10 shows to look out for on The CW in 2019: 'Roswell New Mexico', 'Bulletproof', 'Into The Dark' and more!
Here's the lowdown on 10 shows The CW has in store for us in 2019 and which of them we need to keep an eye out for
While it was the year of tragic cancellations in many networks (RIP 'Daredevil'), not all was upsetting with The CW, the quiet titan. The network definitely understands what its viewers want and continues to give us reasons to be excited about its programming.
The CW has given us some really interesting shows this year — from 'Black Lightning', 'The Outpost', 'Burden of Truth' and 'All American' to 'Charmed' and The Vampire Diaries/ The Originals' spin-off 'Legacies'. While the 2018 roster has been varied and entertaining, here's a look at the 10 shows The CW has in store for us in 2019 and which ones we need to keep an eye out for.
1. Roswell, New Mexico
The reboot of the 1999 Jason Katims series, 'Roswell' takes us to the town of Roswell where aliens hide among humans, undetected. Liz Ortecho, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers that her teenage crush Max is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect, but when a violent attack points to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him. Unlike its predecessor, this reboot appears to be politically charged, taking issues like immigration head on through a romance. It is set to premiere on January 15, 2019.
The original show starred Shiri Appleby and Jason Behr, whose characters will be played in the reboot by Jeanine Mason and Nathan Parsons. It is written by Carina Adly MacKenzie ('Originals').
2. In the Dark
'In The Dark', directed by Michael Showalter stars Perry Mattfeld ('Homecoming', 'Shameless'), Rich Sommer ('Mad Men') along with Brooke Markham, Derek Webster, and Kathleen York. The story revolves around Mattfeld's character, Murphy, a blind woman who works at a guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents. She hates her job and has the most colorful dating life — a normal girl living her best life. Then, things change. Murphy finds her life turned upside down after becoming the only witness to the murder of a drug-dealing friend. The cops don't believe her story and she sets out to figure it out on her own, with her dog Pretzel by her side. The airdate for the show is yet to be announced.
'Bulletproof' is a show that originally aired across the pond on Sky One in May this year. The CW bought the rights to the show and will be bringing back the buddy cop show to the US in 2019. The story follows Aaron Bishop (Noel Clarke) and Ronnie Pike (Ashley Walters), two childhood buddies whose histories are polar opposites of each other. While Ronnie is a straight 'A' student from a well to do family and the son of the Director-General of the National Crime Agency, Aaron grew up in foster homes and the streets. In spite of their differences, the two share the strongest bond and nab very bad guys from London's organized crime circles. The show aired in the UK in May 2018 but The CW dates are yet to be announced.
The Ruby Rose-starrer is still in development and its release hasn't been announced. However, The CW did give the world a sneak peek into the highly anticipated character's workings in the last episode of 'Arrow's crossover event 'Elseworlds'. Rose will be playing the role of Katherine Kane, Batman's cousin, who pretty much does everything Batman does — but with more style. This series also created history — Rose became the first LGBTQIA+ actor to star in a superhero show as the lead.
5. Untitled Nancy Drew drama
The one we've been waiting for, for too long. The CW announced a 'Nancy Drew' series is in the works in September this year and that it was being developed by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the duo behind The CW's hit, 'Gossip Girl'. Written by 'The Magicians' Noga Landau, the untitled series will follow 18-year-old Nancy Drew after her high school graduation as she figures out life after college. She has dreams of stepping out of her hometown but when a family tragedy strikes, she finds herself home for another year. Nancy being Nancy, ends up finding herself in the middle of a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined. This script is also under development but hopefully, the network will give us the how by the end of 2019.
6. Untitled Jane the Virgin spin-off
It is confirmed that there is a 'Jane the Virgin' spin-off in the works from The CW, although the title and release date are still being withheld. 'Jane the Virgin' did extremely well for the network — it was nominated for Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy — at the 2015 Golden Globes, it got the Peabody Award, and Gina Rodriguez, the lead won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series, Musical or Comedy. It was also named a TV Program of the Year by the American Film Institute. Not much is known about the spin-off except that it is coming from Valentina Garza, Jennie Urman, and Gina Rodriguez.
7. Strong Girl
'Fear the Walking Dead' writer Melissa Scrivner-Love's 'Strong Girl', an action drama with Ronda Rousey and Ben Silverman is another great show to look out for. It follows a former war photographer named Rayna who discovers she is indestructible and potentially the strongest woman in the world. Ghosted by her Spec Ops fiance when she reveals her newfound power to him, Rayna is hired as a bodyguard by a billionaire named Oliver, who sees her true potential.
Based on a Korean drama named 'Strong Girl Bong-soon', the cast for The CW adaptation has not been revealed yet. While it is unlikely that the show may air next year, there's still a chance that The CW may surprise us.
8. Lean on Me
Based on the 1989 Morgan Freeman film of the same name, The CW adaptation is Wendy Calhoun, who will also serve as executive producer alongside LeBron James, Maverick Carter, John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. The show is one of the many scripts still in development. According to Deadline, the story goes: "When a spirited young black teacher Amarie Baldwin scores the principal job at an Akron, Ohio, public high school, she must dig deep to transform a failing campus into an urban oasis. In a time when education and school safety have life-or-death stakes, Amarie will take on a broken system that tests her mettle, love life and family. But can she keep her moxie in check in order to embody the aspirational educator that motivates and uplifts an entire community?"
9. City of Ghosts
'Pretty Little Liars' I.Marlene King is developing 'City of Ghosts', a show based on books by Victoria Schwab of the same name. Variety reports that the show is about a college grad named Cassidy, who finds herself drawn to the paranormal after a near death experience. "Cassidy moves to Scotland to study paranormal psychology at the University of Edinburgh in hopes of learning more about her strange connection to the afterlife. There she meets the enigmatic Dr. Barrow and discovers that her gift is more powerful than she ever thought possible," the report says. Karen Wyscarver and Sanford Golden will be serving as exec producers and writers. This one too is still under development but one that we are very excited for.
A controversial show, The CW is taking another shot at adapting the Kim Gatlin novel for television. Before this, 'GCB' was on ABC for a 10 episode run and was shot down after a bad spell of ratings. Leila Cohan-Miccio will serve as a writer and executive producer on the show, which is in development at the network. Darren Star and Aaron Kaplan are also back on board to executive produce. The original show followed Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), former high-school "Queen B*tch", a recently widowed mother of two, who returns to her hometown of Highland Park, Texas, an enclave of Dallas. Formerly rich, Amanda lost everything when her husband was exposed as stealing billions of dollars from investors and died in a car crash with his mistress.