Even as the television landscape splinters more and more as streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to buck decades-long trends, there’s still nothing quite like pilot season. Every spring, after reviewing hundreds of pitches and scripts from aspiring (or established) TV writers, executives at the various networks choose a number of them they think have potential. They cast actors and then produce a pilot episode to see which of the story concepts might actually work on the air.
It’s from that pool of pilots that TV networks end up choosing what series will grace their fall schedules. Considering the constant talk about the need for more diverse media representation, it’s encouraging to see that many of our favorite actors (looking at you John Leguizamo, Eva Longoria, Cristela Alonzo, and Edward James Olmos) have projects lined up this pilot season. Even if, unfortunately, there aren’t too many Latinos behind the camera on those very same shows.
Still, there’s plenty to get excited about. Which is why we’ve combed through Deadline’s handy Primetime Pilot Panic list to find ten projects starring Latinos that we hope get green-lit and get picked up to full series. From Marvel properties and FX spinoffs that already aced their casting to a show that only someone like Aubrey Plaza could dream up, these shows are the kind of varied entertainment we want to see on our screens.
1. Marvel’s Runaways, Hulu
Who’s in it: Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer (One Day at Time‘s Goth Carmen), Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta
What’s it about: Six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other must unite against a common foe – their parents.
2. Nightmare Time, TBS
Who’s in it: Aubrey Plaza
What’s it about: Set in Aubrey Plaza’s Nightmare Clinic, where celebrity guests check in to overcome recurring nightmares. Every episode features two insane nightmares, inspired by the horrors of modern society, and uses tropes and touchstones of the horror genre to guide audiences through its absurd universe. Thanks to advanced technology, we’re able to peer into their restless minds and witness their nightmares in real time. But what is “real” anyway? Maybe it’s all just a nightmare in Aubrey’s mind — one endless nightmare that eventually could destroy her and the entire world.
3. Las Reinas, ABC
Who’s in it: Daniella Alonso, Matthew Davis, John Corbett, Amanda Warren
What’s it about: Detective Sonya De La Reina is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family – the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, Sonya must walk the murky line between the law and her family, and question her true destiny as a De La Reina.
Continue onto Remezcla to read the complete list of TV pilots.