The CW Orders Four Dramas, Including the Post-apocalyptic The 100

Hey big networks, The CW has breaking news too! While Fox and NBC are announcing their new series at the big kids' table, The CW is screaming from the crib about four new shows of its own. For those who've been contemplating whether The CW would continue to steer toward genre shows, the answer is a definitive yes, but it's also managed to sneak in a history lesson as well. Let's run 'em down:

The 100 is set 97 years after nuclear war turned the earth into a dust bowl, when the remaining human survivors, who live in a spaceship, decide to get the planet ready for habitation by sending 100 juvenile delinquents back to earth to clean it up and make sure there aren't any man-eating mutants running around. The cast includes Eliza Taylor, Henry Ian Cusick, Kelly Hu, Isaiah Washington, and Page Turco. 

Star-Crossed (formerly known as Oxygen) fulfills The CW's yearly quota of hot human women making out with non-human hunky men. Aimee Teegarden stars as a high-school girl who falls in love with the new foreign exchange student. But this guy is from SPACE! He's one of nine aliens integrated into the school after 10 years of living in segregated camps following an alien immigration. Matt Lanter, Malese Jow, and Maggie Elizabeth Jones (awww so cute!) also star. 

The Tomorrow People is based on the British series of the same name that ran in the '70s. The drama sees several young people with special powers from around the world team up to beat the bad guys. Yes, just like Heroes. Robbie Amell, Peyton List, and Mark Pellegrino star.


Reign is the black sheep here, as there isn't an alien or superpowered teen in sight. It's a period piece set in France during the rise of a then-teenage Mary Queen of Scots. I'm just going to go out on a limb here and say this will be the best of the bunch. It stars Adelaide Kane, Tony Regbo, and Torrance Comps.

Next week, we'll find out which of these new shows will nab the prime slots on The CW's fall schedule and which ones will be held until the midseason. They join the previously picked-up The Originals on The CW's roster of freshmen for 2013-2014. That means that the network's other pilots, Blink, Company Town, and The Selection won't be going to series. 

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