With The Vampire Diaries a hit for The CW, the network is looking for the show’s co-creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson to create a new series. Deadline reports that The CW specifically is looking for the Scream writer to come up with a “companion” for The Vampire Diaries – though it doesn’t sound like a spinoff, but rather a compatible series to run with Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights.
Deadline reports that this project is in the early stages of development and “focuses on a group of people who investigate paranormal happenings.” No further details are available, so we’ll have to wait and see how close this skews to The CW’s Supernatural. Williamson’s partner on Vampire Diaries, Julie Plec, is in talks to join the project and co-write the pilot with Williamson.
As for The CW looking for a new series to pair with The Vampire Diaries, it’s hard not to wonder what this might mean for Nikita. That series is doing comparatively well on The CW, but also loses a lot of The Vampire Diaries’s lead-in audience. With Smallville ending this season, I know I’m not alone in speculating that perhaps The CW will move Nikita to Fridays next fall, to be paired with Supernatural, to continue putting the networks’ most male-skewing series in one block.
I’m not sure, but I for one love the time slot it’s in right now. Friday night’s are tricky for shows and I’d hate to see such a great show get a crap slot like that.