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Deadline's Pilots 2019: More Very Early Buzz On What’s Hot

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PI drama Bad Alibi (fka Stumptown) starring Cobie Smulders and the untitled Hank Steinberg /50 Cent legal drama continue to be getting strong buzz, with the latter now authorized to be making staffing offers, I hear. Also still going strong are the soapy, John Mayer song-inspired Heart of Life, Heather Graham’s stalker drama The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and the new NYPD Blue. Because Bermuda triangle drama Triangle started production late, I hear it will only be able to deliver a sizzle reel for consideration. While networks have made pickup decisions based on a reel in the post, including ABC on Still Star-Crossed, I hear the network may hold off making a call on the project until the full pilot is delivered post-upfronts.

On the comedy side, the Young Rainbow Black-ish spinoff is considered a formidable contender, with mom comedy Woman Up; Happy Accident; Untitled Hannah Simone, starring the New Girl alumna; and the multi-cultural, multi-camera comedy United We Fall all buzzed.

The CW may have found its next breakout stars in Kennedy McMann and Ben J. Pierce. I hear pilots Nancy Drew, toplined by McMann, and Glamorous, headlined by Pierce, have both come in strong, with both young leads shining. Also enjoying frontrunner status are Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose, which had been staffing, and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene starring Lucy Hale.

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