The Horror Honeys: The Horror Honeys Do Pilot Season ~ The CW

The Horror Honeys Do Pilot Season ~ The CW



The 2015-16 TV season isn't even over yet, but the 2016-17 pilot season is already heating up, and horror television is hotter than ever. Every major cable network has at least one horror or sci-fi based TV show in their potential roster, so the Honeys decided to take a peek at each one, then rate its odds of getting picked up, as well its odds of survival if it does (on a scale of 1-5).

For our final episode, we're going through the possible new shows on the genre-heavy CW!


Actual apocalypse may differ...
No Tomorrow ~ Once upon a time, the phrase "apocalypse rom-com" may have sounded strange. But it's become a more common genre that you probably realize. This comedy focuses on a straight-arrow office worker with no sense of adventure who enters into a romance with a co-worker who thinks the end is nigh. Together, they pursue all of the things on their bucket lists as they prepare for the end of days. No Tomorrow has already been picked up for a full series, so as The CW tries to increase their sitcom presence, it's obvious they're convinced this is the show to do it.

Linnie's Projection:
Odds of Survival ~ 3: Again, The CW isn't known for its sitcoms, but the hook is here is clever enough to draw in some audiences initially. The problem is, unless the stars are incredibly likable and the plot a little less grim than it sounds (its doubtful the same people who enjoyed Seeking a Friend for the End of the World will be watching the CW), it won't make it. Frankly, I'll probably forget about it by the end of this sentence.

Kat's Projection:
Odds of Survival ~ 2: Like most things on CW, I'd be embarrassed to say I watched this, but then again, romcoms and I aren't the best of friends. Throw in softcore apocalypse, and you've really lost me. Wake me when the bomb goes off. 

Writer/director/producer Kevin Williamson
Untitled Kevin Williamson paranormal show ~ With the unexpected success Williamson brought to MTV via the Scream series, it's not terribly surprising that another network approached him for their own touch of his patented version of "teen screams." This story is about a woman who sees ghosts and other phenomena, and seeks advice from a parapsychologist. According to Variety, Transylvania has a better shot at pickup, but Williamson is at least sure to bring in some audience for a few episodes if it made it that far.

Linnie's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 3
Odds of Survival ~ 3: Williamson is a big part of the success of The CW, and it seems hard to believe they wouldn't at least give this show a shot. That being said, the plot feels really familiar. And after years of Ghost Whisperer and Medium, do we really need another show with the same plot? I wouldn't watch it, and I'm not sure many other people will either.

Kat's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 3 
Odds of Survival ~ 3: Predictability and lack of imagination dictates at least one season. Maybe a season and a half before this concept gets so mind-numbingly annoying that people beg for it to die. 

Person of Interest got cancelled. So he IS free now...


Frequency ~ Once again, we have another network workshopping a film's concept into a television show, except in this case, it's sixteen year old movie that most people have probably forgotten about. Frequency was a touching-enough sci-fi-ish film in which a father and son connected across time via an old ham radio, and were able to change both their pasts and futures. CW has already picked this up for a full series, and the fact that this version casts a female cop in the lead at least gives it a hook to help separate it from its source material.

Linnie's Projection:
Odds of Survival ~ 1: Again, not a lot of people seem to even remember the movie. So I find it hard to believe they're going to tune in for yet another time-travel show. It doesn't help that this is more adult-oriented material on a less-than-adult oriented network. Hell, I even liked the movie, and I doubt I'd watch it.

Kat's Projection:
Odds of Survival ~ 1: Yawn. Dudes and daddy complexes via ham-radio? No thanks. One season would be enough for this to get awkward and trite really fast. Hard pass. 

Highly doubtful it will be this sunny and picturesque.


Transylvania ~ This is easily one of the most interesting concepts for a show circulating this pilot season. Transylvania is set in 1880, and features a woman searching for her father in the titular city. There, she meets a disgraced detective, and together, they get a first hand look at the origin stories of some of our favorite monsters. Transylvania has the potential to have cross-over appeal, if they respect the origins of the monsters and have a cast of the pretty people the CW loves so much.

Linnie's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 5
Odds of Survival ~ 4: I don't watch anything on The CW, and I would tune in for this. As long as the scripts are smart, the mysteries are good, and the period element is done well, I can see this being a show that would last. Maybe not Supernatural last, but at least hold on for a few solid years.

Kat's Projection:
Odds of Pickup ~ 3
Odds of Survival ~ 3: While some might be ready for this, a monster version of Once Upon A Time isn't *my* idea of a good time. I suspect this will get CGI annoying or CW soft-cored really early. This feels too heavy for the CW's network profile and I hate to see a concept like this wasted. 

It's going to be a big 2016-17 for The CW, as they just took ownership of Supergirl, and their comic book-based shows are more popular than ever. But if they are trying to shift focus from comics to horror, it could backfire. They've finally pushed ahead of their competitors with a proven formula. Should they be deviating from it now? Time will tell!

(Source: Variety)