TV Guide published a list of the 13 most promising pilots. The studios will release their fall line ups sometime in May, but will The Selection and The Carrie Diaries make the cut?
Both pilots are based on books. The Carrie Diaries is essentially the prequel to Sex and the City, while The Selection hopes to capitalize on the popularity of dystopian stories generated by The Hunger Games.
From TV Guide:
The Carrie Diaries (CW)
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler
Summary: Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, a teenaged Carrie Bradshaw (Robb) comes of age in the ’80s, when she first wondered aloud about love, sex —Butler plays a proto-Mr. Big — friendship and family.
Pedigree: Bushnell will executive-produce alongside Gossip Girl superstars Josh Schwartz andStephanie Savage, Len Goldstein and Sex and the City writer Amy Harris.
Why we like it: Have you seen Sex and the City? Wouldn’t you love to go back 20 years and find out how Carrie Bradshaw fell for the love of her life: New York City?
Why it has a shot: The brand already has a built-in audience, and its high school setting will indoctrinate a new generation into the world of Manolos and Cosmos.
The Selection (CW)
Starring: Aimee Teegarden, Ethan Peck
Summary: Based on the book series by Kiera Cass, this epic romance is set 300 years in the future. A poor young woman named America (Teegarden) is chosen by lottery to participate in a ruthless competition to become Peck’s future queen.
Pedigree: The Vampire Diaries‘ Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain wrote the pilot and will executive-produce.
Why we like it: It’s The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor! Yeah, it’s definitely weird, but trust us, the catty backstabbing among the potential wives is just as compelling as The Bachelor‘s ridiculousness and less bloody than Games‘ serial child murders.
Why it has a shot: In a post-Hunger Games world, this show’s wacky premise is suddenly completely viable — both creatively and financially. (And remember, this is the network that capitalized on Twilight mania with The Vampire Diaries.)
Both shows are set to air on The CW, which has had huge success with adapting books to the small screen. Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and The Secret Circle are some of the most recent successes.
To see all 13 promising pilots, check out TV Guide.
Will you be tuning into these shows in the Fall?