Hold Fast is written and executive produced by Dana Stevens and is described as an epic love story told in two timelines: an injured Union soldier in the Reconstruction-era South awakens reincarnated in present-day Charleston. With rapidly diminishing knowledge of his past life, our hero must navigate present-day relationships — including a fiancée he doesn’t remember — while uncovering what happened to his past love and searching for her.
There’s also an untitled high school football drama, which follows a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, as the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds — Compton and Beverly Hills — begin to collide. The drama is inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Passenger and will be written and executive produced by April Blair.
Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are also EPs on both projects, which hail from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros Television.
The ever-busy Berlanti, already an EP on all four of CW’s superhero series as well as Riverdale, is also developing an Archie spinoff The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina at the network, as well as an untitled legal drama at CBS and political drama Republic at NBC. He’s also got magician FBI drama Deception premiering this fall on ABC, and is executive producing thriller series You at Lifetime.
The CW is leaning into female-centric series this development cycle, with the two new projects joining Black Rose Anthology, an all-female written and directed horror anthology series from Drew Barrymore, The She Word, about gender discrimination in the workplace, The Valiant, a historical drama about female gladiators as well as Wayward Sisters, a spinoff of the long-running Supernatural.
Linda Ge | TV Editor