The CW launches its summer lineup tonight with Whose Line Is It Anyway? moving temporarily to Monday and Beauty And The Beast kicking off its run of six original episodes left over from Season 2. Back in April, the network announced its summer scheduling plans through August 1, including premiere dates for new series Famous In 12, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters Of Illusion on the unscripted side and comedies Backpackers and Seed on the scripted. Today, the CW unveiled a Friday, August 22, premiere date for the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model, with Masters Of Illusion originals airing at 8 PM, to be replaced by Whose Line in the fall. Also today, the network announced return dates for two summer specials it is bringing back from last year, iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party, from Clear Channel, and Young Hollywood Awards, from Deadline parent PMC. Additionally, the CW has made a minor tweak to its previously announced summer lineup designed to give midseason drama The 100 additional sampling. Reruns of the renewed freshman will replace scheduled Arrow repeats on Wednesday starting on July 30. Here is the CW’s full list of summer premiere dates:
CW’s Pre-Upfront Meet The Press: Mark Pedowitz Talks Accidental Artificial Inseminated Virgins, ‘Flash,’ And High Octane TV
CW chief Mark Pedowitz got on the phone this morning to talk to press tour reporters about his new schedule, which has just two new series for fall: Jane The Virgin – engaged virgin (Gina Rodriguez) gets artificially inseminated by accident at medical clinic — is paired with returning vampire/werewolf/witch drama The Originals on Mondays. And The Flash — guy acquires super-fast powers after run-in with cutting edge particle accelerator — is paired with 10th season of Supernatural on Tuesdays. Arrow, meanwhile, is back on Wednesdays, with post-apocalyptic drama The 100, The Vampire Diaries segues into crunchy gravel drama Reign on Thursdays, and improv comedy Whose Line Is It Anyway leads into America’s Next Top Model on Fridays.) Two new dramas are on the midseason bench: iZombie — pretty med student turned into a zombie when zombie feeding frenzy breaks out at a party — and The Messengers — scientist’s heart stops in New Mexico desert when mysterious objects falls to earth and explodes, linking her with four strangers. Also back in ’15: returning Hart Of Dixie and fantasy Beauty And The Beast.
Here’s how it went…
8:30 AM ET: “We had a really good year this year,” Pedowitz said by way of warming up the crowd. It’s CW’s most watched season in three years. The network will finish the season up in total viewers, up in 18-49, steady in 18-34 and with its highest concentration of young men yet. The crop of new series joining the slate will advance his goal for “more inclusive programming.”
CW Renews ‘The 100′, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ & ‘Beauty And The Beast’; Cancels ‘Tomorrow People’, ‘Star-Crossed’ & ‘Carrie Diaries’
Three of the CW‘s bubble series – The 100, Hart Of Dixie and Beauty And The Beast, have made the cut with orders for next season, while The Tomorrow People, Star-Crossed and Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries have been cancelled. The number of episodes for the renewed three is TBD — word is that they will likely be less than 22. The 100, which has been getting some of the CW’s best reviews ever, and the soapy Hart Of Dixie, both from Warner Bros TV, had been considered certain to return among the five CW series that didn’t make the cut for early pickup in February. That despite some recent ratings lows for Dixie in its new Friday slot. Politics likely played a role in picking the third. Beauty And The Beast, from the other CW sister studio, is a solid international seller for CBS Studios with 44 episodes already in the bank, which no doubt helped its cause for renewal. (Carrie Diaries‘ haul to date is 26 episodes.) The 100 will be run by executive producer Jason Rothenberg, who developed the show. Co-showrunners Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, who only signed on for the first 13 episodes to help Rothenberg find his bearings, are leaving.
The casualties at CW today include freshmen The Tomorrow People, which struggled to connect with the CW core 18-34 demo; alien romance Star-Crossed, which had a middling midseason run paired with Tomorrow People on Monday; and sophomore The Carrie Diaries, which has been long forgotten, having finished its 13-episode second and final season more than three months ago.
The CW has unveiled its summer schedule, which includes originals on all five nights the network programs. That includes the reboot of Whose Line Is It Anyway? which originally launched last summer, now moving to a new night, Mondays. It will be joined by original episodes of Beauty And The Beast, which has been benched for the rest of the season; two new scripted offerings, Canadian comedy Seed and web-to-TV comedy Backpackers; docu-reality series Famous In 12; and two magic series, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and a Masters Of Illusion revival. Here is the CW summer schedule with premiere dates and descriptions of the new series:
Amber Skye Noyes has been booked for a three-episode arc on the CW drama Beauty And The Beast with an option to become a regular. She will play Tori, an innocent daughter of a powerful beast who is rescued by Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) and then taken under their wing, where Tori will make some shocking discoveries about her life. Noyes is with Phoenix Artists and Persona Management.
Duncan Lacroix (Game of Thrones) has been cast in Starz’s Outlander, a Ron Moore series based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling books. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. Lacroix will play Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, Jamie’s godfather, a taciturn man, but very loyal to Jamie. At first skeptical of Claire, like his fellow clansmen, Murtagh eventually warms to her – whatever is best for Jamie.
So-so ratings for the planted Originals spinoff episode of The Vampire Diaries last night didn’t deter the CW from proceeding with the project as a series. The network just gave its first new-series order for next season to The Originals, which had enjoyed strong support among CW brass. Additionally, the network has given early renewals to sophomore drama Hart Of Dixie and freshman Beauty And The Beast, which join previously picked up The Vampire Diaries, Arrow and Supernatural. Missing from the list are Nikita, which still appears likely for a final 13-episode cycle, and The Carrie Diaries, also likely to get a renewal despite tame ratings. Beauty And The Beast too has been lagging in the ratings department, but the reboot of the 1980s series was a pet project for CW president Mark Pedowitz, and its renewal assures that there is one returning show on the CW schedule next season that hails from CBS TV Studios, one of the two studios that supply the network. Additionally, digital play weighs much heavier on the CW brass’ renewal decisions than other networks because of the CW’s rich deals with Netflix and Hulu.
The CW‘s midseason drama The Carrie Diaries wraps its 13-episode freshman season tonight. With its pedigree as an offshoot from one of most recognizable media franchises of the last 20 years, Sex And The City, it was expected to be a slam-dunk. Instead, Carrie Diaries started slow and is finishing its run on the bubble. But while its TV ratings alone would’ve likely pushed the series toward cancellation, Carrie Diaries‘ very strong online play including on Hulu is making the renewal a possibility. What’s more, besides the three shows the CW already cancelled this season — veteran 90210 and freshmen Emily Owens MD and Cult — there is a chance that the CW returns all of its other series including Hart Of Dixie, Nikita, Beauty And The Beast and Carrie Diaries in some shape or form, including limited runs. (The CW’s strongest series, Arrow, The Vampire Diaries and veteran Supernatural, were already renewed in February.)
More than other networks’ series, the online performance of CW shows, most of which are serialized, plays an important part in the net’s renewal decisions. After all, episode streaming provides a key revenue stream for the CW. In addition to commercial-loaded play on the the network’s website, the CW’s current series are available on Hulu under a five-year, $75-million deal, while previous seasons of CW shows are on Netflix as part of the eye-popping four-year, $1 billion pact the two companies inked in late 2011. The Netflix deal in particular represents an incentive for the CW to keep shows on the air longer because that raises interest in previous seasons as evident by such current serialized cable series as Breaking Bad, whose older seasons became blockbuster hits on Netflix.
Next Disney Fairy Tale Blockbuster? How About ‘Trance’ Scribe Joe Ahearne Reimagining ‘Beauty And The Beast?’
EXCLUSIVE: Hot on the heels of another splashy revisionist fairy tale opening in Oz The Great and Powerful, Disney is in talks with UK-based writer Joe Ahearne to reinvent its Beauty And The Beast franchise. Ahearne most recently scripted Trance, the film that Danny Boyle directed and then completed between his production of the Opening Ceremonies of the last Summer Olympics in London. This will be live action, and most certainly 3D.
Disney is calling this film The Beast, and considering the subject matter of Trance – an art auctioneer is pummeled so badly by his criminal cohorts that a hypnotherapist is needed to coax out the memories of where he hid a priceless painting — indicates that this revisionist take on Beauty and the Beast could be a bit on the dark side.
The film will be produced by Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman and Disney’s LouAnne Brickhouse will steer the project. Ahearne is repped by Resolution and United Agents in the UK. He’s managed by Thruline and Principal Entertainment.
I thought Hollywood’s infatuation with public domain fairy tales would have abated by now, because they are running out of good titles. I figured they’d be looking at limericks by now, with development titles like There Once Was A Man From Nantucket and There Once Was A …
The CW has handed a full-season order to Beauty And The Beast. This is the second CW freshman series to get a back-nine order following the network’s pickup of Arrow last month. Beauty And The Beast has not been the breakout hit that Arrow has been but the show inched up in the ratings last night in total viewers and all key adult demos despite its lead-in, The Vampire Diaries, dipping a bit. Season to date, Beauty And The Beast, starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, is averaging 2.4 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-34, according to “most current” Nielsen data. Ratings-wise, Beauty And The Beast ranks second behind Arrow among the CW’s new series. The third, Emily Owens MD, is still awaiting word on a back episodic order after receiving a three-script pickup last month. While it lags behind Beauty And The Beast, Emily Owens is handicapped by a weak lead-in from Hart Of Dixie vs. Vampire Diaries, which opens for Beauty And The Beast.
With the CW‘s breakout drama Arrow receiving a full-season order today, there was also something for the network’s other freshman series, Beauty And The Beast and Emily Owens, MD. I’ve learned that each has received an order for three additional scripts. Beauty And The Beast has been the stronger of the two out of the gate as it has a big lead-in from The Vampire Diaries. After a solid premiere, it dropped in Week 2. Meanwhile, Emily Owens, MD got off to a slow start in its debut last week.
EXCLUSIVE: Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin, who wrote and are executive producing the CW’s Beauty And The Beast reboot, have signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the freshman series. The two-year pact will include Cooper and Levin’s services as executive producers/co-showrunners on Beauty And The Beast, which they run with Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson.
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The CW isn’t the kind of network that might have a propensity to assault its audience with ugly characters, which is why some were puzzled when it picked up a reboot of the 1980s CBS drama Beauty And The Beast for fall. But those attending TCA and have watched the pilot quickly learned that the home of Gossip Girl and young adults with flawless skin hasn’t deviated much from its focus on the physical. In fact, with stars Kristin Kreuk and hunky New Zealand native Jay Ryan, it was difficult to tell during a morning panel which of the two was supposed to be the beast. It more closely resembled Beauty and the Beef. The only real physical tipoff that something might be amiss with Ryan’s character Vincent is a small scar on his cheek. When this was pointed out to the show’s producers, they stressed that, well, the guy’s beastliness is supposed to be more…internal. “When we were first thinking about this, it was about the beast in our lives”, said exec producer Jennifer Levin, “and most of the beasts in our lives don’t look like an actual beast. They might be charming. There’s something that might draw us to them. So there is that thing of what happens when you do fall in love with a beast, which is what we related to much more than somebody who obviously was beastly from the outside. It was more beastliness that was on the inside. That was more interesting to us”.
NOTE: The network will release full trailers of all its shows in the next few days. The CW did provide clips of its fall-premiering shows.
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CW’s Arrow – Drama
Produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, based on characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics. From executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and David Nutter, and co-executive producer Melissa Kellner Berman. Directed by David Nutter. Teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim, story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim (pilot):
CW’s Beauty And The Beast – Drama
Produced by CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper, Bill Haber, Paul J. Witt & Tony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Gary Fleder:
I hear Beauty & The Beast, the CW‘s reboot of the 1980s series, is likely to snag the network’s marquee launching pad behind The Vampire Diaries on Thursday in the fall. The series, starring Kristin Kreuk, is one of five new scripted series the CW has picked up for next season — the most in the network’s six-year history. Among those is Arrow, based on DC’s Green Arrow character, which, like Vampire Diaries, is a genre show but skews a lot more male. That makes Beauty & The Beast, a cop procedural set against a love story between Catherine/Beauty (Kreuk) and Vincent/Beast (Jay Ryan), a more suitable companion to the vampire love saga.
Speaking of female-centered new CW series, the network has the Sex And The City prequel The Carrie Diaries on tap. The series shares a lot of its DNA with CW veteran Gossip Girl — both are about high-school fashionistas in New York, just living in different time periods, and both are produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Because of the similarities, with Gossip Girl ending its run with a 11-episode final season, it is logical for The Carrie Diaries, already hailed as its successor, to also succeed Gossip Girl on the schedule when it goes off the air. (Though how funny would it …
The CW has made five new drama series pickups, with all early standouts making the cut. That includes the Sex And The City prequel The Carrie Diaries, the Green Arrow-themed Arrow, the contemporary reboot of the 1980s series Beauty and the Beast, mystery Cult and medical drama First Cut starring Mamie Gummer.
Picking up five new scripted series is a record for the CW which, under new topper Mark Pedowitz, has vowed to increase the amount of originals on the air at any time, avoiding long spells of repeats. The CW also has been planning to employ the cable model of shorter seasons with some of its series, including Cult, which had been envisioned from the get-go as doing 13 episodes a season. There had been speculation that the CW would pick up as many as 5-6 of its eight pilots to series. The sixth drama pilot that had been in serious contention but did not get a nod today was the book adaptation The Selection whose chances were boosted by its similarities to the blockbuster Hunger Games movie franchise. Were those similarities too close for comfort?
The large number of new series pickups does not bode well for the CW many bubble series but a couple, like Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl and maybe Nikita, would likely make the cut. Studio-wise, three of the five new CW series, Carrie Diaries, Arrow and Cult, hail from Warner Bros. TV, the other two from CBS TV Studios. Two of the series are co-produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s WBTV-based Fake Empire, while Arrow is with Berlanti Prods.
There are two Beauty And The Beast pilots this season, one at ABC and one at the CW, with the search for actors to play the title roles among the most closely watched this season. In the end, none of the leads went to American actors. The title roles in the ABC Beauty And The Beast, which adheres closer to the classic fairy tale, went to young Irish actress Ruth Bradley (Grace aka Beauty) and Scottish singer-actor Darius Campbell (Shiro aka Beast). The CW pilot, based on the 1980s series, cast in the title roles Canadian beauty Kristin Kreuk (Catherine) and New Zealand-born Australian hunk Jay Ryan (Vincent). Of the four, only Smallville alumna Kreuk is a name in the U.S., while the other three are virtually unknown. Additionally, the ABC project has a third lead, a dashing prince, who will be played by Australian Chris Egan. It is true that Beauty And The Beast’s origins are not American — it started off as a French fairy tale — but it is closely associated with its most famous adaptation by Disney. Even though American screen adaptations of fairy tales tend to have some protagonists speak with a British accent, the complete shutout of American actors from the major characters in the two Beauty And The Beast projects is surprising. Especially after ABC’s hit fairytale series Once Upon A Time employs mostly American actors in the primary cast, including lead Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen) and Josh Dallas (Prince Charming).
In his U.S. debut, Australian actor Jay Ryan has landed the male lead opposite Kristin Kreuk in the CW drama pilot Beauty And The Beast. Loosely based on the 1980s CBS series, CW’s Beauty And The Beast is described as a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist. It centers on Catherine (Kreuk), a tough-minded NYPD homicide detective haunted by witnessing her mother’s murder nine years ago and the killers’ quick demise at the hands of a Beast. After years of searching, Catherine finally finds the Beast, Vincent Koslow (Ryan), the survivor of a military experiment that went disastrously wrong, and becomes the protector of his secret life as a superhero. Gary Fleder is directing the pilot, written by Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper. Levin and Cooper are executive producing with the creator of the original series, Ron Koslow, the original series’ producers Paul Junger Witt & C. Anthony Thomas, as well as Bill Haber. Ryan, who spent 3 years on Australia’s popular soap Neighbours, did an arc on the first season of Fox’s Terra Nova, which filmed Down Under.
Aja Naomi King has been cast in the CW’s Jennie Snyder Urman medical drama pilot aka First Cut, about a newly minted female doctor working at a hospital. King, repped by Gersh and The Group, will play a surgical intern.