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April 2020: MySeries in 500 words

In April, not a whole lot has changed for us. No schools, no movie theatres, no going out for a drink. We were advised to stay home. Watching series and doing some work around the house or in the garden, we tried to get through our days.

For the average series fan there is still a lot to be seen, but how about pilot season 2020? It remains unsure. Some series received a direct to series order, but how about the others? Can pilots still get a full series order so very late in the season? Will some pilots even be taken into production?

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this question. I've scoured the internet searching for answers, but I didn't find any. April is usually a pilot month. This month, the networks haven't revealed a whole lot. And as long as this coronacrisis lasts, not many pilots will be discussed or produced.

Could this mean that the upcoming season (2020-2021) will be of little interest? Maybe. It could be that production on various series will be resumed in August or September, but this will be for series that were already in production. The ones that were renewed for another season and the new series which already received orders. I think it's safe to say that the pilot season will not be a thing, this year.


For the first time in 50 years, San Diego Comic Con was cancelled. This could mean that there will be a lot less news and trailers. It could also be the case that in May there's going to be a lot of news and that networks will start ordering series then, with or without a pilot. It is likely that there is going to be a lot of news about series that are still awaiting renewal. And probably as well for series that may or may not be cancelled.

For now, 55 pilots have been ordered, and production on all of them has been halted. Some pilots received extra script orders so that the pilot-script is easier to sell. Writers are working hard on writing more material so that networks will come to a decision sooner. Networks will have to decide about the fate of their pilots one way or the other.

The question is if that's a good thing for series. The networks have to pay actors who signed a contract to record the pilot. More than a month and a half later, networks will finally be obligated to pay the crews. But I don't have a clue what the land of series will look like after this pandemic. Nobody can say if production will resume in September, or if maybe the fall season will start later, or perhaps not at all.

Of course, MySeries will keep track of things, and we'll try to report as much as we can on this website. But for now, there are more questions than answers.

With kind spring greetings,

Stay Safe,
Mandy

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