Already at the helm of “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Berlanti’s pilot “Riverdale” just landed a formal pickup. Based on the characters from Archie Comics, but set in present day, the project is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
Exec produced by Berlanti, “Riverdale” was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who will also exec produce, along with Sarah Schechter and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions will produce.
“No Tomorrow” also landed a pilot order. Written by “Jane the Virgin’s” Corinne Brinkerhoff, Scott McCabe and Tory Stanton, the potential series follows a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent. To comedic and poignant results, they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists. The three writers will also serve as exec producers with Electus’ Ben Silverman, who’s also behind “Jane the Virgin.” CBS Television Studios will produce with Electus.
CW also ordered a pilot for the period piece “Transylvania.” Set in 1880, a headstrong young woman in search of her missing father ventures from NYC to Transylvania where she teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard Detective, and together they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history. Hugh Sterbakov wrote the pilot and will exec produce with Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum and Scott Rosenberg. CBS TV Studios and Midnight Radio will produce.
The final pilot to be ordered Friday night by CW is an Untitled Mars Project, which revolves around a team of explorers who arrive on Mars to join the first human colony on the planet, only to discover that their predecessors have vanished. Led by a woman whose husband is among the missing, the colonists are forced to change their mission from exploration and settlement to investigation and survival, while navigating the hostile planet and their own personal demons. “Reign’s” Doris Egan penned the pilot and will exec produce with Frank Marshall and Robert Zotnowski. This pilot also hails from CW’s sister studio CBS TV, in association with The Kennedy-Marshall Company.