CW pilot pickups! Zombies, angels, docs, cops

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The CW’s zombie series just shambled another step closer to getting on the air, along with a project about an ex-angel and a couple cop ‘n’ doc shows.

The network just announced four pilot pickups, including one from the Chuck/Gossip Girl team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

First up is one you’ve heard about already if you’ve been reading your Inside TV blog: Awakening, about “two sisters who come of age and face off against one another amidst the beginning of a zombie uprising.” The others after the jump…

Next is Heavenly, from Supernatural co-exec producer Richard Hatem, about a dedicated young attorney who teams with a former angel to help clients at a legal aid clinic — “she saves clients’ butts while he saves their souls”* Also, the angel has never experienced human feelings, so you can imagine the sort of hijinks that will ensue.

Hart of Dixie is from Schwartz, Savage, Leila Gerstein, and Len Goldstein, and about 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 character.”

Cooper and Stone, from Life producer Laurie Arent, follows “two smart young female detectives on Chicago’s North Side [who] are best friends, [and] equally adept at discussing fashion, music, pop culture as they are solving homicides.”

CW tends to pick up six drama pilots, so the network may have another two to go. So far the list is free of teen soaps, presumably the network feels well stocked in that regard.

* Yes, really!


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  • Jonathan

    I love Josh Scwartz and Gossip Girl, but I don’t know about this idea. I’ll watch, but if it doesn’t pick up fast, I’ll drop it just like I did Hellcats.

  • oh well

    Cooper and Stone sounds terrible

    • Aly

      Agreed. When does smart translate to talking about fashion and pop culture? Not that I’m above talking about either, but it sounds like they aren’t giving the intellect of their intended audience any credit if they think an overabundance of pop culture references is necessary to appeal to 18-34 year old women.

      • Annette

        WTF? Yeah, I’m solving a crime but let’s discuss pop culture together while this person lays dead on the ground! Lame plot what are these people on?

      • bamalam

        I don’t know…I for one am tired of folks thinking that just because I’m smart, I like doing boring things. I’m currently part of many honors societies in college and all the “opportunities” that get sent to my e-mail deal with business, accounting, government, etc. One of them even offered me the chance of an exciting trip to NY to learn about the Stock Exchange! Fun! /sarcasm

  • Will

    What about “The Secret Circle”? That was the only pilot idea that sound decent.

    • Aly

      It’s still in the preliminary talking stage from my understanding. No cast or pilot yet.

    • Faith Colebrook

      What was the pilot idea for this show, I missed it… thanks

  • Kris

    None of them sound that good. I’m surprised at the lack of Gossip Girl/90210-esque teen soaps. It seems like every year they order them in spades (Privileged, Melrose Place, TBL, Hellcats…) and they almost never succeed. Maybe they’re learning.

    • Jonathan

      I’m still mourning the loss of Melrose Place and Privileged :(

  • Kyle

    Hart of Dizxie sounds very similar to Everwood.

    • Rebekah

      @Kyle, I was thinking the exact same thing. Only, it surely won’t be as intelligent, humorous or hearfelt as Everwood. Few shows have reached the high standard of acting, writing and direction as that show.

    • myprettypony

      more like northern exposure to me.

    • Neil

      It sounds like Private Practice with young people, to be honest. The zombie show should be decent enough entertainment, though.

  • Trey

    What happened to that show Michelle Trachtenberg was going to be in?

    • gfgadsg

      I am wondering the same!!!

  • Frank Anderson

    These all sound like crap. Just like CW to try to force “sexy young people” in every possible scenario they can…poorly.

    • Tarc

      Unfortunately, people *keep watching* these shows, so they keep making them.

  • Spandex

    Once again The CW takes on GIRL POWER.. :P

  • Craig

    And the zombie bandwagon begins.

    • D

      But since this is the CW, we can expect hot zombies with designer (albeit ragged) duds with perfect hair and 6 pack abs, right? I wonder how they will play up the zombie angst….

    • Mike

      Craig-
      I was thinking the same thing. First it was Vampires (True Blood brought on Vampire Diaries) and now zombies (Walking Dead brings on the new CW show)

  • Sparky

    So if these get picked up what’s on the current schedule thats going to get dropped??? Smallvile and…

    • D

      Life Unexpected, and I hear that One Tree Hill isn’t coming back…

      • Jonathan

        LUX should still be on; it’s one of their best shows, and they should have stood by it just as NBC has stood by 30 Rock. OTH has run quite a course but I can’t see it getting cancelled when it pulls some of the better ratings.

  • A2

    Does that mean Raven is dead?

    • Brian

      Hope not.

      • James Hibberd

        Updated to note that CW usually picks up 6, so there could be a couple more to come….

      • S.

        Agree – Raven sounded interesting to me, but these four just don’t sound like anything I care to watch.

  • Lily

    Cool! I just met my real love on a a millionaire dating site RichPassion ℃○M– and we had our first drink about 4 hours after the initial contact. We have just enough in common to get along but just enough differences to make it awesome fun! Ohhh and He is awesomely Rich!!!so i want to share u this nice place!!

  • M

    These shows sound extremely lame. How has Dawn Ostroff not been fired yet?

  • mike

    Dawn Ostriff has absolutely no idea what shes’s doing. All of these minus the zombie series sounds pointless and useless to the overall feel of the network. Where is the Michellke Tranchenburg series? Or Secret Circle? The Kevin Williamson series? We should all pray she leaves the network. She is honostly a moron.

    • TJ

      I’m pretty sure she’s leaving in May or June.

    • S.

      You think the zombie series isn’t pointless? I just could never get into zombies, but maybe I’m alone in this.

  • TJ

    Well…this all sounds rather terrible.

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