The Complete Guide to the 2020 TV Pilot Season


Pilot season is upon us.

As competition from streaming services rises, broadcast networks are tapping the best of the best in order to succeed in the competitive market.

Here’s what on tap for the 2020-21 pilot season on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and The CW, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


The Brides

In the same vein as reboots, “The Brides,” hailing from “Riverdale’s” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is described as a “sexy contemporary reimaging of “Dracula”, which centers around three powerful female leads.


The sequel to “thirtysomething” focuses on the children of the main characters from the original 1980s series. Stars from the original including Ken Olin (Michael), Mel Harris (Hope), Timothy Busfield (Elliot), and Patricia Wettig (Nancy) will reprise their original roles.


United States of AI

“Rules of Engagement” alum Adhir Kalyan leads the comedy pilot from “The Big Bang Theory’s” Chuck Lorre about a friendship between a combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life and an interpreter from Afghanistan who is starting his life in America.


The drama is set in 1993, a year after the events of “Silence of the Lambs” and dives deep into the role of Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster in the film, as she returns to the field to pursue serial killers and sexual predators.



Based on a BBC U.K original series of the same name, “The Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik stars as the titular character who fights against her mother’s belief that can’t have everything you want and still be happy. She uses the money her parents have been saving up for her wedding to open a Cat Café.


The animated comedy explores human dysfunction and neurosis through a group of neighborhood animals who live in the suburbs. “Friends” Lisa Kudrow has been tapped for a role.


The Kenan Show

The series starring “SNL’s” Kenan Thompson as a newly widowed dad who is determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives has been ordered to series.

Night School

Taking a chapter out of the 2018 film, the comedy follows adults at a night school GED prep class who unexpectedly bond over shared experiences and become friends outside of the classroom.