On Thursday, FOX announced contract extensions for the casts and producers of all six of its active pilots, as well as the intention of filming a pilot for every project.
“Entering FOX Entertainment’s first development season as a new company, our methodology was to carefully curate our content more like a start-up; looking for new opportunities, new stories and new voices in ways perhaps others might not be able,” said FOX Entertainment president Michael Thorn. “As such, narrowing down these projects to only those that met our standards from the beginning, we still believe this crop of pilots — all from some of the finest writers, producers and talent in the business — really represents what Fox is trying to accomplish both in pilot season but, more importantly, for our year-round ambitions.”
The news comes after both NBC and ABC pruned their pilot slates, opting to focus on a handful of projects while rolling most everything else until the 2021-22 development period. For its part, CBS has yet to publicly reveal how it’s planning on handling its own pilot slate, which has already been cut down after the network passed on Fun and The Lincoln Lawyer this spring while ordering B Positive, The Equalizer, and Clarice to series.
Each pilot on FOX’s slate will be eligible for the upcoming 2020-21 season, though what the season looks like and when it’ll even begin are questions we still don’t know the answers to. FOX released a fall schedule that leaned more pessimistic than most over when scripted content could resume production, with the network opting for unscripted, cheap acquisitions, animated shows, and scripted leftovers to fill out its programming hours. The trajectory of COVID-19 and, subsequently, when scripted television production can resume should determine how many, if any, of their pilots FOX would be able to order.
Thus far, the network has given a series order to animated comedies Housebroken and The Great North, as well as multi-cam Call Me Kat.
You can check out descriptions for every FOX pilot and the casting that’s been announced for each project below.
The series stars Scott Foley (Scandal),
In addition to Leo, the series stars Tate Donovan (Damages) and Tyrone Marshall Brown (FBI).
In addition to Holmes and Straley, This Country stars
The series stars Ramon Rodriguez (Gang Related).