The CW’s fall 2013 TV lineup just got a whole lot bigger. The network announced on Thursday that it has ordered four new drama series — The Tomorrow People, The 100, Star-Crossed, and Reign — were picked up for series orders.
The Tomorrow People stars Robbie Amell (cousin of Arrow’s Stephen Amell) and is based on the U.K. series created by Roger Price. The drama, from Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti and The Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec, tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
The 100 stars Eliza Taylor and Lost's Henry Ian Cusick and is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The series is based on the forthcoming The Hundred book series written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown.
Star-Crossed (formerly Oxygen) stars Friday Night Lights’ Aimee Teegarden and 90210’s Matt Lanter as a human girl and an alien boy who fall in love when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.
Reign tells the previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots' rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The period drama unveils the secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue and stars Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo.
The network also announced renewals for both Nikita and The Carrie Diaries.
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Kyle MacLachlan Is a Believer: J.J. Abrams newest television venture has added Twin Peaks and Desperate Housewives star Kyle MacLachlan — currently seen in a recurring capacity on CBS’ The Good Wife — to his NBC drama, Believe. MacLachlan will play Skouras, a mysterious billionaire with a mysterious agenda involving the show's main protagonists, a gifted young girl and a man sprung from jail, tasked with protecting the aforementioned young girl. [TVLine]
Hart of Dixie Gets a New Love Interest: Well this is some interesting casting! Rob Huebel, funny person most commonly seen on Children's Hospital, has been cast as a new love interest for Rachel Bilson's Zoe, ensuring fans of the CW that A) a little awkward comedy may be heading their way, and B) Wade and Zoe might not be so quick to resolve things. Oh no! [THR]
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Beau Bridges Adopts a New Son: And what a son he is. Bridges has been cast as Will Arnett's father in the comedian's upcoming, yet-to-be-titled CBS comedy pilot from Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia. Bridges joins an already stellar cast — his wife will be played by Margo Martindale (Justified, The Americans) and his daughter is the Waitress from Always Sunny. It'll be worth a peek for sure. [TVLine]
Fringe Alums Book Pilots: Fringe alumni Seth Gabel and Georgina Haig — a.k.a. Lincoln Lee and Etta Bishop — have both moved on to new TV projects. Gabel just signed on for ABC’s Gothica, which is described as a modern-day Gothic soap that weaves together the mythologies of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, among others. He'll play Roderick Usher, the local DA and heir to the once-powerful, secretive Usher family. Haig is joining CBS’ Reckless, a sultry legal drama project set in Charleston, S.C., where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney (played by The O.C.'s Cam Gigandet) struggle to hide their attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. Haig will play Charleston police officer Lee Anne. [Deadline]
90210 Star Lands Out of This World Role: It's only been a few days since The CW announced 90210's cancelation, but star Matt Lanter is moving on already. The actor signed on to the network's sci-fi drama pilot Oxygen. The show revolves around the romance that ignites between Emery, a human girl (Friday Night Lights' Aimee Teegarden) and Roman, an alien boy, when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after their species landed on Earth and were immediately interned in a camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since. Lanter will play Roman, who falls in love with Emery after he befriends her while escaping authorities 10 years prior. [THR]
Gossip Girl Makes The List: GG alum Jessica Szohr has been cast as the female lead opposite Michael Peña in The List. The Fox drama follows Deputy U.S. Marshal Soto (Peña) who, when members of the Federal Witness Security Program start getting killed, leads the hunt for the person who stole "the list" – a file with the identities of every member of the program. Szohr will play Special Agent Natalie Voss, a fearless FBI agent who detests dealing with the Witness Security Program but is intrigued by Soto. [Deadline]
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The CW Has Changed Its Mind: It's baaack! The Selection — a Hunger Games-esque pilot based on a novel by Kiera Cass that was initially made for this year, has been given new life. The show is set 300 years in the future, and it stars a young woman named America Singer who goes on a Bachelor-like competition show to be the nation's next queen. Friday Night Lights' Aimee Teegarden starred in the original pilot, but she is not attached to the rewritten version. [EW]
Showtime Goes There: Showtime has lately become known for its controversial programming, and they won't be stopping anytime soon: The cable network has put in development a neo-Nazi drama called The 4th Reich, executive produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. Showtime describes the show as American History X meets The Town, and it will focus on a South Boston ex-con who has to balance his old 'Brotherhood' with his status as an FBI informant. [Deadline]
Violet Returns?: American Horror Story: Asylum ends its run tonight, but, as always, creator Ryan Murphy is making plans for next year. He's already confirmed that Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, and Sarah Paulson will return for Season 3, and now he's in talks with a Season 1 star — Taissa Farmiga — on a possible return. If it ends up working out, Farmiga — who played very troubled teen Violet — would be one of the leads. [EW]
New Girl Gets Shameless: A little bit of Chicago is coming to LA! Steve Howey — who plays Kev on Showtime's hit family dramedy — will guest star as an intense pro football player that Winston interviews. He later attends a party at the loft, and sets his eye on Jess... but wait, isn't she taken? [TVLine]
Army Wives Return: The wives of the army are back! Season 7 is set to debut on Lifetime on Sunday, March 10, the network said in a release. This year, there will be some star-powered new blood on the show: Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto (Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries), Elle McLemore (Bring It On) and Jesse McCartney have joined the cast.
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Even if the some of the images are redone the story remains true to form--and fits surprisingly well in this savvy 21st century. As it goes an alien botanist visiting Earth to collect some vegetation gets stranded when his space friends have to make a hasty exit before getting caught by the big bad American scientists lead by "Keys" (Peter Coyote known as such because of the keys jangling from his belt). E.T. ends up befriending an 11-year-old boy Elliot (Henry Thomas) and his siblings older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton) and little sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and discovers such earthly pleasures as beer TV and Reese's Pieces. Yet as much fun as he's having all E.T. really wants to do is go home and soon it becomes a matter of life or death for the little alien to get there as quickly as he can. Elliot who has now bonded with his new friend tries as hard as he can to help E.T. get home before its too late--and before Keys and his group get hold of him.
Seeing the young actors on the big screen again especially Thomas and Barrymore and knowing how they've grown up makes the film that much more fun to watch. When the film came out in 1982 Thomas was a true find. His Elliot was full of energy and had a fresh unassuming quality which inspired many young actors after him (i.e. Haley Joel Osment). Interestingly in his adult career Thomas has laid low with subdued roles in such fare as the HBO movie Indictment: The McMartin Trial. Although he is a talented indie actor he has veered away from that excitable little boy we remember. Of course we all know how Ms. Barrymore turned out becoming one of Hollywood's leading actresses--but as Gertie Barrymore was unbelievably adorable with just a hint of how precocious she actually was. The rest of the cast did their jobs just as admirably especially Dee Wallace Stone as Elliot's mom who as a single mom wounded by a divorce still managed to make dinner wipe tears and understand how her son could become attached to an alien.
Why mess with a classic? Well if you're a perfectionist like director Steven Spielberg you want to make the 20th anniversary of one of your most beloved films to be the best that it can be. Honestly when watching the film again it's hard to pinpoint where the changes were made since they blend seamlessly with the rest of the film. Apparently 140 shots were reworked E.T. got a more friendly makeover and a few never-before-seen scenes were added in (like the great scene where E.T. falls into a bathtub of water). True E.T. looks even more lifelike and you can tell the spaceship had a few more bells and whistles on it but it doesn't really matter. The film is a pure gem proving once again what an incredible visionary Spielberg truly is.