Pilots: The CW Orders Tales From the Darkside, Outbreak Drama, Ghost Story

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Darkness, disease and the disembodied may be headed to The CW for the 2015-16 TV season.

The network finally kicked off its development season on Monday evening. It ordered one-hour pilots for a reboot of the 1980s syndicated horror/fantasy/thriller anthology Tales From the Darkside, an outbreak drama from Julie Plec (The Originals, The Vampire Diaries) and a story about a cabbie who sees dead people (but still charges them full fare).

The original Tales From the Darkside, which ran from 1983-88, was created by horror-meister George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead), and its 2015 reimagining will have bold-faced credentials, too. The project comes from writer/executive producer Joe Hill (who wrote the novel Horns, which became a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe), while additional EPs include Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Heather Kadin (who’ve teamed up on Sleepy Hollow and Scorpion).

The second project, titled Cordon, will be written and exec-produced by Plec, with director David Nutter (Arrow, The Flash) also serving as EP. The logline is as follows: “When a deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a large city quarantine is quickly enforced, leaving those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives. Based upon the original Belgian series, Cordon tells the story of loved ones tragically torn apart, and how the society that grows inside the cordon reveals both the devolution of humanity and the birth of unlikely heroes.”

Lastly, there’s Dead People, from writer Tom Kapinos (Dawson’s Creek). After a near-death experience, a down-on-his-luck, semi-alcoholic but charming cab driver suddenly has the ability to interact with ghosts — including the dead ex-wife he has never gotten over.

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