From the looks of it, The CW is working on becoming the broadcast network sci fi channel. They announced yesterday the pickup of three new genre shows for the 2013-14 season as well as the renewal of spy fi show Nikita. The most noteworthy of the pickups is the reboot of the British TV series The Tomorrow People from Arrow‘s Greg Berlanti and Vampire Diaries‘ Julie Plec. The other two are the post-apocalyptic series The 100, and the aliens-among-us series Star-Crossed. All of these do skew toward younger viewers (as do most of The CW’s shows), but with Vampire Diaries and its upcoming spin-off The Originals, as well as Arrow, Supernatural, Beauty and the Beast, and Nikita, nine of that network’s ten hours of Prime Time programming per week will be genre related. Now some of these shows may come in as mid-season replacements and Nikita will only return for a partial season, so it may not be nine hours all year long (got to work in time for reality shows). But still, it is a notable shift from the network’s previous line of programming. You can see the descriptions of the three new pickups (courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter) below.
In other news of note, the word is that ABC is close to picking up the Joss Whedon produced Agents of SHIELD series. That comes as no big surprise, but genre fans have been eagerly awaiting the official announcement
The Tomorrow People
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
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
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 Mankin 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
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