The CW's freshman series "The Carrie Diaries" may be in trouble. The show has received mixed reviews since its premiere, and recent episodes have scored less than a million viewers. The show has yet to be renewed for a second season, despite the fact that the network has announced renewals for multiple shows at this point.
But just because "The Carrie Diaries" is a low-rated misfire, that shouldn't stop the CW from considering other "teen prequel" series in the future. Here are some examples of popular TV shows that could inspire a more successful prequel.
Showtime's flagship series is "Dexter," a drama about a serial killer who hunts other killers. The show's eighth season is set to air this summer, and the network seems worried about losing their long-running, highly popular series. One way to expand the franchise would be to do a prequel "Dexter" series, exploring Dexter's teenage years.
Fans might quibble that the show would lack suspense, since the audience would already know Dexter's fate. However, that doesn't seem to be stopping shows like "Bates Motel" from giving TV fans a look at the early years of infamous killers. Plus, "The Vampire Diaries" shows that the CW can shoot a gory, suspenseful series just as well as the premium channels.
Most "Star Trek" fans would give their right arm to be able to attend Starfleet Academy. One thing the "Star Trek" franchise could really benefit from is a series set at the Academy, following a group of students from their first year through their eventual graduation.
If the series took a page from the "Harry Potter" playbook and gave the Academy a Hogwarts-like feel, the unique teachers and intergalactic drama of the Academy would be sure to enchant "Star Trek" fans. Throw in a teenage version of an established character like Sisko, Janeway, or Picard, and it would be irresistible.
A CW "Batman" series would follow teenage Bruce Wayne. Still grieving over his parents, he would be interested in fighting crime but not actually using the Batman costume yet. It would be a blend of "Smallville," "Arrow," and "Young Indiana Jones." There would be plenty of opportunity for romance with a young Selina Kyle, and the story would fill the gaps between Bruce's origin story and the plot of "Batman Begins."
The upcoming Netflix revivial of "Arrested Development" is probably only going to last one season, which will leave fans wanting more. The original series featured plenty of flashbacks to Michael, Buster, Gob, and Lindsay's youth. A series focusing on the young Bluth children would be hilarious. Between the cornballer, the Boy Fights tapes, and George Sr.'s constant womanizing, there is plenty of established material to pull from.
Plus, the CW isn't really known for comedy: A show like this would be a big opportunity for them. As long as the original creative team is involved, the comedy and writing should be similar enough in tone to the original series to keep fans happy.
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