The CW Bolsters Summer Schedule With Two New Series

The CW has ordered two new series as part of its continued push into year-round programming. The network has picked up unscripted one-hour series A Wicked Offer and acquired nine episodes of the British scripted comedy Dates. Premiere dates and times will be announced later.

Described as a one-hour dark comedy, A Wicked Offer tests how far couples will go for money. It requires the couple to complete a series of scandalous and controversial tasks involving their unsuspecting friends, families and co-workers for cash prizes. With each challenge testing the couple’s moral and ethical boundaries, the couples must weigh the potential havoc wreaked on their relationship with each other and everyone involved. As the stakes and cash value are raised, the couples must decide how far they’re willing to go for money. Jenny Daly (Storage Hunters, Mystery Diners) executive produces through her T Group Prods.

Each episode of Dates focuses on a first date between two people who have met on an online dating service. It explores the issues, intricacies, romance and danger of modern relationships, along with the thrill, calamities, lies and truths of first dates. The cast largely changes with each episode and includes Oona Chaplin (Game Of Thrones), Ben Chaplin (Thin Red Line), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Katie McGrath (Dracula), Amanda Hale (The White Queen) and Gemma Chan (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). Bryan Elsley created the series that aired on Channel 4 in Great Britain. Dates is produced by Balloon (Dates) Ltd., and distributed by eOne.

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