Pilot Watch: The CW Is Clear Early Winner for Women, NBC and Fox Order No Women Written Shows

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by Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
May 10, 2013 12:38 PM
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This is crunch week in TV land where current shows either get picked up for next season or cancelled and some happy pilot writers get a series pickup.  As of this morning, NBC, Fox and The CW have announced their pickups.

Out of these three networks--only FOUR women-created pilots are on the roster. ONLY FOUR. And they are all at the CW.  So Fox which had a bunch of women written comedies last year including the picked up The Mindy Project, this year it will not have a woman written show on the slate.  NBC which needs some serious help with its slate also it ladyless at this current time.  Boo to both those networks.

We are going to start watching a lot more CW and we are really hoping that CBS and ABC have some better news for us.

Here are the descriptions of the women-created pilots over at The CW (All descriptions courtesy of Deadline).

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 10 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. From CBS TV Studios, Ole Prods, Isla de Babel and 360 Powwow. Meredith Averill wrote and exec produces with Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst and Daniel Gutman. Gary Fleder directed the pilot. Aimee Teegarden stars with Matt Lanter, Malese Jow, Titus Makin Jr, Grey Damon, Natalie Hall, Chelsea Gilligan, Greg Finley, and Maggie Elizabeth Jones.

Reign

The CBS TV Studios-produced drama tells the previously unknown 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. Stephanie Sengupta and Laurie McCarthy are the writers/executive producers and Brad Silberling directed the pilot. Adelaide Kane stars with Anna Popplewell, Toby Regbo, Celina Sinden, Megan Follows, Janessa Grant, Caitlin Stasey, Torrance Coombs and Rossif Sutherland.

The Tomorrow People

From Warner Bros TV, Berlanti TV and FremantleMedia, Tomorrow People is the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil. Based upon the original UK series created by Roger Price in the vein of X-Men and Heroes. Robbie Amell, Madeleine Mantock, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell, Mark Pellegrino, and Aaron Yoo star. Phil Klemmer is the writer and executive producer with Julie Plec, Greg Berlanti and Danny Cannon, who also directed the pilot. Melissa Kellner Berman is co-exec producer.

The Originals 

A spinoff of the CW's The Vampire Diaries revolving around the Original family in New Orleans. In the pilot episode, Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago, and is reunited with his diabolical former protege Marcel. Joseph Morgan, Phoebe Tonkin, Daniel Gillies star. EP Julie Plec, EP Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo

All television pilot news via Deadline.
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