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The CW’s New Fall 2013 Shows

Okay CW. I don’t like you and you don’t like me. But, because I’m a completionist, I pretty much have to continue giving my verdict on upcoming network shows.

So, let’s do that now. Here we go.

The Originals 

Synopsis: The Vampire Diaries spin-off finds Klaus back in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where werewolf Hayley is unexpectedly pregnant with his child and his diabolical former protégé Marcel is now Vampire King.
Starring: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Charles Michael Davis, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin

I would like to revise my earlier statement. There’s no way in hell I’m watching this show. I was all excited about the New Orleans setting (I can’t really explain my fascination with the French Quarter, but it is what it is). Based on location, and the premise – vampire goes back to the hedonistic supernatural city he built up centuries ago and tries to reclaim it – I was willing to make peace with the fact that this was in any way connected to The Vampire Diaries. I can’t do it, though. When I originally said that, I didn’t even really know who Klaus was. Now that I do, I have absolutely no desire to take part in this show.

Verdict: How many ways are there to say no? I shall say them all. Why oh why did The Originals have to be a spinoff and not an original idea, with a better script/characters/everything?

The Tomorrow People

Synopsis: This is the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution. They all possess special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
Starring: Peyton List, Luke Mitchell, Robbie Amell, Mark Pellegrino, Madeleine Mantock

The CW has the above spinoff coming out this fall, it had a book adaption last year (The Carrie Diaries), and now it’s getting in the business of rebooting old TV shows. Most people cringe when they hear that quality British shows are getting the American treatment, despite standouts like NBC’s The Office and Shameless, which airs on Showtime. I have no idea if the original Tomorrow People was any good, but judging by this remake’s trailer, I suspect this is why U.S. adaptions get such a bad rap. The acting looks pretty bad (ah, The CW standard remains intact) and the plot is basically young adult X-men. I have absolutely no faith in the network’s ability to pull this show off with any of the grace or humanity of the Marvel/20th Century Fox movies this series is no way aping the success of (nudge nudge, wink wink).

Verdict: Unlike The Originals, I would at least be able to handle watching the pilot. However, I probably won’t.

Reign

Synopsis: Reign chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
Starring: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Celina Sinden, Jenessa Grant, Megan Follows, Anna Popplewell, Rossif Sutherland

I’d like to clarify something: I really tried to go into this leaving my reservations with The CW behind. I wanted to look at these clips without any judgment. I wanted to ignore the reality of what network they were going to be on, to judge them on merit alone. The CW is making that impossible, though. I mean, this clip just made me laugh. Hard. I guffawed. I applaud the network’s attempt to branch out, but this one doesn’t really count. Gossip Girl meets Elizabethan times? Ugh.

Verdict: This is the show I’m looking forward to the least on the CW. I know, right?

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