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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 Haunting of Nancy Drew (The CW) pilot preview: Third time’s the charm!

SERIES TITLE: The Haunting of Nancy Drew
NETWORK: The CW
GENRE: Detective Horror Drama

LOGLINE: Set in the summer after her high school graduation,18-year-old Nancy Drew thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined. When Nancy ends up a suspect in a murder, it rekindles her love for detective work, even though the clues lead her to believe that a long-dead local girl may be the killer…

Pilot Cast: Kennedy McMaan, Maddison Jaizani (Versailles, Into the Badlands), Tunji Kasim (Nearly Famous), Leah Lewis (Sing it!, Station 19), Alex Saxon (The Fosters, The Fix), Freddie Prinze Jr (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scooby-Doo)…
Series Creator: Noga Landau (The Magicians),Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (The OC, Gossip Girl, Dynasty, Marvel’s Runaways).
Pilot Director: Larry Teng (Supergirl, Animal Kingdom, Elementary).
Producers: Noga Landau, Melinda Hsu Taylor (Lost, Vampire Diaries, The Gifted), Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage.

Studios: CBS Television Studios & Fake Empire.

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: Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Veronica Mars, Charmed

Likely Timeslot: They could definitely use Riverdale as its lead-in. They could also pair it with Charmed.

 

WRITTEN BY: Noga Landau.

PAGECOUNT: 56 pages

DRAFT: 2nd Network draft 1/13/19

BACKGROUND: Launching a Nancy Drew TV series has been a priority for CBS Television Studios, which has the rights to the the classic YA mystery books originally published by Stratemeyer Syndicate and later Simon & Schuster, for quite a while now. Two versions have already been developed over the past three years. First Drew at CBS, starring Sarah Shahi as a 30-year-old version of the cult character (It was not good), which went to pilot and got close to a series order. Its star later confessed : “I’m very happy it didn’t go. It was not good”. She also said it was considered “too female” by the network: “My response was like, ‘I don’t remember us talking about tampons and our, like, placentas and our cycles on the show.’ So I don’t know what was too female about it.” Anyway.

Then Nancy Drew was developed at NBC last year, this time with a Nancy in her 40s, who has written her own adventures as books, and must now team up with her estranged former friends to solve a murder mystery. It didn’t go beyond the script stage. Both incarnations were from writers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy, Doubt) and producer Dan Jinks. They left CBS Television Studios since then for Universal.

At the time, I was wondering why CBS Television Studios didn’t turn the property into a nice little CW show, keeping the central character as a teenage girl or a young adult. It apparently took them 4 years to realize that was the best and most logial option… And they asked Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage to write and supervise the project. They know a thing or two about teen dramas, so that made sense. So, third time’s the charm, as they say?

 

SCRIPT SYNOPSIS: After graduating high school, a depressed, secretive and curious NANCY DREW (18) skips out on college and must face life in the wake of her mother’s death, still living with her dad CARSON, as she begins to solve a ghostly mystery. Her friends aren’t as they seem and trust isn’t something that comes easy to her. After discovering TIFFANY HUDSON murdered with her coworkers GEORGE PHAN (18) and ACE (21) from The Claw dinner, Nancy Drew is back in her crime solving ways, along with BESS MARVIN (18), a new girl in town who quickly becomes an ally. Her boyfriend/secret lover NED “NICK” NICKERSON (19) has his own unbecoming past with Tiffany Hudson that makes Nancy question everything. Did Ned kill Tiffany? Nancy must battle her past in order to uncover and solve this murder case, while LUCY SABLE, a long-dead local girl, starts to haunt her…

COMMENTS: Based on the Nancy Drew mystery stories, this CW pilot is a nice surprise since the previous adaptations were failures that questioned the necessity and the relevance of such a character in the 21st century. Turns out a young woman who solves mysteries can still be a thing in 2019, even when Veronica Mars did a great job a few years ago. Remember, she was often described as “Nancy Drew meets Philip Marlowe” when she arrived on our screens. What strikes me the most with this script, which has flaws to be honest, is that it manages to be both classic an modern, predictable and exciting, funny and pretty scary. It’s easy to picture it around shows such as Riverdale or Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It almost feels like it’s part of the same universe, like a secret spin-off. Even though I’m not a big fan of those series myself, I’m convinced there’s an audience for his new addition.

Let’s meet the new versions of those familiar characters first. So, Nancy is 18, she’s in grief since her mother died, she’s living the worst version she could picture of her life: stuck in the small town she grew up in, with very few friends around her, a reputation that she’s not always confortable with and a job as a waitress that really doesn’t fulfill her. This Nancy is sexually active, she’s into hook-ups and we meet her as she’s having sex with Nick, her secret flame that she may be ready to share a real relationship with. Nick is a former high school athlete with a mysterious past, who should be on full scholarship to a top university. Instead, he’s working as a car mechanic. What they have in common is a feeling that their lives are not going into the right direction and that’s something they can escape from when they’re together. If there’s chemistry between the actors, that should work fine.

The new George is a tough, tattooed girl from the wrong side of the tracks who felt personally wronged by Nancy in high school. But now they are both suspects in the killing of Tiffany Hudson, the two nemesis are forced to team up to track the culprit and clear their names… and it just may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. But we’re clearly not there yet! Their current dynamics made of nasty jokes and little humiliations is too good to abandon so quickly. Then there’s the new Bess, a refined young woman whose wealthy background sets her apart from Nancy but here again, the investigation to find the real killer help them connect, while Bess is doing whatever it takes to keep her own dark secrets hidden. Those three women at the center of the show are really the main draw. They form some sort of sorority, created by the circumstances, that is more complex than it was in the books. The other male lead is Ace, a charming dishwasher with a philosophical bent, whose provocative insights on the murder investigation will lead Nancy to conclude that there’s much more to this supposed burnout than meets the eye. I wouldn’t be surprised this turns into a love triangle trope between Nancy, Nick and Ace. That wouldn’t be the most innovative idea…

The Haunting of Nancy Drew has something charming going on for it. It may be the town of Bayport, a fishing village that feels like Riverdale but with the ocean, with its traditions and a melancholia that comes with the views. For now, it’s the main street, the police station, the dinner, Nancy’s house, the bluffs and Bayridge Drive, the part of the town where the rich folks live. It’s enough to get a sense of what life is for Nancy over there. Most of us would love to live in such a place, or at least go there for vacations, for her it’s hell. We’ll see what the director will make of the scenery and for once, Vancouver, where it will be filmed, matches with how it’s supposed to look like. Yay! But what’s interesting is that it becomes progressively scarier. The more the investigation progresses, the more it becomes clear that it’s not exactly the idyllic town we thought it would be. It smells like death, there are ghosts and we end up with a medium in a motorized wheelchair for a spiritism seance! I’m not a big fan of the fantasy/horror part of the show, but at least it’s properly introduced. So it won’t just be about murder mysteries being solved every week. In fact, it seems like the whole first season will revolve around the same story and it’s good news, especially if they’re aiming at shortened seasons of 10-13 episodes. There’s one story about Nancy’s past and her parents’ that’s particularly intriguing. Are they murderers themselves? Maybe that’s the thing that will make me stay around a little bit more.

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATION: The Haunting of Nancy Drew has found a way to be faithful to the character and its famous adventures, to update her status as a feminist icon who lives in our era, to capture the atmosphere of a strange fishing village and to fall within the framework of the recent teen noir dramas that became worldwide phenomenons such as Riverdale. It’s the best version The CW can get of a detective show, with wit and charm. That’s why they’d better give it a chance. 

 

OVERALL PROJECT SCORE:

[  ] PASS
 ] CONSIDER
X ] RECOMMEND

Glamorous (The CW) pilot preview: The gayest non-Ryan Murphy show EVER!

SERIES TITLE: Glamorous
NETWORK: The CW
GENRE: Dramedy

LOGLINE: a gender non-conforming recent high school graduate lands the gig of a lifetime interning at a cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube, at the side of its founder and CEO, Madolyn. But not everyone is happy to have ab fab Marco Mejia there, and they are doing everything they can to take him down. On his own for the first time, this is Marco’s chance to live, love and grow to understand what it really means to be queer…

Pilot Cast: Ben J. Pierce (Fuller House, Guidance), Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan, Lipstick Jungle, The Middle), Pierson Fodé (The Bold and the Beautiful, Jessie), Jade Payton (iZombie)
Series Creator: Jordon Nardino (Star Trek Discovery, Quantico, Smash, GCB). 
Pilot Director: Eva Longoria (Devious Maids, Blackish)
Producers: Jordon Nardino, Michael Rauch (Royal Pains, Instinct), Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together) & Kameron Tarlow (Hot In Cleveland).

Studios: CBS Television Studios & Two Shakes.

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 Carrie Diaries, The Bold Type, Insatiable, Ugly Betty, Pose, Ru Paul’s Drag Race…

Likely Timeslot: Who cares, as long as Netflix gets the international rights and US first window rights? But pairing it with Dynasty on fridays would probably make sense.

 

WRITTEN BY: Jordon Nardino

PAGECOUNT: 60 pages

DRAFT: Network draft 1/10/19

BACKGROUND: The CW has ordered two very inclusive pilots this year: DC’s Batwoman, which would be the first superhero series led by an openly gay character (and actress, Ruby Rose), and Glamorous, which would be the first series led by a gender non-conforming character (and openly gay actor Ben J. Pierce).

The first sale from Damon Wayans Jr’s newly launched company Two Shakes, Glamorous would appear to be very much in line with Wayan’s stated goal of developing projects that focus on characters who aren’t usually at the center of series. It’s an admirable move for Wayans, who recently apologized for a series of anti-LGBT remarks made earlier in his career, pledging to dedicate himself personally and professionally to righting his past wrongs. Also attached to the project is Eva Longoria, who will be directing the pilot — a first for her, as well. Having a latinx woman doing it makes a lot of sense. 

 

SCRIPT SYNOPSIS:  MARCO MEJIA (18) is a gender-fluid aspiring beauty influencer and soontobe high school graduate. Born to stand out but lacking the following to make his mark on the beauty scene, Marco posts a scathing review online for a Glamorous Cosmetics product. When Marco’s review catches the eye of aging glamazon turned Glamorous Cosmetics CEO MADOLYN ADDISON (50), she arrives on graduation day with a proposition. She offers him an internship at Glamorous headquarters in Manhattan, and a chance to help improve the brand from the inside. His mother JULIA (40s) is not really happy with this but lets him seize this opportunity. On his first day at Glamorous, Marco realizes he isn’t the only one up for the job and finds himself competing against popular influencers like ALISSASAYS (19) and NOWHERE (16) in a cutthroat competition for the coveted internship. After impressing Madolyn and securing the internship, Marco finds himself caught between newfound friends like VENETIA (20), Madolyn’s assistant, and enemies like CHAD (25), Madolyn’s son, and on the path to selfdiscovery in the city where dreams are made of…

COMMENTS:First, for those not already in the know, a primer on just what gender nonconforming” means. It’s used to describe a person whose behavior or appearance does not conform to prevailing cultural and social expectations about what is appropriate for their gender. Here, Marco is an ambitious and creative latinx gender-nonconforming teenager who uses makeup and fashion to let his queer self bloom. He is a he, not a she, and that’s important. He’s gay but he’s not transgender. And he lives in a world where that’s not a problem. Not once in this script is there a moment when somebody mocks him for who he is, how he acts, or what he wears. That may not seem realistic and perhaps the writers will tackle homophobia later on, but that’s not what the pilot is about and quite frankly it’s refreshing.

Marco is an incredible, groundbreaking character whose struggles are universal. Like The CW’s critically-acclaimed Jane The Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the show has the potential to add something new to the television landscape and to our shared cultural conversation. Unlike Netflix’s Insatiable (which was also originally a CW pilot), Glamorous doesn’t try to be controversial for the sake of controversy, handling its subject matter instead with care and sensitivity.

While this isn’t a Ryan Murphy show, it’s hard not to think of him when reading this script. No other writer/producer/director has done as much for the positive representation of the queer community on television, and without Ryan Murphy, I don’t think there’d be a Glamorous. What’s exciting about this project is it’s not just Marco being gay and more traditional characters surrounding him. Most of the other characters (in fact, all of the male characters in the show) are gay. Truly, it’s like 50 shades of gay: Marco is the fabulous gay; Chad is the ambitious alpha gay, with a personality and wardrobe that would seem more at home on Wall Street than the beauty industry; BEN is the nerdy gay who has a crush on Marco but is too shy to act on it; LAWRENCE (50s) is the older gay, the head of Product Development who’s happily married; and Dizmal is like the younger version of Billy Porter’s Pray Tell in Pose. They come from different paths and generations, and together they tell a strong, diverse, story of what it’s like to be a gay man in 2019. And that’s a lot of things, believe me.

The pilot is reminiscent of The Carrie Diaries, which also aired on The CW a few years ago. It’s a coming-of-age story full of cultural references, both light-hearted and inspirational. And it’s full of possibilities from the get-go, especially in the romance department. Will Marco sleep with his enemy Chad, or will he fall into Ben’s arms? Can something happen with Dizmal? These are questions one can rarely ask when it comes to gay characters on other shows.

There are particularly nice moments between Marco and his mother Julia, who share a very close relationship. Madolyn is more of a mentor figure, a bit like Melora Hardin’s Jacqueline in The Bold Type though there’s a bit more ambiguity with her. She’s not a Devil Wears Prada-kind of boss, but her intentions are also not entirely pure: this canny businesswoman and entrepreneur intends to make Marco her eyes and ears in the company, using him to discover what’s going on behind her back. Yes, it’s soapy. And since I haven’t mentioned it yet: it’s also very funny — full of punchlines and bitchy comments. That’s what we are here for too! You’ll also get the chance to admire Marco shaking his booty on stage. But enough said!

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATION: Glamorous may have to fight with Riverdale‘s spin-off Katy Keene for a spot on The CW, since they’re both set in the fashion/beauty industry (andGlamorous is probably not the safer option of the two). But if the stars align, it could become a critically-acclaimed, award-winning show for The CW. I have a feeling that no matter what happens with the network, this show is too good to not to find its way to viewers, whether it’s on traditional TV or on streaming. And the LGBTQ+ community needs it more than ever!

 

OVERALL PROJECT SCORE:

[  ] PASS
[  ] CONSIDER
[ X ] RECOMMEND

Riverdale: Meet musical spin-off Katy Keene’s characters [EXCLUSIVE]

EXCLUSIVE. Picked-up by The CW a few days ago with a bunch of other pilots, Riverdale’s second spin-off Katy Keene is a musical drama way different from the mothership and The Chilliing Adventures of Sabrina, but still based on Archie Comics. Here’s a list of the main characters involved.

The offshoot is written by Riverdale creator Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and executive producer Michael Grassi with Greg Berlanti producing for Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions. It follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City. This musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio, reminiscent of Glee‘s fourth season or such shows as The Carrie Diaries and The Bold Type.

Mostly female-driven, it’s centered around fashion legend-to-be KATY KEENE, a friend of Veronica Lodge, who got her own comics in 1949 during 12 years before a revival in the 80s. She’s a young woman in her 20s, ambitious and talented. She has a boyfriend, KO KELLY, a semi-pro boxer with an incredible body in his 20s too. She works at Lacy’s Department Store with her arch-rival AMANDA and her boss GLORIA GRANDBILT, an impeccable and glamourous diva in her 40s, a world-class Personal Shopper. One of their clients is ALEXANDRA CABOT, heiress to the Media Cabot Empire, a powerful twentysomething with a white streak in her air, like in the comics.

Katy lives in an apartment with two roomates, one of which is the direct link between the show and Riverdale. It’s JOSIE MCCOY, the Pussycat singer who’s leaving her hometown to pursue a solo career in New York City. Her fellow friends Melody & Valerie are not in the pilot, but they’ll probably pop up at some point. She’s played by Ashleigh Murray, who should be back in the iconic role. She meets Katie through their common friendship with Veronica. The other roomate is JORGE LOPEZ aka GINGER LOPEZ. His parents own the building. He’s 20, cute, gay and performs as a drag queen in a ballroom (think Ryan Murphy’s Pose) . Finally, there’s PEPPER SMITH, a young journalist and a feminist, who’s well connected: she knows everyone in the biz.

Casting for the roles is underway. The pilot will shoot in New York this march.

 

The CW Projects for 2018/2019 Pilot Season


THE 4400 REBOOT 
(CBS Television Studios)

Sci-fi drama by Craig Sweeny (Limitless, Medium) & Taylor Elmore (Justified).

Over the course of recent history, four thousand four hundred young adults in their reproductive prime have gone missing all over the world—some disappearances happened as recently as a few weeks ago, while others date as far back as the infamous day the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. One day in 2019, all 4,400 show up at the sites of their original abductions. None of them have aged a day; none have any memory of where they’ve been. The so called “4400” must grapple with their return to a changed and hostile world… and also contend with the reality that they’ve come back altered in ways that none of them yet understand.

BATWOMAN (Warner Bros. Television)

Superhero drama from the Arrow-verse by Greg Berlanti & Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville)…

Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

Starring Ruby Rose

CITY OF GHOSTS (Warner Bros. Television)

Fantasy drama by I. Marlene King (Pretty Little Liars), Karen Wyscarver (Private Practice) & Sanford Golden (Bones, Taken).

After a near-death experience, college grad Cassidy moves to Scotland to study paranormal psychology at the University of Edinburgh in hopes of learning more about her strange connection to the afterlife. There she meets the enigmatic Dr. Barrow and discovers that her gift is more powerful that she ever thought possible.

THE COVE (Warner Bros. Television)

Family adventure by Chad Fiveash (Kyle XY, Rise, Krypton), James Stoteraux (Switched at Birth, Legend of the Seeker) & Robert Zemeckis (Manifest).

Follows estranged sisters in the aftermath of their father’s death as they return to the Caribbean resort island they frequented as a family, only to discover the sun-drenched paradise is hiding many secrets, including the missing treasure that was their father’s obsession and may ultimately hold the key to eternal life.

DORIAN (Warner Bros. Television)

Fantasy dramedy by Marisa Coughlan & Len Goldstein (The Carrie Diaries, Cult).

It centers on a woman who made a deal with the devil 50 years ago to remain young has spent the subsequent decades living selfishly and without consequences. As the downsides of eternal youth finally land on her, Dorian is ready to grow up and age gracefully, but, to do so, she’ll have to make amends for half a century of bad behavior.

DR MIRAGE (CBS Television Studios)

Fantasy drama by Laurie McCarth (Reign). Based on the Valiant graphic novel.

About a female paranormal investigator who can communicate with dead souls except the one she wants to reach – the love of her life.

FINLEY & JUNE (CBS Television Studios)

Dramedy by Anna Fricke (Men In Trees, Being Human US) & Rina Mimoun (Everwood, Mistresses, Privileged).

When a tightly-wound aspiring children’s book author meets an actual fairy with rage issues in a Griffith Park restroom, the magic of female friendship takes on literal new meaning as the two millennials help each other navigate hipster LA in the quest to fulfill their destinies.

GLAMOROUS (CBS Television Studios)

Dramedy by Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Together) & Jordon Nardino (Star Trek Discovery, Quantico, GCB).

It centers on a recent gender non-conforming high school graduate who lands the gig of a lifetime interning at the Manhattan cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube. But not everyone is happy to have him there, and they are doing everything they can to take him down.

GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES (CBS Television Studios/ABC Studios)

Soap drama by Leila Cohan-Miccio (Awkward.), Darren Star (Melrose Place, Sex & The City, Younger) & Aaron Kaplan. Inspired by Kim Gatlin’s book of the same name.

Follows the clergy and parishioners of Flock, a hip church plant in Austin where prayers and worship music cover up a multitude of sins and secrets.

THE L.A. COMPLEX REBOOT (Warner Bros. Television)

Dramedy by Martin Gero (Blindspot) & Brendan Gall.

Revolve around a new crop of tenants who move into the Luxe hotel in the heart of Hollywood – a ragtag commune of twentysomethings all hustling to make it as actors, dancers, producers or comedians

LEAN ON ME (Warner Bros. Television)

Inspired by the 1989 film that starred Morgan Freeman. Highschool drama by Wendy Calhoun (Nashville, Empire, Revenge) & Lebron James.

When a spirited young black teacher Amarie Baldwin scores the principal job at an Akron, Ohio, public high school, she must dig deep to transform a failing campus into an urban oasis. In a time when education and school safety have life-or-death stakes, Amarie will take on a broken system that tests her mettle, love life and family. But can she keep her moxie in check in order to embody the aspirational educator that motivates and uplifts an entire community.

LIFEBOAT CLIQUE (CBS Television Studios)

Drama by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Cold Case, Lucifer), Jonathan Littman, KristieAnn Reed & Katie Wech (Star, Rizzoli & Isles).

About when a freak tsunami hits a Malibu house party, a group of teenagers from diverse social circles are swept out to sea; the place where they wind up is new, but the high school politics and social hierarchies that emerge are not

NANCY DREW (CBS Television Studios)

Mystery Drama by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, Dynasty, Chuck, The OC).

Centered on 18-year-old Nancy Drew in the summer after her high school graduation. Nancy thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, she uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.

NOBODY’S PRINCESS (Warner Bros. Television)

Musical dramedy by James Corden (Carpool Karaoke), Erin Cardillo & Richard Keith (Life Sentence, Significant Mother).

Reimagines the stories of four classic fairy tale princesses for today’s generation. Instead of being set “once upon a time, in a land far away” where princesses were waiting around for true love to find them, the time is now, the setting is New York City, and the princesses are a group of friends in their twenties who are setting out to change the world and create their happily-ever-afters on their own terms.

NO HARD FEELINGS (CBS Television Studios)

Dark comedy by Brad Silberling (Charmed, Dynasty), Gus Hickey (Suburgatory) & Jordan Reddout (Man with a Plan).

About a group of friends who conspire to exact revenge on an old rival who assaulted one of their own and got away with it back in college.

THE PROGENY (CBS Television Studios)

Thriller drama by Chris Roberts (Orphan Black), based on Tosca Lee’s bestselling book.

Centers on a young amnesiac who discovers she’s a descendant of history’s greatest murderess, plunging her into a deadly underground war as she fights to stop a secret society that has preyed on her kind for centuries.

RUTHLESS (CBS Television Studios)

Thriller drama by George Olson & Michael Weatherly (NCIS, Bull).

About an ex-CIA operative, desperate for a normal life after a decade spent as a government killing machine, and a slightly unhinged teenage girl craving an escape from the mundane, who are forced into an unlikely alliance

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST DAUGHTER (CBS Television Studios)

Thriller drama by Glenn Geller & AJ Marechal (The First). Small screen take on the novels by fantasy author Theodora Goss.

Set in Victorian London where two radically different young women – one the daughter of Dr. Jekyll; the other, Mr. Hyde – discover they’re half-sisters when a series of gruesome murders appear connected to their deceased father. They unite with other unsung but remarkable daughters of famous literary figures to rise above societal norms and unearth the mystery of their origins.

STRONG GIRL (CBS Television Studios)

Superhero drama by Melissa Scrivner-Love (Person Of Interest, Fear the Walking Dead), Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ronda Rousey & Ben Silverman (Jane the Virgin, No Tomorrow).

It follows a former war photographer named Rayna who discovers she is indestructible and potentially the strongest woman in the world. Ghosted by her Spec Ops fiance when she reveals her newfound power to him, Rayna is hired as a bodyguard by a billionaire named Oliver, who sees her true potential.

SUPER CLEAN (CBS Television Studios)

Superhero dramedy by Sascha Rothchild (GLOW, The Carrie Diaries). Based on the upcoming graphic novel by Heath Amodio and Cullen Bunn.

Explores the superhero genre from the human side. Becky Masters, an uber-organized and brilliant human, and her ragtag team of non-powered cohorts navigate the danger and drama of “cleaning up” after superheroes and villains, all while Becky works to prove her superhero boyfriend is innocent of a dastardly crime.

SURVIVOR’S CLUB (Warner Bros. Television)

Fantasy drama based on the comics from DC’s Vertigo, by Jared Frieder (Sweet/Vicious) & Len Golstein (The Carrie Diaries, Cult).

In a world where horror franchise monsters are real, twins Jason and Jennifer barely survived a demonic childhood possession that claimed their mother’s life and fractured their bond. Ten years later, when a new evil force awakens, the siblings join forces with other teen survivors to combat the literal and metaphorical monsters that haunt them.

UNTITLED JANE THE VIRGIN SPIN-OFF (CBS Television Studios)

Soapy Dramedy by Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane The Virgin, Charmed), Valentina Garza, Gina Rodriguez, Ben Silverman & Brad Silberling.

The spinoff is envisioned as a soapy, telenovela-inspired anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva and narrated by her.

UNTITLED RIVERDALE SPIN-OFF (Warner Bros. Television)

Drama by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina).

Spin-off series that “will be very different” from “Riverdale”

The CW | 2018/2019 – Fantasy Schedule

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

RENEWED

SUPERNATURAL | ARROW | THE FLASH | SUPERGIRL | THE 100 | JANE THE VIRGIN | LEGENDS OF TOMORROW | iZOMBIE | CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND | RIVERDALE | BLACK LIGHTNING | DYNASTY

ORDERED

CHARMED | ROSWELL | ALL AMERICAN | IN THE DARK | LEGACIES

CANCELLED

VALOR | LIFE SENTENCE

 

Is The CW still relevant in this day and age? Wouldn’t it be simpler for both CBS Television Studios & Warner Bros. Television -which co-own the network- to sell their shows directly to cable, Netflix and other streaming platforms? I mean, The CW is becoming Netflix-dependent and that can’t be good in the long run. Dynasty did terrible live numbers the whole year but it was still renewed because Netflix paid them a lot of money to get the international rights for it. Same goes for Riverdale that everybody outside the US think is a Netflix Original (and that’s how it’s presented, as they always do with their acquisitions).  Well, anyway, scheduling still matters for The CW as for the other nets, so let’s see what they could do with the new shows they picked up and the large number of DC Comics’ shows that are still on their air, even weakened Arrow, while they decided to re-open sunday night!

 

SUNDAY

CHARMED

SUPERNATURAL

At its peak, the original Charmed aired on sunday nights at 8pm. It would make sense to put it back there, especially since they need to make noise about their sunday re-opening. Charmed is the buzziest show they have and hopefully they won’t wait for midseason to launch it, as they surprisingly did with Riverdale and Black Lightning the past two years. The longest-running American live-action fantasy TV series aka Supernatural could also move there, it’s one of the two nights with monday where it hasn’t aired yet. I guess it would be another record of some sort. Also, Charmed & Supernarutal would make a strong pair.

 

MONDAY

SUPERGIRL

ARROW

I remember The CW president said one time that he would never all of the DC Comics’ shows at the same time. Well, I’m betting he will. While Supergirl should stay where it is, I’d paired it with Arrow and for a shortened seventh season, that could also be its last. It’s a though night and a though slot, I think they should wait for midseason to lauch something new there.

 

TUESDAY

THE FLASH

ALL-AMERICAN

The Flash is The CW’s strongest piece and wasting it on a show that is not new would be kinda dumb. So, here’s Greg Berlanti’s new high-school drama coming right after it on tuesday. Yeah, it would also have been cool to put it with Riverdale, which is also a high-school drama, but they can still do it later, if it survives.

 

WEDNESDAY

RIVERDALE

LEGACIES

Dynasty didn’t work at all behind Riverdale; Life Sentence did worse and had to be moved; then they replaced it with The Original‘s farewell season and it did surprisingly good. To the point when The CW probably regretted cancelling it. As a consequence, it would be logical to put the spin-off there. Legacies might not be as strong, but at least they would have given it the best chance!

 

THURSDAY

BLACK LIGHTNING

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

Not a huge fan of this night to be honest but I kinda like the idea of having Black Lightning opening the night since it’s really family-oriented. Legends Of Tomorrow can air alongside since this terrible show still exists.

 

FRIDAY

DYNASTY

JANE THE VIRGIN

Friday night should stay a dumping ground, nothing new should be launched there. So here we go again with a mix of Dynasty, Jane The Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend back at some point. Not bold AT ALL but there’s just nothing else to do.

 

MIDSEASON

ROSWELL – It should be kept for midseason so they don’t launch both of their reboots at the same time. It could be paired with Riverdale if Legacies is limited.

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND – So yeah, friday, maybe when Dynasty takes a break.

IN THE DARK – They could pair it with Supergirl on monday once Arrow is done… and probably send it to friday next year!

THE 100 & iZOMBIE – They’re basically summer shows at this point, or deep-spring shows. Let them be again.