It wasn't so long ago that The CW seemed to be trying to limit its supernatural offerings: three series at any given time seemed to be about as far as they wanted to go compared to their broader array of teen froth and steamy dramas. But the allure of it's double-barreled youth-oriented fantasy series, The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, has perked up The CW's interest in shows with something extra that can still be aligned to its magazine-cover-friendly m.o., as part of a pile of recent commissions from the network.
Recently receiving a script order is Unearthly, based on the book by Cynthia Hand. It's about a girl who find out her destiny is to become an angel, joining a resurgence of interest in the heavenly hosts. The main writer behind the series is Kevin Murphy--no, not that Keven Murphy, but the one behind The CW's cheerleading series Hellcats, not to mention his involvement in Caprica, Valentine, and Reaper, Ed, Jack & Jill, and a few other big-idea series that didn't quite succeed as intended.
To whoever ends up starring in it, keep your chin up: Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley got his big break playing a boy who didn't know he was a (sort of) angel.
And there are more witches potentially in store for The CW. Also in the pipes at the network is The Hollows, this one based on the book by Kim Harrison. It's described as an urban fantasy about a private investigator/witch, who works with local law officials on crimes both ordinary and supernatural. The lead writer here is Jordan Hawley, who worked on Smallville and, coincidentally, Valentine.
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