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.

Young Rock

A comedy based on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's formative years scored a straight to series order. The actor will appear in every episode as the episodes dive into his life growing up in Hawaii and booking WWE.

Untitled L.A. mayor comedy

The untitled series was originally a “30 Rock” spinoff. The straight to series order focuses on a  wealthy businessman (“The Good Place” star Ted Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons and has to figure out what he stands for once he wins.


Two agents from two different continents, and two different mindsets, must work together to investigate when wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft has mysterious effects on humankind.

The CW

The 100 prequel

The Untitled “The 100” prequel will air as a backdoor episode on the final season.

It is set 97 years before the events of “The 100,” and starts with the end of the world and a nuclear apocalypse that wipes out most of the human population on Earth. It follows a band of survivors on the ground as they learn to cope in a dangerous world while fighting to create a new and better society out of the ashes of what came before.

Arrow Spinoff

The Untitled Arrow spinoff will also air as a backdoor pilot in the final season. Not much is known other than it will follow the women of “Arrow” incuding Katherine McNamara's Mia Smoak/Green Arrow and the Canaries, Katie Cassidy's Laurel Lance and Juliana Harkavy's Dinah Drake.


As Jared Padalecki wraps up his 15 season's on “Supernatural,” he gears up to step into Chuck Norris’ boots in “Walker. The CW ordered a reimagining of the iconic “Walker, Texas Ranger” to series. The actor will star as Cordell Walker, “a widower and father of two who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years. He attempts to reconnect with his children, navigate clashes with his family, and find unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history), while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death.”

Superman & Lois

Another superhero show joins The CW’s impressive lineup. “Supergirl” vets Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tullock have been tapped to reprise their characters in “Superman & Lois,” which has been ordered to series. The series will follow “the world’s most famous superhero and comic books’ most famous journalist” as they deal with juggling two full-time jobs: being parents and superheroes.

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