TV Pilot Season 2015: 25 Female-Centric Pilots Coming To A Screen Near You (Or Not) — Women Lead The Charge


If all goes well this Spring, next Fall we’re going to be seeing women on the run from drug cartels, a fugitive from Krypton solving crimes, a high school gym teacher freshly out of the closet, and a super model fresh out of rehab.

These are a few of the drama and comedy pilots centering on female characters cooked up by Hollywood’s best and brightest.

But wait, there’s more!

Audiences can look forward to seeing the story of a woman fresh out of a cult, a college campus besieged with imperiled coeds, and a behind-the-scenes look at a popular telenovela.

There’s no shortage of female-centric television pilots this season, and for once, Hollywood has got it right:  Women CAN make it on their own in TV.


From the classic Mary Tyler Moore to Murphy Brown, from I Love Lucy to The Carol Burnett Show, Television has a long history of throwing out the Welcome Mat to Women We Love.

As exemplified by Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Sex & The City to Desperate Housewives, Television is a much friendlier medium to women than Film.  Hello!  Once Upon A Time, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder…Now is a great time for Women in Television.

There’s a reason or two for that, you know.

Advertising on television is disproportionately geared towards women.  The networks have long known that women control the remote control, as well.

GOOD WIFEREVENGE  2 broke girlsSCANDAL photo      GIRLS    ONCE photo

TV characterizations can really vary, too:  Lawyers, Spies, Waitresses, Politicians, Detectives.  The Good Wife, Revenge, 2 Broke Girls, Madam Secretary, The Mysteries of Laura, Girls…all these shows are led by diverse female lead characters, and all of them are clicking with the audience, some more than others.

Here are the loglines for the Female-Led television pilots for 2015:

  • Fugitive from Krypton lives on Earth and solves crimes.  SuperGirl on CBS.
  • Life of an Arms Dealer through the eyes of a woman. Runner on ABC.
  • Popular high school gym teacher comes out as a Lesbian.  Stars comedienne Fortune Feimster. Family Fortune on ABC.
  • Young Mother who’s not ready to parent her daughter.  Tough Cookie on ABC Family.
  • Former Super Model gets out of rehab and tracks down her former assistant to help her start over.  Salem Rogers on Amazon.  Leslie Bibb kills it in this uneven pilot.


  • High school cheerleaders are crime informants.  Cheerleader Death Squad on The CW.
  • Female FBI Agent works in the Department of Civil Rights.  For Justice on CBS.  Ava DuVernay (Selma) directs.
  • Women-in-jeopardy on a college campus.  Scream Queens on Fox.  Ryan Murphy produces and has an all-star cast that includes Jamie Lee Curits, Lea Michele, Nick Jonas, and Ariana Grande.  Prediction:  Hit.
  • Working Mom competes with a stay-at-home sister-in-law.  The Bad Stanleys on Fox.
  • 1970s-era Single Mom.  Quick Shots of False Hope on HBO.
  • A pathologically honest woman has a modern-day mid-life crisis.  Untitled Sarah Silverman Project on HBO.
  • A very, very long drawn-out divorce.  Sarah Jessica Parker stars.  Divorce on HBO.
  • Life of a modern-day African-American woman.  Insecure on HBO.
  • Buddy comedy about two women who were both hit by lightning 10 years ago at camp.  Untitled Jill Soloway Project at MTV.


  • Behind-the-scenes of a successful Soap.  Telenovela on NBC.  Eva Longoria produces.
  • Adaptations of Dolly Parton’s Greatest Hits on NBC.  While not technically a Pilot, these event Movies will score if executed well.  Great idea, Bob Greenblatt!
  • Three Generations of Latina Women.  The Curse of the Fuentes Women on NBC.
  • A Los Angeles woman returns to rural Louisiana to claim an 800-acre farm she inherits.  Queen Sugar on OWN.  Oprah will guest-star in this adaptation of Natalie Baszile’s novel.  Ava DuVernay (Selma) directs and produces.
  • Female heart-transplant surgeon.  Heart Matters on NBC.  Amy Brenneman stars.
  • Damaged female heroine works undercover to bring down an international crime lord.  Warrior on NBC.
  • Woman juggles her three ex-husbands.  Monica Potter Project on NBC.  Ellen DeGeneres produces.
  • High-profile woman decides not to be happy all the time anymore.  Happy Time on NBC.  Idina Menzel (that’s Adeem Menzoo to you, John Travolta!) stars in this single-camera comedy.
  • Newly liberated woman starts a new life after leaving a Cult. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix.  Tina Fey produces this comedy starring Ellie Kemper that was developed at NBC.
  • Female superhero in New York with a secret identity.  AKA, Jessica Jones on Netflix.  From Marvel Studios, and they’ve got it going on!  Krysten Ritter stars.  Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg writes and produces.
  • Revenge meets Ugly Betty is the logline for Valentina, ABC Family’s adaptation of Venezuela’s Mi Gorda Bella Valentina telenovela.
  • A Crime Procedural for Teens is the basis for Sketchy at ABC Family which is adapting Olivia Samms’ YA Novels, The Bea Catcher Chronicles, for the Pretty Little Liars audience.


(Another version of this article is featured in the Feb. 11th edition of the fantastic UK-based website,

About Surfing Hollywood

Steve La Rue is an internationally recognized leader in Film & Television with 20+ years experience as a Development Executive championing such series as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, and Farscape. He writes, blogs, and consults on All Things Entertainment from his home at the beach in Santa Monica, CA, where he balances his life by surfing every damn day.
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