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?
Not much, quite frankly. I would have said comedies, but they didn’t develop any. They didn’t cancel a lot last year and they probably won’t cancel much this year either. Meaning no space for new shows.
A new show able to keep the “ancient” CW viewers happy when The Vampire Diaries will be gone, sooner or later.
Drama Scripts ordered: around 20
Drama pilots ordered last year: 6
The CW is healthier than ever with its combination of old shows that still deliver (Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries), recent hits (Arrow, The Flash), critical acclaim (The 100, Jane The Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and new promising shows (Legends of Tomorrow, Containment). They have the right balance of CBS Television Studios-produced series and Warner Bros. Television-produced series. They’re happy, but you can always be happier. That’s what they’re gonna aim with their new shows, some of them are really ambitious. Here are the most promising:
THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT (CBS Television Studios)
What? when a young woman gets a data entry job at a mysterious corporation, she discovers that the information she is logging is building a database that has the power to affect fate – including her own
Why? Talking about ambition… It’s based on a recently published book and it seems to be a different offer from what they already have. Science-fiction, but not the same kind as The 100.
CRY (CBS Television Studios)
What? the story of a doctor who makes the astonishing medical breakthrough to bring cryogenically preserved people back to life, starting with the unfreezing of his own father – but he never expects that restoring life will have both glorious and devastating consequences…
Why? I doubt this one goes to pilot stage. Too ambitious and really not CW-esque. But one can hope for a miracle!
LITTLE WOMEN (CBS Television Studios)
What? hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, in which disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia and unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined – all while trying not to kill each other in the process
Why? There is one Little Women adaptation project every year. ABC had their own in 2015. It’s CW’s turn (and it’s not their first attempt). I’m deeply in love with this book since I’m a child so I’m not sure a Hunger-Gamesque version is the most respectful idea they could come up with. But it’s exciting at the same time. A dystopy about four sisters fighting evil together? I’m genuinely intruigued. Michal Weatherly is producing. Not that it matters…
NO TOMORROW (CBS Television Studios)
What? about Sarah, a risk-averse quality-control assessor who falls for free-spirited thrill seeker Xavier only to find out he lives his life that way because he believes the apocalypse is coming…
Why? This show is based on Brazilian series How to Enjoy the End of the World and is envisioned as a good companion for Jane The Virgin. It’s a romantic dramedy with an apocalypse twist. Resembles a bit NBC’s You, Me and the Apocalypse though.
THE DROP (CBS Television Studios)
What? about a Miami DJ teetering on the edge of ruin who finds hope (and more) in a gifted protégé who is female and African-American, both rarities in the EDM world…
Why? Here’s what The CW doesn’t have: a musical show! And in terms of revenues, it would be a very good operation for them to finally have one. Even if it’s not a big hit. The world of DJs have not been explored on television yet. But the huge flop at the box office of Zac Efron’s movie We are your friends about a young DJ last summer doesn’t bode well and may have an impact on their pilot pick-up decision. Is there an audience for it?
RIVERDALE (Warner Bros. Television)
What? a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends from the comics, exploring the surreality of small-town life – the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
Why? First developed at FOX in 2015, this show based on the Archie comics series seem to be a way better fit with The CW. Especially if it’s as “bold” and “subversise” as they say. And it needs to be! Greg Berlanti is producing, meaning it has almost zero chance no to go to series.
TEMPEST (Warner Bros. Television)
What? about a young woman living in a utopian spaceship; when she finds out the ship is secretly powered by slaves, she becomes enmeshed romantically and politically in the dangerous rebellion brewing below the decks
Why? Too close to The 100? Maybe. But The 100 is so good I wouldn’t mind having another one in the same spirit… Give it a chance, please!
What projects are you the most interested in among these? Take your picks!