News Briefs: The CW Orders a Remake About Teens With Superpowers

By Tim Surette

Jan 29, 2013

A BUNCH MORE PILOTS NEWS

... The CW is doing something totally different and ordering a pilot about young people with superpowers. Greg Berlanti (lots of shows) and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) will produce a remake of the '70s British series The Tomorrow People, a sci-fi drama about youngsters who are evolutionarily superior to us normal folk and team up to defeat some bad guys. So yeah, it's another one of those. Also given a pilot order by The CW was Blink, about a family dealing with the aftermath of a car accident that puts the father in a coma. However, the father can see and hear everything that's going on and he'll narrate portions of the show that we see from his point of view, often in fantasy sequences. Or you could just watch The Diving Bell and the Butterfly which is kind of the same thing except French. [EW]

... Lie to Me creator Samuel Baum has sold an untitled pilot to CBS about a hotshot doctor whose business card reads "The Surgeon General." Apparently this guy is the doctor to all of America or something? Where does CBS come up with this fantasy? [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has ordered a trio of pilots, including House creator David Shore's Doubt, about a street-savvy lawyer who works the system for his clients. Killer Women is an American adaptation of the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas and follows a sassy, sexy woman who is the only member of the Texas Rangers. The Walker kind, not the Josh Hamilton kind. And finally, Awake's Kyle Killen received an order for his pilot Influence, about an agency that fixes problems using the proven sciences of motivation and manipulation. Let's make sure Kyle's show gets at least a full season, please. [TV Guide]

... Remember that Wonder Woman pilot Amazon that The CW was working on? We'll they're going to work on it a bit more and have decided to hold it for either midseason or next year. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... South Park is being downsized starting next season, going from two seven-episode half seasons to one 10-episode whole season. [NY Times]

... Frank Darabont's upcoming TNT series L.A. Noir will no longer be called L.A. Noir because of the video game L.A. Noire that was released last year and that was very disappointing. I mean come on, all you did was look at old packs of cigarettes on the ground and then drive to another spot inbetween cut scenes that were longer than episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Anyway, Darabont is thinking about using Lost Angels, but we'll see what happens when the studio behind the 1989 film Lost Angels gets involved. [io9]

... The very funny web series Burning Love is hopping onto television courtesy of E! beginning February 25. Burning Love is from Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital) and is a spoof on The Bachelor. Season 2 starts Valentine's Day and flips the sexes with a parody of The Bachelorette. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) will recur on Showtime's upcoming Masters of Sex. She'll play a doctor on the show about sexual revolution pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The West Wing's Allison Janney has landed the role of mom in CBS's pilot Mom. The comedy stars Anna Faris as a newly sober mom who tries to stay dry in the Napa Valley. Janney will play Faris's mom. [TV Line]

... Season 3 of AMC's The Killing has cast Elias Koteas. Koteas, who should be forever known as the guy in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will play Sarah Linden's former partner, a cop with a secret, surprise surprise! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Cobie Smolders might reprise her role as Maria Hill in Joss Whedon's Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.. But this is just pillow talk, man, and the show is in its early stages, so let's not get all excited just yet. [TV Line]

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  • MarleeCouch Jan 31, 2013

    My first thought when I read Elias Koteas was, "From Ninja Turtles?" and then I continued to read :)

  • Writerpatrick Jan 30, 2013

    The difference with The Tomorrow People is that they were psychic rather than just super-powered. And they show did pre-date all the other ensemble costume-less super-power shows so it really started the idea.

  • rodbleskow58 Jan 30, 2013

    OH GOD, NO! Please don't subject us to this MORONIC CRAP again - P L E A S E !!!!
    I'm begging here........
    STOP HOLLYWOOD STUPIDITY!

  • NicholasCampb Jan 30, 2013

    Regarding Kyle Killen's series -- that information is great and all but which character is going to lead the double life?

  • Sanity_Bleeds Jan 29, 2013

    Wow, whole lot of exciting news for once. Nice to see upcoming news and not see "cancelled", "short-ordered", or "on-the-bubble" anywhere in the news. (I don't really count South Park, that show ran its course years ago in my opinion, sorry fans!).

  • Fallon21 Jan 29, 2013

    Why is South Park being downsized?

  • mrjimmyjames Jan 29, 2013

    It's nice to see that the CW is finally starting (almost) to abandon the girly teen soaps that no one has ever watched on the network and expand its sci fi shows, which have always been its' highest rated even when they left them to die on Friday nights.

    Disappointing to see South Park downsized. Trey and Matt better be able to make up for this big time with successful projects.

  • bkyle2429 Jan 30, 2013

    if your talking about Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek those were awesome, Now The CW has had plenty Fantasy or Superpowers past and present BUFFY ANGEL SMALLVILLE, ARROW, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SUPERNATURAL THE SECRET CIRLCE

  • mrjimmyjames Jan 31, 2013

    Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill have never been successful and have mostly averaged around a one rating. And unlike Dawson's (which was actually on the WB, and even the original 90210) which plenty of guys watched, Gossip Girl couldn't cross over to any other demographic than teen girls. And the major cause of the network's struggle has been because their soaps alienated males. Whereas many of their scifi can crossover into other demographics.

  • bkyle2429 Jan 31, 2013

    The WB came the CW so same network OTH lasted 9 seasons that is very successful, Gossip Girl lasted 6 season, their is a lot of shows that don't make past 2 or three season, so you may want to rethink your definition of successful , plus the Original 90210 was on the FOX, the way your statement reads it was on the WB, the Teen with superpowers is no different for the shows that I listed, so this is not new territory for the CW/WB and soaps do not alienated males trust me, their is plenty of Guys that watch/Watched Grey's, Desperate Housewives , OPAT, Dallas, I can go on, they might not be teen but they are Soaps none the less

  • mrjimmyjames Jan 31, 2013

    I think you misunderstood; I didn't say that all teen soaps alienated males but that the ones that the CW has developed have. I was making a point by going from the beginning of the genre in the 90s (original 90210, Party of Five, Dawson's, etc.) to explain that they could cross over and attract other demographics. GG and the new 90210 simply don't, which is why the CW has struggled for years. Smallville and Supernatural always did. They even moved them to Fridays and they managed to keep half their ratings (which is pretty much impossible). They do attract more than one demo. And years on tv doesn't mean anything. Scrubs (which was great) was on for nine years despite never being successful. Ditto for 30 Rock. GG and OTH's longevity has more to do with Dawn Ostroff's incompetence than success. The CW has been drowning in red ink for years.

  • steveo92096 Jan 29, 2013

    South park was the one show I was looking forward to this spring.... unless Hannibal comes on

  • JT_Kirk Jan 29, 2013

    LA Noire I just found out originally had different button meanings, so the "doubt" button was written as "coerce", which now makes a lot more sense since I'd put up a mild doubt and Cole would fly off the handle like a goddamned lunatic. I think it's fair of LA Noir to change its name, the game was in development before the novel was released, they're both on the same subject, it was fair of the developer to ask for that change (they didn't sue, they asked about potential confusion). "Lost Angels" is an ass title though, TNT can do better.

    Ha ha, the South Park jackasses are now so lazy they can't even phone in 14 episodes a year.

  • klotensen Jan 30, 2013

    Haha, I was thinking the same about Parker and Stone!

  • WindUpRobot Jan 30, 2013

    Lost Angeles is how I felt when I was trying to find all those damn golden film reels canisters.

  • numberonecubsfa Jan 29, 2013

    Does no one remember that Tomorrow People remake from the 90's? Starting to think I imagined it....

  • JT_Kirk Jan 29, 2013

    I vaguely remembering hearing of it, but as we didn't get much British TV around here at the time, I didn't see it. Wikipedia says you're right though, '92 to '95.

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