Networks Pass on Women-Led Pilots

by yrnej | created - 26 Jul 2018 | updated - 30 Jul 2018 | Public

When the 2018 Upfronts happened many in the business where surprised by the pilots which weren't picked. Maybe of them had big stars and/or built-in audiences and were considered slam dunks, yet where still ignored in the end. Coincidentally all of them are led by women. Interesting, eh? Perhaps it's not so much of a coincidence...

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1. Cagney and Lacey (2018 TV Movie)

Crime, Drama

Two female police detectives and friends keep the streets of Los Angeles safe.

Director: Rosemary Rodriguez | Stars: Sarah Drew, Ving Rhames, Michelle Hurd, Evan Jones

Votes: 28

Selling points: stars Sarah Drew, Michelle Hurd and Ving Rhames, built-in audience as remake of the '80s classic

2. Chiefs (2018 TV Movie)


In Los Angeles County, three female police chiefs work together to catch a serial killer.

Director: Zetna Fuentes | Stars: Alana De La Garza, Jorja Fox, Aunjanue Ellis, Michael Trucco

Selling points: stars Jorja Fox, Alana De La Garza and Aunjanue Ellis, produced by Friday Night Lights and Parenthood producer David Hudgins

3. False Profits (2018 TV Movie)


Three suburban women in Arizona hatch a scheme to launch their own cosmetics business.

Director: J. Miller Tobin | Stars: Bellamy Young, Shelley Hennig, Vanessa Williams, Mark L. Young

Selling points: stars Bellamy Young and Vanessa Williams

4. The Finest (2018 TV Movie)


Five African-American sisters, all officers in the NYPD, face the challenges of their high-risk jobs while juggling the responsibilities of marriage, motherhood and family.

Director: Regina King | Stars: Eric Balfour, Michael Beach, Robert John Burke, Tisha Campbell-Martin

Selling points: stars Tisha Campbell-Martin, Robert John Burke and Michael Beach, written by CSI's Pam Veasey, produced and directed by star Regina King

5. Get Christie Love (2018 TV Movie)


An attractive and charismatic CIA agent with the ability to adapt to different situations leads an elite ops unit. An updated version of the 1970s TV show.

Stars: Kylie Bunbury, Lisseth Chavez, Steven Weber, Camille Guaty

Votes: 6

Selling points: built-in-audience as remake of the '70s TV show with Love changed to a CIA Special-Ops agent, produced by Vin Diesel, showrunner and writer is Courtney Kemp of Power

6. The Greatest American Hero (2018 TV Movie)


An updated version of the classic 1980s TV show, this time with a female protagonist.

Director: Christine Gernon | Stars: Hannah Simone, George Wendt, Dennis Andres, Gia Sandhu

Votes: 29

Selling points: stars Hannah Simone and George Wendt, created by Fresh Off the Boat's Nahnatchka Khan, built-in audience as remake of the '80s classic

7. How May We Hate You? (2018 TV Movie)


Co-workers at a high-end resort gripe about their guests all while putting on a happy face for them.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Kat Dennings, Angela Kinsey, Nicole Byer, Derek Richardson

Votes: 37

AKA How May We Hate You

Selling points: stars Kate Dennings and Shangela, based on the book and blog How May We Hate You

8. L.A.'s Finest (2019–2020)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The spinoff series of Bad Boys films focuses on drug enforcement agent Sydney Burnett, now working for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Stars: Jessica Alba, Gabrielle Union, Duane Martin, Zach Gilford

Votes: 3,308

Selling points: stars Jessica Alba in her first TV role since Dark Angel, built-in-audience as spin-off of the Bad Boys films, Gabrielle Union continues her role as Syd Burnett, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer

9. Love You More (2017 TV Short)

TV-MA | 33 min | Short, Comedy

Karen Best is a big girl with a big personality and a big love of Chardonnay, which occasionally causes her to make some big mistakes with men. But the biggest thing about Karen is her big ... See full summary »

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Stars: Bridget Everett, Karen Pittman, Loni Anderson, Luke Zimmerman

Votes: 740

Selling points: star/creator Bridget Everett, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait

Selling points: stars Alyson Hannigan and Leslie Bibb, produced by Kerry Washington

11. Soundtrack (2019)

TV-MA | 56 min | Drama, Musical

Music connects the lives of random people living in Los Angeles.

Stars: Paul James, Callie Hernandez, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jenna Dewan

Votes: 1,634

Selling points: stars Jenna Dewan, Madeleine Stowe and Callie Hernandez, created by Joshua Safran from Quantico and Smash *being shopped to Netflix

12. Most Likely To (2018 TV Movie)


Two women who went to high school together find themselves reunited as single moms living in the same house.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Donald Faison, Yvette Nicole Brown, Cheri Oteri, Ashton Arbab

Selling points: stars Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Faison, written and produced by Juno's Diablo Cody, produced by Greg Berlanti

13. No Apologies (2018 TV Movie)


A disgraced FBI Special Agent tries to thwart a domestic terrorist attack.

Director: Sanaa Hamri | Stars: Paul Walter Hauser, Katie Holmes, Christian Camargo, Ian Harding

AKA No Apologies AKA Miss Otis

Selling points: stars Katie Holmes in her first TV role since Dawson's Creek, created by Empire's Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love

14. Sea Oak (2017 TV Short)

TV-MA | 32 min | Short, Comedy

A lonesome woman comes back from the dead to live the life she was too afraid to live.

Director: Hiro Murai | Stars: Glenn Close, Jane Levy, Jack Quaid, Rae Gray

Votes: 542

Selling points: stars Glenn Close and James Van Der Beek, written by George Saunders, based on his short story

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