CW Orders Magical Crime Drama From iZombie Team

The CW has ordered "Criminal Magic," a supernatural drama from the minds behind "iZombie."

The project, from "iZombie" writer Graham Norris and executive producers Rob Thomas, Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge, is characterized by Deadline as "'The Departed' meets 'The Vampire Diaries.'"

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Set in present-day Los Angeles, the drama centers on two street gangs who fight the police and each other as they vie for "most lucrative contraband of all: magic." At the center of it is a young woman hiding magical powers and an undercover cop

Norris and Thomas previously collaborated on the utopian drama "The Tempest," which wasn't picked up by The CW during the 2015 season, and a modern-day version of "Les Miserables," which was pitched to Fox during the 2013-2014 season.

The creator of the cult-favorite "Veronica Mars," Thomas' television credits also include "90210," "Party Down" and "Cupid." Thomas, who has a development deal with Warner Bros. TV, has an adaptation of the 1987 horror-comedy "The Lost Boys" in the works at The CW.

An actor and writer, Norris has had roles in "Gilmore Girls," "The Black Dahlia" and "Dollhouse." He's written as handful of episodes of "iZombie," on which he has served as story editor.

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