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The CW Greenlights Dramas From Hayden Panettiere, Tom Welling

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 3rd 2010 11:45AM
For the last half decade, 'Heroes' star Hayden Panettiere and 'Smallville' lead Tom Welling have been performing superheroic acts in front of the camera. But do their powers extend behind the camera as well?

That's the question the CW is looking to answer: According to the Hollywood Reporter, the youthful network has given the greenlight to three new pilots, including shows from both Panettiere and Welling, who will be trading in their tights for the mantles of executive producer.

For the last half decade, 'Heroes' star Hayden Panettiere and 'Smallville' lead Tom Welling have been performing superheroic acts in front of the camera. But do their powers extend behind the camera as well?

That's the question the CW is looking to answer: According to the Hollywood Reporter, the youthful network has given the greenlight to three new pilots, including shows from both Panettiere and Welling, who will be trading in their tights for the mantles of executive producer.

The projects in question? For Panettiere, it's 'HMS,' which is not, as you might expect, about a British naval vessel but instead is described in the network's press release as a series about the "sexy freshmen class at Harvard Medical School" as seen " through the eyes of a young woman who is both excited and intimidated by her surroundings." The project is being developed by 'Mystic Pizza' writer Amy Holden Jones, with Panettiere along as co-executive producer.

Welling, meanwhile, is executive producing 'Hellcats' alongside writer Kevin Murphy; the series, which is creative described as 'Election' meets 'Bring It On,' focuses on the "world of competitive college cheerleading." We can't wait.

Finally, 'Betwixt' has also been given the go-ahead by the CW. Ironically, the story of "'changelings' in an urban setting who are responsible for saving humans from evil" is the only one of the three not to feature an on-screen superhero at the helm; the series, which is based on the book of the same name by Tara Bray Smith, is being developed by Elizabeth Chandler and Paul Stupin.

Last week, of course, the CW also said yes to a revamped 'La Femme Nikita' as well as a new project from 'Gilmore Girls' creator Amy-Sherman Palladino (which you can read about here). Whether any of these shows will actually hit the airwaves, of course, remains to be seen, but chances look good.

Because, after all, who's going to bet against Superman?

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