CW Announces Pilot Slate
A semi-alcoholic taxi driver sees dead people in one of four TV pilots on the CW’s new slate.
In Dead People the taxi driver, following a near death experience, is suddenly able to see and interact with ghosts. The many spirits that cross his path include that of his deceased ex wife whom he has never gotten over.
The pilot is created by Tom Kapinos, the creator of Californication. Kapinos is also writing the script and executive producing, via his company, Aggressive Mediocrity, alongside Bad Robot – JJ Abrams’ studio based company. Warner Bros TV is producing.
Aside from spirits of the dearly departed, the slate also serves up Tales from The Darkside – a rebooted version of the famous horror anthology series that aired during the ‘80s.
Writer Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son, is penning the pilot episode and serves as executive producer. Hill, who has made his own name for himself as a best-selling author, has written the novels NOS-4R2, Horns and Heart Shaped Box, as well as comics such as IDW Publishing’s Locke and Key series.
Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman are also executive producing.
Filmmaker George A. Romero – who resurrected many zombies in Night of the Living Dead,, the original Dawn of the Dead, Day of The Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of The Dead – created the series, a homage to earlier genre shows The Twlilight Zone and The Outer Limits. It ran on CBS from 1983 to 1988, and featured stories written by Stephen King, Robert Boch, George A. Romero and Harlan Ellison, among others.
Meanwhile, Cordon, another title on the CW pilot line up, is based on a Belgian series created by Carl Joos.
After Atlanta suffers an outbreak of a deadly epidemic, the city is quickly quarantined, families are suddenly sepatated and those stuck within the cordon are forcred to fight for their lives.
The show is based on the Belgian series of the same name, produced by Eyeworks, in which Antwerp is the city which becomes cut off from the rest of the world.
Julie Plec, creator of The Vampire Diariess and The Originals, will write and exec produce the pilot, while David Nutter is in the director’s chair. Nutter has previously helmed episodes of Game of Thrones, Entourage and The X-Files, among other shows. Producing the project are Warner Bros Television and Plec’s My So Called Company.
The fourth pilot is Cheerleader Death Squad, in which a former CIA agent turned teacher trains his students – who attend a prestigious prep school – to be his eyes and ears when their personal connections provide top level access to intelligence. His goal is to make his way back into the CIA.
Marc Cherry and Neal Baer, showrunner for Under the Dome, and Dan Truly, exec producer of Blue Bloods, are the creative team behind the show. serving as executive producers and writers, while Sabrina Wind is executive producing. Sabrina Wind, Cherry’s partner in Cherry/Wind Productions is executive producing.
Sources: Deadline and IMDB