The broadcast networks are in the midst of pilot season, ramping up production on dozens of shows whose creators hope will find a spot on the schedule next season.

History suggests more than half of those pilots won’t ever see the light of day. The shows listed below, however, will definitely (probably) be coming to a screen near you in the next year or so. Here’s a list of shows that have earned straight-to-series orders for 2017-18.


“Inhumans”: The latest from the Marvel/ABC partnership follows the superhero team known as the Inhumans. Its first two episodes will be released in IMAX theaters a few weeks prior to their on-air premiere.

“Ten Days in the Valley”: A 10-episode thriller from “Rookie Blue’s” Tassie Cameron following a TV producer (Kyra Sedgwick) whose 8-year-old daughter goes missing. Possible summer 2017 premiere.


“Homecoming”: Based on the podcast of the same name, the drama will star Julia Roberts as a therapist who works at a government facility and treats a soldier transitioning back to civilian life. It has a two-season commitment; “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail is among the executive producers.

“Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”: A sci-fi anthology (in the “Twilight Zone” or “Black Mirror” sense) based on the author’s short stories. Ronald D. Moore, Michael Dinner and Bryan Cranston are executive producers, with Cranston set to star in one episode.

“Jack Ryan”: Greenlit in summer 2016, the show based on the Tom Clancy character stars John Krasinski in the title role.

Untitled David O. Russell series: Details are scant, but the drama will star Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore and be set in the world of organized crime. Russell plans to write and direct 16 episodes over two seasons.


“Loaded”: Four friends sell their startup for a huge amount of money, bringing out the best and worst in all of them. Mary McCormack, Jim Howick, Samuel Anderson, Jonny Sweet and Nick Helm star.

“Lodge 49”: Wyatt Russell (“Everybody Wants Some!”) stars in this character drama about a surfer who joins his late father’s fraternal lodge in hopes of finding some direction in his life. Paul Giamatti is an executive producer.

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“Hit the Road”: A comedy co-created by and starring “Seinfeld’s” Jason Alexander as the leader of a family band desperately seeking fame on a cross-country tour.


“Young Sheldon”: A spinoff of “The Big Bang Theory” will go back in time to when Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage, “Big Little Lies”) was a brilliant 9-year-old growing up in Texas. Adult Sheldon (Jim Parsons) will narrate.


“Warrior”: Based on an idea by the late Bruce Lee, the series is set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1870s and centers on a newly arrived immigrant (and “martial arts prodigy”) who goes to work for a powerful crime family. Lee’s daughter, Shannon, and Justin Lin are among the executive producers; Jonathan Tropper (“Banshee”) is the showrunner.


“Orville”: A live-action sci-fi dramedy created by and starring “Family Guy’s” Seth MacFarlane. It’s set 300 years in the future aboard an exploratory spaceship called the Orville. Adrianne Palicki also stars.


“Cloak and Dagger”: Loosely based on the Marvel comic of the same name, the coming-of-age show centers on teenage mutants Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph), aka Cloak, and Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt), alter ego Dagger.

“New Warriors”: Another Marvel property, this one revolving around a team of young-adult superheroes. Freeform says Squirrel Girl, aka Doreen Green, will be part of the team, and the show will be a half-hour comedy — a first in the live-action Marvel world.


Untitled Alan Ball drama: The latest from the “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood” creator is about a family that includes of several adopted kids and one biological child. One of the kids starts seeing things others can’t.


“The Looming Tower”: A drama adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s nonfiction book centers on the rise of al-Qaeda and the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks, including a rivalry between the FBI and CIA.


“You”: Based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes, it’s a “romantic thriller” about a bookstore manager whose crush on a woman turns into an obsession. Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble (“The Magicians”) are co-showrunners.


“Atypical”: Described as a dark family comedy about a teenager on the autism spectrum (Keir Gilchrist, “It Follows”), with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport as his parents.

“Disjointed”: Multi-camera comedy from Chuck Lorre (“Mom,” “The Big Bang Theory”) and “Daily Show” veteran David Javerbaum starring Kathy Bates as the owner of a medical-marijuana dispensary.

“Altered Carbon”: A sci-fi series set in a future where human consciousness can be transferred from one body to another, ensuring virtual immortality. Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy and Kristin Lehman are among the cast. Based on a novel by Richard Morgan.

“Lost in Space”: Due in 2018, the show will update the 1960s sci-fi series about a family who goes off course in outer space. Toby Stephens and Parker Posey head the cast.

“Seven Seconds”: A drama starring Regina King about the aftermath of white police officers injuring an African-American teenager in Jersey City, N.J.

“She’s Gotta Have It”: Spike Lee updates his breakthrough film about a young woman, Nola Darling, juggling her job, friends and three lovers in Brooklyn.

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“Heathers”: The 1988 cult classic comes to TV (after several starts and stops over the years) centering on a group of cruel “Heathers” at a high school — three people who in the past may have been the outcasts — and Veronica Sawyer, their ambivalent friend. The plan is to visit a new school and new group of Heathers each season. (Originally developed at TV Land.)

“The Mist”: Based on Stephen King’s novella about a dense mist that envelops a small town in Maine and conceals some very scary things. The cast includes Frances Conroy, Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Luke Cosgrove and Isiah Whitlock Jr.

“Waco”: A limited series centered on the standoff between federal agents and cult leader David Koresh (Taylor Kitsch) that ended tragically in 1993. Michael Shannon also stars as FBI negotiator Gary Noesner.

“Yellowstone”: Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”) created this show about a family that owns a large ranch adjacent to Yellowstone National Park and battles land developers and politicians to keep their ranch and way of life intact.


“Superstition”: Set in a small town outside New Orleans where myths and legends are all real, the show centers on a family that owns the town’s only funeral home. Mario Van Peebles is an executive producer and is also attached to direct and appear in some episodes.


“The Guest Book”: A comedy from creator Greg Garcia (“Raising Hope,” “My Name Is Earl”) about the owners of a group of mountain rental cottages, the people in the town around them and a rotating group of guests. The cast includes Kellie Martin, Charlie Robinson, Carly Jibson, Garret Dillahunt and Eddie Steeples.

“Tarantula”: Animated series about the residents of a low-rent hotel, centered on a “respected but unlicensed tattoo artist” named Echo.


“Daytime Divas”: Behind the scenes of a “View” or “Talk”-like daytime talk show, starring Vanessa Williams, Tichina Arnold, Fiona Gubelmann, Chloe Bridges and Camille Guaty.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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