The CW has ordered three more intriguing drama pilots: One from J.J. Abrams, one that’s a “time-travel musical” (!), and a third that one insider described as “The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.”
This is a very interesting crop. Here’s how it breaks down:
Title: The Selection
Logline: Based on the forthcoming series of books by Kiera Cass, The Selection is an epic romance set 300 years in the future which centers on 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.
Executive Producers-Writers: Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain; Warner Bros. Television
Title: Joey Dakota
Logline: Based on the Israeli format Danny Hollywood. In this romantic time-travel musical, a documentary filmmaker travels back in time 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 her love and prevent his untimely death.
Executive Producers: Mark Harmon, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Martha Haight
Writer: Bert Royal; CBS Television Studios in association with Harmon/Tannenbaum
Logline: Drama 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.
Executive Producer-Writer: Mark Schwahn; Executive Producers: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk; From Bad Robot Productions, Mastermind Laboratories in association with Warner Bros. Television
Thoughts: The Selection pilot may not end up looking or feeling anything like The Hunger Games, but there’s enough there in that logline that some will make the connection. Joey Dakota…um, Grunge Glee? Shelter sounds a bit lo-fi for an Abrams drama, but remember Abrams did Felicity for The CW forebear The WB, so this could represent a homecoming of sorts.
This is all in addition to The CW’s other high-concept pilots like the Sex and the City prequel and Green Arrow adaptation. More on those here.