The CW ordered five television pilots for next season, ranging from awesomely nerdy to meh. Here's a list of them in classic "Top Five" form:
This series is about a young woman in need of an organ donation from the son of a powerful family. The catch: that powerful family has potential ties to terrorists, and the CIA asks the woman to act as an informant. I can't think of anything particular interesting or original about the series pitch, besides that it's executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the producers of Fringe and Sleepy Hollow. Still, I don't expect this to go anywhere.
4) Jane the Virgin
According to EW, Jane the Virgin is about a hard-working, virtuous Latina woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated and has to deal with the fallout and the baby's biological father, who falls in love with her despite being married. Based on a Venezuelan telenovella, the series seems pretty edgy for the CW, who often dumbs down relevant political issues in favor of extended party scenes and underage drinking. And speaking of underage drinking, how will Jane the Virgin get in its prerequisite six underaged drinking scenes a year when the main character is expecting?
3) Supernatural: Tribes
Having no knowledge of Supernatural, I'll presume that this spinoff is a good thing, since it means more reviews from our Supernatural Squee Team, and keeps the Supernatural franchise from growing stale.
That's right, Rob Thomas's adaptation of Chris Roberson and Mike Allred's iZombie series got a pilot order this week. The television adaptation appears to be a radical take on the comic series, moving Gwen from a graveyard to a morgue and transforming the series into a procedural crime drama. Still, Rob Thomas created Veronica Mars, which masterfully balanced season long plots with procedural cases, and the CW could be a great home for quirky characters like Gwen, Ellie and Scott the Wereterrier.
1) The Flash
Okay, this was actually picked up last week, and casting has already begun in earnest for the series. With Killer Frost and the Reverse Flash both having roles in the pilot, The Flash could be Arrow turned up to 11, creating a comic book nirvana on television that Agents of SHIELD has only dreamed of. The only question is: how do they visualize Flash's superspeed without being supercorny?
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