The last of this week’s broadcast upfronts belonged to The CW, whose brand is young, fresh and hip. Fittingly the network’s presentation at New York’s City Center on Thursday opened with Icona Pop performing their infectious “I Love It”.
Then The CW announced a schedule that includes super-powered teens, vampires and …Mary, Queen of Scots? A series about 16th Century royalty — did not see that one coming.
Despite the departures of Gossip Girl and 90210, and the looming expiration of Nikita, it is a typically modest harvest of new shows (three dramas) for The CW, which has only 10 hours of programming to fill each week.
Here are descriptions of the series The CW will add in October:
Set in New Orleans, The Originals is populated by vampires, werewolves and witches (Oh my!). The Vampire Diaries spinoff stars Joseph Morgan (reprising his Klaus character) and Daniel Gillies (Saving Hope) as brothers, scions of the first family of vampires. They’re trying to take back Crescent City from apostate vamp Charles Michael Davis (The Game). With Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin and Daniella Pineda.
In The Tomorrow People, Robbie Amell (1600 Penn) plays a guy with mysteriously emerging powers. (Amell’s cousin Stephen is the hunky star of Tomorrow People’s lead-in, Arrow.) This teleporting teen must choose between his mutant kind — Luke Mitchell, Peyton List and Penn alum Aaron Yoo — who live in an abandoned subway station, and the doctor (Lost’s Mark Pellegrino) who wants to stamp them out.
Reign revels in lust and intrigue in the 16th century royal court of France. A teen Mary Stuart (Aussie actress Adelaide Kane) is caught in a love triangle between the Dauphin (Brit actor Toby Regbo) and the king’s rakish bastard (Canadian actor Torrance Coombs). You know what this show needs? American vampires.
With only two dependable ratings draws — Arrow and Vampire Diaries — in its stable. The CW is hoping that these shows will attract younger viewers, its stock in trade. If not, off with their heads, starting with Mary’s.
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