CW orders post-apocalyptic 'Lord of the Flies' pilot

The CW has given a green light to a sci-fi post-apocalyptic thriller called The Hundred.

Here’s the logline: “97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a massive spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents with dark secrets back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet.”

Intrigued? It’s based upon the forthcoming The Hundred young adult book series written by Kass Morgan. Jason Rothenberg is the writer and executive producer with Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo as exec prods. The show is bound to draw some comparisons to Lord of the Flies and perhaps even The Hunger Games (and not the only CW pilot to get hit with that comparison — there’s also The Selection).

The CW is also ordering two more pilots — and neither are your typical contemporary drama. The network has been going heavy into high-concept ideas this development season and so far that trend seems to be holding up in its choices for pilot orders. That’s no surprise when you consider that the network’s biggest success stories in recent years are The Vampire Diaries and Arrow, while efforts to launch more Gossip Girl-style soaps like The Carrie Diaries have struggled. Here are the other two new CW pilots:

Oxygen: “Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.” Writer and executive producer Meredith Averill (The Good Wife). Executive prods Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard, Bryan Furst & Sean Furst, Daniel Gutman.

Reign: “The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.” Writers and executive producers: Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw) and Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami).

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