The Runway – Your 2016 Pilot Survival Guide: CW Dramas

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No Tomorrow

Logline: Based on a Latin American format, centers on Sarah (now Evie), a risk-averse quality-control assessor who falls for free-spirited thrill seeker Xavier — only to find out he lives his life that way because he believes the apocalypse is coming.
Cast: ,
Creators:  (EP), (Writer / EP), (Writer / D), (Writer / D), (EP), Brad Siberling (D)
Studios: CBS TV Studios, Grupe Globo, Electus

Sarah (now Evie) is an amiable quality control manager with mild-OCD who’s living the standard life. Desk . On a break from a boring man who’s deeply in love with her. When Sarah runs into Xavier, a man who believes the world is going to end in a few months, she must choose between living life as she always has or seizing the day.

No Tomorrow is a sweet romantic comedy that’s in the same tonal wheelhouse as Jane the Virgin. But while JTV was fresh and diverse and funny when it first arrived, No Tomorrow feels tired and familiar. The setup is uncomfortably reminiscent of Cuckoo’s season 2 premiere, and I hope Brinkerhoff is able to differentiate this a little better as it goes into production.

Thing is, I loved the JTV pilot. It gave us a charismatic, likable lead. An interesting, self-aware narrative structure. Plenty of solid relationships, romantic and otherwise. Brinkerhoff is trying to go for something similar with No Tomorrow, but it doesn’t quite land. That said, her star is definitely on the rise. She’s written for some great shows, and her talent is on display in CBS’ straight-to-series American Gothic.

The pilot is powered is powered largely by character and relationships, which makes me think this is going to be execution-dependent, with the cast bearing most of the burden for success. I can see Sasse having a blast with Xavier, but Anderson has an uphill battle with Sarah, who feels slightly generic.

PS: This is the third CW pilot that begins with a line of dialogue over black.

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