Pilot Season: The CW passes on ‘Tales From the Darkside’ remake

While most of the news related to pilot season so far has been fairly predictable, we come today bearing what is the first major surprise: The CW has officially passed on the remake of horror anthology series “Tales From the Darkside.” This pilot was viewed to be one of their stronger projects, and this may be an indicator that the network is not picking up many new shows this season. (This was first reported by Deadline.)

Let us take a minute here to suss out where The CW is as a network at the moment. The entirety of their fall schedule (at least Monday-Thursday) has been renewed, and you can also add “iZombie” to the list. Meanwhile, the upcoming spin-off for “Arrow” and “The Flash” already has a series order, and that makes for a very full schedule as it is. “Hart of Dixie” is likely canceled, but that doesn’t clear up any room other than on Fridays.

At the moment, our feeling with The CW is that other than the aforementioned spin-off, the only new series will likely be “Cordon” from executive producer Julie Plec (a network favorite), and then also “Cheerleader Death Squad” from Marc Cherry. We’re confident about the latter since the network wants to have shows from CBS TV on the air, and the majority of their hits at the moment, including the DC Comics shows and everything from Plec, hail from Warner Bros. TV.

We’ll get a better sense next week as to everything that The CW has planned, as that is when the majority of the network upfronts are held.

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