The CW is fast becoming the home of all things comic books with iZombie and several DC series on its roster. The network is adding to the comic-based lineup with a new drama series Riverdale, based on the Archie Comics. Riverdale received a pilot order for the upcoming TV season and will be produced by Greg Berlanti, the man behind other comic book hits for the network like The Flash, Arrow, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Writing the series is Archie Comics' Chief Creative Officer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Riverdale will bet set in present day, and, although based on the comics, Deadline reports the series will be "a subversive take on Archie." Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and the rest of Archie's friends will be followed through their small town life, and audiences will see "the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade." Additionally, Riverdale has already begun exploring casting options, so let us know who you think is the best fit for Archie and his gang in the comments.
The CW also gave a pilot order for No Tomorrow, a new hour-long comedy from the team behind Jane the Virgin. No Tomorrow will follow the Latin American format, much like Jane the Virgin, telling the story of straight-laced manager Sarah falling for Xavier, who believes the apocalypse is approaching. The plot is based on the Emmy-nominated Brazilian series How to Enjoy the End of the World. Also receiving pilot orders are The Vampire Diaries writer Kevin Williamson's paranormal drama and a female-led remake of the sci-fi film Frequency.
Other series in development at The CW include Transylvania and an untitled project set on Mars (formerly entitled Colony). Transylvania is set in 1880 when a woman leaves New York City in search of her lost father. She meets a former Scotland Yard Detective in Transylvania, and "together they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history." The Mars project is inspired by the Roanoke Colony disappearance but set in space. A group of humans arrive to join the first Mars colony and find it vacant. All the past settlers have vanished, including one woman's husband, and the group must investigate, all the while trying to survive on Mars. This sounds like Terra Nova with the added Roanoke Colony mystery, so it has potential to be very intriguing.