With the current TV season winding down, the networks are preparing for their upfront presentations next week, where they will announce the new fall lineups. In recent years, networks have been getting a jump on the upfronts by announcing their new shows early, and today Fox has revealed six programs that have been given series orders, including shows based on hit movies The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon. The other four shows are dramas APB and Pitch, along with comedies Making History and The Mick.
The Exorcist series hails from 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions, with Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) writing the script for this psychological thriller. More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession. The series stars Geena Davis as Angela Rance, Alfonso Herrera as Father Tomas Ortega, Ben Daniels as Father Marcus Lang, Brianne Howey as Katherine Rance, Hannah Kasulka as Casey Rance, Alan Ruck as Henry Rance and Kurt Egyiawan as Brother Bennett. Jeremy Slater serves as executive producer with Rolin Jones, James Robinson, Barbara Wall, David Robinson and Rupert Wyatt, who directed the pilot episode.
The Lethal Weapon TV show is based on the hit movie franchise, which rides along with classic cop duo Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) and Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans, Sr.) as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. The supporting cast includes Jordana Brewster as Dr. Maureen "Mo" Cahill, Kevin Rahm as Captain Brooks Avery and Keesha Sharp as Trish Murtaugh. Matt Miller (Chuck, Forever) wrote the pilot script and will executive produce with Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG, who directed the pilot episodes.
The network also issued a series order for APB, which hails from 20th Century Fox Television and series creator Matt Nix (Burn Notice. Inspired by true events, APB is about the Chicago Police Department spiraling out of control amid sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption. After witnessing a violent crime first-hand, genius tech billionaire Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk), decides to do something about it, putting up millions of dollars of his own money to take over the troubled 13th Precinct and reboot it as a private police force: better, faster and smarter than anything seen before. With cutting-edge technology and revolutionary new ideas, Gideon plans to rethink everything about the way cops fight crime. The cast also includes Natalie Martinez as Officer Theresa Murphy, Eric Winter as Scott Murphy, Ernie Hudson as Sgt. Ned Conrad, Taylor Handley as Officer Nicholas Brandt, Tamberla Perry as Officer Tasha Goss and Caitlin Stasey as Ada Hamilton. Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman, Robert Friedman also serve as executive producers with the pilot's director, Len Wiseman.
The network's Pitch is the emotional story of young pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury), a beautiful, tough and incredibly gifted athlete who instantly becomes the most famous person in the country when she's called up by the San Diego Padres, making her the first woman to play Major League Baseball. The supporting cast includes Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mike Lawson, Ali Larter as Amelia Slater, Mark Consuelos as Oscar Arguella, Dan Lauria as Al Luongo, Michael Beach as Bill Baker Bob Balaban as Frank Reid, Mo McRae as Blip Sanders, Meagan Holder as Evelyn Sanders and Tim Jo as Eliot. Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer wrote the pilot script, which was directed by Paris Barclay, who all executive produce with Tony Bill, Helen Bartlett, Jess Rosenthal and Kevin Falls.
The network's two new comedies are Making History and The Mick. Making History chronicles three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. Two shows in one, it's both a rollicking historical adventure, and a contemporary comedy about love, friendship and trying to fit in to an increasingly complex and impersonal world. The cast includes Adam Pally as Dan, Leighton Meester as Deborah and Yassir Lester as Chris. Julius "Goldie" Sharpe wrote the pilot script, which was directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite. Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Seth Cohen executive produce alongside the writer and director.
The Mick follows Mackenzie "The Mick" Murphy (Kaitlin Olson), a brash, blue collar, two-bit hustler who has spent her entire life gaming the system and shirking any semblance of responsibility. But when her estranged sister and billionaire brother-in-law flee the country to escape federal charges, the opulent, care-free life Mickey has always envied is finally within reach... But there is one minor catch: she must assume custody of her sister's three rich, entitled, high-maintenance children. The cast also includes Sofia Black-D'Elia as Sabrina, Thomas Barbusca as Chip, Jack Stanton as Ben, Carla Jimenez as Alba and Susan Park as Liz. John Chernin and Dave Chernin wrote the pilot script and will executive produce with Nick Frenkel, Oly Obst and Randall Einhorn, who directed the pilot.