After The CW already greenlit a Batwoman pilot starring Ruby Rose, following her entrance to the Arrowverse in Elseworlds, the network just announced four new pilots ordered for next season. These new pilots include spinoff pilots of Riverdale and Jane the Virgin, as well as new shows based on the Nancy Drew book series and a reboot of The Lost Boys.
While Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina focus on the mysterious, dark, and supernatural takes from the Archie Comics, the new Katy Keene pilot follows four characters from the comics in New York City. Helmed by Riverdale EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the new Riverdale spinoff is a musical drama as aspiring fashionista Katy Keene and her pals try to make it in New York City to the Great White Way.
The #Riverdale universe expands! Thrilled to be bringing the adventures of Katy Keene and her New York pals to life! Extra-thrilled to be doing this with my pal Michael Grassi @thatthingofwhen! ❤️???????????? pic.twitter.com/NsM82bv1AE
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) January 24, 2019
In addition, the network officially ordered a Jane anthology spinoff, as previously announced. Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is attached to executive produce the new show, titled Jane the Novelas, alongside Jane creator Jennie Snyder Urman.
The official logline describes the series as, “A telenovela anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel ‘written by’ Jane Villanueva and narrated by the author herself. The first installment takes place at a Napa Valley Vineyard, where family secrets (and family members) don’t stay buried for long.”
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) January 24, 2019
Rodriguez tweeted an image on set in her fake pregnancy belly, beaming beside her TV son Mateo. Considering where last season left off, the baby bump certainly comes as a surprise. Is it a flashback? A flash-forward? A new development for the Villaneuva family? And what about the futuristic-looking set in the background? It is a telenovela, so anything is possible…
In addition to the spinoffs, the network also announced two more new pilot orders they picked up. An untitled drama brings the iconic adventures and mysteries of the beloved Nancy Drew book series to life from creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, Marvel’s Runaways, The O.C., Dynasty).
The series’ official logline reads, “Set in the summer after her high school graduation, 18-year-old Nancy Drew thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation—and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.”
The Lost Boys series, from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, reboots the 1987 horror comedy flick. The reboot follows two brothers who move to sunny, seaside Santa Carla with their mother—and find themselves in deep in an underworld of vampires.
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