The CW developing Friday the 13th, Riverdale and Frequency as new TV series

With sci-fi faves like The Flash and iZombie already on the schedule, The CW is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to genre material — and up next they’re mining some franchises that should sound familiar.

Network president Mark Pedowitz opened up at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour about the netlet’s development slate, and there are a few projects that could be very interest additions next fall, from 1980s slasher horror to a small-screen version of Archie that falls in line with the buzzy, modern-day relaunch of the iconic comic.

First up: Friday the 13th. The studio has had a tough time of getting a decent big-screen version made in recent years, and with development on a new installment somewhat stalled, it seems Camp Crystal Lake could become a series. The series would apparently expand beyond the camp and focus on the city of Crystal Lake. Hey, The CW is the undisputed home of young and pretty people — so why not have Jason slice a few of them up? 

The Archie-inspired Riverdale has been in development for a while, and it seems the network is serious about bringing Greg Berlanti’s (Arrow, Everwood) modern-day spin on the high school love triangle to life. Archie Andrews has been enjoying a renaissance as of late, with Mark Waid’s relaunched flagship ‘book and the acclaimed horror comic Afterlife With Archie. It’s a bankable brand, and the network knows its way around teen drama.


Last but not least for genre fare: Frequency, based on the excellent (and mostly forgotten) 2000 film of the same name. Like the movie, the series will follow a father who makes contact with his adult son in the future via a ham radio. The original film starred Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) is penning the pilot for this one, and development has migrated from NBC to The CW. If they get it right, this could be an excellent family drama with a sci-fi twist. Outside the box, but a ton of potential.

Anyone hoping for another new DC series to join The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow was out of luck, and Pedowitz said the network has “no intention” of spinning off any more shows in the immediate future. That’s probably a wise move. Arrow and The Flash are great, and Legends looks insane, but you eventually reach a tipping point of comic-book fatigue. Probably a wise move to let things simmer for a season or two.

Considering The CW is easily the smallest network at the broadcast table, it’s ironic they arguably have one of the most intriguing and ambitious development slates of them all. If they can land a few of these shows next year, it could be another great year for The CW.

What’s your take on all the new CW projects? Which are you most looking forward to?

(Via TV Insider)

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