The network developed the show last pilot season with Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden in the lead role, but it didn’t end up securing a spot on the fall schedule. Earlier this month at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, CW president Mark Pedowitz confirmed that The Selection remained in contention for next fall. “The script just came in,” he reported. “It’s very well done.”
Set 300 years in the future, The Selection is billed as an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other ladies for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen.
Exec producers Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (Dollhouse, Vampire Diaries) remain at the helm.
The CW has also ordered Company Town, a military drama from former Supernatural showrunner Sera Gamble and E-Ring‘s Taylor Hackford.
Here’s the logline for the prospective series: A scandal at a Naval base in Virginia touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel in the area, launching us into a multigenerational, multi-class, family and relationship series centered around two early twentysomething women who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the Townie/Military divide.
The two projects join the already greenlit Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals, which will air as a regular episode of Diaries later this season.
The CW is expected to announce additional pilot orders later today.Follow @MichaelAusiello