UPDATE, 3:40 PM: As expected, The CW picked up two more drama pilots: Reign, the untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power, from writers/exec producers Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw) and Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami); and Oxygen, written/exec produced by Meredith Averill, about an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp.
Reign, from CBS TV Studios, charts Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. Reign joins another CW costume drama pilot that is set in a kingdom, the Hunger Games-esque The Selection.
Oxygen, an alien drama in the vein of District 9, hails from Space Floor TV’s Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg and Olé Prods’ Richard Shepard, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst. It was written by Averill (The Good Wife). All will exec produce the CBS TV Studios project, based on a format developed by Daniel Gutman of Pow Wow and Spanish producer Isla Producciones. With Oxygen and The Hundred, the CW is putting strong emphasis on sci-fi/alien dramas this pilot season.
PREVIOUS, 3:24 PM: The CW has given the green light to sci-fi drama The Hundred. Written by Jason Rothenberg, The Hundred is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The project is based on upcoming Alloy books written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown. Warner Bros TV, which owns Alloy Entertainment, is producing, with Rothenberg and Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo executive producing. This is the first of what are expected to be several pilot orders at the CW today, with Reign and Oxygen rumored to get pickups too.