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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

The CW 2016/2017 Schedule / TRAILERS & THOUGHTS

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No Tomorrow -- "Pilot" -- Image Number: NOT101c_0139.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Joshua Sasse as Xavier and Tori Anderson as Evie -- Photo: Eddy Chen/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

MONDAYS

8- SUPERGIRL

9- JANE THE VIRGIN

TUESDAYS

8- THE FLASH

9- NO TOMORROW

WEDNESDAYS

8- ARROW

9- FREQUENCY

THURSDAYS

8- LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

9- SUPERNATURAL

FRIDAYS

8- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

9- CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

MIDSEASON

REIGN

THE ORIGINALS

THE 100

RIVERDALE

iZOMBIE

THOUGHTS

What’s good:

  • Keeping tentpoles The Flash & Arrow in the same timeslots. But the contrary was highly unlikely anyway. And adding Supergirl to the mix on mondays, paired with Jane The Virgin for a “girl night”.
  • Arrow & Frequency put together makes sense in term of viewership. They’re both more adult than other shows.
  • The 100 & iZombie are good midseason options.

What’s bad:

  • Keeping Riverdale in the bench for a midseason launch is both a shocker and a weird decision. This show will be noisy… The only acceptable explanation would be if they don’t want to do 22-episode season. Then they would premiere it in the spring, possibly in Legends of Tomorrow timeslot.
  • The Vampire Diaries + Crazy Ex-Girlfriend pair means only one thing: The CW doesn’t believe the Rachel Bloom show will be a success one day but wants it on the fall schedule because of possible nominations and Emmy wins…
  • No Tomorrow paired with The Flash. I’m not totally sold on the idea. But it shows the network is very high on the series. Good to know.

The CW’s Fall Schedule revealed / Trailers

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CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND – MONDAY – 8pm

JANE THE VIRGIN – MONDAY – 9pm

THE FLASH – TUESDAY – 8pm

iZOMBIE – TUESDAY – 9pm

 

ARROW – WEDNESDAY – 8pm

SUPERNATURAL – WEDNESDAY – 9pm

 

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – THURSDAY – 8pm

THE ORIGINALS – THURSDAY – 9pm

 

REIGN – FRIDAY – 8pm

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL – FRIDAY – 9pm

 

MID-SEASON

THE 100

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

CONTAINMENT


The CW | 2015/2016 – Fantasy Schedule

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

Dramas renewed: SUPERNATURAL / THE VAMPIRE DIARIES / ARROW / BEAUTY AND THE BEAST / THE ORIGINALS / THE 100 / REIGN / THE FLASH / JANE THE VIRIGN / iZOMBIE

Dramas ordered: LEGENDS OF TOMORROW / CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND / CORDON

MONDAYS

8pm- JANE THE VIRGIN

9pm- iZOMBIE

The CW can’t wait to launch iZombie‘s second second after a good and very stable run since midseason on Tuesday after The Flash. Light fare Jane The Virgin should move at 8 and iZombie return at 9. It makes a great feminine pair. Cheerleader Death Squad would have been great there but hey… wasn’t ordered, weirdly and sadly.

TUESDAYS

8pm- THE FLASH

9pm- CORDON

The CW didn’t order a lot of new shows and Cordon seems the only one that can be ready for fall. They should put it behind their highest show, The Flash, for 13-15 weeks, and then give it to spin-off DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

WESNESDAYS

8pm- ARROW

9pm- THE 100

I wouldn’t change anything on Wesnesday. Arrow has lost steam and The 100 is a safe player. Supernatural can go back there at midseason, possibly ending in summer.

THURSDAYS

8pm- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

9pm- THE ORIGINALS

It’s about time to broadcasting those two together. Hopefully, it will give them a little more strenghth.

FRIDAYS

8pm- AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL

9pm- REIGN

Reign wasn’t totally worth its renewal. It makes sense to give it a run on Friday (where Hart of Dixie didn’t do that bad).

MIDSEASON

SUPERNATURAL / LEGENDS OF TOMORROW / CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

About Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a run behind Whose line is it anyway? at midseason on friday is a possibilty. A duet with Jane The Virgin is also an option but moving iZombie again would be a mistake.

What do YOU think?

CW’s 5 most exciting projects for 2015/2016 pilot season

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

What are The CW’s needs for next season:

– A Supernatural spin-off, to be able someday to let the original show die, finally… Another planted spin-off is in the works after the first one didn”t make it last year.

– News shows which aren’t adapted from DC Comics, to diversify its offer.

Drama Scripts ordered: around 20

Drama pilots ordered last year: 6

5-6 Drama Pilots should be ordered this year

Observation: It’s hard to tell if The CW had a strong year so far, since two new shows out of four have yet to premiere (iZombie, which got a chance to shine, and The Messengers, which is sent to a Friday certain death). But with The Flash, the network found a great hit, an even bigger one than its spin-off Arrow, which is rare and quite surprising to say the least. Jane The Virgin is not a ratings success but it’s the first CW show which won a Golden Globe (for best comedy)! But at the same time, The Vampire Diaries is fading, The Originals is already a disappointment, The 100 doesn’t get the ratings it deserves and Reign is just so-so. Plus, Hart Of Dixie isn’t dead yet.

For next year, The CW needed another DC Comics show in my opinion. Just one. But as it turns out, The Atom one won’t be ready on time, Teen Titans landed on TNT and Supergirl went to big sister network CBS for very mysterious reasons (I still think it could join CW’s schedule in the end, despite what Nina Tassler said). Here are some of the projects that could be ordered to pilot, but know the CW probably has scripts we never heard of…

CHEERLEADERS DEATH SQUAD (CBS Television Studios)

What?  a disgraced CIA agent-turned-teacher at an elite Washington D.C. prep school  trains a select few students to be his eyes and ears into the world of international espionage and help him earn his way back into the agency

Why? FOX will have its Scream Queens when The CW could have its Cheerleaders. It’s hard to take this pitch seriously, just imagining how those boys and girls will look like when doing espionnage things: models chasing, the hair in the wind, trying to look clever at the same time… But it is produced by Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids creator Marc Cherry. That could only mean one thing: there will be a lot of humor, writers won’t take themselves too seriously so it could be a lot of fun! And also very repetitive. It might be a cool companion for female-oriented Jane The Virgin.

FIRST LADY (Warner Bros. Television)

What? one woman’s rags-to-riches journey from illegal immigrant to the White House, where she battles injustice and her own sordid past which has come back to haunt her

Why? This one too could be a companion for Jane The Virgin, and it’s adapted from the Chilean series Primera Dama. It’s ridiculous, especially if the heroine really becomes the first lady of The United States, but you never know… It is produced by Jennifer Garner, a woman of taste. Maybe she saw a potential where no one else could…

THE MAGELLAN (Warner Bros. Television)

What?  revolves around what happens when a mysterious global cataclysm strands a group of students, teachers and crew on a Semester at Sea sailboat; With the entire planet seemingly covered in water, they begin to wonder if they are the only survivors left. As they explore their strange — yet strangely beautiful — new world, this group of strangers must join forces to survive, all while facing the equally daunting challenges of friendship, family and even love.

Why? I have no idea how the Spanish series El Barco is doing over there, but The Magellan is the american adaptation of this apocalyptic drama and it sounds exciting, the way The 100 sounded like when the project was first announced. It will probably require quite a big budget but Warner Bros. proved many times they can do it well (unlike ABC Studios and its atrocious green screens). Jennifer Johnston from The Following is writing.

THE PHOENIX PROJECT (Warner Bros. Television)

What?  three friends who, in an attempt to combat apathy, take an anarchistic, dangerous and morally questionable approach to save society from itself

Why? the creator of this show, Martin Gero, already got a pilot order for one of the three projects he developed this year –Blindspot at NBC- so it could prove complicated to do both. This one sounds original, and more personal, but it’s hard to tell where it’s headed. But it is billed as a “vigilante drama”, so these guys will pretend to be superheroes. And the CW doesn’t really need new ones, especially when they don’t come from prolific DC Comics universe…

UNTITLED ANDREW HINDERAKER PROJECT (Warner Bros. Television)

What?  a peek behind the curtain of Hollywood’s hip-hop dance scene, centering on a top-flight back-up dancer who dreams of becoming a choreographer

Why? Musical shows are still very much trendy but dance oriented ones are nowhere to be found. Maybe it’s time to give it a chance (just forget the horrible Hellcats), especially since it’s produced by John Wells. We can expect something smart and interesting from him. Plus, it’s adapted from real choreographer Kenny Wormald’s life. Could feel real.

Note: The CW still have a Misfits remake in the works but I think we all agree they’d better not touch it. It’s way too crude and crazy for them.