PILOT SEASON

TJ and Dave Pilot ‘Bettendorf Talks’ to World Premiere at SXSW in March

David Pasquesi and TJ Jagodowski are legends of Chicago’s famed improv scene, and in their latest collaboration, the duo is bringing their acclaimed comedic talents from the stage to the…

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Sundance World Premiere for Filmed-In-Chicago Pilot ‘Me/We,’ Rob McElhenney Among EPs

Sundance’s Episodic Pilot Showcase will have the attention of network executives worldwide, and a filmed-in-Chicago hopeful will be among the handful of pilots on the big screen in Park City….

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‘Deli Boys’ to Begin Filming Season One in Chicago This January

One of (hopefully) many new productions for Chicago and Illinois in the new year is taking shape. The comedy pilot Deli Boys was picked up to series back in May,…

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SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative Agreement With Studios, Ending Actors Strike… So Now What?

“The strike officially ends at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, November 9.” After a grueling four months on strike, SAG-AFTRA has officially reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract…

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“Last, Best and Final Offer” Sent to SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee by AMPTP

This is it. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) has sent its “final offer” to the SAG-AFTRA Negotiating Committee. And now, the film and television industry across…

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The End Is Near? SAG-AFTRA Negotiations Continue This Week with Deal in Sight

November is here, and so is a wave of hope that the strike may be ending soon. On this 111th day of the 2023 actors strike, SAG-AFTRA and the Hollywood…

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SAG-AFTRA Negotiations Will Resume This Tuesday

There is positive news from the picket lines to start the week ahead. SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood studios have set a date to return to the bargaining table, and that date…

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IFA Continues Partnership With SeriesFest, Second City For Pitch-a-Thon

The Independent Film Alliance Chicago, SeriesFest and The Second City Film School are excited for the return of the SeriesFest Pitch-A-Thon Roadshow: Chicago on October 25. This event gives comedic…

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‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental’ Celebrates L.A. Premiere at Dances with Films

The half-hour Chicago-made TV pilot “I Didn’t Mean To Go Mental” made its L.A. premiere at the iconic TCL Chinese Theater as part of the Dances With Films festival on…

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‘Deli Boys’ Picked Up to Series at Hulu, But When and Where Will It Film?

As the television industry awaits resolution of the WGA Strike, there is some positive news for the Chicago production community… and naturally, some uncertainty as well. The comedy pilot Deli…

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Audience Award Win at SeriesFest for Chicago Pilot ‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental’

One of the most prestigious television pilot showcases in the country is SeriesFest in Denver, and a promising Chicago project brought home one of the festival’s most coveted awards. I…

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World Premiere at SeriesFest for Chicago Comedy Pilot ‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental’

One of the most prestigious television pilot showcases in the country is SeriesFest in Denver, and a promising Chicago project will be making its debut there this week. I Didn’t…

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FX Pilot ‘Me/We’ Wraps in Chicago This Weekend, Led by ‘Always Sunny,’ ‘Ozark’ Producers

FX has brought its latest pilot to Chicago, and filming has been underway all week. The pilot Me, We began rolling cameras in the Windy City on Sunday, April 16th,…

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‘Ozark’ Producer Joins FX Pilot ‘Me/We’ Filming in Chicago in April

FX is bringing its latest pilot to Chicago, and the network continues to load the team with top-tier talent. The pilot Me/We is set to begin filming in the Windy…

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‘Always Sunny’ Writers Rob McElhenney and Keyonna Taylor Lead FX Pilot Filming in Chicago in April

FX is on a roll in Chicago, and it’s looking to continue the hot streak. Fresh off the critical acclaim and awards haul of The Bear, FX is planting its…

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Chicago-Made Pilot ‘The Resentful Angel’ Launches on Amazon Prime, Looks Ahead to Series

It’s a little bit It’s a Wonderful Life… without the virtuous protagonist. Welcome to The Resentful Angel, the promising pilot executive produced by Cheryl Graeff & Shelley Daniels, crafted with an all-Chicago collective of…

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FX Pilot ‘Me, We’ Filming in Chicago in April

FX filmed a pilot in Chicago in 2021 and wound up with a smash hit TV show. So why not try that plan again in 2023? Fresh off the critical…

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Chicago’s Phil Donlon Exec Producing FBI Drama In Works At Fox; Will the Pilot Land in the Windy City?

Fox is developing a one-hour drama about undercover FBI agents from Joy Blake (Beacon 23), The Nacelle Company and Fox Entertainment Studios. Among the executive producers for the project is…

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TV Pilot ‘Palookaville’ Wins Slamdance Grand Jury Prize for Columbia College Chicago Alum Collatos

A promising TV pilot has won the coveted Grand Jury title at Slamdance and is now looking ahead to series development. Could the series eventually land in Chicago? Pilot creator…

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Your First Look at Comedy Pilot ‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental,’ Led by Carly Glenn and Amy McIntyre

The trailer premiere is here for a brand-new Chicago-made pilot. Right before the world shut down in March of 2020, Carly Glenn was Amy McIntyre’s associate at McIntyre’s company, Beeline…

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20th Century Pilot ‘Deli Boys’ Wraps in Chicago This Week; ‘Ms. Maisel’ Star Leads Cast

Chicago is heading into November strong, with a flurry of new production in town. 20th Century Studios is currently filming its latest pilot, Deli Boys. SCREEN announced earlier this fall…

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20th Century Studios Pilot ‘Deli Boys’ Now Filming in Chicago Through November 5th

Chicago is finishing up the month of October strong with a flurry of new production in town. 20th Century Studios has begun filming its latest pilot. Sources tell SCREEN the…

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Filming in Chicago Begins October 26 for Network Pilot ‘Deli Boys’; ‘The Bear’ DP Joins Team

It’s been a busy October in Chicago and the pace is only picking up. 20th Century Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox until a couple of years ago) is in town…

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20th Century Studios Pilot ‘Deli Boys’ Filming in Chicago This Month

Could there be another hit series on the horizon for Chicago? It all begins with the pilot, and 20th Century Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox until a couple of years…

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ABC Says No to ‘This Is Us’ Exec Producer’s Pilot ‘Insight’

Hopes were high for a new ABC franchise coming to Chicago, but it looks like that moment will have to wait. The Disney-owned network has decided not to move forward…

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Chicago Pilot ‘Inferno’ Lands on RokuChannel; SCREEN Interview with Creator Wendy Roderweiss

It’s been a sensational summer so far for Wendy Roderweiss. Her Chicago-made pilot Inferno has been snapped up by RokuChannel, and hope is high for the future of the series….

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Chicago Pilot ‘I Didn’t Mean to Go Mental’ Moves into Post Production After Successful Shoot

The cast and crew of I Didn’t Mean To Go Mental are still soaring following a successful shoot this Summer. “It was the biggest dream of mine coming true right…

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Your First Look at Chicago-Made Pilot ‘Refresh’ from Writer Joe Klos

There is a new independent sci-fi series in the works, and SCREEN has your first look at the pilot, plus a chat with the creator. Creator Joe Klos and director…

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Comedy Pilot Filming in June Teams Former Asst and Boss Duo Carly Glenn and Amy McIntyre

Right before the world shut down in March of 2020, Carly Glenn was Amy McIntyre’s associate at McIntyre’s company, Beeline Reps. Despite the end of their working relationship caused by…

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Your First Look at Chicago Pilot ‘A Series About A Series’ Plus Our Chat with Director Sonny Kruger

A Chicago filmmaker has a new pilot, it’s winning awards, and it’s here for you to watch right now. SCREEN brings you an exclusive chat with Sonny Kruger, creator of…

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‘Early Edition’ Reboot Scrapped at CBS

Chicagoans and 90’s TV aficionados were excited to hear that a reboot of the CBS classic series Early Edition was in the works. However, CBS has decided not to move…

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‘This Is Us’ EP Kay Oyegun’s ABC Pilot ‘Insight’ Now Filming in Chicago; Emmy Nom Joins Cast

SCREEN reported earlier this Spring that a promising ABC pilot is heading to Chicago, and filming for that hourlong drama is now underway. This Is Us executive producer and episode…

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Chicago’s Next Comedy TV Series? ‘Fat Jesus’ Wins Pitch-A-Thon; Meet the Winner Kyle Leland [Exclusive]

Is Chicago’s next great comedy television series right around the corner? The Pitch-A-Thon initiative, powered by Denver/West Coast-based SeriesFest, Second City, and IFA Chicago is dedicated to discovering and nurturing…

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‘This Is Us’ Writer-Director Kay Oyegun ABC Pilot to Film in Chicago in May

This Is Us writer-director Kay Oyegun has a new drama in the works for ABC, and that pilot will be heading to the Windy City. Sources tell SCREEN the pilot…

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Chicago Sci-Fi Pilot ‘Wizdom’ Wraps, Powers Ahead to Post [Exclusive BTS Photos]

The exciting new sci-fi pilot Wizdom has wrapped production at Cinecity Studios in Chicago and is now in post and picking up steam. SCREEN has exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, and a…

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HBO Max ‘Computer School’ Pilot Filming in Detroit; SNL Alum Tim Robinson Stars

A Detroiter is bringing a TV series back home to Michigan once again. HBO has given a pilot green light to Computer School, a single-camera comedy written/executive produced by Saturday…

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Chicago’s Next Scripted Sports Drama? ‘Devonte’ Set to Make a Run for the Title

It’s time for a fresh and honest take on the world of professional sports, and this scripted Chicago-made drama might be getting its call to the field. The pilot Devonte…

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Series Order for FX Comedy ‘The Bear’ Led By ‘Shameless’ Star Jeremy Allen White

FX is keeping Shameless vet Jeremy Allen White in Chicago with a series order for the Windy City-set restaurant comedy The Bear. The pilot filmed in town this past July…

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‘Shameless’ alum Jeremy Allen White headlining FX pilot ‘The Bear,’ filming in Chicago in July

Shameless fans might be missing the dearly departed Emmy-winning series but there is good news ahead. Shameless alum Jeremy Allen White will be returning to Chicago and to the small…

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