Dancers, singers on CW's development slate
Ilene Chaiken, Mark Schwahn among those penning projectsThe CW is teaming with "The L Word" creator Ilene Chaiken for "Confessions of a Backup Dancer," a drama adaptation of Alloy Entertainment's book.
Two familiar CW names -- "One Tree Hill" creator Mark Schwahn and "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas -- also are featured on the network's development slate for next season, which includes hourlong projects from writers Jill Gordon and Kevin Murphy.
"Confessions," from Warner Bros. TV and Alloy, explores the glamorous and gritty behind-the-scenes world of a major pop tour from the point of view of the star's troupe of backing dancers. Chaiken is penning the project and exec producing with Les Morgenstein and Bob Levy.
Schwahn's "Nashville," which he is co-writing/exec producing with country star Brad Paisley and Neal Dodson, is set in Music City USA and centers on a young female singer destined for stardom and a young male songwriter whose career path is uncertain.
CBS Studios is producing "Nashville" as well as another project Schwahn is developing for the CW about a spy school for girls.
Thomas' "Plymouth Rock," from WBTV, is a soap set aboard a spaceship and revolves around young people headed to a distant planet with a mission to colonize and procreate to save the human race.
In addition to writing, Thomas is exec producing with producing partners Danielle Stokdyk, Jennifer Gwartz and Dan Etheridge.
Gordon's "The March Sisters," from CBS Studios, is described as "Sex and the City" meets "Little Women" in Manhattan and revolves around working-class siblings trying to make it in the wealthy, glamorous world of Park Avenue. Gordon is exec producing with Meryl Poster.
Additionally, the CW recently picked up "Cheer," a cheerleading drama from Murphy exec produced by "Smallville" star Tom Welling.