Genre-Crazed CW Orders I, ZOMBIE and SUPERNATURAL Spin-off Pilots
With Arrow, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Tomorrow People, and more on the way, it's clear The CW has found a niche with genre primetime soap entertainment. Now, they're hungry for more in the 2014 pilot season.
We already knew that Arrow spin-off The Flash had moved from a backdoor pilot to a stand-alone one, which the network confirmed last night to THR. Fellow DC Comics property - this one from their mature-readers Vertigo imprint - I, Zombie, which has been in development since early November, was also given an official pilot order. It's under development by Rob Thomas, showrunner and creator of Veronica Mars, and based off the Chris Roberson and Mike Allred comic book series that features a lovable zombie protagonist. Including Gotham on Fox and Constantine on NBC, that's four new DC television shows going at least to pilot for possible Fall 2014 series, with Hourman - in development at The CW but not yet picked up for a pilot - a possible fifth.
The CW is also ordering another spin-off (that would make three for the network if both new ones go to series), this one off their popular series Supernatural. The tentative title is Supernatural: Tribes, and would focus on a group of hunters and a group of monsters clashing in Chicago.