Pilot Season: The CW Orders Dramas From J.J. Abrams and Mark Harmon
The CW has picked up three drama pilots from J.J. Abrams, Mark Harmon, Mark Schwahn, and Kim and Eric Tannenbaum.
From Abrams and Bryan Burk, and written by Schwahn (One Tree Hill), Shelter is set at a historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the needs of the guests while navigating their own friendships, rivalries and romances.
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Harmon will team with the Tannenbaums and Martha Haight (Chaos) to executive-produce Joey Dakota, based on the Israeli series Danny Hollywood. In the time-travel musical, a documentary filmmaker travels back to the 1990s, where she meets and falls in love with the rock star/subject of her film. When she unexpectedly returns to present day, she must find her way back to the past to reunite with him and prevent his untimely death. Bert Royal (Easy A) wrote the script.
The third pilot, The Selection, will be based on the upcoming book series by Kiera Cass. The project is an epic romance set 300 years in the future about a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads. Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (Vampire Diaries) will write and executive-produce.