Preview: New shows in The CW lineup
Aliens In America
Airs: Mondays at 8.30pm
Cast: Dan Byrd (The Hills Have Eyes), Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City), Patrick Breen (Kevin Hill), Lindsey Shaw (Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide), Adhir Kalyan (Fair City)
Description: Justin Tolchuk (Byrd) is a sensitive, lanky 16-year-old just trying to make it through the social nightmare of high school in Medora, Wisconsin, with the help of his well-meaning mum Franny (Pietz), aspiring-entrepreneur dad Gary (Breen), and his popular sister Claire (Shaw), who is sweetly unaware of how good-looking she is. When Franny signs up for the school's international exchange student programme, she pictures an athletic, brilliant Nordic teen who will bestow instant coolness on her outsider son. However, when the Tolchuk's exchange student arrives, he turns out to be Raja Musharaff (Kalyan), a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim. Despite the cultural chasm between them, Justin and Raja quickly develop an unlikely friendship that just might allow them to navigate the minefield that is contemporary high school. It's going to be a very interesting year for Raja, Justin, his family and the entire population of Medora.
Crowned: the Mother of All Pageants
Description: Judges Carson Kressley, former Miss U.S.A. Shanna Moakler, and television personality Cynthia Garrett referee an eight-episode competition that dares to pit mother/daughter teams against each other in a no-holds-barred beauty pageant. Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants explores one of the most emotional and volatile relationships as mothers and daughters from all walks of life must compete together - and against other mother/daughter teams - in order to win. Faced with challenges that focus on preparing them for the pageant show finale, the women will have to brand a 'style' for their mother/daughter team via clothing and swimwear, create ways of expressing a point of view about issues in the world, and practice for the big pageant dance number. Not only do good looks, talent and a penchant for world peace have to run in the family, each team must also have patience, teamwork and a healthy sense of humour. In the end, one mother/daughter team will be "crowned" the winner and will receive a valuable prize package, including a $100,000 cash award, and, of course, a fabulous pair of tiaras.
Farmer Wants A Wife
Description: A comedic reality series designed to help one farm boy find the city girl of his dreams. Based on the hit British format, this first U.S. version will find a charming, hard-working farmer who is happy with his life but lacking romance and wondering if he might find happiness with a woman from the city. The show's producers will search the nation's cities to select a group of 10 women who have had it with bad dates in the big city and are open to making a big change. The group will consist of women looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and wondering if a country man with country values might offer a more attractive lifestyle. Farmer Wants A Wife will bring these city women to the country farmer. The ladies will have to impress him with their heart and their newfound "love" of the country life, or they'll be sent back to the city. Are these city girls ready for the realities of life and work on a farm - driving a tractor, taking care of very large farm animals and attending bingo night? Through a series of challenges, group activities, shocking eliminations and cozy dates, 10 fast-lane women will see how they match up with a back-roads guy on the path to true love.
Airs: Wednesdays at 9pm
Cast: Blake Lively (The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants), Leighton Meester (Surface), Connor Paolo (One Life to Live), Chace Crawford (The Covenant), Ed Westwick (Children of Men), Penn Badgley (John Tucker Must Die), Taylor Momsen (Spy Kids 2), Kelly Rutherford (Melrose Place), Sam Robards (The West Wing), Matthew Settle (Brothers and Sisters),
Description: The privileged prep school teens on Manhattan's Upper East Side first learn that Serena Van Der Woodsen (Lively) is back in town the way they learn all the important news in their lives - from the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl. No one knows Gossip Girl's identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious circle relies on her text messages for the latest scoop. Serena's closest friend, Blair (Meester), is just as surprised as everyone else to find that Serena has suddenly ended her self-imposed exile to boarding school and returned to Manhattan. The tension between Blair and Serena isn't lost on Gossip Girl, who is determined to uncover and fuel any and all scandals. Does it involve Serena's brother Eric (Paolo), Blair's boyfriend Nate (Crawford) or Nate's buddy Chuck (Westwick)? Maybe it has something to do with Dan (Badgley) and his sister Jenny (Momsen), whose middle-class background keeps them on the fringes of this exclusive clique. Even the parents - from Serena's mother Lily (Rutherford), a former ballerina/rock-groupie, to Nate's high-powered father Howie "The Captain" Archibald (Robards), to Dan and Jenny's dad Rufus (Settle), a former rocker turned art gallery owner - are aware that their sons and daughters are constantly checking their Sidekicks to read Gossip Girl's latest sightings and overheard tidbits. Overriding all the shifting friendships, jealousies and turmoil in this wealthy and complex world, the central mystery remains - Who Is Gossip Girl?
Life Is Wild
Airs: Sundays at 8pm
Cast: Leah Pipes (Clubhouse), Brett Cullen (Ghost Rider), K'sun Ray (Smith), Judith Hoag (Armageddon), Andrew St. John (General Hospital), Mary Matilyn Mouser (Eloise), David Butler, Calvin Goldspink, Tiffany Mulheron, Jeremy Sheffield, Atandwa Kani
Description: Katie Clarke (Pipes) may never forgive her veterinarian father, Danny (Cullen), for dragging their entire blended family out of New York City to spend a year living in a broken-down lodge called The Blue Antelope in a game reserve deep inside South Africa. Everyone in the family, including Katie's 11-year-old brother Chase (Ray), Danny's second wife Jo (Hoag), her rebellious teenage son Jesse (St. John) and 7-year-old daughter, Mia (Mouser), is sure Danny has lost his mind. But Danny's reasons go beyond his desire to keep his troubled family together while making a difference in the lives of the people and animals of South Africa: his deceased first wife Claire grew up at The Blue Antelope and it's still home to her reclusive father Art (Butler). After just a few days in South Africa, the family has already encountered an injured lioness, a lost cub, and a gentle giraffe. They've also met a few locals, including a handsome young Brit, Oliver Banks (Goldspink) and his twin sister Emily (Mulheron), whose father Colin Banks (Sheffield), runs a safari business for wealthy tourists, and Tumelo (Kani), a teen who dreams of becoming a veterinarian. While they are definitely outsiders, Katie and the rest of the family are nevertheless beginning to love the breathtaking vistas of the bush country and the vibrant culture enveloping them. A year in this strange but beautiful place might not be so bad after all.
Airs: Tuesdays at 9pm
Cast: Bret Harrison (The Loop), Allison Hossack (Falcon Beach), Andrew Airlie (The L Word), Kyle Switzer (15/Love), Nikki Reed (Thirteen), Ray Wise (24), Tyler Labine (Boston Legal), Rick Gonzalez (Coach Carter), Valarie Rae Miller (Dark Angel)
Description: For the first 20 years of his life, Sam (Harrison) wondered why his parents went so easy on him. Whether it was school, sports or career choices, Sam's mum (Hossack) and dad (Airlie) always let him get by with the least possible effort, while at the same time pressuring his younger brother Keith (Switzer) to excel. As a result, Sam skipped college, took a dead-end job and now wastes endless hours playing video games and wishing he had the guts to ask out his pretty co-worker, Andi (Reed). Everything in his slacker world changes the day Sam turns 21 and discovers the ungodly reason his parents let him slide: they sold his soul to the devil before he was born. Satan himself (Wise) drops by to personally explain that Sam must now serve as his bounty hunter, tracking down evil souls that have escaped and returning them to Hell. At first, Sam refuses to accept his bizarre fate, but after getting just a glimpse of Satan's temper, Sam realises that breaking a deal with the devil has consequences that are very, very bad. Armed with a constantly changing series of vessels - starting with a Dirt Devil mini-vacuum - to collect the escapees, Sam immediately finds that the work is dangerous and frightening, even with the goofball help of his friends and fellow slackers, Bert "Sock" Wysocki (Labine) and Ben (Gonzalez), along with Sock's former-girlfriend-turned-paralegal, Josie (Rae Miller). Still, as weird and scary as his life has become, Sam is surprised to find that he somehow feels good about his newfound "mission" - removing evil-doers from the world and sending them back where they belong. With his friends and his trusty vessel-of-the-week at his side, Sam is ready to face his destiny as the Reaper.