The CW has added three more drama pilots to its slate of shows for the 2012-2013 season, including a sudser from ‘Lost’ creator J.J. Abrams and ‘One Tree Hill’ creator Mark Schwahn.
The first, Shelter, is set at an historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries and romances of their own. Schwahn will write and executive produce the series through his Mastermind production company; Abrams (pictured) and Bryan Burke’s Bad Robot will also executive produce.
Warner Bros. TV’s The Selection, a trippy time-travel series described as “The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor,” is based on a series of books by Kiera Cass. Set 300 years into the future, the main character, a female, is chosen to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads. Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (The Vampire Diaries, Dollhouse and Secret Circle) will write and executive produce the series.
Joey Dakota (what an awful name for a series), from CBS Television Studios, is based on the Israeli series Danny Hollywood. This “romantic-time travel musical” centers on a documentary filmmaker traveling back in time to the 90s where she meets and falls in love with the subject of her film (a rock star). When she unexpectedly returns to the present, she must navigate her way back to the past to reunite with her lover and prevent his death. NCIS star Mark Harmon is set to produce the project with Harmon/Tannenbaum and Martha Haight.
With the pickup of these additional high-profile series, the youth-skewing network brings its pilots to a total of eight.
My Take: Shelter could be entertaining. I’m intrigued by The Selection and not feeling Joey Dakota at all. Kudos to new CW President Mark Pedowitz for bringing the same “big vision” he had as President of ABC Studios.