The CW, which already has four powerful fantasy series on its roster, is serious about science-fiction too: it's recently ordered pilots for three--count 'em, three--sci-fi projects, all of which have a great deal of potential.
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The Hundred--The novel adaptation, about a hundred misfit teens being sent from our post-nuclear-apocalyptic spaceship home back to a wildly transformed Earth to assess its potential for resettlement, is from Alloy Entertainment with Jason Rothenberg writing the adaptation of Kass Morgan's YA book series. (All of the CW's adaptations seem to come from the YA aisle--but then, YA novels seems to adapt pretty well, going back past Vampire Diaries to Roswell and before.) Since we can't have The Selection, and Lord of the Flies really only works in print, this will have to do for the mass number of ruthless teens in competition angle--though I'm sensing a bit of Terra Nova in here as well. (Hey, what about a live-action, all-teen adaptation of Hunter x Hunter?)
The Tomorrow People--Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec's reenvisioning of the peculiar classic UK series, about psy-powered young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, also has a pilot go-ahead. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out: Both Berlanti (in No Ordinary Family) and Plec (at Kyle XY) have already covered some of this ground, so their Tomorrow People will be very likely to have a markedly different flavor from the Seventies-tinged ITV era, which reflected ideas of its own time about the likely progress of human evolutionary development.
Oxygen--Speaking of Roswell, this project is about a starry-eyed high-school romance between a human girl and an alien boy. In this case, he's one of nine alien youths being experimentally integrated into ordinary high school life after having originally been consigned to internment. Does that mean that the inevitable thread in aliens-passing-as-humans tales of the government being after them is already out of the way? The pilot is being written and produced by Meredith Averill, who's been working hard over at The Good Wife but also wrote three of the stronger episodes of Life on Mars.
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