Tales From the Darkside to Cheerleader Death Squad: CW loads up on genre pilots

Contributed by
Feb 4, 2015, 12:59 PM EST

The CW is having some of its greatest success to date on the heels of some hit sci-fi and fantasy programing, and the net-let is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The network has made a ton of moves this week with pilot orders, and is batting four outta four with genre fare. One of the buzziest entries? A reboot of the 1980s horror/thriller anthology series Tales From the Darkside. The original series ran for most of the 1980s, and was developed by George Romero. The reboot comes from Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin (Scorpion) and Joe Hill (Horns).

Next up, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the network has picked up another series from hit-making producer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals). Though her bread and butter has been vampy fantasy, Plec previously developed the stellar (and short-lived) Tomorrow People remake for the network. Her next project could be one of the most ambitious yet.

Dubbed Cordon, the series follows the aftermath of a deadly epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, and the large-scale city quarantine that follows. The series will focus on the survivors inside the quarantine as they try to survive the outbreak and keep civilization alive as the world falls apart around them. It’s based on a Belgian series with the same premise, and also attracted David Nutter (Arrow, The Flash) to serve as a producer.

The third project is Dead People, developed by former Dawson’s Creek writer Tom Kapinos. The show would follow a “down-on-his-luck, semi-alcoholic but charming” cabbie who gains the ability to interact with ghosts following a near-death experience — including the dead ex-wife he has never gotten over. It’s a quirky pitch, but could hit the Wonderfalls sweet spot.

Last, but certainly not least: Cheerleader Death Squad. You’d have to think this one would get a series order based on the title alone. The concept follows a disgraced CIA agent who ends up working at an elite Washington D.C. prep school. He, of course, trains the girls to use their high-level connections to become international spies. Think Bring It On meets Nikita, maybe? Yeah, this could be fun. The show will be written and produced by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), along with Neal Baer (Under the Dome) and Dan Truly (Blue Bloods).

There’s no telling how many of these shows will actually make it through development, though Tales From the Darkside comes with some pedigree and is a solid fit for the brand. Cordon is a bit outside the usual formula, but so is current critical hit Jane the Virgin, so it makes sense that the combination of Plec and a strong concept could carry this one. Assuming the script is good, we’d think Cheerleader Death Squad is a lock — seriously, how is that not already a show on The CW? Dead People also sounds interesting, thought admittedly looks like the most low-key prospect on the list.

Which of these shows would you like to see make it through the pilot process and actually receive a series order?

(Via TV Line)