It’s officially the television pilot and development season, which means hundreds of TV pitches have been whittled down to around twenty pilot episodes per network — but it doesn’t stop there. On average, only about one out of three pilots will ever premiere on a network and the chances of that pilot earning a series order is even lower. To put it simply: it’s really, really hard to get even one episode of a series on TV, let alone an entire season.
With that in mind, here is a list of the seven broadcast dramas that have earned a pilot order this development season along with four shows that have already earned the coveted series order.
1. Sea of Fire, ABC — Pilot Pickup
Sea of Fire is a drama-mystery from Jenna Bans based on the Dutch series Vuurzee. When three teenage girls star in a pornographic film, their three families are thrown into chaos as a disappearance, a murder, and other secrets threaten to reveal the dark underbelly of their small town. The original Dutch series has drawn comparisons to ABC’s early 90s hit Twin Peaks from David Lynch so it makes sense that the American version will also draw inspiration from the cult classic.