Rising from the ashes of UPN and The WB, The CW has become popular for its teen-focused dramas and its hosting of the Arrowverse, featuring Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. The network has just announced that it has placed an order for six new pilots, just fifteen short of the quorum necessary for producing hot radio hits such as “Stressed Out.” The order for the new pilots leans heavily on science fiction and supernatural fare, and one project based on the classic Archie Comics.
The Archie-based project is entitled Riverdale and is a subversive take on the idyllic presentation of small town American life. Archie, Betty, and Veronica meet The Stepford Wives? Sounds interesting. Next, there’s a TV adaptation of the 2000 Dennis Quaid vehicle from New Line Cinema, Frequency. This version focuses on a female detective who learns she can communicate via radio with her father, who’s been dead for a decade. They team up together to work on an unsolved murder case in what promises to be the most whiskey shot-inducing buddy cop project ever developed. Another project in development is called No Tomorrow and centers on a straight-laced, no-nonsense lady who meets up with an interesting guy with a devil-may-care attitude. When he convinces her that the end of the world is near, the two set about on a raucous adventure to complete their bucket lists.
Next up is a period piece entitled Transylvania. It is set in 1880 and follows a young woman as she travels from New York to Transylvania to search for her missing father. Teaming up with a disgraced Scotland Yard detective, they “witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history.” If you’re imagining Sherlock Holmes clipping Dracula’s umbilical cord right now, you may or may not be wrong; only time will tell. The last two projects are still untitled. One is about a team of explorers dispatched to Mars to meet up with the first human colony there. Instead of a warm, comfortable greeting, however, the explorers find that the colony has been abandoned and they must now survive the inhospitable environment on their own. If this project doesn’t end up being called Roanoke, then there is no justice in the world (there ya go, The CW; that one’s free). The final pilot involves a young woman who seeks the help of a parapsychologist when there’s something strange in her neighborhood. There’s something weird and it don’t look good. She’s seein’ things runnin’ through her head, an invisible man sleepin’ in her bed. There’s not much information about this show. This may be an appropriate description or the lyrics to the Ghostbusters theme song. Who knows?