The CW had some tough decisions to make regarding the pilots it had in development, but the network narrowed its choices today, granting five lucky shows a life of sub-1.0 ratings and an audience rivaling that of Univision's second-string shows. Here they are now—let's see what we can make of them!
What it is: With Smallville gone, The CW needed a brave character to step in and lead a new superhero drama. So it went with The Green Arrow, a character that was actually featured in Smallville. But this will be a darker version of character, a billionaire playboy who fights crime with a bow and arrow and dresses like Robin Hood.
Initial reaction based on description alone: Look, I understand a show about Superman. People are familiar with The Man of Steel. But The Green Arrow?
My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: See above. He may be a badass to comic fans, but this needs to appeal to a new audience and a lack of recognition doesn't help.
Where The CW might schedule it: Hmm. I guess this gets paired up with The Vampire Diaries?
The Carrie Diaries
What it is: This is the Sex and the City prequel set in the 1980s from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. It follows Carrie Bradshaw as she becomes a woman! Or at least a horny teenager.
Initial reaction based on description alone: Despite being based on a hit series, this doesn't really sound any different from the rest of The CW high-school dramas except for the fact that it's set in the '80s, when most of The CW's audience weren't even fertilized yet.
My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: It'll come in hot because of the brand, but it will cool off quick when people realize they no longer care.
Where The CW might schedule it: Monday or Tuesday is a lock. A possible companion to Gossip Girl.
What it is: When fans of a popular television show (something not on The CW) start reenacting its crime scenes, a young production assistant and a young investigative blogger discover they might be recreating murders, too!
Initial reaction based on description alone: This sounds both cool and stupid, but probably more stupid.
My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: This is another hot starter that will likely fizzle out fast.
Where The CW might schedule it: Common sense says this is a Thursday show, but then where does Arrow go? Could Cult get bumped up to Monday or Tuesday, or will The CW finally stop putting the bad reality show that is America's Next Top Model on Wednesdays?
What it is: A lighthearted medical drama about a nerdy girl who leaves her tormented life behind for a fresh new start working at a hospital. But when she arrives, the high-school dynamics exist there, too.
Initial reaction based on description alone: This actually sounds charming!
My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: I'm just going to say this survives, because if Hart of Dixie survived, so can this.
Where The CW might schedule it: Early in the week... how about a medical block with Hart of Dixie?
Beauty and the Beast
What it is: This is a modern-day remake of the 1980s CBS series. A hot girl and an ugly dude solve crimes! Kristin Kreuk stars.
Initial reaction based on description alone: This doesn't sound good. At all.
My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: Another concept squandered.
Where The CW might schedule it: Sheesh, with all these inbetweener series, The CW is going to have to really shuffle up its schedule. This could air anywhere except Friday, where Supernatural and Nikita should stay put.
Anything here sound good to you?
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