Remember when the CW picked up CBS pilot Ringer after its sister network had passed on the thriller drama starring Sarah Michelle Gellar? The younger-skewing broadcast network went for an even bigger surprise this year, picking up to series a pilot originally ordered by premium cable sibling Showtime: Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna and Marc Webb’s musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Unlike the case with Ringer, the CW won’t be able to air the Showtime pilot because it needs to be adjusted for broadcast TV and needs to be converted from its original half-hour format to one-hour. That means that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will have to undergo extensive redevelopment before it can joins the CW lineup next season. The pickup gives a CW new series pickup from CBS TV Studios whose pilots for the broadcast network, Cheerleader Death Squad and Tales from the Darkside, are not going forward. (The same happened in 2011 with Ringer, also from CBS TV Studios.)
Also officially ordered to series by the CW — as fully expected — are Arrow-Flash spinoff, titled Legends of Tomorrow, and Julie Plec’s Cordon, both from Warner Bros. TV. The studio’s remaining pilot, Dead People is well, dead.
Legends of Tomorrow, featuring a cast led by Brandon Routh and Victor Garber, is the third new series for WBTV-based producer Greg Berlanti who also has Blindspot at NBC and Supergirl at CBS. Both he and Plec will have 3 series on the CW next season — Arrow, The Flash and Legends (Berlanti) and The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Cordon (Plec).
Legends marks the second DC pickup along with Supergirl, with Lucifer also looking good at Fox. Here are detailed descriptions of the CW’s newly picked up series, which joined the 9 renewed CW scripted series for next season:
Rebecca Bloom is a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, Calif. (it’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic). From CBS Studios, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND stars Rachel Bloom (“Robot Chicken”), who also serves as executive producer along with Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada”); and Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” films).
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).
When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD. But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area. Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17 year-old Teresa, who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank, an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts, the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus. On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak, and has asked for Lex’s help in enforcing the cordon – which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn’t add up in the official story being told. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. CORDON stars David Gyasi (“Interstellar”); Christina Moses (“Starship: Apocalypse,” “Starship: Rising”); Chris Wood (“The Vampire Diaries”); Kristen Gutoskie (“Beaver Falls”); Claudia Black (“The Originals,” “Farscape”); George Young (“Casualty”); Hanna Mangan Lawrence (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”);and Trevor St. John (“One Life to Live”). Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, CORDON is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”) and David Nutter (The Flash,” “Arrow”).