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PILOT WATCH 2018

By on May 1, 2018

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May is typically a time of great upheaval in TV land.

While many shows are gearing up for grand finales, several face the chopping block as new pilots vie for a spot on the coveted primetime grid.

As the Big 5 Networks gear up to present new fare during their annual Upfront presentations, first details on renewals, cancellations and new shows in the offing are already making the rounds.

While you can keep up to date on all the cancelation bloodshed in our sister article Has My Show Been Canceled?, here you will find a daily update* of all the new drama pilots that have successfully made it for the Fall 2017/18 primetime schedule — along with those that stand a decent chance of doing so in the coming weeks.

And while it’s really really far too early to give a solid first impression on any new show based on loglines, casting and initial premise (check back to read our reviews of all successful pilots later in the year) we’re going to attempt to do so anyway.

Additional pilots will be added to our list as they are announced.

Check back for details as they emerge!

And in case you’d like to know when these new offerings will be making their way to your screens this fall, we’ve got a complete roundup of each of the Big 5’s primetime schedule, complete with show descriptions, scheduling details and first look trailers through the links below.

 

ABC’s 2018/19 Primetime Lineup

NBC’s 2018/19 Primetime Lineup

CBS’ 2018/19 Primetime Lineup

FOX’s 2018/19 Primetime Lineup

The CW’s 2018/19 Primetime Lineup

 

The Passage (FOX)

Based on Justin Cronin’s fantasy book trilogy, this heavily retooled series (which saw both reshoots and recasting) is described as an epic, character‐driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race.

THE PASSAGE: L-R: Saniyya Sidney and Mak-Paul Gosselaar in THE PASSAGE on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Dietl/FOX

The Passage focuses on a 10‐year‐old girl named Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney), who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment and Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), the federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her.

The cast also includes Vincent Piazza as Clark Richards, Brianne Howey as Shauna Babcock, Jamie McShane as Dr. Tim Fanning, Caroline Chikezie as Dr. Major Nichole Sykes and Emmanuelle Chriqui as Dr. Lila Kyle.

First Impressions: We’re a sucker for a good genre drama, maybe marginally less so a vampire story. (In the books, the virus is responsible for turning regular citizens into vampire-like creatures)

However, the virus angle might just offer a fresh angle on a tapped out genre.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

Proven Innocent (FOX)

Proven Innocent is a procedural legal drama set in an wrongful conviction firm.

Led by fierce and fearless lawyer, Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre), with a hunger for justice, the team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were ‘proven’ guilty. 

Russell Hornsby and Rachelle Lafevre in FOX’s ‘Proven Innocent’

Scott’s motivation comes from her infamous past; as a young adult she was found guilty and later exonerated in a high-profile case in which she became a tabloid sensation, household name and national celebrity.  While a hero and a victim to some, her bold and bullish tactics garner her some enemies— one of whom will do anything to see her go down for a crime we know she did not commit. 

Starring alongside Lefevre are Russell Hornsby as Ezekiel ‘Easy’ Boudreau, Nikki M. James as Violet Bell, Vincent Kartheiser as Bodie Quick, Riley Smith as Levi Scott, and Clare O’Connor as the Young Madeline Scott.

First Impressions: We’ve been looking for a weekly procedural to fill the hole in our hearts that Bones has left. Could Proven Innocent be it?

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

Manifest (NBC)

MANIFEST — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, Jack Messina as Cal Stone — (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/Warner Brothers)

When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on.

Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.

Manifest comes from from Jeff Rake and Robert Zemeckis stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina and Parveen Kaur.

First Impressions: Are we all ready for a Lost-eqsue mystery? Count us in!

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

The InBetween (NBC)

Written by Moira Kirland (Madam Secretary, Castle) and directed by Charlotte Sieling, The InBetween centers on Cassie Bishop (Dyer) who was born with a gift, though she may call it a curse.

THE INBETWEEN — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) Harriet Dyer as Cassie Bishop — (Photo by: Chris Large/NBC)

She can see and communicate with the dead, helping them with their unresolved problems … whether she likes it or not. When her longtime friend Det. Tom Hackett and his new partner, former FBI Agent Damien Asante, need help solving a darkly puzzling murder, Cassie agrees to use her abilities.

Despite her reluctance, she may have found a way to keep her demons at bay, all while solving some of the city’s most challenging cases.

Also starring are Anne-Marie Johnson, Cindy Luna, Chad James Buchanan and Paul Blackthorne, whose casting was kept under wraps in order to keep his Arrow departure on the down low.

First Impressions: We seen this show before. A lot. Pushing Daisies, iZombie, Resurrection, Medium, The Returned, The Ghost Whisperer …..

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

New Amsterdam (NBC)

Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, the series follows Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. How can he help? Well, the doctors and staff have heard this before.

NEW AMSTERDAM — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin — (Photo by: Francisco Roman/NBC)

Not taking “no” for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital — the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers and the President of the United States under one roof — and return it to the glory that put it on the map.

The cast includes The Blacklist’s Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher and Tyler Labine.

David Schulner will write and executive produce. Kate Dennis will direct and executive produce the pilot. Peter Horton also executive produce. Dr. Eric Manheimer will produce. 

First Impressions: An early announcement (New Amsterdam was NBC’s first official series pickup of the season) suggests that flagship medical drama Chicago Med may be shifted to mid-season. We’re not sure why NBC is going with another medical drama in the first place, but we’re keen (geddit!?) on Ryan Eggold.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

THE ENEMY WITHIN — “Pilot” Episode — Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Carpenter as Erica Shepherd, Morris Chestnut as Will Keaton — (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

The Enemy Within (NBC)

NBC will give a series order to The Enemy Within on Monday, during its official Upfront presentation. The new series stars Jennifer Carpenter as brilliant former CIA agent Erica Shepherd, now languishing behind bars in a supermax prison, and known to all as the most notorious traitor in American history.

Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well.

For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one.

The Enemy Within is written/executive produced by Mike Daniels (The Brave, Sons of Anarchy).

First Impressions: No doubt Carpenter and Chestnut will make for an interesting odd couple pairing, but it all feels a little Person of Interest circa 2011, despite being touted as the next The Blacklist.

Status: ** Ordered to Series**

 

 

THE VILLAGE — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Warren Christie as Nick Porter — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

The Village (NBC)

Also to be announced by NBC is The Village, an ensemble drama set at an apartment building in Brooklyn where the people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors.

The cast includes 87-year-old The Sopranos alum Dominic Chianese (believed to be the oldest series regular on a network show.) Meanwhile, Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own.

These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything — even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.

The cast includes Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien.

First Impressions: This is Us meets Friends?

Status: ** Ordered to Series**

 

 

Watchmen (HBO)

HBO has given a pilot order for Watchmen, a potential new series written by Damon Lindelof, and based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic comic book series.

Watchmen is a dystopian and satirical take on the superhero milieu.

Lindelof will executive produce the pilot with Leftovers director Nicole Kassell. Kassell will direct the pilot.

Watchmen is from Lindelof’s own White Rabbit, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The project has also received an order for backup scripts.

First Impressions: We don’t want to use the phrase prestige cable show, but …

Status: Pilot Plus Additional Scripts Ordered

 

Demimonde (HBO)

Demimonde is described as “an epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama,” centering on a world’s battle against a monstrously oppressive force.

The big budget production, which has received a series order from HBO, is the first series created and written solely by J.J. Abrams since Fringe, which aired on FOX from 2008 to 2013.

Abrams is also set to  executive-produce Demimonde in partnership with with Ben Stephenson (The Fall).

Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Warner Bros. TV and HBO will produce. 

First Impressions: We are huge fans of J.J. Abrams’ TV work, including Fringe, Fringe and Fringe. If this sci-fi drama were vying for attention on any of the big 5 Nets this year, we’d probably pass, but given the fact this potential new show comes from HBO, home to Westworld, Game of Thrones and more, we’re quietly excited.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

The Rookie (ABC)

The Rookie has a straight to series order, and will no doubt find a prominent place among the new contenders in ABC’s fall 2018/19 primetime schedule.

THE ROOKIE – ABC’s “The Rookie” stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan. (ABC/Kevin Foley)

Starring and executive produced by Nathan Fillion, this new comedy crime procedural from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios, reunites Fillion with his Castle executive producer/co-showrunner Alexi Hawley. 

Written by Hawley, and supposedly based on a true story, the series focuses on John Nolan (Fillion), the oldest rookie in the LAPD.  At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop.  Now, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.

First Impressions: This one will surely depend on how much you like Nathan Fillion.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

A Million Little Things (ABC)

With a title based on the old adage “Friendship isn’t a big thing, it’s a million little things,” this new drama series is described as the next This is Us, and features an ensemble cast including David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, James Roday, Stephanie Szostak and Lizzy Greene. 

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS – “Pilot” (ABC/Jack Rowand)
RON LIVINGSTON, DAVID GIUNTOLI, JAMES RODAY, ROMANY MALCO JR

The series centers on a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living.

Along the way they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.

First Impressions: We were a little bummed when David Giuntoli’s Mission Control was passed over by CBS last pilot season, so we’ll happily check out this Grimm alum in a new show.

And while almost every ensemble show with an inspiring message is being pushed as the next This is Us this season, we’re willing to hold off on any eye-rolling until we check this one out.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

The Fix (ABC)

Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder.

With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice.

This legal thriller is executive produced/co-written by Clark, Liz Craft and Sarah Fain, and is from Mandeville TV and ABC Studios.

The Fix stars Robin Tunney as Maya Travis, Adam Rayner as Matthew Collier, Merrin Dungey as CJ, Breckin Meyer as Alan Wiest, Marc Blucas as Riv, Mouzam Makkar as Loni Kampoor, Alex Saxon as Gabriel Johnson, with Scott Cohen as Ezra Wolf and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje as Sevvy Johnson.

First Impressions: high profile murder cases involving famous actors? It all sounds a bit like last year’s Notorious. However, as this one is from ABC Studios (and not Sony) the network may be inclined to keep it around longer, even if it’s a mid-season show.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

Grand Hotel (ABC)

Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success.

The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series.

The series stars Demian Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer; Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble), Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes (Beta) are executive producers of the series. Ken Olin directed the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

First impressions: We’re getting notes of Mistresses, Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids from this likely sudsy mid-season offering.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

Whiskey Cavalier (ABC)

Whiskey Cavalier is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley.

Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan.

Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series is from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television.

The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta.

Dave Hemingson is writer and executive producer; Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Scott Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.

First Impressions: It all feels a little like last season’s Mireille Enos-starring The Catch. Obviously the big draw here is Walking Dead’s LAuren Cohan, but will it prove enough of a draw to keep this Warner Bros. owned property on the air at ABC? Expect this one to land mid-season.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

 

Jay Hernandez (pictured) as Thomas Magnum. Photo: Karen Neal/CBS

Magnum PI (CBS)

This potential reboot comes from Peter Lenkov who was responsible for successfully rebooting Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver for CBS. 

The pilot is co-written by Lenkov and fellow Hawaii Five-0 EP/co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim.

Fast and Furious’ Justin Lin will direct the pilot.

In a twist on the original series, Magnum P.I. will feature the same  central characters, but with Higgins reimagined as Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks).

The series will center on Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.

With help from fellow vets Theodore “TC” Calvin (Stephen Hill) and Orville “Rick” Wright, as well as that of disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to. 

First Impressions: If anyone can make this reboot work it’s Lenkov. 

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

Photo Credit CBS

Murphy Brown (CBS)

CBS has given a 13-episode, series production commitment to a current day revival of the Network’s original comedy.

Candice Bergen, who starred in the title role from 1988-1998, will reprise her role. As its In it’s new format, Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.

Warner Bros. Television, producers of the original series, will produce the new multi-camera comedy with original creator Diane English serving as writer/executive producer through her Bend in the Road Productions banner.

Bergen will also be an executive producer.

First Impressions: This may just be the replacement to HBO’s The Newsroom we didn’t know we wanted. A lot may ride on how far the show is willing to speak truth to power.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

 

All American — Pictured (L-R): Daniel Ezra as Spencer James and Taye Diggs as Billy Baker — Photo: JSquared Photography/The CW

All American (The CW)

Spencer James is a rising high school football player and a student at South Crenshaw High. Compton is the place he calls home. But when Beverly High School’s football coach Billy Baker recruits him to join his team in Beverly Hills, Spencer’s mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convince Spencer it’s an opportunity he has to seize.

Now Spencer must navigate two worlds, the south side neighborhood that he knows and the affluent Beverly Hills world that has offered him an opportunity for something bigger.

When Spencer is forced to move in with Billy and his family to protect his transfer permit to Beverly, Billy’s son, Jordan (the team’s starting quarterback), is less than thrilled to be sharing his father’s attention — or the team spotlight — with Spencer.

While Spencer struggles to find his footing, he makes an unlikely friend in Jordan’s sister, Olivia, who is dealing with her own demons. He also quickly develops a crush on his classmate, Layla, something her boyfriend, Asher, quickly realizes — and so, he sets out to drive Spencer off the football team and out of Beverly Hills for good.

Inspired by the life of NFL player Spencer Paysinger, All American stars Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan, Bre-Z, Greta Onieogou, Monet Mazur, Michael Evans Behling, Cody Christian and Karimah Westbrook.

All American is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers April Blair (“Reign”), Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Riverdale”), Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” “Riverdale”) and Rob Hardy (“Power”).

First Impressions: In a landscape saturated with superheroes and supernatural, All American represents a brave and welcome new direction.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

Legacies — Pictured (L-R): Matt Davis as Alaric and Danielle Rose Russell as Hope — Photo: The CW

Legacies (The CW)

For the last decade, the iconic heroes and villains of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have captivated audiences worldwide.

They left an enduring legacy of love and family in their wake, which continues in LEGACIES, a thrilling new drama that tells the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.

It’s here that Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults — including political scion MG and the mysterious Landon Kirby — come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses.

Will these young witches, vampires and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be? As they fight to protect their secret, their town of Mystic Falls and eventually the world, they will have to rely on ancient folklore and tales to learn how to battle their far-reaching enemies.

Legacies stars Danielle Rose Russell, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, Quincy Fouse and Aria Shaghasemi, with Matt Davis.

Legacies is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with My So-Called Company, with executive producers Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries”), Brett Matthews (“The Vampire Diaries”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Gina Girolamo (“The Originals”).

First Impressions: More of the same.

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

Charmed (The CW)

Charmed — Pictured (L-R): Sarah Jeffery as Maggie Vera, Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn and Melonie Diaz as Mel Vera — Photo: Jordon Nuttall/The CW

“Stronger together.” That’s what Marisol tells her daughters, firebrand social justice warrior Melanie “Mel” Vera, and her sister, fun-loving Maggie, about their family.

Mel is a graduate student in the women’s studies department her mother heads at Hilltowne University; Maggie is a freshman considering rushing a sorority (to Mel’s amused dismay) and going “on” again with her on-again off-again boyfriend Brian.

But then, a shocking tragedy shatters their world and threatens their sibling bond: Marisol dies in a horrifying accident. Or was it?

Three months later, we find Mel unable to accept the official explanation of their mother’s death, while Maggie accuses her of being morbidly obsessed. And then, another huge shock shows up at their front door: they have an older sister, brilliant geneticist Macy, whom their mother kept a secret all these years!

Macy is new in town and doesn’t know a soul (except for Galvin, the cute fellow scientist who’s been showing her around). Macy is eager to connect with Mel and Maggie, but Mel can’t handle another shock, and shuts her out. With the emotions of all three sisters running high, each of the girls suddenly exhibit impossible new abilities: Mel can freeze time, Maggie starts hearing others’ thoughts, and Macy has telekinetic powers. But don’t worry, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation…or so says Harry Greenwood (who as far as they know is the officious new chair of the women’s studies department), when he gathers the three sisters together to reveal they’re actually powerful witches, as was their mother.

And he’s not really a professor, he’s their “Whitelighter,” a witch’s advisor and guide! Not only that, but Mel was right: their mother’s death was no accident – she was murdered by unknown dark forces. It’s a lot to take in, but ultimately the sisters accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones…and their new duty to protect humankind from the demons that walk among us…one of whom killed their mother. With the Power of Three, they are stronger together… even if they have no idea what they’re really up against.

Starring Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, Rupert Evans, Ser’Darius Blaine, Charlie Gillespie, and Ellen Tamaki . Based on the original series, Charmed is from CBS Television Studios in association with Propagate Content, with executive producers Jessica O’Toole (“Jane The Virgin”), Amy Rardin (“Jane The Virgin”), Jennie Snyder Urman (“Jane The Virgin”), Ben Silverman (“The Office”), Brad Silberling (“Jane The Virgin”) and Carter Covington (“Faking It”).

First Impressions: This is possibly the longest set of loglines for a show we’ve ever seen. 

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

Roswell, New Mexico (The CW)

More than maybe anywhere else on Earth, Roswell, New Mexico is ground zero for those who seek proof that aliens exist. Roswell native Liz Ortecho left it all behind 10 years ago, after the death of her beloved older sister, Rosa. But with her father ailing, she reluctantly returns to her tourist-trap hometown to move back in with him.

When Liz arrives, she reconnects with Max Evans, her teenage crush who is now a Roswell police officer. Their chemistry is instantly electric. But Liz soon discovers a shocking truth: Max is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life, along with those of his otherworldly siblings, Isobel and Michael.

As the two grow closer after a decade apart, Liz finds it difficult to keep the truth from her best friend, Maria De Luca, and her trusting high school ex, Dr. Kyle Valenti. Also hiding their extraterrestrial origins are Isobel and Michael, with Isobel not even revealing the truth to her husband, Noah, and Michael keeping his identity hidden beneath a bad-boy exterior of hard living and casual hookups.

Meanwhile, a long-standing government conspiracy spearheaded by Master Sgt. Jesse Manes, along with the politics of fear and hatred that run rampant in Roswell, threatens to expose Max and his family, and could endanger his deepening romance with Liz…as well as their lives.

Roswell, New Mexico stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, Michael Trevino, Lily Cowles, Michael Vlamis, Tyler Blackburn, Heather Hemmens, Trevor St. John and Karan Oberoi.

Roswell, New Mexico is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Amblin Television and Bender Brown Productions, with executive producers Carina Adly MacKenzie (“The Originals”), Chris Hollier (“Once Upon A Time”), Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries”), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (“The Americans”), Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction”) and Kevin Kelly Brown (“Roswell”).

First Impressions: How soon is too soon for a reboot?

Status: **Ordered to Series**

 

In the Dark (The CW)

Murphy is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex. She’s also blind. Murphy lives with her understanding roommate, Jess, and more reluctantly also lives with her guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents. Her parents, Hank and Joy, own a guide dog school, a venture they opened hoping it would give Murphy a job with some purpose, but so far it’s just another place where she sleeps off her hangovers, much to the particular chagrin of Joy and Felix, the school administrator tasked with attempting to keep the unprofitable school going.

Murphy’s closest friend is a sweet teenager named Tyson. Tyson and Murphy became friends after he saved her from a violent mugging, and his kindness and intelligence are currently going to waste as he deals drugs on the street for his older cousin, Darnell.

Then Murphy’s life comes crashing down when, while out for a walk with Pretzel, she stumbles upon what she’s sure is the lifeless body of Tyson in the alley outside her apartment. But when the police arrive, including a charming detective named Dean, there is no body to be found – and with Murphy not exactly sober, the police aren’t especially inclined to investigate.

Murphy is devastated, and is only held back from spiraling downward even further by her resolve to learn what happened to Tyson. With the help of Jess – and Pretzel – Murphy is determined to find the truth, no matter the risk… even if it means she has to sober up a little.

In the Dark stars Perry Mattfeld, Brooke Markham, Keston John, Kathleen York, Derek Webster and Morgan Krantz.

In the Dark is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Red Hour Films, with executive producers Corinne Kingsbury, Jon Collier (“Bones”), Ben Stiller (“Zoolander”), Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock and Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”).

First Impressions: Points for originality, but this could go seriously wrong if not handled correctly. 

Status: **Ordered to Series**

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