The CW orders pilots for Jane the Virgin and Riverdale spin-offs
Jane the Virgin returns for its fifth and final season March 27, but before we get to find out exactly what happens after season 4 ended on the show’s biggest cliffhanger yet, we’ve got some good news! The CW has officially ordered a pilot for the Jane the Virgin spin-off.
The spin-off, titled Jane the Novela, is a telenovela anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) and narrated by the author herself. The first installment takes place at a Napa Valley Vineyard, where family secrets (and family members) don’t stay buried for long. The series will be penned by Jane writer Valentina Garza, who will also executive-produce alongside Rodriguez and Jane showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman, among others.
Additionally, the CW announced a pilot order for a Riverdale spin-off titled Katy Keene, which will follow the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene — as they chase their twentysomething dreams in New York City. The musical dramedy will chronicle the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway, and in the recording studio. The spin-off comes from writers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi, who will also executive-produce alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater.
The CW also ordered a pilot for a series called The Lost Boys, based on the film, with a logline that reads: “Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat… and a secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.”
The Lost Boys will be written by Heather Mitchell, who will also executive-produce alongside Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge, Mike Karz, and Bill Bindley.
Finally, the network’s last pilot order of the day goes to an untitled Nancy Drew project. The show is set in the summer after Nancy’s high school graduation, when the 18-year-old thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college. But when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined. Noga Landau, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will serve as writers and executive producers on the series.
All these orders are in addition to the previously ordered Batwoman pilot.