Big news, Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans: The CW is hoping to create a new supernatural drama that will fill the shoes left empty when Joss Whedon's cult-favorite series when it went off the air in 2003.
The hook of the show, titled Embrace, is that it will appeal to the same type of group that loved Buffy in the late '90s and early '00s. Based on Jessica Shirvington's novel of the same name, the series follows a protagonist who discovers she's a half-angel who’s the "key to a centuries-old war between fallen angels and their earthly protectors." Change "angels" to "vampires," and we see the Buffy connection.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news, adding that Bill Laurin and Glenn Davis will write and executive produce the show along with the help of Amblin Television's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The CW has only given script orders to the series, so no word yet on casting, potential directors or an air date.
Back when The CW was The WB, the network took a chance and picked up then-up-and-coming writer Joss Whedon's TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show went on to be one of the channel's biggest hits of the '90s and became a cult classic that is still relevant and continuing on in comic book form now. As for Whedon, well, he directed a little movie called The Avengers, which ended up being the third-highest grossing film of all time, and is now signed on to work for Marvel for the next few years. Not too shabby.
It makes sense that The CW would look to recreate that sort of success. Shows like The Vampire Diaries, Smallville and Supernatural all grasp at the cult craze that Buffy has, but none has quite been able to recreate it. It has almost been a decade since Buffy went off the air, and we've missed its wry sense of humor and fantastic take on the supernatural ever since.
The thing is, Embrace will be missing one key factor to Buffy's success: Whedon. Hopefully, The CW realizes that Buffy was a hit mostly because Whedon is a great writer and work on Embrace from there. The world he developed allowed Buffy to thrive, and episodes like "Once More, with Feeling" wouldn't have worked without his creative mind behind it. Our hope is that Bill Laurin and Glenn Davis (known for working together on 1-800-Missing, Power Play and Once a Thief) have the same sort of talent needed to create a lasting legacy like Buffy's.
No word yet on when Embrace will hit airwaves, but it's just one of many big projects The CW has on the line-up. The network is developing a similarly teen-oriented show called Copeland Prep that's written by Bret Easton Ellis and has Catherine Hardwicke on as executive consultant. There's also the proposed Wonder Woman prequel Amazon, which we hope will compliment this season's DC Universe newcomer Arrow.