CW Buys 'Copeland Prep' from 'Gossip Girl' Producers & Bret Easton Ellis

The CW has ordered the first script for 'Copeland Prep,' a series that focuses on a highly competitive secondary school that turns its students into literal monsters.

Though the CW won't admit it, they've been trying to ensnare Twilight's tween audience with an ever-growing collection of supernatural content. Shows like The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle have tried to present that audience something unique, while still incorporating elements they're familiar with (i.e. vampires, witches, and werewolves).

Which makes it a no-brainer that The CW has ordered the first script for Copeland Prep, a new supernatural show from Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.  Part Gossip Girl and part Vampire Diaries, the show centers on a private school so competitive that it turns its students into literal monsters. What type of "monsters" viewers might be in store for is unknown at this point, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the usual supernatural rogues gallery.

Adding even further credibility to the show's "Twi-hard" appeal is the presence of Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke as the series' creative consultant. But even more intriguing than Hardwicke's consultant role is the news that author Bret Easton Ellis will be serving as executive producer and writing a few episodes for Copeland Prep.

The American Psycho writer is no stranger to Hollywood - many of his cult classic books have been turned into feature films - but this series would mark his first foray into television. Whether or not he will instill the series with his signature absurd plot points or amoral characters is yet to be determined, but we suspect the supernatural genre will accommodate those elements nicely.

While Schwartz and Savage's current show, Gossip Girl, features some truly monstrous behavior from private school students, Copeland Prep promises to be a very different series. Right now, The CW has only ordered a pilot script from the duo, but given Schwartz already has three other shows either on or headed to the network (Hart of Dixie, The Carrie Diaries, and Cult), it's almost a foregone conclusion that Copeland Prep will get picked up.

Gossip Girl Cast

Adding even more credence to Copeland's potential viability is that Gossip Girl will begin its final season in October, which frees up a spot for Copeland Prep to slide right into. Since The Vampire Diaries became the network's far-and-away most watched show, they've been constantly searching for its perfect complement, and this could be it.

Viewers intrigued by the concept of Copeland Prep should expect more details about the show - including a potential season order from The CW - as we get deeper into the fall TV season.


Source: TV Line

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