A selection of pilots filmed in Vancouver from 2022-2023 has been picked up by several networks. Here’s what’s happening for ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO Max, and Netflix.
What is a TV pilot?
A pilot is the first episode of a hopeful TV series. It is used to sell the network and the audience on the show, for the purpose of placing an order for a series (which is called a “pickup”). Spring/Summer is the trial season for network TV and when networks decide to order or pass on more episodes. Pilots are a test (not set in stone), and it’s not uncommon for changes to be made after a pilot, from the cast to the show’s name.
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank is a down-to-earth journalist who moves to Anchorage to take over the local newspaper and delve deep into the stories of missing women. The show is reportedly getting a plum on ABC’s Thursday night schedule.
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This series has already gone through a few changes (the title was previously Mom & Son and Geena Davis left the series, replaced by Marcia Gay Harden). The changes must have worked, because it has been ordered by CBS, with Skylar Astin as an aimless private detective who starts working with his mother at her successful law firm.
Set in Northern California (and filmed in BC and previously called Cal Fire), Bode Donavan is an inmate who participates in a work program that trains him to be a firefighter and has to work in his troublesome hometown. To be broadcast on CBS this fall on Fridays.
Quantum Leap shook Vancouver up this spring with its extensive film sets. This is the first show NBC has picked up for the fall season. Starring Raymond Lee, it’s a reboot of the hit ’90s series, and according to Deadline, it may be getting a prominent spot on the NBC calendar, airing after The Voice.
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This 10-episode made-to-order workplace comedy stars Randall Park and Melissa Fumero. Since it’s a Netflix production and streaming platforms don’t adhere to traditional network schedules, a release date needs to be determined. The series ended in early May after filming in Kitsilano.
Irrational star Jesse Williams has spent a lot of time in Vancouver thanks to his time as Captain Joe West on The Flash. He continues to work on the West Coast with this adaptation of the novel “Predictably Irrational.” Williams plays a behavioral scientist working on high-profile criminal cases and is challenged by a domestic terrorist. (Flash fans have no fear, as he will still be making multiple episodes per The Wrap.) Airs this fall on NBC.
Dead Boy Detective
Based on the DC Comics series by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner, two boys decide not to enter the afterlife and instead investigate supernatural crimes with their living friend. There are no details on a Canadian release date yet.