The CW network is obviously beefing up their lineup of shows and sci-fi fans are the ones to benefit! Recently we reported that the CW green-lit a pilot order for ‘Arrow’ and now they have two more hour long sci-fi dramas in the works.
The first of the two new pilots is called ‘The Selection’ and has been described as ‘The Hunger Games’ meets ‘The Bachelor.’ It is an “epic romance set 300 years in the future (and) centers on a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.”
The pilot is based on the book of the same name by Kiera Cass which won’t be available until April 24th. The teleplay adaptation was written by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain who will also executive produce. These two women have a great history in this field as they both have written and executive produced such shows as ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘The Dollhouse’, ‘Angel.’
The second of the two new pilots is called ‘Joey Dakota’ and is based on the Israeli format of ‘Danny Hollywood’. ‘Joey Dakota’ is a romantic time-travel musical where a documentary filmmaker from the future travels back in time to the 1990’s and falls in love with a rock star named Joey Dakota who happens to be the subject of her film. When she expectantly returns to her time, she looks for a way back to the past to reunite with her love and prevent his untimely death.
‘Joey Dakota’ was written by ‘Easy A’s’ scribe Bert Royal and has Mark Harmon (‘NCIS’), Kim and Eric Tannenbaum (EP’s for ‘Two and a Half Men’) and Martha Haight (‘Chaos’) as executive producers.You can get a feel of the series in the video below which is of the Israeli version that first aired in 2008.
In total, the CW has ordered 8 hour long pilots with half being in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Joining ‘Joey Dakota’ and ‘The Selection’ will be ‘Arrow’ and the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ reboot. With shows like ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘The Secret Circle’ and ‘Supernatural’, the CW is turning out to be the network to tune in to!