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The Lost Boys (The CW) pilot preview: Yet Another Vampire Show

SERIES TITLE: The Lost Boys

NETWORK: The CW
GENRE: Fantasy Drama

LOGLINE: Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat…and a secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead…

Pilot Cast: Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf, Now Apocalypse, Jane the Virgin), Rio Mangini (Everything Sucks!), Kiele Sanchez (Lost, Kingdom), Medalion Rahimi (Still Star-Crossed, NCIS Los Angeles), Sarah Hay (Flesh and bone), Dakota Shapiro (Valley of the Boom), Haley Tju, Cheyenne Haynes (Camping, Just Add Magic), Del Zamora (Sneaky Pete)…
Series Creator: Heather Mitchell (Still Star-Crossed, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy).
Pilot Director: Catherine Hardwick (Twilight, Thirteen, Lords of Dogtwon).
Producers: Heather Mitchell, Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, iZombie, Party Down), Dan Etheridge, Mike Karz & Bill Bindley.

Studios: Warner Bros. Television, Spondoolie Productions & Gulfstream Television.

Ever wonder how TV executives wade through the dozens of pilot scripts they’re pitched each year? They have staff script readers, who provide what’s called “Script Coverage,” an executive summary and a recommendation for each script. Now you too can preview some of the season’s most buzzed about pilots and find out whether we’d recommend them for pickup. Note that all opinions are our own, and all plot, casting and other creative details described here are subject to change.

 

 

You’ll Like It If You Already Like: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Teen Wolf...

Likely Timeslot: Summer fare if The CW is finally ready to spend some money for this period.

 

WRITTEN BY: Heather Mitchell.

PAGECOUNT: 61 pages

DRAFT: Network draft 1/2/19

BACKGROUND: The CW originally developed a series adaptation of the iconic 1987 Warner Bros horror comedy movie The Lost Boys with Rob Thomas writing during the 2016-17 development season. While the project didn’t go to pilot, the network brass remained very high on the title and had been looking to redevelop it. While Thomas has been busy with his Veronica Mars reboot for Hulu, a take by writer Heather Mitchell (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) got everyone excited, and the new incarnation picked up steam this development season.

Envisioned for a seven-season, anthology-style run, The Lost Boys series was originally supposed to tell a story spanning 70 years, each season chronicling a decade. Season 1 would have been set in San Francisco during the Summer of Love, 1967. Each season, the humans, the setting, the antagonist and the story would have all changed — only the vampires, the famous Lost Boys, who like the Peter Pan characters never grow up, would have remained the same. It has not been said if the new version was also envisioned as an anthology, but it doesn’t seem like it.

 

SCRIPT SYNOPSIS: After the sudden death of their father, diametrically opposite brothers MICHAEL (21) and SAM (15) move with their mother LUCY (40s), who caused a scandal 27 years ago when she ditched her boyfriend to run off with another man, to her seaside hometown of Santa Carla, a covert home for vampires. On the beautiful boardwalk, Michael experiences an undeniable spark with STELLA (20s), enraging her vampire boyfriend, DAVID, while Sam meets sisters CASSIE AND LIZA FROG (16), who confirm that there’s something peculiar about Santa Carla. Things escalate when David reveals Stella is the Queen of all vampires and Michael discovers he has the same heart condition that killed his father. Concluding on a suspenseful note, both Sam and Michael uncover the town’s secret inhabitantsSam and the Frog sisters witness David break the vampire law by murdering humans, and Michael walks in on Stella and David having vampire intercourse, all fangs out…

COMMENTS: I’m not sure why this is even a thing. Was it so crucial for The CW to have yet another show about vampires on the air, after The Vampire Diaries and The Originals ended, with Legacies still breathing life into the franchise? I wouldn’t mind that much if The Lost Boys had something very special and different going on for it. But it doesn’t. I mean, it’s very much the same as The Vampire Diaries, centered on two brothers arriving in a new town which is apparently populated by vampires for decades. Why did they choose such a sunny one, in California? It doesn’t make much sense but there may be a reason… The main difference is the brothers are not vampires… yet. But for how long? It’s more adult than the Kevin Williamson’s show, but it’s not True Blood either. It’s more like a weak, lifeless mix, with the younger brother offering an innocent, romantic vibe to the show and the older one introducing a little bit of sex and danger, while the vampires give it a soft debauchery style (we’re not on HBO, they can’t go very far). It wants to have it all and ends with nothing much. There’s an undeniable 80s movies vibe, that comes from the source material and that is preserved because it’s trendy since Stranger Things but it’s less cooler; it takes itself too seriously.

So Michael, the elder brother, plans to attend Columbia Medical school but he is thrown off by the diagnosis that he shares the same genetic weakness that killed his father. The only thing that consoles him is the friendship he strikes up with Stella, a young woman who runs a concession stand on the Santa Carla boardwalk. And who may not be human, after all… He didn’t plan to stay for long, but now that he could die whenever, why spending so much time studying when he could help his family and fall in love? The immediate spark between Stella and Michael seems a little fake on paper, it’s really way too quick, but chemistry between the actors could help it make it believable, or at least enjoyable enough to close our eyes on this. Her boyfriend is the sexy, dangerous and immortal vampire David, who is sometimes scary and always intense. The leader of a vampire gang, he’s wildly in love with Stella, and she’s the only one who can control him, if you see what I mean. It’s nice to have a switch in the usual formula that way but it doesn’t make the show original.

Sam, Michael’s younger brother, has a high level of literacy, matched by an equally high level of snark. He seems to be the only one not enchanted by Santa Carla — a sentiment he shares with a pair of local girls, the Frog Sisters. Since a wild threesome is not in the cards, he may have to choose only one at some point. In the meantime, he will have to go to school and help the show going the same route as many others on The CW before: high-school dramas and the same stories that go with it over and over again. There’s the (young) mother Lucy, who’s a nice gal who did bad things in yer youth, but now she’s a widow, she’s looking for redemption. And of course, she bumps into her old flame who’s now… the sherif! Classic. Last but not least, there’s Frank Garcia, Lucy’s father, a cantankerous old hippie who owns a beloved local bed and breakfast. In spite of his laid-back appearance, he’s a strict disciplinarian who probably knows more about the dark side of town than he cares to tell. And he’s probably the most unexpected character in this, though he stays in the background. He’s way too old to be at the center. And I woudn’t be surprised if they kill him after a few episodes. I give him one season tops.

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATION: Unless The CW unexpectedly decides to order all of its pilots to series -which would be a first in its history- The Lost Boys seems to be the weakest contender of them all. If you want to tell another vampire tale in 2019, you have to make sure it will be vastly different from the previous offers and this one is not original at all, in any way. 

 

OVERALL PROJECT SCORE:

[ X ] PASS
 ] CONSIDER
[  ] RECOMMEND

The End of the World as We Know It (The CW) pilot preview: Extraterrestrial

Written and executive produced by Justin Halpern (Powerless, iZombie, Shit My Dad Says) & Patrick Schumacker (Cougar Town, iZombie). Based on the 2012 Alloy book by Iva-Marie Palmer. Also produced by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, iZombie, 90210), Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge,  Leslie Morgenstein (The 100, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries) & Gina Girolamo. Directed by Glen Winter (Smallville, Arrow, Supergirl). For The CW, Warner Bros. Television, Alloy Entertainment, Ehsugadee Productions & Spondoolie Productions. 60 pages. Network 2nd Draft. 1/27/2018.

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

With Gage Golighty (Teen Wolf, Red Oaks), Quinta Brunson (Broke, Up For Adoption), Josh Helman (Wayward Pines, Flesh and Bone, The Pacific)…

    

You’ll like if you already like: Supernatural, iZombie, The X-Files

Likely timeslot: paired with Supernatural, wherever it ends up next year!

 

Did you read the description of this pilot up there? Hope you did. Here’s now the description of the book it’s based on: “When Queen Bee Teena locks UFO conspirator Leo, extreme virgin Evan, and straight-A student Sarabeth in the basement during her biggest party of the year, she doesn’t plan on getting trapped in the Loser Dungeon (as she so names it) herself. She can barely imagine a night with these dweebs—let alone a lifetime. But when an alien invasion destroys their entire Midwestern suburb, it looks like these unlikely friends are the last people on earth. Now, it’s up to them to save the world…” Very different, hum? While the show seems kinda fun -and spoiler alert: it is!- the book seems even funnier and more importantly: edgier. It’s a bummer because I really liked this script but I can’t help thinking about what could have been if they did a straight adaptation of the novel. And the question is: why adapting it in the first place if it’s to make it so different? Nobody cares anyway. It’s not like it had a huge fanbase already. But let’s focus on The CW’s The End Of the World As We Know It, which is totally different from Netflix’s The End of the F****** World by the way.

Let me introduce you to our heroines first. Kate (Gage Golightly) is a struggling actress who’s unable to catch a break. She is looking for a role with a “hero line” but all she can get is dumb parts in dumb TV shows. It’s not that she’s not talented. It’s more about her mouth. She can’t help being annoying, and saying everything that comes to mind. She’s her own worst enemy and a lot of fun for us to follow, but she’s a nightmare for virtually everyone else. Except maybe -and that’s debatable- her best friend Ruby (Quinta Brunson). This one is a hyper-intelligent, upbeat graduate from MIT, who hasn’t been able to hold down an engineering job due to her interests shifting a mile a minute. Therefore, she currently works at her parents’ business, a birthday party place/pizza restaurant for kids. She’s nerdy and anxious, but also very sweet and sharp when needed. Those two make a great pair and the casting seems spot on! Did you know that Brunson’s an internet superstar? In 2014, her clip The Girl Who’s Never Been on a Nice Date became the first to go viral on Instagram. Since then she created webseries and worked for Buzzfeed. In other words: she’s a great catch for The CW.

With the arrival of the crashed spaceship, Kate & Ruby have finally found their mission in life. We could consider the show as a coming-of-age dramedy about two young adults, who are dealing with the juggling act between running a business, saving the earth, and finding purpose on a more personal level. It’s a rich program and it’s handled perfectly in the pilot script since it manages to be both funny and touching. Let’s not forget about the sci-fi side of it, which is mostly quirky and where most of the fun comes from, partly thanks to the character of Quinn (Josh Helman). He’s a galactic police officer -both charming and irritating- who hates humans and hates working with the girls -as much as they hate working with him- but he quickly realizes that they are capable of providing much-needed aid to him, ‘cos they know way lot more about humans than he does. And also because they’re badass and courageous. I love the interactions between those three, it totally works on paper, but I have to say I couldn’t care less about their first mission in itself, which is about catching a monster. And that’s what it is: a procedural show with a monster of the week, disguised as a comedic drama. This might make it less appealing for some people -me included- but it doesn’t mean it won’t work. And maybe a more serialized storyline is hiding somewhere… That’d be cool!

The recipee for The End of the World as We Know It worked for The X-Files for years -their comedic episodes were often the best- and it’s still working for Supernatural too… for 13 seasons! So I’m pretty confident about this one. Those hunters have more than a fighting chance and it’s nice to have girls doing the dirty job this time! If The CW feels the need to go more procedural, it’s a great candidate. What might doom it? Roswell! Even if the tone is vastly different, they both deal with the same subjects and the reboot has the advantage of being already well-known…

SCOOP: The CW mulling a series order for “The Lost Boys” TV remake

Contrary to recent reports, The CW won’t wait before next season to give a chance to its The Lost Boys TV series by Veronica Mars & iZombie‘s creator Rob Thomas. 

As The CW will bid farewell to The Vampire Diaries next friday, other vampires are almost ready to be unleashed. The Lost Boys’ ambitious new take on the 1987 Joel Schumacher movie won’t have to wait until next season to see the light of day, unlike the Charmed reboot that is not ready yet. The network is prepping a straigh-to-series order for the Rob Thomas show, without going to the traditional pilot stage. Shooting on the series could start as soon as this spring in Los Angeles, though nothing is set in stone. No word yet on the number of episodes and a potential air date.

Envisioned for a seven-season, anthology-style run, The Lost Boys series will tell a story spanning 70 years, each season chronicling a decade. Season 1 will be set in San Francisco during the Summer of Love, 1967. Each season, the humans, the setting, the antagonist and the story all change — only the vampires, our Lost Boys, who like the Peter Pan characters never grow up, remain the same.

Thomas will exec produce via his Spondoolie Productions banner alongside frequent collaborators Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge. Gulfstream Television’s Juliana Janes, Mike Karz and Bill Bindley are also on board after the production company came up with the idea to remake the feature film. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

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