or


[01/15/14 - 03:41 PM]
The CW at TCA: Pedowitz Details Summer Plans, "Veronica Mars" Spin-Off
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Paul Hewitt - Senior VP, Network Communications at The CW Network - kicked off the netlet's portion of the TCA Winter Press Tour with an unexpected announcement: "We literally just closed the deal to do a 'Veronica Mars' spin-off digital series for our digital studio CW Seed. So, actually, this is still hot off the presses. We actually have no details, no real details to give you. There's no press release, unfortunately, but I promise once we do have any info, we'll be sure to share that."

Not surprisingly, the executive session that followed saw Mark Pedowitz - President, The CW - pressed for more details about the big news. "It came about by circumstance," he said. "We heard from the Warner digital people first. They went to Rick Haskins who oversees CW Seed for us. And then, once that occurred, I picked up the phone, and I called Rob [Thomas]. He happened to be in Vegas. He was somewhat aware, and then Rob and I spoke last night, and he told me about his schedule. And I said, 'We'll take it whenever you're ready.'"

[UPDATE!] Thomas himself subsequently took to Twitter with his logline for the project: "The CW web series: a comedy featuring @HiRyanHansen attempting to put together a Dick Casablancas spin-off of #VeronicaMars. No date yet."

Beyond "Veronica Mars," Pedowitz gave status updates on its various projects, both current and in development. "Beauty and the Beast" will return from its spring hiatus at "at end of May and finish the run through the season, and then we'll make a decision come May whether or not it gets renewed. I'm very happy with the creative. I think Brad Kern has done a really good job." Pedowitz was more bullish on "Supernatural" ("As long as I'm here and those numbers still hold, God bless them. May it go as long as it wants.") and "Reign" ("The [numbers], which started a little slowly, are increasing, and it's now bettering what last year's predecessor did, which was 'Beauty and the Beast.' I'm looking forward to it returning.").

Also getting name checks were "The Carrie Diaries" ("Amy Harris did a really good job with the show this year... we'll make a decision come May whether or not it returns") and "Hart of Dixie" ("Leila Gerstein's done a really good job. Again, we'll look at what happens come May and we haven't made any decisions one way or the other.").

On the development side, Pedowitz wasn't able to say much about some of its more ballyhooed efforts: Lauren Graham's "Someday, Someday, Maybe" ("The script is in. We're looking at it. It's under consideration."); Michael Caleo's "Hourman" ("Still waiting for the script."); Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster's "Dorothy Must Die" ("The script has not yet come to me for reading, so I can't give you any indication."); and, of course, "The Flash" ("If we do launch the series, we'll launch it with a bang like we launched 'Arrow'").

Pedowitz conversely shed some light on The CW's summer plans, which include two magic shows - the just announced "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" and the revived "Masters of Illusion"; a new cycle from "America's Next Top Model"; the Canadian series "Seed" ("an interesting companion piece at some point this summer with 'Whose Line'"); and the aforementioned "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," which "will run pretty much straight through from March until beginning of October."

Not on the list: a new season of "Breaking Pointe." "We're proud of it, it did very well for us digitally," he said. "Did not do enough on air to keep it going."

And finally, Pedowitz was asked to comment on FOX's decision to end the traditional pilot season. "It's inefficient in some ways, and it's very efficient in others," he confessed. Adding, "We do not do that many pilots at CW. When we do our pilots, it has a great ratio of going to series. I think last year, we ended up doing seven pilots. Five made it to series. The year before, we did I think eight pilots. Four made no, another five made it to series. So, for us, it's a very efficient system."





  [january 2014]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (VH1)
· BEAUTY & THE BEAST (CW)
· CARRIE DIARIES, THE (CW)
· DOROTHY MUST DIE (CW)
· FLASH, THE (CW)
· HART OF DIXIE (CW)
· HOURMAN (CW)
· MASTERS OF ILLUSION (CW)
· PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (CW)
· REIGN (CW)
· SEED (CW)
· SUPERNATURAL (CW)
· UNFAMOUS (CW)
· VERONICA MARS (HULU)
· WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (CW)





[03/03/21 - 10:07 AM]
All New Season of "Naked and Afraid" Launches March 7 on Discovery and discovery+
This season sees survivalists who would rather take on some of the world's most dangerous environments than stay "safer at home."

[03/03/21 - 10:01 AM]
Video: "Thunder Force" - Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer - Official Trailer - Netflix
Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers.

[03/03/21 - 10:01 AM]
"No Activity" Returns April 8 on Paramount+
As previously announced, the upcoming season will feature the fan favorite characters in animated form.

[03/03/21 - 09:55 AM]
FOX Renews "The Simpsons" for Its Phenomenal 33rd and 34th Seasons
"My biggest move was in the very beginning when I decided to never uncross my fingers," said executive producer James L. Brooks.

[03/03/21 - 09:50 AM]
New Season of HGTV Hit "Unsellable Houses" Starring Unstoppable Twin Sisters Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis Premieres Tuesday, March 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
The breakout series, which attracted more than 27 million viewers during its first season, follows Lyndsay, an expert in home renovation, design and staging, and Leslie, an expert in budget and negotiations, as they transform stagnant listings into hot properties.

[03/03/21 - 09:31 AM]
Video: "Last Chance U: Basketball" - Official Trailer - Netflix
"Last Chance U" hits the hardwood in East Los Angeles as a coach with strong convictions leads young men who hope to fulfill major college potential.

[03/03/21 - 09:20 AM]
New Line Starts Production on Feature Film "8-Bit Christmas" for HBO Max Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Winslow Fegley, June Diane Raphael and Steve Zahn
Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centers on ten-year-old Jake Doyle's (Fegley) herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas.

[03/03/21 - 09:02 AM]
Critically-Acclaimed Action Drama "Gangs of London" Comes to AMC on Sunday, April 4 at 10PM ET/PT
The series has already been renewed for a second season with AMC on board to co-produce.

[03/03/21 - 09:00 AM]
Video: "Without Remorse" - Official Trailer - Prime Video
In a war-torn region of Syria, an elite team of Navy SEALs led by Sr. Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) rescues a CIA operative taken hostage by ex-Russian military forces.

[03/03/21 - 08:03 AM]
"Who Killed My Son?" Streams Exclusively on discovery+ Starting March 23rd
This two-hour special is executive produced and narrated by acclaimed television journalist Soledad O'Brien as she reports on the nuances behind this case and follows a family as they searched for justice.

[03/03/21 - 07:11 AM]
discovery+ Acquires Sundance Doc "Rebel Hearts"
In 1960s Los Angeles, The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary fought for equality, their livelihoods, and their own freedom against an all-powerful Cardinal who sought to keep them in their place.

[03/03/21 - 07:01 AM]
Video: Apple TV+ Debuts Official Trailer for New Genre-Bending, Immersive Original Series "Calls" with Nick Jonas, Pedro Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Lily Collins, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Aubrey Plaza Leading Star-Studded Voice Cast
Based on the buzzy CANAL+ French series of the same name created by Timothée Hochet, "Calls" is a groundbreaking, immersive television experience that masterfully uses audio and minimal abstract visuals to tell nine bone-chilling, short-form stories.

[03/03/21 - 06:08 AM]
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, America's Funniest Husband and Wife Team, Redefine Family Fun in New NBC Game Show "Family Game Fight"
Each episode of the entertaining series will see the twosome part ways and be "adopted" into a family of four as they compete in a series of insanely fun games with a big cash prize up for grabs.

[03/03/21 - 01:03 AM]
Asterix the Gaul to Star in Netflix Animated Series Directed by Alain Chabat
Renowned French auteur and playwright Alain Chabat will direct and Alain Goldman will produce.

[03/02/21 - 02:01 PM]
Video: "The Divine Ponytail" - Official Teaser - Netflix
A chronicle of the 22-year career of soccer star Roberto Baggio, including his difficult debut as a player and his deep rifts with some of his coaches.