liz Heldens, Dan Thomsen
EP: Liz Heldens, Dan Thomsen, Karin Slaughter
Synopsis: Based on Karin Slaughter’s New York Times best-selling Will Trent series, Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming-of-age in Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system. But now, determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one feels as abandoned as he was, Will Trent has the highest clearance rate in the GBI.
The Never Game (Drama)
Cast: Justin Hartley
W: Michael Cooney
EP: Michael Cooney, Justin Hartley, Ken Olin
D: Ken Olin
Synopsis: Lone-wolf survivalist Colter Shaw roams the country as a “reward seeker,” using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement to solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family.
True Lies (Drama)
Cast: Steve Howey, Ginger Gonzaga, Omar Miller, Erica Hernandez, Mike O’Gorman
W: Matt Nix
EP: Matt Nix, James Cameron, Mary Viola, Rae Sanchini
D: Anthony Hemingway
Synopsis: Shocked to discover that her bland and unremarkable computer consultant husband is a skilled international spy, an unfulfilled suburban housewife is propelled into a life of danger and adventure when she’s recruited to work alongside him to save the world as they try to revitalize their passionless marriage. Based on the 1994 James Cameron movie.
Accused (Drama) *Ordered Straight to Series*
W: Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, David Shore
EP: Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, David Shore, Glenn Geller, Erin Gunn, Jacob Cohen-Holmes, Jimmy McGovern, Sita Williams, Roxy Spencer
Synopsis: Based on the BBC’s BAFTA-winning crime anthology, where each episode opens in a courtroom on the accused without knowing their crime or how they ended up on trial, the drama is told from the defendant’s point of view. In Accused, viewers discover how an ordinary person got caught up in an extraordinary situation, ultimately revealing how one wrong turn leads to another, until it’s too late to turn back.
Grimsburg (Comedy) *Ordered Straight to Series*
Cast: Jon Hamm
W: Catlan McClelland, Matthew Schlissel
EP: Jon Hamm, Gail Berman, Hend Baghdady, Connie Tavel, Chadd Gindin
Co-EP: Catlan McClelland, Matthew Schlissel
Synopsis: Marvin Flute may be the greatest detective ever to catch a cannibal clown or correctly identify a mid-century modern armoire. But there’s one mystery he still can’t crack — his family. Now that he’s back in Grimsburg, a town where everyone has a secret or three, Flute will follow every lead he’s got to redeem himself with the ex-wife he never stopped loving, even if it means hanging out with the son he never bothered to get to know.
W: Nkechi Okoro Carroll
EP: Nkechi Okoro Carroll, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, Lindsay Dunn
Synopsis: In any given year, more than 600,000 people are reported missing in the U.S. More than half that number are people of color that the country seems to forget about. A public relations specialist — who was once herself one of those forgotten ones — and her crisis management team now make sure there is always someone looking out for the forgotten missing people. But unbeknownst to anyone, this everyday hero is hiding a chilling secret of her own.
Cast: Demi Lovato, Valerie Bertinelli, Anna Akana, Alex Brightman, Ashley Kelly, Jay Klaitz, Rory O’Malley, Christian Magby
W: Suzanne Martin
EP: Suzanne Martin, Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Scooter Braun, Scott Manson, James Shin
Synopsis: Friends who belong to a food issues group help each other as they look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.
Lopez vs. Lopez (Comedy)
Cast: George Lopez, Mayan Lopez
W: Debby Wolfe
EP: Debby Wolfe, Bruce Helford, George Lopez, Katie Newman, Michael Rotenberg
P: Mayan Lopez
Synopsis: A working-class family comedy about dysfunction, reconnection and all the pain and joy in between.
Quantum Leap (Drama)
W: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt
EP: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt, Don Bellisario, Deborah Pratt, Martin Gero
Synopsis: It’s been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.
W: Shaun Cassidy
EP: Shaun Cassidy
Synopsis: Three dynastic ranch families on the central coast of California make love and war in a passionate struggle to survive, ultimately setting the stage for a group of fiercely determined young women to win big for all at the National Championship of Rodeo.
Untitled Mike Daniels Drama (Drama)
W: Mike Daniels
EP: Mike Daniels, David Janollari, Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya, Robert Alberdingk Thijm, Norbert ter Hall
SP: Chris Markey
Synopsis: Based on the Dutch series A’dam – E.V.A., it chronicles the epic love and lives of two complete strangers whose multiple run-ins begin to defy coincidence and lead both to believe in fate. This show breaks the mold by pairing a serialized, stand-up-and-cheer romantic comedy with the wildly diverse and often unexpected human stories of anyone who finds themselves six degrees from Adam and Eva.