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…


    • Lulla says:

      I’m not sure they will order it. Honestly, it’s so close to Charmed. I’ll be surprise if they order both!

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