Categories: Network TV Press Releases
Written By Amanda Kondolojy
October 10th, 2013
The CW has ordered three additional scripts each for The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign, according to several sources.
Interesting for Reign since it hasn’t premiered yet…plus I thought it was suppose to be a limited series? Really curious as to where/when they’ll premiere the mid-season shows.
While they are ordering more scripts, I doubt that any more episodes of Reign will be produced, as I expect that its ratings will be crap (well, as close to crap as possible when TVD is your lead-in)
So that brings all three series to 16 episodes or 13?
The Originals shouldn’t have to have “additional scripts” ordered. This should be an easy full season order by The CW.
On a serious note though, an episode reduction of BATB from 23 to 13-18 sounds more plausable.
If Tues-Thurs receives an 0.9 avrage, it will be heaven for the CW. Mark Pedowitz managed to keep the sinking boat from drowning under Dawn’s terrible management.
I agree with The Originals.
The TP started well, but I think they should wait one more week on that.
Definitely early for Reign.
At least these are only scripts though.
I’m not sure what to make of this news. I guess they could be planning to shorten BaTB’s season, but I kind of doubt it at this point. Maybe they are fretting TCD’s ratings after seeing how BaTB premiered, I guess I could buy that too, but I wouldn’t put money on it.
Given the situation, whatever that is, I’m not at all surprised that they ordered more scripts for Reign along with TTP and TO. It always looked like the fall’s freshman drama with the most promise for success for The CW. Since TTP premiered well, I don’t know why they wouldn’t expect Reign to premier well too.
CW must have good faith in Reign.
@Shepherd I’ll tell you why Reign won’t premiere well: it has zilch in common with the successful shows on the network, which have more of a action/horror bent. Reign will premiere in the 1.5 (0.5) range, mark my words.
For anyone not understanding the definition of additional scripts, it means writers can write more scripts. CW hasn’t ordered any more shows (not yet anyway). If those ratings continue to hold, those three scripts will turn into three episodes.
Aren’t we rushing things CW?
If Reign opens to more than a 0.6 rating I will be very surprised.
“ I’ll tell you why Reign won’t premiere well: it has zilch in common with the successful shows on the network, which have more of a action/horror bent.”
That’s actually why I think it has the best chance to do well. It’s the only show that has the opportunity to attract non-traditional CW viewers. It’s the only CW show that I know of that has ever had a Medieval theme. It’s still too teenage girly for my tastes, but that’s another story.
@rob60990 – It’s script orders, its no rush. Tomorrow People and Originals premiered well, obviously CW expects to have them for the entire season.
@SJ – Well if it opens less than 0.7 its certain to be cancelled after 13 eps.
It makes sense that CW wants to see the direction these shows are going in. I personally think all 3 have a shot at full seasons. Script orders usually lead to more episodes, and if the shows do well enough and if the networks like the scripts, they will be produced.
The only thing I can say for sure is that Carrie Diaries will be done after 13 episodes and Tomorrow People & Originals will definitely get full seasons.
I cant say for sure what will happen to Reign. I doubt it will be pulled if it flops but it will either air all 13 ordered eps or get an extension.
CW is on the right track with the Originals and Tomorrow People,
maybe Reign will make it a trifecta.
The entire premise behind CBS’ participation in the CW has been to make money off low budget productions by selling them in a variety of markets: Netflix, syndication, CW’s online web site, overseas, etc. Poor domestic ratings will not matter because affiliates buy in cheaply and make a decent return by selling advertising and retransmission rights. So, don’t believe the CW is going to pull the plug on BATB this season even if the show’s ratings don’t pick up. It’s not the same situation as if CBS was running this show on its own network in direct competition with the three other major networks.
lol at reign
This just keeps the writers room open while they make a decision on back 9s. The CW premieres so late that they must be pretty far into their orders already.
It’s not very expensive to keep a writers room open.