The CW has picked up six more in-development projects to pilot, including an untitled reboot of ROSWELL, as well as dramas from Ben Stiller, Greg Berlanti and Rob Thomas.
The Roswell reboot, which will apparently be getting a new title, is from The Originals writer Carina Mackenzie, who will write and executive produce along with Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown, who was an EP on the original alien drama.
The reboot follows the daughter of undocumented immigrants who moves back to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico and 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.
The network has also ordered murder mystery dramedy In the Dark from writer/EP Corinne Kingsbury and executive producers Stiler, Jackie Cohn and Nicky Weinstock of Red Hour Films.
Skinny Dip, based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen, was adapted by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner and follows a woman who teams up with a jaded ex-cop to exact revenge on her cheating husband. Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan also serve as EPs.
Berlanti is back at the network where he already has six shows on the air, this time with Spencer, based on 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 is writing and executive producing, while Berlanti’s producing partner Sarah Schechter also serves as an EP and soccer player Robbie Rogers is producing.
See below for full details on all the pilots The CW picked up today.
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 Breaking Blind- the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.
EP/W: Corinne Kingsbury
EPs: Ben Stiller, Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock (Red Hour Films)
Auspices: CBS Television Studios in association with Red Hour Films
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.
Executive Producers/Writers: Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner
Executive Producers: Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan (Keshet Studios)
Auspices: CBS Television Studios in association with Keshet Studios
Logline: 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.
EP/W: Rina Mimoun and Josh Reims
EP: Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter (Intrigue)
Auspices: CBS Television Studios in association with Intrigue Entertainment
UNTITLED ROSWELL PROJECT
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: Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank (Amblin Television); Lawrence Bender, Kevin Kelly Brown (note: Brown was an executive producer on the original series)
Based on the Roswell High book series, by Melinda Metz
Auspices: Amblin Television and Bender Brown Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
Logline: 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.
Executive Producers/Writers: Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker
Executive Producers: Rob Thomas, Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge; Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo
Based on the book The End of the World as We Know It, by Iva-Marie Palmer
Auspices: Ehsugadee Productions, Spondoolie Productions and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television
Logline: 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. Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger.
Executive Producer/Writer: April Blair
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter
Producer: Robbie Rogers
Consultant: Dane Morck
Auspices: Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television