UPDATE 4 PM: One of the most buzzed about projects at the CW this season, Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero’s drama adaptation of DC‘s iZombie, also has received an official pilot green light. This puts the CW, which carried the final season of Veronica Mars, back in business with the series’ creator Thomas in a big way as he also is doing a Veronica Mars spinoff digital series for the network. Written by frequent collaborators Thomas and Ruggiero based on the characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint,. iZombie, from Warner Bros TV and Rob Thomas Prods, is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head. Thomas and Rugierro, who co-wrote together the upcoming Veronica Mars movie, are executive producing with Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge. This marks the fourth order for DC/WBTV this season, joining series Gotham at Fox and pilots Constantine at NBC and The Flash at the CW. Zombies are hot TV commodity at the moment with AMC’s mega hit The Walking Dead, NBC pilot Babylon Fields, a remake of the hit French drama The Returned at A&E, and ABC’s midseason series Resurrection.
PREVIOUS 3:30 PM: The CW has gotten in the pilot ring with orders to dramas Identity, from executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, and Jane The Virgin, an adaptation of the successful Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen. They join previously announced standalone pilot The Flash, which is now casting, and backdoor Supernatural spinoff episode, tentatively titled Supernatural: Tribes, written by Andrew Dabb and directed by Robert Singer.
Identity too is inspired by existing material, Israeli feature script Dance Of The Hours by Orna Raiz. Written by Corinne Brinkerhoff, the drama project centers on a young woman in need of a transplant who learns she is related to a powerful family whose son is her only hope for a donor organ. The CIA approaches her to investigate the family’s involvement in domestic terrorism and to infiltrate their rarefied world. Her loyalty, morality and ethics are tested as she’s forced to slowly build a case against the family who saved her life. CBS TV Studios is producing with studio-based K.O. Paper Products as well as Scripted World. Brinkerhoff is exec producing with K.O.’s Kurtzman, Orci and Heather Kadin and Scripted World’s Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya (ABC’s Betrayal). This marks the second pilot order for Scripted World this season, joining Sea Of Fire at ABC.
Jane The Virgin, written by Jennie Snyder Urman, also is from CBS TV Studio, where Urman is under a deal, and Electus. It centers on Jane, a hardworking religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated. Urman executive produces with Electus’ Ben Silverman as well as Gary Pearl and Jorge Granier. This is Urman’s second pilot order — she also has comedy Sober Companion at Fox with David S. Rosenthal.