19 items from 2013
Get your first look at the five new dramas coming to The CW, then vote for your favorite!
The CW unveiled its new 2013-2014 programming May 16 in New York, and it’s packed with all the sexiness you’d expect from the network that brought us The Vampire Diaries: We’ve got sexy aliens, sexy vampires, sexy super-humans — and even one sexy, bad-ass queen!
‘The Originals,’ Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
We’ve already seen the pilot for The Originals – it aired as the April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries – but the spin-off still has plenty of surprises up its undead sleeve. Along with Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) struggle to regain control of New Orleans from his former protegé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), we’ll also see the original Original come to terms with the idea of being a dad, thanks to a super-pregnant Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin).
‘Star-Crossed,’ coming midseason
- Andy Swift
The CW announced its fall 2013-14 slate earlier today, adding five new dramas including a drama about Mary, Queen of Scots called Reign, as well as the highly anticipated Vampire Diaries spinoff titled The Originals, and The Tomorrow People, starring Robbie Amell, brother of Arrow’s Stephen Amell. The network has also released trailers which you can watch below. Let us know which shows you are interested in watching.
The Originals – Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he »
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fifth and final one announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on The CW.
After targeting teen girls for so long, The CW has widened their demographic focus and in the process have improved their fortunes with three of their five new shows from last year returning. One in particular, "Arrow," has been a big hit for them. As a result this year's line-up sticks heavily with genre fare - sci-fi, supernatural, and even a period piece.
The network's troubled "Nikita" has scored a six episode third season order to wrap up its story lines, no word on when those episodes will air just yet. In fact, specific premiere dates for all their shows have yet to be set.
Several other pilots didn't make the »
- Garth Franklin
The CW dipped its toes in the waters of period dramas this season with "The Carrie Diaries," which is set in the 1980s. It's going all-in for next season, though, taking viewers back to the mid-16th century with its new series "Reign."
The series tells the story of the Mary (Australian actress Adelaide Kane), who had been queen of Scotland since her father died when she was only six days old. As a teenager she and several of her ladies in waiting travel to the French court to formalize her betrothal to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo, "One Day").
It's not that simple, though. There are love triangles, political battles and much more for Mary to contend with while she's there. The guy who says he's had a vision in the clip above? That would be Nostradamus (Rossif Sutherland, Kiefer's half-brother).
Mary's real life was filled with intrigue, but will it make for good television? »
The CW announced its fall 2013-14 slate earlier today, and now the network has released trailers for its new series. Briefly: The Originals – The highly anticipated Vampire Diaries spinoff centers on The Original Vampire family and stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, and Claire Holt. Reign – This period series focuses on the younger days of Mary Stuart, who would eventually become Mary, Queen of Scots. Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, and Torrance Coombs star. The Tomorrow People – The new drama series focuses on a generation of humans who are born with paranormal abilities, as the story takes place at a time when humanity is at a crossroads. Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, and Peyton List star, with Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec executive producing. Star-Crossed – A midseason drama series that takes place ten years after an alien spacecraft crash-landed on Earth, where the alien species known as Atrians are interred at a heavily-guarded camp. »
- Adam Chitwood
The CW rounded out this week’s upfront presentations on Thursday, releasing first looks at the new series comprising its 2013-14 lineup. Among the netlet’s fresh offerings are the Julie Plec/Greg Berlanti-helmed Tomorrow People, a Vampire Diaries , a 90210 vet’s Star-Crossed project spin-off and more.
Related | Fall TV Schedule 2013 — What’s On When? And Against What?
Preview what’s ahead on The CW below, and then hit the comments with your snappy judgments!
- Megan Masters
Starting this fall, it's will be Reign-ing on CW viewers every Thursday night.
With high hopes for this new drama, the network has slotted it after The Vampire Diaries, hoping fans of attractive blood suckers will stick around to learn the tale of Mary Stuart, who the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots.
The official synopsis teases Reign as a series that focuses on "politics, religion and secret agendas of the heart," as Adelaide Kane's Mary gets herself caught up in a "royal" love triangle. Those are the fanciest, most dangerous kinds of love triangles!
Look for a trailer later today and click through images from the premiere now.
Also new to The CW this fall? The Tomorrow People and The Originals.
Update: We've added the first Reign trailer! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Chicago – The CW is shaking things up this Fall, perhaps recognizing that their audience doesn’t care as much what night of the week their shows are on as they’re getting increasingly likely to DVR, download, or stream them. 40% of the net’s line-up is switching nights, moving around three new shows in the mid-section of the week.
“Nikita“‘s final season is being held to mid-season.
Full schedule below, followed by new show descriptions.
7pm “Hart of Dixie”
8pm “Beauty & the Beast”
7pm “The Originals”*
8pm “The Tomorrow People”*
7pm “The Vampire Diaries”
7pm “The Carrie Diaries”
8pm “America’s Next Top Model”
New Show Descriptions
Photo credit: The CW
Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The CW has ordered Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti's superhero-esque drama "The Tomorrow People," futuristic sci-fi series "The 100," period drama "Reign" and alien romance "Star-Crossed," the network confirmed today. Episode order and scheduling will be confirmed at the network's upfront presentation on May 16.
"The Tomorrow People" hails from "The Vampire Diaries" executive producer Julie Plec and "Arrow's" Greg Berlanti, and features an "X-Men"-esque concept of young adults discovering they have superhuman abilities as the next stage of evolution. It's based on the 1970s British drama of the same name by Roger Price. Robbie Amell ("Arrow" lead Stephen Amell's cousin) stars alongside Peyton List, Luke Mitchell, Mark Pellegrino and Madeleine Mantock.
Berlanti tweeted about CW picking up "The Tomorrow People" shortly after the news broke:
Thanks for all the wonderful messages about #TheTomorrowPeople. We are all over the moon and so excited. Thank you CW!
— Greg Berlanti »
- Laura Prudom
This is Julie Plec's world. The rest of us just live in it.
With The Vampire Diaries already on the air and The Originals picked up for the 2013-2014 schedule, The CW has now given the greenlight to The Tomorrow People, another project from this uber producer.
Adapted from a 1970s British series, the drama is akin to Heroes and Alphas, following around a group of gifted young people with unique powers. It will star Peyton List, Robbie Amell and Mark Pellegrino among others.
The CW also ordered the following shows to series - and will present its official 2013-2014 scheduled on May 16:
Synopsis: Based on upcoming Alloy books written by Kass Morgan, the project is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
And upfronts madness continues! The CW has announced official pickups for four of its new pilots, joining "Vampire Diaries" spin-off "The Originals" on its schedule. The network, which kept many of its returning series on this year, was expected to pick up a total of five.
First up, they picked up "The Tomorrow People," from fan favorite executive producers Julie Plec ("The Vampire Diaries") and Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "Brothers and Sisters"). Starring Robbie Amell (the cousin of CW leading man Stephen Amell) as a troubled teenage boy who discovers that he has psychic powers, the series is written and executive produced by "Chuck's" Phil Klemmer. Peyton List, Luke Mitchell, and Aaron Yu also star.
"The 100," which takes place after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, is about a group of 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth to see if it's fit for recolonization. It stars Henry Ian Cusick, »
The CW’s series orders are not backing away from the network’s heavy sci-fi development trend this year.
The network has given a greenlight to superhero-drama The Tomorrow People, high school aliens drama Star-Crossed and its futuristic Lord of the Flies drama The Hundred. Plus, the network has also ordered historical soap Reign.
In other words: The CW did not order one contemporary soap. The era of shows like Gossip Girl and 90210, which so defined the network since its inception, is over. Year after year, modern semi-grounded soaps seemed to struggle, while more fantastical shows like Vampire Diaries and Supernatural have held up. »
- James Hibberd
It’s The CW’s turn in the pickup spotlight.
They join the previously ordered Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals.
Related | Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New
Among the noteworthy pilots not getting the go-ahead from The CW was a second stab at adapting The Selection for TV. (The CW’s complete development slate can be found here.)
Here’s the logline/casting/pedigree info for each of the new series:
The 100 (Drama)
EPs | Jason Rothenberg, »
- Michael Ausiello
The CW has found Nostradamus. Rossif Sutherland has joined The CW's drama pilot "Reign," The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama tells 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, with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It unspools the secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue. Sutherand will play Nostradamus, the Queen's wizard prophet. Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Celina Sinden, Jenessa Grant, Megan Follows, Caitlin Stasey
- Philiana Ng , Lesley Goldberg
Hip hop producer/actor Rza has been cast in Fox’s drama pilot Gang Related, from 20th TV and Imagine TV. Written by Chris Morgan and directed by Allen Hughes, Gang Related centers on Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department. CAA-repped Rza will play Cassius. Originally from the tough streets of Oakland, he is Ryan’s partner and best friend on the Gang Task Force. Canadian actress Jenessa Grant has been cast in CW pilot Reign, from CBS TV Studios. It chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), and with her best friends as ladies-in-waiting. Grant, repped by by Oldfield Talent Management, will play one of the ladies-in-waiting alongside Brit Celina Sinden. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
British newcomer Celina Sinden has been cast in CW pilot Reign, from CBS TV Studios. It chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. Sinden, who is still in her final year at Guildhall drama school, will play Greer, one of the ladies-in-waiting. She is with Curtis Brown in the UK and attorney Jamie Feldman. Madeleine Mantock will co-star opposite Robbie Amell in the CW drama pilot The Tomorrow People. Written/exec produced by Phil Klemmer based on the cult British series, exec produced by Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti and directed/exec produced by Danny Cannon, Tomorrow People is about several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution and work together to defeat the forces of evil. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Leigh is joining the ensemble of "Holding Patterns," a show about a group of friends whose lives change after they survive a plane crash. Her "Grey's" character died at the end of last season -- as the result of a plane crash.
Lots more pilot casting news:
- "Without a Trace" star Anthony Lapaglia is close to a deal to star opposite Felicity Huffman in Fox's drama "Boomerang." The show is about a family business, which just happens to be contract killing. Lapaglia and Huffman would play husband and wife, who have trained their two sons (Patrick Heusinger and »
British actor Toby Regbo has been cast as the male lead opposite Adelaide Kane in the CW pilot Reign. Additionally, he has landed the lead in the indie Burden. Reign, from CBS TV Studios, chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis (Regbo), and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. Prince Francis is thoughtful and very nervous about inheriting his throne. He doesn’t know if an arranged marriage is what is best for him, and is having an affair. Brad Silberling is directing the pilot from a script by Stephanie Sengupta and Laurie McCarthy. Based on the novel by Tony Walters, Burden follows young Peedie Burden (Regbo) who’s full of guilt »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98
Regbo plays sad sensitive graduate James, who has a deep appreciation for the world, but no idea how to live in it. Receiving no help from his divorced parents (Pollock‘s Marcia Gay Harden and Conviction‘s Peter Gallagher) or his 20-year-old memoir-writing sister (Deborah Ann Woll, Catch .44), James decides to reject the adult world. And so, he refuses to leave for college, despite being accepted by Brown University, and cares about nothing – except visits to his free-spirited grandmother (Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist) and a life coach (Lucy Liu, Charlie’s Angels), the only ones who »
19 items from 2013
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