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CW's 'The Selection' greenlit (again!)

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It’s a new twist in the odyssey of The CW’s Hunger Games-esque project The Selection.

The sci-fi fairy tale is getting another shot at a happy ending. After originally being developed for this season, receiving a pilot order last year, getting shelved and then being rewritten, The Selection has just received a greenlight for a second pilot. Based on a novel by Kiera Cass, The Selection was dubbed “The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.” It’s the story of a young girl named America Singer (arguably an even lamer name than Katniss Everdeen) and is set in an impoverished post-apocalyptic North America. She joins a televised competition where the prize is marrying the nation’s wealthy prince.

Here’s the show’s new official logline: “Set 300 years in the future, an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Balancing her loyalty to family, true love, and kingdom, she must attempt to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue, all while a budding rebellion threatens to topple the crown.” The novel’s cover (image above) used the rather ideal marketing hook: “35 girls. 1 crown. The competition of a lifetime.” Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain are the writer-exec producers. Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), who starred in the first pilot, is no longer attached to the project. For more on this one, the io9 blog did a deep dive on The Selection here.

The CW also ordered a second pilot, Company Town. Logline: READ FULL STORY

Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory) cast in CW pilot

Well, here’s a good way to get us to tune in: Ethan Peck, grandson of Academy Award winner Gregory Peck, has been cast in the CW pilot The Selection – a Hunger Games-like drama based on a yet-to-be-released series by Kiera Cass.

EW has confirmed a Deadline casting report about the futuristic trilogy (available April 24) that revolves around a group of 35 girls chosen through a lottery to compete for a prince and a crown. (Think Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.) Friday Night Light’s Aimee Teegarden has already been cast in the lead role and Peck is set to play the prince/object of affection, with The Vampire Diaries Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain writing and producing. But what we want to know is, what would Matt Saracen say about all this?

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