The CW has picked up its first three pilots of the 2015-16 cycle, handing orders to a reinvention of “Tales From the Darkside,” a project from “The Originals” and “Vampire Diaries” showrunner Julie Plec and a ghost vehicle from “Californication” creator Tom Karpinos and Bad Robot.
“Cordon” revolves around an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, leaving some people stuck on the outside of a large city quarantine. It’s based on a Belgian series.
Plec and helmer David Nutter are exec producing for Warner Bros. TV. Carl Joos created the original series for Eyeworks, which is now part of WBTV.
“Tales From the Darkside” is a reboot of the fantasy-thriller anthology series from the 1980s. Joe Hill wrote the pilot script and exec produces for CBS TV Studios with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Heather Kadin, as well as Mitch Galin and Jerry Golod.
The original series, which aired in syndication from 1984 to 1988, was known for adaptations of horror works by Clive Barker, Stephen King and other heavyweights of the genre.
Warner Bros. TV’s “Dead People” centers on an alcoholic cab driver who gains the ability to interact with ghosts, including his late ex-wife, after a near-death experience. Karpinos wrote and is exec producing with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot banner.
Karpinos also has a drama project in contention at Fox, “Lucifer,” based on a DC Comics property.