CW Developing New Buffy-Like Series With ‘Embrace’

Posted Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 04:00 pm GMT -4 by 0

Embrace book coverGet ready for the next girl powered kick butt series to invade the CW as the network has announced that they have given a script order to the supernatural drama called ‘Embrace’ which they hope will be the next ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.

‘Embrace’ will be based on the book by Jessica Shirvington  and deals with protagonist Violet Eden, a teenage girl who, on her 17th birthday, finds out she’s a Grigori, a half-angel who is bound to protect humanity from fallen angels. She discovers that she is the “key to a centuries-old war between fallen angels and their earthly protectors.” In other words, switch vampires to angels and you get ‘Violet the Fallen Angel Slayer’… I mean ‘Embrace’.

The novel, which was originally published in 2010, has been described as a mix of the action seen in the book series ‘Vampire Academy’ with the love triangle worthy of ‘The Twilight Saga’ all occurring in the angel mythology of ‘Fallen’.

The hour-long drama will be written by Bill Laurin and Glenn Davis, the same writers who worked on the series ‘The Listener’, ’1-800-Missing’,  ‘Power Play’, and ‘Once a Thief’. They will executive produce alongside Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television banner.

The CW has gained a lot of its success with supernatural shows in the past with ‘Angel’, ‘Charmed’, and recently ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Supernatural’. And although these shows have been a cult favorite over the years, none have yet reached the status that ‘Buffy’ had in its heyday and even now. The CW is hoping that ‘Embrace’ will fill that hole left by ‘Buffy’.

Of course the one main ingredient that ‘Embrace’ is missing is Joss Whedon. His vision and direction for the show made ‘Buffy’ the cult icon that is it now. Laurin and Davis have large shoes to fill if they plan on recreating the same magic with their script.

If you’re curious about the book ‘Embrace’ will be based upon, here is the synopsis from the book’s website:

Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But he’s never given a hint of wanting to be more than just her friend and kickboxing trainer.

That night he gives her the world’s most incredible kiss — and then abandons her on her front doorstep. Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori — part angel and part human — and Violet is his eternal partner.

Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels.  And now she’s supposed to accept that she’s some mythological soldier protecting humanity from heaven’s exiled angels? And sacrifice all of her hopes for a normal life forever?

But there’s no denying the strange changes in Violet’s body…or that Lincoln has betrayed her. He had a plan for meeting her, getting to know her and training her — without ever telling her the truth. How could she ever trust him again?

Enter Phoenix. He’s intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her. As an Exile, he is not to be trusted, yet he’s the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln’s lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray. And he’s inspiring feelings that might just push her over the edge.

As Violet gets caught up in a world where angels seek vengeance and humans are warriors, she must choose her path. She’s always been strong, but will she be strong enough? Lincoln vs. Phoenix. Angel vs. Exile. Which will she…Embrace?

As to when ‘Embrace’ will air on the CW, that will be dependent on the outcome of the script. If the network execs like it, the next step will be to find a director and create a cast.

So what do you think? Can ‘Embrace’ be the next ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’?

Source: Deadline

  • http://twitter.com/Felix_Smg28 I’m The Good Twin

    Nothing can be the next Buffy The Vampire Slayer…

  • John W

    Ask the folks behind “Secret Circle” and “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” how hard it is to duplicate Buffy’s success.

    • Janice Kay

      I agree. I think Buffy is one of shows where everything just came together – the actors, the writing, etc. It’s hard to recreate that same “it” factor in another show.

    • AnOutsider

      Yup, and, while Buffy had some love interests, it didn’t always force them to be the center of attention. It also was more mature than Circle

  • MisterT

    Well, I’ll watch the first episode.