‘Roswell’ Reboot, Ben Stiller Crime Dramedy ‘In The Dark’ Among 6 CW Pilot Orders

Network also picks up Greg Berlanti sports drama pilot and sci-fi series from Rob Thomas

Last Updated: January 31, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

The CW announced six new pilot orders on Tuesday, including the “Roswell” reboot from “The Originals” alum Carina Adly MacKenzie.

The untitled reboot, which will also be based on the “Roswell High” book series, follows the daughter of undocumented immigrants who returns to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, and discovers that her teenage crush, now a police officer, is an alien. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.

Kevin Kelly Brown, who executive produced the original series, will return to executive produce the WBTV reboot along with MacKenzie, Lawrence Bender and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin Television.

“In the Dark,” from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films banner and CBS Television Studios, centers on a flawed and irreverent blind woman who is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at Breaking Blind — the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.

Stiller, Jackie Cohn and Nicky Weinstock executive produce the pilot from writer Corinne Kingsbury.

“Skinny Dip” is based on the novel of the same name by Carl Hiaasen. After her husband tries to kill her on what she thought was a romantic cruise to celebrate their second wedding anniversary, a woman teams with a jaded ex-cop to exact her own twisted brand of revenge on her cheating spouse, and winds up uncovering a wider conspiracy in the process.

Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner will write and executive produce the CBS Television Studios pilot, alongside Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Avi Nir and Alon Shtruzman of Keshet Studios.

“Playing Dead” is a dysfunctional family dramedy, also from CBS Television, about a mortician and his son whose lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death. Rina Mimoun and Josh Reims write and executive produce. Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter of Intrigue Entertainment serve as executive producers.

“The End of the World As We Know It” comes from “Veronica Mars” and “iZombie” creator Rob Thomas. Written by Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker, the pilot follows two young women with bigger dreams than working at a kids’ pizza place in The Valley who are recruited by a space cop to hunt down escaped alien criminals when a prison spaceship crashes in Southern California.

Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo also serve as executive producers on the pilot based on the book by Iva-Marie Palmer. Ehsugadee Productions, Spondoolie Productions and Alloy Entertainment produce in association with WBTV.

“Spencer” is based on the life of professional football player Spencer Paysinger, and centers on a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High.

April Blair is writer and executive producer. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter executive produce. Robbie Rogers is producer, and Dane Morck is consultant on the pilot from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions.