Despite the successful launch of Arrow, The CW saw another down year, finishing 5th among the English language broadcast networks in total viewers, well behind the rest of the pack. Seemingly content with their demos, though, the network seems to be doubling down, bringing in a slate of similarly skewing shows that also show a bit of ambition and signify a further expansion into the kind of buzzy, Comic-Concentric genre shows like Arrow and Nikita that have done well for them recently.
Indeed, The CW’s 5 freshman dramas include shows that are set in worlds with an X-Men like super-team, more Vampire Diaries‘ vampires, star crossed aliens, and juvenile delinquents in the post apocalypse. In fact, The CW’s most standard show may actually be Reign, which is a 16th century period piece about Mary Queen of Scots and her time in France.
To help with your quick assessments of each series, we’ve broken the shows down to give you a better idea of what you can expect. It’s creators’ vision which fuels the heart of the show; producers’ responsibility is to help shape those ideas for television audiences; pilot directors set the visual tone for the entire series and paint the picture that other directors follow.
The 100 (Drama)
Created by: Jason Rothenberg
Producers: Jason Rothenberg, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo
Starring: Eliza Taylor, Henry Ian Cusick, Kelly Hu, Isaiah Washington, Eli Goree, Bob Morley
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.
The Originals (Drama)
Created by: Julie Plec
Producers: Julie Plec, EP Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo
Starring: Joseph Morgan, Phoebe Tonkin, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Charles Michael Davis, Danielle Campbell and Leah Pipes
A spinoff of the CW’s The Vampire Diaries revolving around the Original family in New Orleans.
Created by: Stephanie Sengupta
Producers: Stephanie Sengupta, Laurie McCarthy
Starring: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Torrance Combs, Celina Sinden, Jenessa Grant, Megan Follows, Caitlin Stasey, Anna Popplewell
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.
Created by: Meredith Averill
Producers: Meredith Averill, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst, Daniel Gutman
Starring: Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, Malese Jow, Titus Makin Jr., Grey Damon, Natalie Hall, Chelsea Gilligan, Greg Finley
Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl 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.
The Tomorrow People (Drama)
Created by: Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec
Producers: Phil Klemmer, Greg Berlanti, Julie Plec, Melissa Kellner Berman
Starring: Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell, Mark Pellegrino, Madeleine Mantock, Aaron Yoo
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.
So, that’s what the CW has planned, now we want to know what you think:
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