The CW Hopes for New Franchise

If you’ve been living under a rock, then you may not have heard that The CW has troubles: most of their shows are doing terribly in the ratings department.

But EW got the scoop on a whole new batch of CW pilots, with the network saying, “We need to have core franchises in the works.” (They mentioned “cult faves” like The Vampires Diaries, with no mention of GG…)

Damon:"You think of these new shows could be as good as us?" Stefan:"Puh-lease!" Photo: The CW

Dawn Ostroff, who’s been in charge of The CW line-up since the network’s launch, is leaving in June, so she’s pushing out as many great shows as she can. Here’s the list of pilots that could potentially be new hot CW shows according to EW:

Danni Lowinski (Executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman): A young female law school grad who can’t find a job decides to open her own law office – in a kiosk at the local mall. Cast: Amanda Walsh, Carla Gallo, Neal Bledsoe, George Dzundza, Utkarsh Ambudkar

Awakening (William Laurin & Glenn Davis, Howard T. Owens, Carolyn Bernstein, Todd Cohen): Two sisters come of age and face off against one another amidst the beginning of a zombie uprising. Cast: Lucy Griffiths, Meredith Hagner, Brian Hallisay

Hart of Dixie (Leila Gerstein, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein): Culture shock awaits a young New York City doctor after she inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town inhabited by an eclectic and eccentric group of characters in this comedic drama. Cast: Rachel Bilson, Jamie King, Wilson Bethel, Cress Williams

Cooper and Stone (Laurie Arent): A contemporary and genuine drama centered on two young women, who are the best of friends, facing the same personal and professional struggles as any other women their age. Despite having their own individual styles and very different backgrounds, they share a unique bond: They’re partnered as two of Chicago’s best homicide detectives. Cast: Alexandra Breckenridge, Riley Smith

Heavenly (Richard Hatem, Rob Doherty, Ross Fineman, Mimi Leder): A dedicated young female attorney and a former angel team up to tackle cases at her legal aid clinic. She comes to the rescue of her clients… while he saves their souls. Cast: Ben Aldridge, Elizabeth Ho

Secret Circle (Andrew Miller, Kevin Williamson, Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo, Liz Friedlander): Based upon the book series by L.J. Smith (author of The Vampire Diaries book series), the story of a young woman who moves to a new town and discovers that not only is she a witch and part of a secret coven, but she’s also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. Cast: Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker

"Why didn't you tell me Rachel Bilson had a show in the works?! You know I'm an O.C. fan!" Photo: The CW

Personally I’m pulling for Josh Schawartz’s Hart of Dixie! Anything with Schwartz and Bilson gets my vote! Secret Circle sounds interesting and so does Awakening — if you’re not tired of witches and zombies yet. Meanwhile Heavenly sounds like a snooze.

Do any of these pilots sound like CW winners to you? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. I have really, really high hopes for Hart of Dixie. I miss Rachel Bilson!

  2. Pingback: The CW Picks Up 3 New Shows! | The Remote Generation

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