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With all six of its pilot pickups locked in, The CW is already looking toward next season’s development cycle.
The younger-skewing network has opted to roll development on its high-profile adaptations of Charmed and The Lost Boys to next season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
With little room on its schedule, the network is sticking with six pilot orders this season — the same as last year. While neither The Lost Boys nor Charmed were among the orders, both hail from important producers to the network in Rob Thomas (iZombie) and Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane the Virgin), respectively.
Sources say the Charmed draft didn’t come in the way The CW had hoped and that Urman, who remains busy wrapping up the third season of the Gina Rodriguez critical darling Jane the Virgin didn’t have the proper time to commit to it this season. Urman will take on a larger role in retooling Charmed for next season once she’s out of the woods on showrunning Jane. Jane writers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin penned the current draft.
Charmed is described as a reimagining of the original TV series set in 1976. The reboot will be connected to the original in some fashion, though it’s not entirely clear at this point how that will come to pass. O’Toole and Rardin created the story. Propagate Content’s Ben Silverman, who executive produces Jane alongside O’Toole, Rardin and Urman, will serve in the same capacity. Jane director Brad Silberling also is on board as an executive producer and potential pilot director. The drama hails from CBS Television Studios, where Urman and Silberling are under overall deals.
The Charmed reboot comes more than three years after CBS announced plans to remake the original series, which ran on The WB for eight seasons from 1998-2006 and starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan.
The Lost Boys, meanwhile, hails from Warner Bros. Television, where iZombie boss Thomas is under an overall deal. The new take on the 1987 vampire movie reimagines the film over seven seasons (and 70 years) with each frame covering a decade. In success, the first run will be set in San Francisco during 1967’s so-called Summer of Love. Each season will see the humans, setting, antagonist and story all change. Only the vampires — aka the Lost Boys — will remain the same.
Thomas will remain on board to pen the script and exec produce via his Spondoolie Productions banner alongside frequent collaborators Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge. Gulfstream’s Juliana Janes, Mike Karz and Bill Bindley also will exec produce after the production company came up with the idea to remake the feature film that starred Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.
Thomas will continue to hone Lost Boys with production on season three of iZombie having already wrapped. (The series, like all of The CW’s midseason entries, has not yet been renewed for the 2017-18 broadcast season.)
The decision to roll genre plays The Lost Boys and Charmed to the next development season could be seen as a good thing for Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals. With the flagship series wrapping its run this season, the spinoff remains on the bubble as it awaits word on a potential fifth-season pickup.
“When we went back and looked at what worked at the old UPN and WB, genre shows worked,” Pedowitz told THR in January when asked about the future of The Originals should Lost Boys and Charmed have been picked up. “High-concept, serialized shows worked. Embrace what you are. We were not going to be a procedural network; we weren’t going to survive. At the same time, in embracing it, make sure you broaden out your audience because we’re not going to survive as a niche, perceived teenage, female-based audience.”
As for this year’s pilot haul, the shows are evenly split between co-owners Warner Bros. Television (Life Sentence, plus Berlanti’s Searchers and Fox/DC Comics import Black Lightning) and CBS Television Studios (Dynasty, Insatiable and Valor).
Reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in a competitive scripted landscape of more than 450 originals. This season, The CW is rebooting Dynasty, Fox has Behind Enemy Lines and NBC has What About Barb? and a revival of Will and Grace.
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