The CW has ordered three additional scripts of each of its three new fall series — dramas The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign. The script pickups come after two airings of The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, one of The Tomorrow People and a week ahead of Reign‘s premiere next Thursday. (It was pushed because of tonight’s Cory Monteith episode of Glee.) They also come as the writers of the three series are completing work on the original 13-episode orders. The script orders follow solid showings from The Originals, which premiered to a solid 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.9 million total viewers in its regular Tuesday 8 PM slot this week after a launch behind TVD, and from The Tomorrow People, which logged a 0.9 and 2.7 million viewers in its debut last night (adjusted up in the finals), matching its lead-in, the Arrow second season premiere.
Script orders are a vote of confidence by a network but don’t guarantee a follow-up episodic pickup and are often done when a show is solid and/or liked by the network brass but has not blown up in a big way to warrant a straight Back 9 order. Last fall, the CW had one such breakout hit with Arrow, which received a full-season order. The network gave its other two new shows, Beauty And The Beast and Emily Owens, MD, orders for three additional scripts each. Of the two series one, Beauty And The Beast, went to receive a full-season order while the other, Emily Owens, MD, was cancelled. So far this season, the strongest new series, NBC’s The Blacklist, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and ABC’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, have received episodic pickups, while Fox’s well reviewed but softly rated Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has been given an additional script order.