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CW Summer Plans Include Comedies, BATB & Superman

The CW has announced their Summer 2014 premiere dates which include new reality  series, confirmation of a June return for Beauty And The Beast, and a magic show hosted by former Superman Dean Cain.

Who Am I?Here's the press release:

THE CW ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2014 PREMIERE DATES

Summer Schedule Includes All-New Reality and Magic Series, the Return of

“Beauty and The Beast” and Two New Scripted Comedies

            April 17, 2014, (Burbank, CA) — Continuing its commitment to more year-round original programming, The CW today announced its schedule for Summer 2014, including the premieres of unscripted docuseries FAMOUS IN 12, comedies BACKPACKERS and SEED, magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION, all-new episodes of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and the return of the fan-favorite drama BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

            On Monday, June 2, the hilarious improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? moves to its new night, with original episodes at 8:00-8:30 pm ET, followed by an encore episode of WHOSE LINE at 8:30-9:00 pm ET.  The romantic drama BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returns with original episodes 9:00-10:00 pm ET.

            All-new reality docuseries FAMOUS IN 12 premieres Tuesday, June 3 (8:00-9:00 pm ET).  FAMOUS IN 12 is an unscripted series/social experiment that will film one fame-seeking family around the clock for 12 weeks straight.  The family will be guided by the TMZ machine, which will create a series of opportunities for them.  TMZ and Harvey Levin will help, and additional experts will be brought in throughout the course of the series to provide input and guidance on the path to fame, but it is up to the family to pull it off.  Throughout their 12-week quest, the family will circulate through some of Los Angeles’ most populated – and popular – venues in order to seize opportunities that might come calling. Executive produced by David Garfinkle (“Naked and Afraid”), Jay Renfroe (“Naked and Afraid”) and Harvey Levin (“TMZ”), FAMOUS IN 12 is from Renegade 83 and Harvey Levin Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures.

            The original half-hour comedy BACKPACKERS premieres Monday, July 14 (8:30-9:00 pm ET), following all-new episodes of WHOSE LINE.  Originally created as a digital series for The CW's digital studio, CW Seed, BACKPACKERS, follows best friends Ryan (Noah Reid, “Titanic”) and Brandon (Dillon Casey, “Nikita”) as they race across Europe in search of Ryan's missing bride-to-be, while also struggling with the eternal twenty-something question of what to do with their lives.  When Ryan’s lost journal suddenly gets posted online and explodes across the internet, Ryan's life dream of becoming a published author becomes real – if only he can track down the jerk who stole the journal.  With Brandon's slacker brother Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti, “Reign”) in tow, they travel from Thailand to Canada in search of the missing journal, while also seeking the ultimate answers to life, love and partying.  BACKPACKERS is produced by Shaftesbury U.S. and Smokebomb Entertainment, Shaftesbury’s award-winning digital media arm, in association with The CW Television Network.  Developed for television and produced by Jay Bennett, BACKPACKERS is executive produced by Maggie Murphy, Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie and Tom Mazza.

The half-hour comedy SEED premieres Monday, July 14 (9:30-10:00 pm ET), following encore episodes of WHOSE LINE.  From the creative team of Joseph Raso (“Zombies & Cheerleaders”) and award-winning writer/producer Mark Farrell (“This Hour Has 22 Minutes,” “Made in Canada,” “Corner Gas”), SEED tells the story of Harry (Adam Korson), a single, underachieving bachelor/bartender who is also a sperm donor.  Harry reluctantly begins a relationship with three unique and separate recipient families – a laid-back lesbian couple with a 9-year-old son, a neurotically hopeful single mom-to-be, and an uptight, upper-class family with a rebellious teenage daughter – with whom he’ll come to share more than just his DNA. Produced by Force Four Entertainment, SEED is executive produced by Joseph Raso, Mark Farrell, John Ritchie, Rob Bromley and Gillian Lowrey.  The Force Four production team includes Supervising Producer Paula J. Smith (“Less Than Kind”) and Producer Karen Wentzell (“Trailer Park Boys”).

            On PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, premiering Wednesday, July 30 (8:00-9:00 pm ET), aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller.  Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets.  Penn and Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out.  The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts.  This is all real magic.  British television and radio personality Jonathan Ross (“Friday Night with Jonathan Ross”) serves as host.  PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is produced by September Films (part of DCD Media) for ITV, with executive producers Peter Adam Golden, David Green, Peter Davey and Andrew Golder.

Hosted by actor Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), MASTERS OF ILLUSION premieres Friday, August 1 (8:00-8:30 pm ET) with great escapes, fascinating sleight-of-hand and large scale illusions, all in front of a studio audience.  The series features amazing magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists and escape artists, and performers in each episode display skills ranging from perplexing interactive mind magic to hilarious comedy routines.  Live audience members and viewers at home will be baffled by the astounding skills of these modern illusionists.  MASTERS OF ILLUSION is from Associated Television International with executive producers David McKenzie (“The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” “Marie”), Al Schwartz (“The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” “The Golden Globe Awards” 2013 & 2014, “The Gulf is Back”), Gay Blackstone (“The World Magic Awards” 2007-2009) and David Martin (“Marie”), along with co-executive producers Justin Pierce (“The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance”) and Jim Romanovich (“Inside Story: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”).

The summer premiere schedule is as follows:

MONDAY, JUNE 2

8:00-8:30 PM                WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (New Night)

8:30-9:00 PM                WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (Encore)

9:00-10:00 PM              BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Summer Season Premiere)

TUESDAY, JUNE 3

8:00-9:00 PM                FAMOUS IN 12 (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM              SUPERNATURAL (Encore)

MONDAY, JULY 14

8:00-8:30 PM                WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (Original Episode)

8:30-9:00 PM                BACKPACKERS (Series Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM                WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (Encore)

9:30-10:00 PM              SEED (Series Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30

8:00-9:00 PM                PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM              ARROW (Encores in a new timeslot)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

8:00-8:30 PM                MASTERS OF ILLUSION (Series Premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM                WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (Encore)

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4 comments

  1. Screw this The headline was totally misleading I thought there would be info of a new rumored Metropolis Series

  2. Frak You! I hate it when articles lie outright... "Superman coming to the CW." NO NO NO. Dean Cain is coming to the CW. Call me when you actually get a Superman series that doesn't have a sucky series finale. I loved Smallville, except the wasted 2hrs of my life that was called its series finale.

  3. He's Dean Cain, not Christopher or George Reeves. Don't hype your shit using "Superman" when it's absolutely irrelevant. Pretty telling sign that the writer knows the article is ultimately boring. False advertising for internet hits, must be pretty sad.

  4. While Dean Cain played one of the better portrayals of Superman. (Never was a fan of the Superman movies.) I looked at the article and was excited. At first I thought with the success of Arrow, and The Flash coming to CW in the fall. That CW was doing what I am anticipating. TV Shows instead of movies that introduced the DC characters in the Justice League. So I was excited. Then I read the article, it saddened me. I honestly enjoy Arrow, and I will enjoy The Flash. Heck, if CW actually had fall superhero series and summer superhero series it would be awesome. Sadly, this article dashed away my hopes. I still have high hopes for an entire Justice League ensemble of tv shows. Or at the very least Arrow, Flash, and Wonder Woman. I am excited for Gotham, but kind of wish it was on CW instead of Fox. Or at least give the show to the CW when they decide to axe it for a reality based show as they are known to do with really good shows that don't do as well with ratings.

    I am a DC fan, I don't think Warner Bros. should try and compete with the Marvel Movies in the box office. I think they should do something very different than Marvel and introduce the Justice League and the origin story of the Justice League in TV shows rather than movie series. Shows like Arrow, give me more of a hope for the DC universe. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed The Green Lantern movie. I just think Warner Bros. and subsidiaries make better TV Shows lately than movies.

About Craig Byrne, Editor-In-Chief

KSiteTV Editor-In-Chief Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.
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