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The CW Moves Forward with Cordon; Passes on Tales from the Darkside, Dead People, and Cheerleader Death Squad

TV’s 2015 Upfronts are kicking off in New York on Sunday, May 10th, but a few announcements are trickling out early such as this news regarding three potential genre-themed series that are out of favor with The CW and one that is indeed moving forward.

Getting the bad news out of the way first, the network is passing on “Tales from the Darkside” and “Cheerleader Death Squad” from CBS TV Studios as well as “Dead People” from Warner Bros. TV.

Warner scored the win, however, with “Cordon” from “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”‘ showrunner Julie Plec and director David Nutter.

Per Deadline, the reason for passing on “Tales,” which had been getting traction thanks to a well executed pilot, is that “its anthology format was a source of uncertainty about how a full season would look.”  In addition, the project was in need of a showrunner.

As Foywonder eloquently put it…

Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality. But…there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit… Hollywood.

So true.

About “Cordon”:
When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD. But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer, Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area. Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17-year-old Teresa, who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank, an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts, the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus.

On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak and has asked for Lex’s help in enforcing the cordon – which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn’t add up in the official story being told.

Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise.

“Cordon” stars David Gyasi (Interstellar); Christina Moses (Starship: Apocalypse, Starship: Rising); Chris Wood (pictured, “The Vampire Diaries”); Kristen Gutoskie (“Beaver Falls”); Claudia Black (“The Originals,” “Farscape”); George Young (“Casualty”); Hanna Mangan Lawrence (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”); and Trevor St. John (“One Life to Live”). Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, “Cordon” is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”) and David Nutter (The Flash,” “Arrow”).

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Debi Moore

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