Fighting crime and trying to save the world will become a reality thanks to The CW! According to Variety, the network has ordered pilots for a handful of programs including The Powerpuff Girls live-action series. But that’s not all!
The CW also picked up Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship‘s DC project entitled Naomi. Additionally, they placed a pilot order for an untitled religious dramedy from Claire Rothrock and Ryann Weir. Lastly, The CW gave a straight-to-series greenlight for a reboot of USA Network’s The 4400.
Now, The Powerpuff Girls live-action outing was first announced back in August. However, at the time it was merely in the early stages of development. It’s based on the original series by Craig McCracken, which first aired on Cartoon Network in 1998. Diablo Cody and Heather Regnier are spearheading the project as writers and executive producers. This iteration of our favorite kick-ass trio will center on “the pint-sized superheroes as disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime-fighting. Will they agree to reunite now that the world needs them more than ever?”
The 4400 ran from 2004 to 2007 with a total of 44 episodes. Led by Jacqueline McKenzie and Joel Gretsch, the show centered on a group of missing people that suddenly reappear on the same day. Fun fact: this show starred Mahershala Ali in one of his earlier roles. The 4400 reboot has been brewing at The CW since 2018. Ariana Jackson, Anna Fricke and Laura Terry will all executive produce. In addition, Jackson will serve as scribe for the series.
Naomi will follow a teen girl’s journey from her “small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse.” A supernatural occurrence rocks her world. What she uncovers regarding the event’s origins will “challenge everything we believe about our heroes.” It’s based on a 2019 standalone comic by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker. The show was announced back in December as a CW project with DuVernay at the helm. DuVernay and Blankenship will write and executive produce Naomi.
Next, the untitled religious dramedy will center on two millennial nuns. One is described as a “devout believer” while the latter has yet to take her final vows. It’s a tale wherein the pair “start as strangers and become sisters on a funny, spiritual journey to understand their own faith and place in the Catholic church.” Rothrock and Weir will pen the script and serve as executive producers.
My favorite aspect regarding the above orders? All of them are being fronted by women. Good on The CW for highlighting badass women behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera. I’m most intrigued by Naomi and the religious dramedy myself.
What do you think about The CW’s latest slew of new shows? Sound off in the comments below!
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