Like several other networks Friday, The CW has just given out series orders to a whole wave of new shows for its 2018-19 TV season.
The first — and arguably biggest — of the network’s pickups was the long-awaited “Charmed” reboot. Coming from “Jane the Virgin” showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman, the new twist on the 1998-2006 series will follow three sisters living in a college town who, after the tragic death of their mother, are shocked to discover they are actually witches. Not long after, the powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.
The second pickup was creator Carina Adly MacKenzie’s “Roswell, New Mexico,” a story about a daughter of undocumented immigrants who reluctantly returns to her hometown only to discover that her teenage crush is now a police officer and also an alien who has kept his spectacular abilities a secret. As the two reconnect and look to investigate his origins, an attack and long-standing alien cover-up by the government threaten to tear them apart.
“Roswell, New Mexico” is based on the same source material as the WB/UPN show “Roswell,” which aired from 1999-2002, but is not a direct reboot.
“All American” marked the network’s third pickup. Coming from April Blair and inspired by the real-life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger, the show centers on a rising South L.A.-based football player who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High.
Meanwhile, Corinne Kingsbury’s “In The Dark” will follow a flawed and “irreverent” blind woman. When she is the only witness to a murder, she sets out to solve the case with the help of her service dog, Pretzel. She’s also managing her own dating life and the day job she hates, as a guide at the dog school owned by her overprotective parents.
The final pickup of the announcement was “Legacies,” from creators Julie Plec and Brett Matthews, and which will center around a new generation of supernatural beings within the same fictional world as “The Vampire Diaires” and “The Originals.” It will take place at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, when Klaus Mikaelson’s 17-year-old daughter, Alaric Saltzman’s twins, and various other young adults come of age in the most unconventional way, nurtured to be their best selves … in spite of their worst impulses. But as the series goes on, the school’s young witches, vampires, and werewolves will have to decide whether they will become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be.