This is the final article in the pilot watch 101 series, this time covering the pilots that are being considered by The CW for the 2011-2012 TV season. The network will be losing its powerhouse series Smallville and has room on its schedule for at least two if not more dramas. The following are just some of the ones that could take those openings:
The pilot called Awakening features two sisters who are coming of age and facing off against one another during the beginning of a zombie uprising. Can you say The Walking Dead for teenagers? No details are available yet on casting.
Meanwhile, actress Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) will return to episodic TV in the form of the drama pilot Hart of Dixie from Executive Produces Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The pilot is about a young New York City doctor who inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town inhabited by an eclectic and eccentric group of characters. Actor Wilson Bethel (The Young and the Restless) will co-star.
The DC comic character Raven will get a turn on the small screen in the pilot of the same name. Raven is the daughter of a human and a devil who has the ability to read emotions and divine secrets. It is said Raven fights crime as well as the darkness in her own soul. There are no details yet on casting.
Kevin Williamson (half of the executive producer team on The Vampire Diaries) will bring another novel set by L.J. Smith (the author the Vampire Diaries novels) to life on the CW. The Secret Circle is about a young woman who discovers that she’s a witch and part of a secret coven that holds the key to unlocking ancient battle of good and evil to pilot. The cast of this pilot includes Britt Robertson (Life Unexpected).
The CW has at least 5 or more dramas in addition to those listed above that are being considered for the 2011-2012 TV season. Please keep in mind that very few of these pilots will actually make it to series. One last time, the final decision will be made by the powers that be at the network in late spring and announced in May at the New York upfront presentations.