The CW Is Changing Frequencies, Going To Mars, Riverdale And Transylvania With Six Greenlit Pilots

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The CW has announced that they’ve greenlit six new pilots for potential shows, including an untitled Mars project and an Archie Comics adaptation, Riverdale.


The network has been on a tear when it comes to genre properties, and this news only strengthens their hold on science fiction and fantasy stories. Here’s the six projects currently in the works:

Untitled Mars Project (previously known as The Colony):

“A team of explorers arrive on Mars to join the first human colony on the planet, only to discover that their predecessors have vanished. Led by a woman whose husband is among the missing, the colonists are forced to change their mission from exploration and settlement to investigation and survival, while navigating the hostile planet and their own personal demons.”


“Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.”


“In 1880, a headstrong young woman in search of her missing father ventures from NYC to Transylvania where she teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard Detective, and together they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history.”


Untitled Paranormal Project:

“A young woman seeks help from a parapsychologist when she begins to experience paranormal phenomena.”



“In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema film, a female police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the ‘butterfly effect’ wreak havoc in the present day.”


No Tomorrow:

“When a risk-averse, straight-arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, to comedic and poignant results they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists.”


The main takeaway from this is that these are pretty solid possibilities. A show about Mars is a no brainer: The Martian did exceptionally well, and with Spike TV handling a Mars show of their own, the CW can get a space show and jump on the bandwagon for the red planet. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time this show surfaced: three years ago, it was in development as The Colony, written by Ian Goldberg (Once Upon A Time). Now, it’s been written by Doris Egan, who worked on Reign, House MD and Tru Calling. With USA airing their own show called The Colony, this’ll undoubtably be called something else.

Riverdale is one of those shows that’s been in the pipeline for a while, and of all the networks out there, the CW seems like it would be the perfect place for it to land.


At the same time, Frequency, Transylvania and their untitled paranormal project all fit within the CW’s wheelhouse: this is, after all, the network that’s kept Supernatural running for over a decade. This gives them a period piece and some slightly more modern takes on horror television.

There’s no saying which of these (if any of them) will actually make the cut, but we’ll certainly be interested in watching these if they hit the small screen.


[Entertainment Weekly, Deadline]


Brian Burns

From the creators of Smallville, Gotham, and Riverdale comes a new line up of town-named shows: Shire, about the younger years of Frodo and Sam, set in a Hobbit town reimagined as a hipster district in Northern California. Also, don’t miss Toshi Station, the story of a young Luke Skywalker and his sexy young friends as they look for love and power converters under all the wrong sand dunes.