Eager to get in on the pilot action, The CW placed its first two orders of the season, granting orders to Navy drama Company Town and a revamped version of The Selection.
Based on the novels by Kiera Cass, The Selection is the CW's attempt at a series in the vein of The Hunger Games. An epic romance set 300 years in the future, the project revolves around a working-class young woman who is selected by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of an unstable nation at a crossroads. While balancing her loyalty to family, love, and kingdom, she attempts to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue.
The network has been interested in The Selection since it was first pitched in 2011 and ordered a pilot last year, but declined to pick it up. The project remained in development while writers Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (The Vampire Diaries, 666 Park Avenue) were asked to retool their script, and CW president Mark Pedowitz recently noted that the network was pleased with the new treatment.
Written and executive produced by Supernatural exec producer Sera Gamble, Company Town picks up shortly after a scandal at a Virginia Naval base has rocked the lives of civilians and military personnel in the area. The multigenerational, multiclass, family, and relationship drama will focus on two women in their early 20s who grew up together as best friends, but now find themselves on opposite sides of the dispute between military and townie. Academy Award nominee Taylor Hackford (Ray) will direct the pilot and also serves as executive producer.
It's safe to say that The Selection will be picked up unless the pilot turns out horrendously, and Company Town sounds like it could have legs too. What do you think?