CW Orders ‘Dead People’ Supernatural Pilot From ‘Californication’ Creator, J.J. Abrams

Project from Tom Kapinos tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck cab driver who interacts with ghosts

The CW sees dead people. Or at least it’s planning to with its latest pilot order.

The network has picked up a pilot for the ghostly drama “Dead People,” which hails from “Californication” creator Tom Kapinos.

According to a description of pilot, “After a near-death experience, a down-on-his-luck, semi-alcoholic but roguishly charming cab driver suddenly has the ability to interact with ghosts, including his late ex-wife who he has never gotten over.”

Kapinos (pictured above) is writing and directing the drama, which is produced by Bad Robot Productions and Kapinos’ Aggressive Mediocrity, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Earlier on Monday, the network also gave pilot orders to “Tales From the Dark Side” and “Cordon.” The former is billed as a “reinvention” of the ’80s horror/thriller anthology series, with Joe Hill, the son of horror maestro Stephen King, writing and executive producing. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Heather Kadin are also executive producing, along with Mitch Galin and Jerry Golod.

“Tales From the Dark Side” comes from CBS Television Studios in association with KO Paper Products.

“Cordon,” meanwhile, comes from Julie Plec, of the network’s “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals.” The drama will explore a deadly epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta. A large city quarantine is quickly enforced, leaving those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives. Plec is writing and executive producing the pilot, which is based on a Belgian series.

David Nutter (“Disturbing Behavior”) is directing and executive producing, the project, which is being produced by My So-Called Company and Eyeworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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