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CW Pilots: Tracy Anderson Reality Show, 'Nomads,' 'Hellcats' & More

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 18th 2010 11:30AM
The scrappy CW network has long been seen as the underdog when it comes to primetime competition; could this year's pilot season finally prove that it's still a contender?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has been busily ordering pilots and presentations, all boasting a lot of star power behind the scenes.The scrappy CW network has long been seen as the underdog when it comes to primetime competition -- could this year's pilot season finally prove that it's still a contender?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has been busily ordering pilots and presentations, all boasting a lot of star power behind the scenes.

One such pilot presentation order goes to 'Nomads,' an action-adventure drama penned by 'Numb3rs' executive producer Ken Sanzel. The project is described as an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride following a group of down-on-their-luck young backpackers traveling the world who agree to earn money by working covert missions for the CIA. It will be produced by CBS Studios, Warner Bros. TV and Scott Free Prods., the production company of Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott and his brother Tony, who are exec-producing with David Zucker. Sanzel is also in line to direct the pilot.

Other presentation orders include 'Hellcats,' an ensemble drama set in the world of competitive cheerleading, and an untitled Harvard Medical School drama penned by 'Mystic Pizza' writer Amy Holden Jones. 'Hellcats,' described as 'Bring It On' meets 'Election,' was written by Kevin Murphy, who will executive-produce with 'Smallville' star Tom Welling. The medical drama is being exec-produced by 'Heroes' heroine Hayden Panettiere.

In addition to three presentation pickups, the network has also greenlit three hour-long pilots: 'Betwixt,' written by 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' scribe Elizabeth Chandler and featuring superhuman "Changelings" who protect humans from evil; an update of the '90s action thriller 'La Femme Nikita' exec-produced by McG; and a new family drama from Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, the husband-and-wife creative team behind 'Gilmore Girls.'

In an attempt to build on their success with long-running reality show 'America's Next Top Model,' the network is also developing two new docusoaps, one set to star celebrity personal trainer Tracy Anderson. Sounding similar in style to the docu-drama 'The Rachel Zoe Project,' the show will follow New York-based Anderson through her daily routine as she trains her celebrity clientele, who include Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Shakira, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow. The second reality project is a scavenger hunt called 'Lost Weekend,' from producers Brett Ratner and Justin Hochberg.

The news follows the early pickups of a number of CW mainstays, including 'Supernatural,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' '90210' and 'America's Next Top Model.' THR suggests that one or both of the reality series may be looking at a summer or mid-season pick-up to keep the original content flowing during the off-season, following already crowded spring and fall schedules. It would be great to see the "little network that could" pulling in some serious viewership; whether that's possible remains to be seen, but the crop of talent that the CW is amassing this pilot season is arguably the strongest it has had since the network's inception. We'll see which pick-ups pay off come fall.

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