For CW President Mark Pedowitz, spinning off a show from his network's biggest hit was a no-brainer.
"I'm a big believer if you have something that is working and you can incubate it and find a way to get it on the air, it's a good way to get pilots done," Pedowitz said of the upcoming Vampire Diaries spin-off Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter previews.
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The pilot, which will air as an episode of The Vampire Diaries on April 25, will focus on Joseph Morgan's Klaus and the members of the Original Family of vampires in New Orleans. "Klaus was the founding father of New Orleans, and the show is set in that venue," Pedowitz said. "Klaus is just a great character and the Original Family has such dysfunctional family dynamics. We felt it was a great way to go to take the show."
Also on board for the show is Phoebe Tonkin's Haley, which Pedowitz said ruled out some rumblings about Tonkin playing the lead role in the network's Amazon, an origin-story take on Wonder Woman....
Sarah Michelle Gellar
At Monday's Television Critics Association fall previews, The CW introduced a new slogan, "TV Now." Fans of the youth network will have a bit of a wait, however, to get their fix since their fall season won't kick off until later than usual, on Oct. 2 with the return of Hart of Dixie.
Check out what CW chief Mark Pedowitz had to say about the cancellation of Ringer, the possibility of a series based on the uber-violent film Battle Royale and holiday cheer with the Muppets:
Jewel Staite, Jonathan Patrick Moore
After a finale that included blood, fire, pregnancy and heartbreak, The L.A. Complex is back.
When we last saw the residents of The Lux, Tariq (Benjamin Charles Watson) had been nearly beaten to death by his in-the-closet rap superstar boyfriend Kaldrick King (Andra Fuller), Abby (Cassie Steele) and Nick (Joe Dinicol) were officially a couple, Raquel (Jewel Staite) learned she was pregnant, Alicia (Chelan Simmons) booked the gig of a lifetime and Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore) had purposely set his mansion on fire. When the series returns on Tuesday (9/8c, The CW), expect familiar faces to leave, newcomers to move in and immediate resolution to the freshman season's cliff-hangers.
The L.A. Complex
The CW has announced premiere dates for a slew of reality programming in addition to the return of America's Next Top Model, Remodeled and the scripted series L.A. Complex.
America's Next Top Model: College Edition will debut its 19th cycle on Friday, Aug. 24 at 8/7c. The upcoming season will include the return of Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone, but with new judges Rob Evans and Johnny Wujek who have replaced J. Alexander and Nigel Barker, and mentor Jay Manuel. It will also include an interactive element where fans can vote for which contestants should stay and who should be eliminated.
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Cougar Town closed out its third season — and final one on ABC — Tuesday with a small bump.
The TBS-bound comedy averaged 3.5 million viewers and a 1.2 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic for its hour-long episode, up 20 percent from its last new episode ...
The musical one-two punch of American Idol and Glee led Fox to a Tuesday win in the demo.
Boosted by Idol as a lead-in, Glee's season finale pulled ...
CBS topped Tuesday in viewership and the adults 18-to-49 demographic, thanks to the season finales of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.
The mothership series earned 18.7 million viewers and a 3.5 rating, rising ...
The Voice's second season finale was Tuesday's top-rated show, helping NBC knock CBS off its usual victor's perch.
The two-hour finale, which crowned Jermaine Paul as the winner, earned 11.6 million viewers and a 4.3 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic — a 16 percent jump ...
Dreama Walker and James Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek had a pretty good Wednesday night.
His sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 rebounded from a season low to 5.9 million viewers and a 2.4 in ...
NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles led the way Tuesday as CBS topped the night in viewership and in the coveted adults 18-to-49 demographic.
Both shows earned a 3.0 rating. For the mothership, it was on par with its last original, while NCIS: LA saw a 25 percent surge ...