Pilot Watch: Politicians And Other Bloodsuckers


A couple more pilots orders have surfaced, this time from The CW (previous pilot news HERE).

With vampires and angsty young people flavour of the month both at the cinema (thanks to the Twilight movie based on the series of books by Stephenie Meyer, of whom Stephen King is still undecided about whether he is a fan) and on TV (thanks to HBO’s True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire series of books by Charlaine Harris), I’m sure that, like me, you were worried that we don’t have nearly enough variations on the theme just yet.

After all, we have around 327 crime dramas that are exactly the same except for the specific details of the hero’s troubled past and 293 medical dramas differentiated only by the characters’ dubious and strangely unconvincing psychological problems.

Well, we can rest easy because there’s another TV series in the works based on a series of books about vampires. And angsty young people.

The Vampire Diaries is based on a series of books by L.J. Smith which, The CW is keen to point out, were first published in the early 1990s and predate both Twilight and the Southern Vampire novels. And which were largely forgotten until Twilight became a huge hit. Now they have been reissued and have found a new audience and, after a gap of more than a decade, Smith is writing more books.

The novels tell the story of a young woman from a small town who is torn between two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – who are battling for control of her soul and the souls of her family and friends. The TV pilot will be co-written by Dawson’s Creek and Scream writer Kevin Williamson.

Also at the CW, The Body Politic is a drama about young people (no word on their angst levels yet) working for politicians in Washington DC.

The surge of interest in American political dramas may be an unexpected result of the Obama effect, with more people taking more of an interest in US politics.

As the Choob previously reported, CBS is piloting House Rules, a drama about a new Congressional representatives, while ABC is developing Inside The Box, about a Washington news bureau.

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