Announcing the Top 10 Pilots of 2018
After months of reading, reviewing, debating, and finalist rounds, we have finally made it to the last round of finalists before our overall winners announced – The Top 10!
Evenly split between half-hour comedies and hour-long dramas, this years Top 10 comes to us from all four corners of the United States, and is made up of twelve writers (two writing teams), with four scripts appearing from female writers, and six from male writers, and two Launch Pad alums returning to the spotlight from previous years.
On the comedy side, our writers have taken us to worlds both painfully realistic and uniquely fantastical. We get to laugh at inept workers cleaning up disastrous experiments at a closed Jurassic Park-style theme park and attend a high school pushing forward as if nothing is wrong despite the apocalypse happening around them. We can grow up alongside teenagers embarrassed and enlivened by their immigrant parents and keep the secret of a fake marriage from oppressive parents, then turn the channel to see the employees of a failing home shopping network try to remain relevant in the internet age.
Looking to the past, our drama pilots will take us along for the ride as America’s first female detective attempts to prevent the assassination of President Lincoln, sell us snake oil as we see the birth of Herbalife in 1980s Los Angeles, bring us to the party as a black, female club owner stakes her place in 1920s Harlem, and immerse us in a clash between empires in 16th century India. In the future, we can look to the stars as humanity attempts to survive the impending apocalypse with a trip into deep space.
As our judges finalize their decisions and pick our winners, we continue to be thrilled with the diverse group of writers and stories that we got the chance to read and enjoy this year. We know that this will be our most successful collection of pilots ever!
And now, let us present to you…