The CW president Mark Pedowitz likes to set the tone for his TCA executive session with a music theme that plays while he is walking out. Today it was a Buena Vista Social Club tune in honor of the network’s new dramedy Jane The Virgin. Expectations are high for the charming comedic soap in the mold of Ugly Betty, which also put the CW on the list of networks with high marks on diversity this season. A couple of years ago, touting Beauty And The Beast‘s Kristin Kreuk as Asian American was the best Pedowitz could come up with when pressed on the whiteness of the network’s new series. Now, the network has a Latino family show. “I believe shows need to reflect what America looks like,” he said today.
Pedowitz was asked to lay out the distinction between BeautyAnd The Beast, which was renewed, and fellow bubble series Star-Crossed, The Carrie Diaries and The Tomorrow People that wasn’t. “Beauty And The Beast has a very engaged fan base, and it is a very profitable show,” Pedowitz said of the remake, which is a big international seller for sister studio CBS TV Studios. As for those that didn’t make the cut, Pedowitz admitted to having received 90 boxes of pasta from angry fans of cancelled alien romance Star-Crossed.Read More »
U.S. Olympians’ two milestone results yesterday — a first-ever gold in ice dancing and the first two-man bobsledding medal in 62 years — as well as Bob Costas’ return to NBC’s Olympics coverage after a sick leave, helped reverse the streak of Sochi ratings declines vs. the Vancouver Games. (It also gave a boost to the premiere ofThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.) Last night’s NBC primetime Olympic broadcast drew 23.5 million viewers, up 11% from the comparable night of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and a 5.6/15 in 18-49, up 4%. That is the first time the tape-delayed Sochi Olympics had edged the partly live Vancouver Games since last Tuesday.
Fox’s dramas kept steady against the Olympics. Both Almost Human (1.6) and The Following (1.7) matched their series lows from last Monday. ABC’s The Bachelor (2.2) was down a tenth from last Monday to tie a series low, while Castle (1.7) dived 19% from its last original, which did not face the Olympics, also tying a series low. CBS aired comedy repeats and a new Intelligence (1.2), down a tenth from last week. Read More »
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Is the CW’s new sci-fi series Star-Crossed a statement on racism or a teen romance? At today’s TCA, producers and cast defended the show’s right to be both. Set in the near future, the show pits the alien Atrians against the humans in the social cauldron that is high school. Borrowing a page from Romeo And Juliet, human girl Emery (Aimee Teegarden) is in love with Roman (Matt Lanter), an Atrian.
With Tuesday on fire and Wednesday and Thursday solid, the CW is taking another crack at Mondays where it has struggled this fall with Hart Of Dixie and especially Beauty & The Beast. After a monthlong hiatus, the former will relocate to Fridays in March where it will follow the second cycle of summer standout Whose Line Is It Anyway? On Friday, Hart Of Dixie will succeed fellow sophomore drama The Carrie Diaries, which had a 13-episode order. The CW’s new Monday lineup will consist of new midseason drama Star-Crossed and fall freshman The Tomorrow People, which will relocate from Wednesday night for a sci-fi block the CW brass hope will do better than Hart Of Dixie and Beauty & The Beast. Before the new lineup takes hold, CW’s Monday will go through a transitional period with newcomer Star-Crossed paired with holdover Beauty & The Beast for a month in a romance-themed combo. The Tomorrow People will be vacating the post-Arrow slot, which the CW wants to use as a launch pad for a second genre drama this season, midseason entry The 100, which is considered the most compatible with Arrow. After its March 10 telecast, Beauty & The Beast will go on hiatus, with return date for the remaining six original episodes TBD. Whose Line will warm up the Friday 8-9 PM period with repeats from last summer from February 14-March 14 before the sketch comedy launches its second season with two back-to-back originals on March 21. Starting the following week, a new Whose Line will air at 8 PM, followed by a repeat at 8:30 PM. Here are the CW’s midseason premiere dates: Read More »
The CW sent fans mildly cooing with Thursday’s preview of Star-Crossed, the sci-fi drama-romance set to debut midseason starring Aimee Teegarden and Matt Lanter as the forbidden teenage paramours. Creator Meredith Averill, co-exec producer and co-showrunner Adele Lim and stars Teegarden, Lanter, and Grey Damon appeared for a brief panel following a screening of the pilot, which sets up the Romeo & Juliet-with-aliens series. Human Emery (Teegarden) and extraterrestrial Roman (Lanter) first meet as 6-year-olds the day an alien race known as the Atrians crash land on Earth. Ten years later the surviving “invaders” have been quarantined and segregated, a group of their heartthrob teen offspring integrated into the local high school as part of an experiment in cultural integration.
It’s the network’s bread and butter high school soap setting with a dash of the supernatural a la Twilight/Vampire Diaries – complete with torrid hallway glances, mean girls, jocks, and teen talk. The pilot covers the duration of the first day of school as both Roman and Emery wade into their new high school waters. She has her own secret that’s kept her in hospital for the past four years. A party in the woods brings them together again and the pair commit social suicide, leaving their respective cliques behind for a moment alone. Sprinkled throughout are futuristic tech and science fiction touches – … Read More »
As the newly picked-up broadcast series are gearing up for production, they’ve brought in producing directors. Here are some notable hires on new drama series. Jace Alexander will be co-executive producer/director on hot NBC drama The Blacklist. He is with ICM Partners and Fineman Entertainment. Ghost Whisperer creator John Gray will serve in the same capacity on CBS’ Reckless, while Ken Olin will be producing director on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Other producing director appointments: Dan Lerner (Lucky 7), Tim Busfield (Mind Games), Sam Hill (Almost Human), Jonas Pate (Believe), Deran Sarafian(Star-Crossed) and Nelson McCormick (Gang Related).
Here’s a preview of The CW‘s new drama series Star-Crossed (previously Oxygen). It chronicles the epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school. Matt Lanter and Aimee Teegarden star. Check out the trailer that dropped today:
EXCLUSIVE: Meredith Averill, the writer-executive producer of new CW series Star-Crossed, has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios, which is behind the drama. Star-Crossed chronicles the epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school. Averill will co-showrun the series with Adele Lin, who recently joined the project under an overall deal with CBS Studios. The two are executive producing the series with Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard and Bryan Furst. Star-Crossed reunites Averill with Applebaum, Nemec and Rosenberg. She started out as Applebaum and Nemec’s assistant and worked as a writer for them and Rosenberg on ABC’s Life On Mars and Happy Town. She spent the last three seasons on CBS’ praised drama The Good Wife, also from CBS TV Studios.
Adele Lim (Private Practice, One Tree Hill) has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, she will serve as executive producer/co-showrunner on the studio’s new CW drama series Star-Crossed(previously Oxygen) alongside the project’s writer-executive producer Meredith Averill. Star-Crossed chronicles the epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school. Also executive producing the series are Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard and Bryan Furst. Star-Crossed marks WME-repped Lim’s return to the CW and CBS Studios where she served as co-executive producer on Life Unexpected. Her credits also include Life On Mars, where she worked with Applebaum, Nemec and Rosenberg, and One Tree Hill.