CW looks toward 'Tomorrow' while CBS orders 'Surgeon General'
The CW ordered a pair of pilots Monday, while CBS added a drama to its burgeoning pilot haul.Also, NBC went the rivalry route, giving a pilot order to “Hatfields & McCoys” from exec producer Charlize Theron. Based on the original U.K. series, CW’s “The Tomorrow People” follows young adults from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution. They possess special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate telepathically. Phil Klemmer penned the pilot and will exec produce alongside Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti through Berlanti Prods. and FremantleMedia in association with Warner Bros. TV. Melissa Kellner Berman will co-exec produce. “Blink” centers on a man who is left in a coma-like state after a car accident. While he can’t speak or move, he can still hear and see, leading to him narrating and providing context to conflicts within his family and his own situation. Pilot is written by newbie Vera Herbert, who was a writers’ assistant on MTV’s “Awkward.” Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly serve as exec producers through Timberman-Beverly Prods. and CBS TV Studios. David Marshall Grant will also exec produce. From ABC Studios, the Peacock’s “Hatfields & McCoys” will take a modern-day look at the families animosity toward one another. Set in Pittsburgh, the two clans will battle for control of the city’s power. Pilot is from writer John Glenn, who exec produces with Theron, AJ Dix, Dawn Olmstead and Beau Flynn. “The Surgeon General” is coming to the Eye. Written by Samuel Baum, who will exec produce, the CBS Studio-produced show centers around the U.S. surgeon general. Baum was a writer and exec producer on Fox’s “Lie to Me.” Other Eye drama pilots include “Beverly Hills Cop,” “The Advocates,” from “Mentalist” scribe Bruno Heller and “Backstrom,” from “Bones” exec producer Hart Hanson.