This Week in TV:
The CW picks up comic book adaptation iZombie for a pilot episode; Jason Bateman sells a comedy pilot titled Two to Go to NBC; CBS lands a pilot from showrunner Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, The Following); and Supernatural enjoys its highest-rated episode in years.
The CW picked up three pilots this week, but the most intriguing of the trio is undoubtedly iZombie, an adaptation of a short-lived Vertigo comic book series, which is being brought to the network by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and Mars producer Diane Ruggiero.
Set in Eugene, Oregon, the original books followed the life of revenant gravedigger Gwen Dylan and her friends Ellie, a ghost from the 1960s, and Scott, a wereterrier. To some, Gwen appears like a normal girl, but she is forced to eat one human brain every month to prevent memory and intelligence loss. In consuming her monthly helping of brain, she also absorbs a portion of the deceased’s thoughts, which helps her solve murders.
We’re not sure how faithful the TV adaptation will be to the source material, or how closely it will stick to the comic’s premise, but iZombie is certainly an interesting direction for both The CW and Thomas to go in. At the very least, the success of shows like The Walking Dead and its own long-running drama, Supernatural, should give The CW confidence that there is a large appetite for tales of the undead and the otherworldly among viewers.
When we learn more about The CW’s iZombie pilot, we’ll pass it along.
NBC also added a new pilot to its growing pile of potential shows this week by ordering Two to Go, a single-camera comedy from producer Jason Bateman.
It’s unclear whether Bateman is planning to star in the show, but he will be executive producing the comedy, which centers on two longtime best friends struggling to find love, while their friends try to convince them that they were meant to be together.
Considering there are currently 13 other comedy pilots in contention at NBC, Two to Go will need to secure some star power to make it to series. While it hasn’t cast any of its parts yet, the pilot can at least say it has one comedic star behind the scenes in Bateman, who can be seen later this year in Horrible Bosses 2.
We’ll pass along more info on Two to Go as it comes in.
Source: The Wrap
Writer, producer and TV showrunner Kevin Williamson (Scream, The Vampire Diaries) already has one current hit series to take credit for with FOX’s The Following, but he proved he’s still one of TV’s hottest commodities this week after landing a pilot order for a new untitled drama at CBS.
Described as a physiological thriller, the show will center on a pair of detectives who investigate stalking cases for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD. Williamson wrote the pilot episode and will serve as one of its executive producers.
While we know very little about this latest project from Williamson, we do know it has an above average chance to succeed – if you go by his TV track record, that is. Not only did Williamson create the immensely popular drama The Following, but he is also responsible for teen-centered shows The Vampire Diaries and Dawson’s Creek.
We’ll update you on the status of Williamson’s new project when more news on the pilot surfaces.
Just one week after scoring its highest-rated episode in more than three years, Supernatural topped itself last Tuesday by netting a 2.76 Nielsen rating for its episode titled “Sharp Teeth.”
Proving it’s still going strong after eight seasons on the air, Supernatural has enjoyed renewed viewer interest in season 9, which is on track to be one of the series’ most popular after seeing ratings surge in the past few weeks. The show’s performance two weeks ago had CW execs salivating, but this week’s numbers have to instill faith that the series can continue for at least another season – a proposition that the network was already in favor of.
With ratings climbing and a spinoff series already in the works, it looks like viewers should expect to see more from the world of Supernatural. And based on the show’s recent resurgence, there certainly seems to be a demand for it.
Supernatural season 9 continues on Tuesday, February 4 with “The Purge.”
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