The CW might not have announced its 2011 pilot line-up in one fell swoop like ABC Family did, but over the past few months they've come up with quite an array of TV shows to put themselves back on top of the teen market. Shows like "Gossip Girl" have been losing ground to Fox's sing-sational "Glee," so it's unsurprising that The CW's new series are eying the same musical formula.
Vulture got the scoop that the latest show added to The CW's schedule is another "Glee"-like series tentatively called "The Prickly Spheres." It is said to be about a classical-music prodigy who turns down a full scholarship at Julliard to pursue his dream to be a rock star by joining an alternative-rock band in Minneapolis. His band members will be "quirky but super-talented musicians."
What makes the show so interesting is not its grittier take on the "Glee" formula, but the fact that it's headlined by Britney Spears' former manager Jeff Kwatinetz and written by "The Wizards of Waverly Place"'s Matt Goldman. So it certainly does have the makings of being the next big hit.
The thing is, The CW supposedly already has their "Glee" show in the works. We found out about "Acting Out" back in October, and it was also supposed to be a darker take on "Glee" ("Glee" meets "Bad Santa," if we remember correctly). But maybe The CW is just hoping that by having more than one musical show, at least one will be a hit?
The network's also relying on another old standby—vampires—to raise its ratings. Kevin Williamson is working on a "Vampire Diaries" companion show and the "Secret Circle" series is getting the TV treatment thanks to a few other "Vampire Diaries" producers. And let's not forget Michelle Trachtenberg's crime drama or Hilary Swank's fashion game show! Sounds like there's going to be a lot of fun stuff going on at The CW.