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The CW | 2018/2019 – Fantasy Schedule

Those are predictions based on feelings and The CW final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Thursday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

RENEWED

SUPERNATURAL | ARROW | THE FLASH | SUPERGIRL | THE 100 | JANE THE VIRGIN | LEGENDS OF TOMORROW | iZOMBIE | CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND | RIVERDALE | BLACK LIGHTNING | DYNASTY

ORDERED

CHARMED | ROSWELL | ALL AMERICAN | IN THE DARK | LEGACIES

CANCELLED

VALOR | LIFE SENTENCE

 

Is The CW still relevant in this day and age? Wouldn’t it be simpler for both CBS Television Studios & Warner Bros. Television -which co-own the network- to sell their shows directly to cable, Netflix and other streaming platforms? I mean, The CW is becoming Netflix-dependent and that can’t be good in the long run. Dynasty did terrible live numbers the whole year but it was still renewed because Netflix paid them a lot of money to get the international rights for it. Same goes for Riverdale that everybody outside the US think is a Netflix Original (and that’s how it’s presented, as they always do with their acquisitions).  Well, anyway, scheduling still matters for The CW as for the other nets, so let’s see what they could do with the new shows they picked up and the large number of DC Comics’ shows that are still on their air, even weakened Arrow, while they decided to re-open sunday night!

 

SUNDAY

CHARMED

SUPERNATURAL

At its peak, the original Charmed aired on sunday nights at 8pm. It would make sense to put it back there, especially since they need to make noise about their sunday re-opening. Charmed is the buzziest show they have and hopefully they won’t wait for midseason to launch it, as they surprisingly did with Riverdale and Black Lightning the past two years. The longest-running American live-action fantasy TV series aka Supernatural could also move there, it’s one of the two nights with monday where it hasn’t aired yet. I guess it would be another record of some sort. Also, Charmed & Supernarutal would make a strong pair.

 

MONDAY

SUPERGIRL

ARROW

I remember The CW president said one time that he would never all of the DC Comics’ shows at the same time. Well, I’m betting he will. While Supergirl should stay where it is, I’d paired it with Arrow and for a shortened seventh season, that could also be its last. It’s a though night and a though slot, I think they should wait for midseason to lauch something new there.

 

TUESDAY

THE FLASH

ALL-AMERICAN

The Flash is The CW’s strongest piece and wasting it on a show that is not new would be kinda dumb. So, here’s Greg Berlanti’s new high-school drama coming right after it on tuesday. Yeah, it would also have been cool to put it with Riverdale, which is also a high-school drama, but they can still do it later, if it survives.

 

WEDNESDAY

RIVERDALE

LEGACIES

Dynasty didn’t work at all behind Riverdale; Life Sentence did worse and had to be moved; then they replaced it with The Original‘s farewell season and it did surprisingly good. To the point when The CW probably regretted cancelling it. As a consequence, it would be logical to put the spin-off there. Legacies might not be as strong, but at least they would have given it the best chance!

 

THURSDAY

BLACK LIGHTNING

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

Not a huge fan of this night to be honest but I kinda like the idea of having Black Lightning opening the night since it’s really family-oriented. Legends Of Tomorrow can air alongside since this terrible show still exists.

 

FRIDAY

DYNASTY

JANE THE VIRGIN

Friday night should stay a dumping ground, nothing new should be launched there. So here we go again with a mix of Dynasty, Jane The Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend back at some point. Not bold AT ALL but there’s just nothing else to do.

 

MIDSEASON

ROSWELL – It should be kept for midseason so they don’t launch both of their reboots at the same time. It could be paired with Riverdale if Legacies is limited.

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND – So yeah, friday, maybe when Dynasty takes a break.

IN THE DARK – They could pair it with Supergirl on monday once Arrow is done… and probably send it to friday next year!

THE 100 & iZOMBIE – They’re basically summer shows at this point, or deep-spring shows. Let them be again.

Charmed 2018 (The CW) pilot preview: Is the #STOPCHARMEDREBOOT movement worth the trouble?

Written and executive produced by Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane The Virgin, Emily Owens, MD, 90210, Gilmore Girls), Jessica O’Toole & Amy Rardin (Jane The Virgin, Selfie, The Carrie Diaries, Greek). Based on the 90’s hit series from Aaron Spelling. Also produced by Ben Silverman (Jane The Virgin, No Tomorrow, The Office, Ugly Betty). Directed by Brad Silberling (Jane The Virgin, Dynasty, Reign, Casper, A Series of Unfortunate Events). For The CW & CBS Television Studios. 61 pages. 2nd Revised Network Draft. 2/27/2018.

Description: Three sisters in a college town discover they are witches right after their mother died in mysterious circumstances. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done. Mel, Maggie & Macy will learn it the hard way…

With Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station, The Breaks, Nip/Tuck), Sarah Jaffery (Shades Of Blue, Disney’s The Descendants, Wayward Pines), Madeleine Mantock (Into The Badlands, The Tomorrow People), Rupert Evans (The Man In The High Castle), Ser’Darius Blain (Jane By Design, Jumanji), Charlie Gillepsie, Ellen Tamaki

  

Ever since The CW announced they were working on a Charmed reboot back in january 2017 -we were first to break the news and it was a prequel at the time, which is no longer the case- many outraged fans of the original show expressed their discontent -let’s call it like that- around the globe, while the actresses had some harsh words about it on their respective social media accounts. One year later, the network proceeded with a pilot pick-up anyway, that unleashed hell on earth. Original star Holly Marie Combs unloaded a magical amount of tweets to shade CBS -which owns the rights- like this one:

And she went on and on… In the meantime, a group of hardcore fans launched a Twitter campaign called #StopCharmedReboot, hoping it would discourage The CW but so far it didn’t work, as expected: new actresses were hired to play the three new incarnations of the story and a shooting date has been set (it starts march 19 in Vancouver). The movement is still going strong, with people airing their grievances every day but let’s be honest: unless the network is not happy with the finished product AT ALL, it’s gonna get picked-up to series, it’s gonna air next fall, it will get big streaming deals, it will be successfully sold internationally and even the most infuriated fans will take a look at it no matter what they say. The truth is: in the era of peak TV it’s getting harder and harder for your show to get some attention, that’s why there are so many reboots and sequels, and all this fuss about Charmed is helping it more than anything else; any press is still good press, right? If I had one advice to give to people who don’t want this show to work: STOP. TALKING. ABOUT. IT. Indifference is the strongest force in this universe! Right after The Power of Three, of course.

Without any further ado, I’m gonna tell you what I think of this pilot script. But first, just know I wasn’t a huge fan of the original show, I didn’t watch the entire thing, I never considered it as a must-see and I never understood why it was so popular and why it still is. But I have nothing but respect for a show that was able to please such a devoted and vibrant fanbase all around the world. It’s rare and precious. Also, what will follow is MY opinion only, from a business perspective more than anything else. Is it a promising script? Does it have the potential to become a hit for The CW? That’s what I’m interested in. Feel free to comment but please be respectful!

Back when the pilot was picked up in january, the network described it as “a fierce, funny, feminist reboot”, which was understood by many people as a provocation implying that the original show was not fierce, funny and feminist. Well, things have change, time has passed. What was feminist in the early 2000s -“girl power” and everything- looks a bit soft and cheesy nowadays. It was a first step. An important one. Charmed was a good example of female empowerment for little girls but it was no Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I don’t mean to belittle what was accomplished but let’s not rewrite history either. It was not groundbreaking. More than a decade later, in a world with the #MeToo movement -Rose McGowan is a huge part of it and it’s no coincidence- and shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, a straight follow-up wouldn’t have made a lot of sense. We can’t blame the new writers and producers for wanting to be timely. Their goal is to appeal to a new generation -with younger characters- and address the most pressing issues women face nowadays (the “case of the week” part is about a professor who’s a predator). So let me rephrase it: the Charmed reboot is fiercier, funnier and more feminist than the original show. I’m not sure it sounds better but you’ll have to deal with it! That being said, the script tries way too hard to look “woke”. More subtlety wouldn’t have hurt anyone. They’re clearly making a statement here, let’s just hope they relax a little after the pilot, not making it too heavy all the time.

The whole Mel character, the middle sister who’s a passionate feminist and an outspoken activist -with the ability to freeze time- sounds a little too cliché, especially when you add the fact that she’s a lesbian. Hear me out: it’s great there’s a lesbian sister in the show, that’s one of the reasons why this version is modern. BUT it might have been more interesting to give the feminist attribute to another character, so we don’t fall into the usual “feminists are homosexuals (who hate men)” trap. Still, she’s probably the most interesting character here; after the family tragedy, she becomes angry and violent, she loses her way, she loses her girlfriend too -Nico, who’s a detective in Hilltowne- so she adds darkness to a show that’s not light-hearted. Maybe that’s the biggest difference with the original Charmed: it can be funny because the dialogues are sometimes great and inspired -and we recognize the Jane The Virgin team here- but it’s pretty gloomy overall. The family manor is right in the middle of frightening woods, not in a sunny street of San Francisco. The opening sequence leans towards the horrific genre, with jump scares, fog, crows, murder of crows even… Same goes for the end with a Ouija board in the attic, and whisperings… A totally different atmosphere that is closer to Buffy, Riverdale or American Horror Story than good ol’ Charmed.

The younger sister, Maggie, is the complete opposite of Mel. She’s 18, your typical millenial girl who’s worried about her social identity -too bad for her, she can hear other people’s thoughts- and she’s not happy at all to discover that she’s a witch. She has a wry sense of humor and she’s part of a sorority that will probably play a major role in the subsequent episodes, between the mean girls she wants to be friends with and the weird guys that are lurking around her. She will probably become a fan favorite. Last but not least, the older sister who didn’t know she had sisters until recently: Macy, a “science nerd” in her late 20s with a Ph.D. in quantum physics. She’s moving with her boyfriend named Galvin to Hilltowne to do lab work. She possesses the power of telekinesis. Her love story is already totally boring and I’m not sure Gavin will stick around much longer. Finally, there’s Harry, the girls’ “devilishly handsome” advisor, refered to as a “whitelighter” like Leo was, who adds a lot of humor and eccentricity whenever he appears. Think Eliot in The Magicians. But he’s not exactly who he says he is…

You’re probably wondering if the Book of Shadows is still part of the story and the answer is yes. The Power of Three? Yes, of course. Are the Halliwell sisters part of the story or even refered to? Not at all. I don’t think they will ever exist in this version. It’s not a sequel. If the overall tone is darker, they kept most of the original show’s premice. They’re still the most powerful witches ever known, destined to protect both innocents and the world at large from demons and other devil creatures. They didn’t lie: it really is an update of the same concept with characters that are more diverse. It’s not just using the show’s name and popularity to do something totally different. It’s fast-paced, with transitions throughout that consist of three quick cuts which are in fact small slices of each women’s stories. Think How To Get Away Murder. They do something similar. I find it irritating on paper here and it doesn’t add much but why the hell not after all… We’re promised monsters of the week cases as well as ongoing stories about the witches’ love lives while the bigger picture is probably kept for later, once they will be familiar with their powers.

The Charmed fans will be pissed to read this but this pilot script is pretty decent. It’s not an insult to the original though they’re doing like The Halliwells never existed (and some might find that insulting, I get it). It’s modern and as feminist as they claimed, though subtlety is not their strong suit. The characters have things to say and stories to tell that should be heard in those troubled times. In other words, it’s not revolutionary in any way but it’s not the trainwreck haters would like it to be and there’s really nothing to rally against. Ignore it, don’t watch it, just let it be. There are more important battles worth fighting for. 

The CW’s 8 most exciting projects for 2018/2019 pilot season

 

The following article is based on descriptions mixed wih talents attached ONLY. None of the scripts have been read at this point.

 

For how long The CW will manage to survive? The situation is getting complicated, if you ask me. The 5th network is becoming less and less relevant these days by relying on too many DC Comics shows –Arrow is not the powerhouse it once was, Supergirl is doing so-so, Legends of Tomorrow is losing castmembers like crazy, only The Flash can still be labelled as a success- and on well-liked CBS-produced dramedies that attract a very tiny crowd of die-hard fans. I’m looking at you Jane The Virgin & Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Military drama Valor flopped, as everyone expected, except The CW president Mark Pedowitz; while Life Sentence, their most promising new entry, is still waiting for a spot on the schedule…

Is The CW being destroyed by Netflix? What looked like a fair exchange a few months ago is entering a dangerous territory now. The CW is simply becoming Netflix-dependent and that can’t be good in the long run. Many people think Riverdale is a Netflix original -they brand it like it is and the success over there apparently helped the CW ratings- and they even stole them the Sabrina spin-off, which is still a shocker to me. How did they let that happen? Black Lightning is a Netflix original overseas, as is Dynasty, which is the only reason why it was given a backorder since the ratings are truly terrible. And Netflix picked up a full season of The CW’s last pilot season’s dark dramedy Insatiable. So far, you can argue that Netflix needs The CW as much as The CW needs Netflix, but clearly the best projects are now going directly to Netflix, while The CW takes the leftovers. Between Warner Bros. selling shows to everyone (especially to FOX, which will soon lose its in-house studio in the Disney merger) and CBS Television having the CBS All Access platform now, I’m not sure The CW will still be there in a few years…

Anyway, they still have a pilot season to navigate: here are the 8 pilots that have potential. Yeah, 8 is not much…

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EPIPHANY (Warner Bros. Television)

What?  about a group of gifted strangers recruited to a Gilded Age mansion to solve a complex code that lies within the structure’s walls…

Why? Weird concept, the kind that never passes the script stage, let alone the pilot stage… but at least it sounds original and could work as a miniseries. But is The CW really looking for miniseries? They probably don’t. Don’t get attached to this one. It has like 10% chance to see the light of day.

 

FEMME (CBS Television Studios)

What? about four millennial women from different walks of life who become unlikely friends and fierce allies after meeting online in a secret feminist social media group…

Why? After Freeform’s The Bold Type and all that’s happening in the world right now, Femme, produced by Jane The Virgin‘s star Gina Rodriguez, looks perfectly relevant and exciting. And shows about female friendships have mostly disappeared (besides Younger), it’s time they come back stronger than ever!

 

ILLEGAL (CBS Television Studios)

What? about 16-year-old Rafael: He is a charming but bumbling high school student just trying to survive puberty. But when this all-American teenager discovers that he is not American at all, his perfect Honor Roll world is turned upside down

Why? Gina Rodriguez is also behind this project and at some point, CBS will have to do something with this overall deal they signed with her two years ago… Illegal is based on the life of series co-executive producer Rafael Agustin and certainly doesn’t seem to be that different from Jane The Virgin topically and tonally. Since Jane doesn’t have that much life left, it could takeover.

 

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (Warner Bros. Television)

What? when a prison spaceship carrying the universe’s most deadly aliens crashes in Southern California, two millennial women with bigger dreams than working at a kids’ pizza place in The Valley are recruited by a space cop to hunt down the escaped criminals, who have camouflaged themselves as eccentric Angelenos…

Why? Now we’re talking! How long can this premise sustain? I’m not sure. If there’s an ambitious mythology behind, not just a “monster of the week” situation, then maybe we have a winner here! The creators Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker have mostly worked on comedies before, meaning this could be a fun ride. Would be a great companion show for Supernatural and even a natural successor if the show gets cancelled one day but I feel like it’s the CW that will get cancelled first!

 

LADY IN THE MASK (CBS Television Studios)

What? set in a near future where people can back-up their minds like they back-up their computer. It centers on a woman who awakens in the hospital after a suspicious car accident and learns her memory was damaged and restored from a two-year-old “back-up.” As she tries to return to her seemingly loving husband, high-profile job in her family’s tech VC firm, and otherwise normal life, the details about her missing years begin to contradict one another, leading her to believe she’s being manipulated by someone close to her, that the accident was no accident and that she’s at the center of a much larger conspiracy — unless she’s just losing her mind.

Why? Among those 8 projects, it’s the one I’m the most conflicted about. It’s already too complicated for its own good and would probably work better as a 2-hour long Black Mirror episode. But if somehow they manage to make something believable and thrilling out of it then I’m in. Is it really what we’re waiting from The CW? Not really. But surprising their audience seems like the best way to go these days, as long as the product is solid. Let’s just hope it is! It reminds me of Ringer a bit though. Can’t be a good thing.

 

THE SHE WORD (CBS Television Studios)

What? about four driven female assistants who discover they have been victims of gender discrimination at their boys’ club of a company; they vow to work together to take over by whatever means necessary…

Why? The CW will have to decide between this one and Femme. They are probably vastly different but they tackle the same -important- subject. What’s interesting with The She Word it’s that it seems to be darker. That’s what’s implied in the “by whatever means necessary” of the pitch and a “How To Get Away With Murder“-style soap is an exciting perspective, as long as it’s not only about revenge but empowerment too.

 

THE VALIANT (Warner Bros. Television)

What? about a Celtic princess on the run from an arranged marriage and a sheltered life who is captured and forced into slavery under Julius Caesar; she ends up training among the first wave of female Gladiators to compete in the Colosseum for fame, fortune and, ultimately, her freedom…

Why? Personally, I would never watch this BUT I feel like there’s an audience for it as long it’s not just an excuse to show partially naked women fighting (not that it wouldn’t be a good selling point). Spartacus was very popular a few years ago; maybe there’s potential here and it would draw attention. The CW is desperately looking for attention. That being said it’d have to be really good and modern to survive, because period drama and this network just don’t fit well together. Even The Carrie Diaries couldn’t make it…

 

UNTITLED SPENCER PAYSINGER PROJECT (Warner Bros. Television)

What?  inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger, a rising high school football player from South Central L.A.; when he is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds – Compton and Beverly Hills – begin to collide…

Why? Let’s just see it as Friday Night Lights meets The OC, produced by Greg Berlanti and his football player of a husband Robbie Rogers. It could attract both men and women and would depart from everything that is on the network right now. It represents a risk but it’s damn time to take one, a good, worthy one.

 

Meanwhile, The CW is still looking into a Charmed reboot but is also trying to revive Roswell, as well as spinning-off Supernatural with Wayward Sisters and The Originals with a show focusing on Hope Mikaelson, the tribrid daughter of Niklaus Mikaelson and Hayley Marshall-Kenner. Alyssa Milano’s Hacktivist is still on the map with a second script ordered and a one-hour horror anthology series Black Rose written and directed entirely by women and produced by Drew Barrymore is in development, though it would fit better on cable or streaming.

 

What projects are you interested in? Feel free to comment!

SCOOP: The CW eyes Charmed prequel with Jane The Virgin team

More than three years after CBS passed on the Charmed reboot they were working on -which is still talked about a lot by fans all over the world- The CW has landed a prequel to the cult WB series produced by the team of critically acclaimed dramedy Jane The Virgin.

Jane The Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman, as well as producer Brad Silverman, are behind the project which will follow three witches who fight evil in a small New England town during the seventies/eighties (1976), possibly the Halliwells’ ancestors from the Warren Line, the most powerful line of witches in history introduced in the original show. The pilot script is written by Amy Rardin & Jessica O’Toole who already know a thing or two about the 80s and prequel series since they wrote for The Carrie Diaries, prequel of Sex & The City. They also worked on Jane The Virgin, Selfie & Greek.

Brad Silberling, who directed the pilot of Jane The Virgin and also A Series of Unfortunate Events movie (not the upcoming Netflix show) is attached to direct this one as well. CBS Television is the studio, with Propagate Content and Reveal Entertainment.

So don’t expect Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, Holly Mary Combs or Rose McGowan to comeback, at least initially.

It’s not the only series reboot The CW is developing for next season. A Dynasty remake is also in the works.

The CW’s 8 most exciting projects for 2017/2018 pilot season