The CW has made its new series orders. The network has ordered two reboots, Charmed, from Jane the Virgin creator-showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman; and Roswell, New Mexico (fka Roswell) executive produced by The Originals creator-showrunner Julie Plec. Also picked up are In the Dark, from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films; and All American (fka untitled April Blair/Spencer Paysinger) from Berlanti Prods. and L.A. Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers.

A late entrant in the race, Plec’s new project set in The Vampire Diaries/The Originals universe, Legacies, which centers on the Hope Mikaelson character, also scored a series order. I hear it came down to that and the Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters, and the network opted to go with Legacies based off a script by Plec, which had been recently delivered. The CW brass also were encouraged by the solid ratings for the current final season of The Originals. Wayward Sisters is not going forward, marking the second time the CW has tried to launch a Supernatural spinoff that did not beyond the pilot stage.

Charmed and In the Dark, about a blind woman and her guide dog — both from CBS TV Studios — and Roswell, New Mexico and All American — from Warner Bros. TV — all were early frontrunners that sailed through pilot season to land on the schedule.

With the new additions, the CW next season will have two series featuring primarily African American casts, Black Lightning and All American, and two featuring mostly Latino actors, Jane the Virgin and Charmed. 

Additionally, all five newly picked up series come from female writers.

Penned by Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin and created with Urman, the Charmed reboot centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.

Urman, O’Toole & Amy Rardin executive produce with Brad Silberling, who directs, Ben Silverman and Carter Covington. CBS TV Studios produces in association with Propagate Content.

Roswell, New Mexico is a reboot of the cult sci-fi series with an immigration twist. Written by MacKenzie, the reimagined Roswell, like the original, is based on the Roswell High book series by Melinda Metz. It hails from Amblin TV, Bender Brown Prods and Warner Bros. TV.

After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.

MacKenzie executive produces with Chris Hollier, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank (Amblin Television); Lawrence Bender, Kevin Kelly Brown. Julie Plec directs and executive produces.

In The Dark is written by Corinne Kingsbury and directed by The Big Sick helmer Michael Showalter, the project centers on Murphy, a flawed and irreverent blind woman who is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend, Tyson. When the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at Breaking Blind — the guide-dog school owned by her overprotective parents.

Kingsbury executive produces with Stiller, Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock, Emily Fox (Red Hour Films) and Showalter. CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television produce in association with Red Hour Films

Written by Blair and directed by Rob Hardy, All American starring young British actor Daniel Ezra, is inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger. It centers on Spencer James (Ezra), a rising high school football player from South L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. The wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds — Crenshaw and Beverly Hills — begin to collide. The smart and charming son of a single mother, Spencer is a talented athlete and A+ student who must learn to deal with a host of emotions when he transfers from Crenshaw High to Beverly Hills High.

Blair executive produces with Berlanti and Saray Schechter, Hardy. Robbie Rogers produces and Dane Morck is a consultant. Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios produce in association with Berlanti Productions

Details of the five new series are below:

CHARMED

Logline: After the tragic death of their mother, three sisters in a college town are stunned to discover they are witches. Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.

Executive Producers/Writers: Jessica O’Toole & Amy Rardin
Executive Producer/Story by: Jennie Urman
Executive Producers: Brad Silberling (director), Ben Silverman, Carter Covington
Auspices: CBS Television Studios in association with Propagate Content

IN THE DARK

Logline: A flawed and irreverent blind woman is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.

EP/W: Corinne Kingsbury
EPs: Ben Stiller, Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock, Emily Fox (Red Hour Films)
Director/EP: Michael Showalter
Auspices: CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television in association with Red Hour Films

ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO

Logline: After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.

Executive Producer/Writer: Carina Adly MacKenzie
Executive Producers: Chris Hollier, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank (Amblin Television); Lawrence Bender, Kevin Kelly Brown
Executive Producer/Director: Julie Plec
Based on the Roswell High book series, by Melinda Metz
Auspices: Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television and Bender Brown Productions

ALL AMERICAN

Logline: When a rising high school football player from South L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds — Crenshaw and Beverly Hills — begin to collide. Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger.

Executive Producer/Writer: April Blair
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter
Director/Executive Producer: Rob Hardy
Producer: Robbie Rogers
Consultant: Dane Morck
Auspices: Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Berlanti Productions.

LEGACIES

Continuing the tradition of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS, the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. Will these young witches, vampires and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be?
Executive Producer/Writer: Julie Plec, Brett Matthews
Executive Producers: Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo
Auspices: Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with My So-Called Television and Alloy Entertainment.