Riverdale and Jane the Virgin Spinoffs Among Pilot Orders at The CW

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The CW has handed out four pilot orders to some of the shows in development for the 2019-2020 TV season. 

In an unsurprising move, all four are related to well-known titles, and two are even spinoffs of current dramas on the network. 

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The Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene will follow the lives and loves of four Archie Comics characters. Katy Keene will be the lead character and will be joined by three friends as they chase their dreams in New York City.

The musical dramedy will focus the humble beginnings and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway, and in the recording studio.

Related: Jane the Virgin Spinoff Eyed at The CW

The new series comes from writers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi, who are also on board to executive-produce alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater.

This will be the third series set in the same universe as Riverdale, with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as the second. That show started its life as a CW series before moving to Netflix. 

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As for the Jane the Virgin spinoff, it seems to be moving full steam ahead, and has landed a pilot order. 

Each season of the show will be based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez), the lead character on the parent series. 

Related: Jane the Virgin: Ending at The CW

On a more interesting note, Gina Rodriguez will narrate each episode, so it means the show will be keeping the OG's leading lady around in some capacity. 

Jane the Virgin has one final season left to air on The CW, and it will debut in March. 

The young-skewing network has a pilot for a series called The Lost Boys, based on the film of the same name.

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Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat… and a secret underworld of vampires," reads the official logline. 

"After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up."

Related: Batwoman Lands Pilot Order

"But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.”

The Lost Boys pilot will be penned by Heather Mitchell, who will also executive-produce alongside Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge, Mike Karz, and Bill Bindley.

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Also ordered is a new series based on Nancy Drew. 

"Set in the summer after her high school graduation,18-year-old Nancy Drew thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined," according to the logline. 

The four join Batwoman to make five pilots ordered. It's unclear whether any of the other potential shows in flux will move to pilot stage. 

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Riverdale Quotes

Cheryl: Ummm, did you have a lobotomy for breakfast? You’re wearing my signature color!
Toni: You don’t own the color red. Red existed before you.
Cheryl: Not at Riverdale High. Here, I invented red. I am red.
[Cheryl snaps her fingers and two girls stand behind her]
Cheryl: Sorry, but this school is not big enough for the both of us, faux-pink lady. And I was here first. Go to Centerville High or Westerberg, I don’t care. But you have until first bell Monday to clear every trace of yourself out of these halls. Copy?
[Cheryl flips her hair in Toni’s face and walks away]

Kevin: Okay, Veronica, I’m obsessed with everything that just happened.
Veronica: Thank you! It helps to be off-book and in full costume.
Betty: Don’t be so modest, you are the literally embodiment of Chris. Never has a role been perfectly typecast.
Archie: Betty!
Veronica: What was that, Betty?
Betty: I mean think about it: Spoiled rich girl, check. Major daddy issues, check. Bad to the bone, trying to control everyone around her, including her boyfriend and best friend. Check, check, check.