These L.A. Screenings will see lots of changes and uncertainty, but what remains a constant are the five main U. S. broadcast TV networks --ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and the CW--and their quest to produce the best TV pilots that they can. This year, as in years past, they hope to turn these would-be shows into long-running series that will allow them to compete, not only with cable TV networks, which are pushing the envelope more and more these days, but with SVoD services, as well. (Basic and premium cable nets and SVoD services will also be announcing their new TV season pilot pick-ups in the days to come ... if they haven't already, that is).
As one major L.A. Screenings participant explained (see story on page 40), "We expect less product than at last year year's L.A. Screenings, but [what will be there] will be of a higher quality and [made with a bigger] budget."
Indeed, at 65, the number of pilots ordered this year by the U.S. broadcast TV networks is fewer than the amount introduced at last year's event. However, with 36 dramas and 29 comedies, the ratio is much more tilted toward the genre favored by international buyers. We don't yet know the results of this week's Upfronts in New York City--during which we'll find out which pilots will actually be taking flight and turned into series, and which will crash and burn--but the outcome promises to be promising.
The Baker and the Beauty
Based on an Israeli series, this drama tells the story of an unlikely romance between a baker and an international superstar.
Heart of Life
Inspired by a John Mayer song, this drama follows two sets of adult siblings from different worlds who learn that they are related.
The Hypnotist's Love Story
Based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty, this series follow a successful hypnotherapist who learns that her boyfriend has had a stalker following him for years, and is oddly intrigued by her.
New York Undercover
This series picks up 20 years after the end of the original, and follows detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate New York City's most dangerous criminals.
This show follow Andy Sipowicz's son, Theo, as he investigates his father's murder.
Centers on an Army vet working as a a private investigator in Portland.
When a family is shipwrecked in the Bermuda Triangle, they learn that the mysterious locale is a land lost in time that has trapped people for centuries. Will they find their way home?
Until the Wedding
Based on an Israeli format, this drama shows how one couple's decision to get married affects everyone in their lives.
For Life (formerly Untitled Hank Steinberg/Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Project)
A serialized drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer and tries to help other inmates while also fighting to overturn his own conviction for a crime that he didn't commit.
About two Pittsburgh families--a dad with three grown daughters and a hotel lounge singer with...