News Briefs: The CW's Hunger Games-ish The Selection Is Still Alive

By Tim Surette

Jan 24, 2013


... Yesterday's insane rush of pilot announcements trickled into today, and for at least one project from The CW, it means new life! The Selection, which was part of last year's development slate, is back, with the network ordering a second pilot after retooling the script. In case you don't remember, or in case you were just born but have developed prodigal reading comprehension skills, The Selection, based on a book by Kiera Cass (trailer below, yes books have trailers now—#TeamAspen!!!), is set in a semi-apocalyptic future where a lottery picks girls to be candidates for the right to be Queen. Friday Night Lights' Aimee Teegarden was set to star, but I'm not sure that's still the case for the new version. The CW also ordered a pilot for Company Town, from Supernatural's Sera Gamble. It's about two young (duh) women who end up on opposite sides of a rift after a scandal at the Naval Academy tears the town in two. Metaphorically, of course. That makes three pilots in contention at The CW, including the Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. [TV Line]

... Once again NBC is going with the idea that the more pilots you make, the more hits you'll have. After ordering seven pilots yesterday, NBC added one more with Welcome to the Family. From Rules of Engagement's Mike Sikowitz, the single-camera comedy follows an interracial company and the cultural collision between the white and Hispanic families that are joined through their marriage. It's like Rob, but... no wait, it IS Rob. [Deadline Hollywood]


... TBS has ordered a new game show starring Jackass's Bam Margera. Bam's Bad Ass Game Show (gee, how long did it take them to come up with that) gets six episodes in which contestants will try to win cash by engaging in daring stunts, like answering trivia questions while dangling over a pile of garbage water or showing their faces on a show like this. Great. Fantastic. America, woo hoo. [TBS via press release]

... Sexy American Doctor Who fans: The Doctor will be back on March 30, says BBC America. [EW]

... Sexy Army Wives fans: The Army Wives will be back for Season 7 on March 10, says Lifetime. [Lifetime via press release]

... After a great start, it looks like support for Matthew Perry's NBC sitcom Go On is fading. The show hit a series low last night without The Voice to boost it up, registering a 1.3 rating in the adult demo from just under 4 million total viewers. The New Normal also stunk it up, with a season-low 1.2 and 3.27 million viewers. I would not like to be a network comedy right now, unless my name was The Big Bang Theory. [EW]


... Big beefy Terry Crews has signed on for Fox's Andy Samberg cop pilot. The single-camera comedy follows a bunch of New York cops, one of them played by Samberg. Crews, who you've seen as a screaming man in Old Spice and Reebok commercials, will play the precinct's sergeant. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Maria Bello (Prime Suspect) is leaving Touch after the upcoming second season. She joined the cast at the end of Season 1 as Lucy Robbins, the mother of a girl who had a similar talent to that weird little kid the show is about. [TV Line]

... CBS has announced the new cast for the upcoming season of The Amazing Race, and there's a really good chance that it features people you don't know, but after you watch the video in the link I'm sure you'll feel like you can leave your baby with them. The Amazing Race returns February 17. []

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  • bleumystique Jan 27, 2013

    Oh come on NBC!! In the words of my man Harvey Specter, "Get your S**T together!" If they keep throwing random stuff out there just to see what "sticks", only to consider dropping the things that do in fact stick is just stupid. Go On is one of their best shows. Let's not pretend as though it isn't. It gets bounced around, has on and off weeks, and rarely gets ads. What do you expect?

  • enjoi_anime_016 Jan 25, 2013

    There hasn't been an absolutely amazing comedy show since Friends was on. Although, The Big Bang Theory isn't half bad.

  • tnetennba Jan 26, 2013

    Arrested Development was absolutely amazing. (I thought Friends was great too when it started, but I got so sick of it after a while. I gave up around season 5). The IT crowd (British) was really great. Community is the best one that's still on the air.

  • adamonfire Jan 25, 2013

    The Big Bang Theory is awful, get that garbage off TV. It's Always Sunny, Louie, Legit, and Peep Show are where it's at - normally this would include Workaholics, but they're on time-out after Wednesday's episode.

  • GinnyGranger723 Jan 25, 2013

    Not even gonna mention that you just told us Army Wives was canceled? Hopefully no one got confused.

  • docspector Jan 24, 2013

    Yeah. Looks like I'll be able to keep that new year's resolution to watch less TV.

  • torque_smacky Jan 24, 2013

    I was under the impression Go On was the only new comedy doing well. I guess none are doing well, then.

  • LeahLefler Jan 24, 2013

    I really like Go On, so why doesn't everybody else?? but yay! Doctor Who!!!!!!!

  • Ujpesti Jan 24, 2013

    Please don't take Go On away from me!!

  • JT_Kirk Jan 24, 2013

    Screw you NBC, Go On airs with virtually no promos, surrounded by clunkers, how could it be a surprise that it got bad ratings? Thanks for killing another smart show with horrible programming decisions, just like you always do.

  • tnetennba Jan 26, 2013

    I'm not buying that at all. It started with much better ratings than any of the other NBC comedies. That's why it was one of the first shows of the season to get renewed. If its ratings has fallen, it's because people don't like the show enough.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 26, 2013

    My point was that after a ton of reruns and schedule confusion over the holidays, audiences simply didn't know it was airing that night since NBC hasn't been bringing much heat lately in the promos department. It wasn't just Go On that hit ratings lows that night, The New Normal also bottomed out and Parenthood's audience was down as well. That is a pattern.

  • HelghastMarc Jan 24, 2013

    Amazing Race!

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