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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.

Riverdale (The CW) pilot preview: THE teen soap of the late 2010s?

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Pilot “Chapter One: The River’s Edge” written and executive produced by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Looking, Glee, Big Love). Based on characters appearing in Archie Comics publications. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline, Celeste & Jesse Forever). Also executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Blindspot, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, Dawson’s Creek), Jon Goldwater (Sabrina: secrets of a teenage witch) & Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow). For The CW, Warner Bros. Television & Berlanti Productions. 60 pages.

Description: Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends and enemies and parents, explore the surreality of small-town life – the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. The whole town is shaken when the mysterious disappearance of a teenager turns into a murder case…

With KJ Apa as Archie, Lili Reinhart (Surviving Jack, The Kings of Summer) as Betty, Camila Mendes as Veronica, Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zach & Cody) as Jughead Jones, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Madelaine Petsch as Cherry, Ashleigh Murray as Josy, Luke Perry (90210, Oz, Jeremiah) as Fred, Madchen Amick (Twin Peaks, Damages, Witches of East End) as Alice, Marisol Nichols (Teen Wolf, GCB, 24, Resurrection Blvd.) as Hermione, Sarah Habel (Rush, Underemployed) as Geraldine, Ross Butler as Reggie…

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The early 90s had Beverly Hills, 90210, the first teen soap, the late 90s had Dawson’s Creek, the early 2000s had One Tree HillThe OC, the late 2000s had Gossip Girl. The early 2010s had Pretty Little Liars & Glee. And what about the late 2010s? Where is THE teen soap for the new generation? If everything goes as planned, it will be Riverdale and if there is one project this pilot season that is a 100% sure thing, this is it. Because it’s a very popular, really powerful, beloved property (I know a lot of you were waiting for this preview in particular for a long time). Archie Comics exist since 1941. It never went out of style and a new version is published since 2015. 2016 is the 75th anniversary of the series! Because it’s produced by Greg Berlanti and he has an incredible track record at The CW. Because they did an extensive search to find the right incarnations for the characters. Because the promotion has already started with sexy pictures of KJ Apa playing Archie Andrews on the set flooding the internet. So now the whole process has been set into motion. Riverdale, 8pm on Mondays starting next fall?

The first thing that came to my mind while reading the pilot script was: gosh, it looks an awful lot like Dawson’s Creek. Apart from the fact that this is my reference, the teen soap of my teenage years, the love triangle at the center of the story -‘cos of course there is one- is exactly the same. The only difference is Dawson was not popular at all. Archie is. He’s a football player and an artist, he writes music. Sweet and smart Betty is in love with him for a longtime and he doesn’t want to see it even though it’s obvious for everyone else. Dawson & Joey all over again. Confident and silver-tongued Veronica, determined to become a good person, arrives in Riverdale from New York, like Jen, and shakes things up a little bit. But let’s be honest: Kevin Williamson, Dawson’s Creek‘s creator, probably read Archie comics and it inspired him the idea of the show, mixed with his own life story. And I’m discovering it almost 20 years later…

The other show that I thought of instantly is Desperate Housewives. Because of the atmosphere, the use of the voice-over (performed by the character of philosophically bent heartthrob Jughead Jones), this idea of a town where nothing is like what it seems on the surface, and the murder mystery that starts in the opening sequence and that will probably be used as the common thread of the season. The Blossom Twins, Jason and Cheryl, hated by the whole town because of their manipulative and pretentious attitude, had a boat accident on the 4th of July. Except it was not an accident. And weeks later, while Cherry is alive and well, Jason’s decomposed corpse is found on the edge of the river. There is a ton of possible culprits. And Archie knows some things. He was there when it all happened… The tone of the show is very similar to Marc Cherry’s. It’s fun, colorful, full of twists and turns, punchlines, bigger than life characters, but also dark and twisted stories, involving the teenagers but also their parents and teachers, who went to school together many years ago and share their own secrets and rancors.

Riverdale is said to be “subversive”, that’s how The CW presents it, and I don’t really agree with that. And they should not insist on it or people will get disappointed. The pilot is really efficient, exciting, promising, but subsersive? I mean… It would have been in the 90s and it certainly was when it came out in the 1940s! But in the 2010s? Okay, Archie fucks his teacher. Sorry but Pacey already did in Dawson’s Creek. Kevin Keller is a popular openly gay student. He meets boys/men on Grindr. It’s very modern, but not revolutionnary. Plus, at least in the pilot, he says he does but we don’t see him doing it. So that doesn’t really count for me. Sorry. Honestly, I don’t see what else can be billed as “subversive” in there. Riverdale is full of references (to Hunger Games, Beyoncé…) and can be irreverent sometimes but that’s all and it’s okay. Glee amateurs should be happy to know that there is music in the show, thanks to Archie, who sings, but also Josie and the Pussycats, the girls band of the school. You’ll also find the usual codes and clichés of teen soaps with the cheerleaders (Betty & Veronica are on the team), the giant bitch who’s the captain (Cheryl), the football team and their testosteroned locker room…

Riverdale is timeless. This modernized, energized, darkened and respectful version has everything it needs to become another success for The CW & Greg Berlanti, hoping it won’t just be critical. The absence of vampires, zombies or superheroes is a real breath of fresh air. Teen soaps are not dead after all, and coming back to the roots of the genre is the right way to go. Teens and millenials should be hooked. Welcome to Riverdale, bitches!

The CW’s 7 most exciting projects for 2016/2017 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?

  • 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.

NUMBERS

Drama Scripts ordered: around 20

Drama pilots ordered last year: 6


OBSERVATIONS

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!