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

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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