TCA: CW brings back “Veronica Mars” – on the web – somewhat

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The CW’s shows doesn’t get a lot of press or critical attention than say… almost every other cable or network show. Still, the CW labored on as they kicked off its presentation of the TCA Press Tour last Wednesday, with a big announcement!

 The CW announced at the start of its TCA Press Tour presentation it has signed Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas to do a series for CW Seed, its digital platform – a spinoff of Veronica Mars, which could possibly be picked by CW if all go well. Later in the day, Thomas gave out a little more info on Twitter on the project.

 

The news comes as the Veronica Mars movie – aided by a kickstarter campaign, is expected to hit the silver screen at South By Southwest in Austin, Tx. this March (take that, Mancow!) Thomas plans to work on the digital project as soon he completes his work on the Veronica Mars movie and another pilot he has in the works for CW, iZombie.

The critically-acclaimed Veronica Mars, which featured Kirsten Bell in the title role, aired on UPN from 2004-06 and on CW from 2006-07.

– Exec session: Put this in the pro-pilot column: CW president Mark Pedowitz said he’s keeping pilot season at his network, despite Fox’s decision to ax the program and his network doesn’t order that many to begin with. In fact, new series The Flash was ordered as a standalone pilot rather than a backdoor one, airing as an episode of Arrow.

The Flash’s last stint on network television didn’t go so well – CBS aired the series during the 1990-91 season on Thursday nights but floundered opposite NBC’s Cheers, then television’s top-rated show. In March 1991, The Flash was banished to Saturday nights.

As for the fate of existing series, Pedowitz said no decision has been made on The Carrie Diaries, but Breaking Pointe – a show which at least lasted longer than the 1963 ABC anthology series of the same name did (minus the “e”) – won’t be back. Pedowitz however, is still a fan of the long-running Supernatural, the last remaining WB show on the schedule, saying if the numbers hold, the show can go as long as it wants… could we see Supernatural going into its 25th season in the future, like The Simpsons?

CW is doing a decent job of shredding its “teen queen” image and morphing into a more mature network under Pedowitz – giving them an advantage as it prepares to re-up with Tribune Broadcasting – who owns the most CW affiliates in the country (including WGN-TV here.) Ladies and gentlemen, The CW isn’t going anywhere.

Not too much in the way of panels at the Winter Tour for CW, but they did have one for upcoming drama Star-Crossed, a show which features a human girl (Aimee Teegarden – who looks like Rachael Ray) who falls in love with a good-looking alien (who may or may not look like The Bachelor.) The aliens are pitted against humans in a high school setting. Exec producer Adele Lim said aside from the Romeo-and-Juliet setting, issues of racism are going to be explored (going to be hard to do when the humans and the alien race look almost the same.)

– Next up was new sci-fi The 100, based on the Kass Morgan book. The series is about one hundred juvenile prisoners being sent to earth in a post-Apocalyptic world in a plot similar to Lord Of The Flies in a way. Exec producer Jason Rothenberg hopes fans of the book like the show, but would make creative changes, if needed.

No premiere date has been announced for neither Star-Crossed or The 100.

Quick Hits & Bits

– CW has ordered ten episodes of Barbershop Battle, which criss-crosses the country to find the best barbers around. The series is exec produced by Cedric The Entertainer, along with Mark Efman.

– Another competition series, Penn and Teller: Fool Us has the duo inviting aspiring magicians to do best tricks. The winner gets a chance to perform with Penn and Teller in Las Vegas. Nine episodes have been ordered. Jonathan Ross is host.

– CW has acquired the rights to Labyrinth, a four-hour mini series originally aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. No airdate has been set.

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