Pilot season is now in full swing, with The CW Network getting off to a big start, issuing six new pilot orders, including the highly-anticipated Roswell reboot. We first reported on this Roswell reboot in October, which will be set in present day with a new twist on the material. Here's the official logline for the new Roswell series.
"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."
Carina Adly MacKenzie (The Originals) wrote the pilot script and will serve as executive producer on the pilot, alongside Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown, who was an executive producer on the original series. The show is based on the Roswell High novels by Melinda Metz, and hails from Amblin Television and Bender Brown Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The CW also issued a pilot order for In the Dark, which comes from writer/executive producer Corrine Kingsbury (Back in the Game) and executive producers Ben Stiller, Jackie Cohn and Nicky Weinstock for Red Hour Films. 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 Breaking Blind, the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents. CBS Television Studios produces in association with Red Hour Films.
The third pilot ordered by The CW is Skinny Dip, based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen. After her husband tries to kill her on what she thought was a romantic cruise to celebrate their second wedding anniversary, a woman teams with a jaded ex-cop to exact her own twisted brand of revenge on her cheating spouse, and winds up uncovering a wider conspiracy in the process. The pilot was written by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner, who executive produce alongside Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan. CBS Television Studios produces in association with Keshet Studios.
The CW's fourth pilot is Playing Dead, a dysfunctional family dramedy about a mortician and his son whose lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death. The pilot was written by Rina Mimoun and Josh Reims, who executive produce alongside Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter. CBS Television Studios produces in association with Intrigue Entertainment
The End of the World As We Know It is the fifth CW pilot, based on the book The End of the World as We Know It, by Iva-Marie Palmer. When a prison spaceship carrying the universe's most deadly aliens crashes in Southern California, two young women with bigger dreams than working at a kids' pizza place in The Valley are recruited by a space cop to hunt down the escaped criminals, who have camouflaged themselves as eccentric Angelenos. Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker wrote the pilot script and executive produce with Rob Thomas, Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge; Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. Ehsugadee Productions, Spondoolie Productions and Alloy Entertainment produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The final CW pilot is Spencer, which is inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger. When a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds, Compton and Beverly Hills, begin to collide. April Blair wrote the pilot script and executive produces with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, with Robbie Rogers producing and Dane Morck serving as a consultant. Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television
It seems that almost every network has a pilot based on an existing property this season. NBC issued a pilot order for their Bad Boys spin-off starring Gabrielle Union, as the networks jockey to find the shows they'll be debuting for the fall 2018-2019 season. ABC has also gotten into the swing of things by issuing a pilot order for a gender-swapped Greatest American Hero series, centering on an Indian-American woman.
CBS has issued pilot orders for reboots of Magnum P.I. and Cagney and Lacey. As of now, Fox hasn't issued any pilot orders based on an existing series, but it's still early in pilot season. Hopefully we'll have more on these shows from The CW Network soon.