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The CW’s drama development slate includes a sudser set in space, a modern spin on “Little Women” and a pair of projects from the exec producer behind “One Tree Hill.”
The C-Dub is coming off a fall in which it has some success to tout — the hot new “The Vampire Diaries” — as well as some disappointments — namely, the disappointing start for “Melrose Place” and the quickly canceled “The Beautiful Life.”
CW execs believe their real momentum will come in midseason, when the highly touted relationship drama “Life Unexpected” joins the sked.
As they turn their focus to next season’s crop, the CW’s execs are enlisting top-tier creatives who have given the network (and its predecessors WB and UPN) successes in the past.
“One Tree Hill” exec producer Mark Schwahn is behind “Spy School for Girls,” which revolves around female spy trainees at a CIA facility.
Schwahn is writing and exec producing the project from CBS TV Studios, where the scribe has an overall deal. “Spy School” is based on a book in the works by former spook Larry Kolb, who will also be an exec producer on the show.
Schwahn has also teamed with country music star Brad Paisley and scribes Neal Dodson and Matt Bomer (whose thesp credits include “White Collar” and “Chuck”) to create “Nashville,” a drama that revolves around a young female singer destined for stardom — and a male songwriter whose career isn’t as certain.