So far this week I covered the dramas that are up for consideration at ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC for the upcoming 2013-2014 TV season; and now today I will focus on the dramas at The CW.
They are listed in alphabetical order below:
Blink – This pilot focuses on a car accident that leaves a family’s patriarch in a coma-like state where he cannot speak or move, but can hear. His narration and various fantasy sequences provide a wry counterpoint to the stories and conflicts of his family.
THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Vera Herbert (Awkward.) will write and serve as a supervising producer while David Marshall Grant (Smash) will be the executive producer along with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (both from Elementary) acting as producers.
CAST: John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) will play Greg, the lead role while Madeline Carroll (Flipped) will play Ari Trask, Greg’s 16-year-old daughter. Elizabeth Marvel (Person of Interest) will play Greg’s wife Helen Trask, a strong-willed psychotherapist. Johnny Simmons (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) will play Ari’s older brother Doge, a guy who feels deeply which often gets him in trouble. Michael Weston (House) will play Greg’s slightly disheveled younger brother who moves in with his brother’s family.
Company Town – The pilot is about a scandal at a Navy base in Virginia that divides best friends. The focus is on two early 20-something women – Krista and Page – who grew up together, who were once best friends, but are now on opposite sides of the Townie/Military divide.
THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Sera Gamble (Supernatural) will write and executive producer with Taylor Hackford and Bill Haber (Rizzoli & Isles).
CAST: Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf) will have the lead role of Krista, who has lived a charmed life and is happily engage to Paul, a lieutenant in the Navy, but begins to show her vulnerable side when Paul gets involved in the scandal. Stella Meave (Golden Boy) will have the other lead role of Page, who grew up with Krista and were best friends, but are now on opposites sides of the scandal. Newcomer Maya Kazan, granddaughter of Oscar-winning director Elia Kazan, will play Marla – the best friend and sidekick to Krista. Merle Dandridge (Sons of Anarchy) will play Louise, the newly appointed Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity tasked with sorting through the scandal. Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) will play Jack Weiss, a mechanic with the Navy while Dondre Whitfield (Make It or Break It) will play Don, a combat-trained trauma surgeon. Relative newcomer Graham Hamilton will play Mark, a well-bred and charming lieutenant in the Navy who has a dark side.
The Hundred – The pilot is based on the forthcoming novel by Kass Morgan of the same name that is set nearly a century after a nuclear war that destroyed civilization, in which a spaceship has sent 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing.
THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Newcomer Jason Rothenberg will write and executive-produce with Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo (Pretty Little Liars).
CAST: Henry Ian Cusick (Lost) will play Kane, an ambitious officer aboard the Ark who has his sights set on the Chancellor’s job. Eliza Taylor (Neighbours) will play Clarke Walters, the de facto medic, who knows the truth behind their mission. Marie Avgeropoulos (Cult) is on board as Octavia Black, Bellamy’s (Bob Morley) illegally born sister. Paige Turco (Person of Interest) will play Abby, Clarke’s mother. Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy) will play Chancellor Jaha, the leader of the remaining human race now living in the orbiting space station. Bob Morley (Neighbours) and Eli Goree (Emily Owens, M.D.) will play Bellamy Black and Wells Jaha respectively. Thomas McDonell (Prom) will play Finn, a cool and charismatic free spirit who is something of a folk hero to the kids on The Ark because of his ability to bend the rules and escape unharmed. Kelly Hu (Arrow and The Vampire Diaries) will play Cece, the Chief Communications Officer on The Ark. And, newcomer Christopher Larkin will play sweet and likable Monty, who is the furthest thing from a delinquent, but he uses his smarts and sense of humor to help delinquent Clarke in her quest to survive.
The Originals – This is The Vampire Diaries spin-off pilot that will follow the “Original” Family, focusing primarily on Klaus (Joseph Morgan) who returns to New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago to reunite with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis from The Game and Grey’s Anatomy).
THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) will write and executive producer with Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo (Pretty Little Liars).
CAST: Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin will also continue their roles from The Vampire Diaries in this spin-off while relative newcomer Daniella Pineda will play Sophie a witch whose magic has been silenced by not snuffed. She is quietly sowing the seeds of a revolution amongst her peers. Danielle Campbell (Prison Break) will play Davina, a young witch who has been over-sheltered by her protective caregivers. Leah Pipes (Life is Wild and The Deep End) will play Camille, a college psychology student fascinated by the study of human behavior unaware of the supernatural universe that exists around her.
Oxygen – This pilot is about an epic romance that ignites between a human girl named Emery (Aimee Teegarden from Friday Night Lights) and an alien boy named Roman (Matt Lanter from 90210), who are part of the nine Orions selected for a high school pilot program in which humans and aliens are desegregated.
THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Meredith Averill (The Good Wife) will write and executive-produce Josh Appelbaum (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol).
CAST: Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries) will play Emery’s friend Julia, a dying – but surprisingly vibrant girl – who may get a second chance at life thanks to the aliens and Titus Makin Jr. (Glee) will play goofy and cute Lukas. Grey Damon (Nine Lives of Chloe King) plays Grayson who has a crush on Emery. Natalie Hall (Pretty Little Liars) will play human girl Taylor, the undisputed queen of her high school who takes an interest in newcomer Emery but Emery’s friendliness towards the hated Orions may put a damper on their new friendship. Relative newcomer Chelsea Gilligan and Greg Finley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) will play two of the alien Orions.
Reign – This pilot is about what happens as 15-year-old Mary Queen of Scots arrives in France, betrothed to Prince Francis. She must survive fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue.
THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw) and Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami) will write and executive-produce.
CAST: Adelaide Kane (Neighbours) will play the lead role of Mary Queen of Scots. British actor Toby Regbo (Treasure Island mini-series) will play Prince Francis. Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables) will play Queen Catherine, the Queen Consort of France, who is willing to do anything to maintain her own standing and power at Court, as well as that of her children. Jenessa Grant (Cyberbully) will play one of the ladies-in-waiting. British newcomer Celina Sinden will play Greer, another of the ladies-in-waiting. Australian Caitlin Stasey (Tomorrow When the War Began) will play lady-in-waiting Kenna. Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia) will play Mary’s friend and lady-in-waiting Lola. Rossif Sutherland (Flashpoint and King) will play the recurring role of French prophet Nostradamus. Torrance Coombs (The Tudors) will play Sebastian, Francis’ resourceful illegitimate half brother.
The Selection – This pilot (which was actually set up for last pilot season) will follow a working-class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women to become the nation’s next queen. This is based on the Kiera Cass book of the same name.
THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (The Vampire Diaries) will write and executive produce.
CAST: Israeli actress Yael Grobglas will play the lead role of America Singer. Michael Malarkey (Raw) will play Prince Maxon Shreave. Young British actor Lucien Laviscount (Skins) will play Aspen Leger, a handsome, brave young man from the servant class who is having a secret, illegal relationship with America. Australian actress Peta Sergeant (Winners & Losers) will play Gaia, a rebel leader who is working to overthrow the monarchy. Sean Patrick Thomas (Ringer) will play Sylvan Santos, Social Secretary to the Royal Family and the candidates’ guide in all things related to The Selection. Newcomer Celia Massingham will play fellow competitor Celeste Newsome, a drop dead gorgeous member of the Noble Class. Anthony Head (Buffy and Merlin) will play King Clarkson, the patriarch of the royal family that rules the nation. Relative newcomer Sarah Winter will play Ashley Brovillette, a naïve young woman thrilled to be among the Selection’s participants. Louise Lombard (CSI) will play Queen Amberly, a canny political player within the palace and knows everything there is to know about every single girl in The Selection competition. Ben Aldridge (Lark Rise to Candleford) will play Prince Maxon’s younger brother.
The Tomorrow People – This pilot is based on the U.K. series of the same name that tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers like teleportation and telepathy. They work together to defeat the forces of evil.
THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Phil Klemmer (Chuck) will write and executive-produce with Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow).
CAST: Peyton List (Mad Men) will play Cara, the female member of the Tomorrow People group who has a sense of humor beneath her serious demeanor and seems to be a trustworthy ally. Australian actor Luke Mitchell (H2O: Just Add Water) will play one of the other Tomorrow People, John Young. Robbie Amell (Revenge – and cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell) will play a character named Stephen, a tormented young man who longs to be normal and is relieved when he learns that he’s not crazy, but rather part of a group of genetically superior Tomorrow People. Mark Pellegrino (Lost and Supernatural) will play Dr. Jedikiah Price, an evolutionary biologist committed to containing the threat posed by the “Tomorrow People,” whom he believes to be a grave danger to the human race. Madeleine Mantock (Casualty) will play plat Astrid, Stephen’s closest friend since childhood. Aaron Yoo (21) will play resident badboy of the Tomorrow People who is a lightning bolt of energy and fun.
MOST LIKELY TO BE PICKED-UP: The Selection and The Originals
COULD MAYBE GET AN ORDER: The Tomorrow People, Oxygen and The Hundred
LONG SHOT (but it would be cool to see): Reign
NOT GONNA HAPPEN: Blink