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A week ahead of its upfront presentation to Madison Avenue buyers, the CW has ordered four additional pilots to series — including three sci-fi vehicles — as the younger-skewing network continues to stay largely on brand.
Joining the previously ordered The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals on the network’s 2013-14 schedule a remake of The Tomorrow People, which marks the third show from TVD co-creator Julie Plec and second vehicle from Arrow’s Greg Berlanti. In addition, futuristic entry The 100, which picked up steam in recent days, has also been given the green light along with similarly themed Star–Crossed (previously known as Oxygen).
The series join previously renewed Arrow, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast at the network. Still to be determined are the fates of freshman The Carrie Diaries and veteran Nikita.
Here’s a look at the CW’s new additions:
Logline: Ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Based on the forthcoming The Hundred book series (initial two-book order), written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown.
Cast: Eliza Taylor, Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Kelly Hu (Arrow), Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), Eli Goree, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos (Cult), Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell, Christopher Larkin
Team: W/EP Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic); EP Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo; D Bharat Nalluri
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Alloy Entertainment
Star-Crossed* (formerly Oxygen)
Logline: Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl (Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden) and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.
Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter (90210), Malese Jow, Titus Makin Jr., Grey Damon, Natalie Hall, Chelsea Gilligan, Greg Finley, Maggie Elizabeth Jones
Team: W/EP Meredith Averill (The Good Wife); EP Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst, Daniel Gutman; D Gary Fleder
Studio: CBS Television Studios, Ole Productions, Isla de Babel, 360 Powwow
Logline: The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue.
Cast: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Torrance Combs, Celina Sinden, Jenessa Grant, Megan Follows, Caitlin Stasey, Anna Popplewell, Rossif Sutherland (recurring)
Team: W/EP Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw), Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami); D Brad Silberling
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: Based on the U.K. series created by Roger Price, the drama tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
Cast: Robbie Amell, Peyton List (Mad Men), Luke Mitchell, MarkPellegrino, Madeleine Mantock, Aaron Yoo
Team: W/EP Phil Klemmer (Political Animals); EP Greg Berlanti (Arrow); Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries); co-EP Melissa Kellner Berman; D Danny Cannon
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions, FremantleMedia
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