The CW has announced some additional programming for their summer schedule. They’ve ordered a new dating series called A Wicked Offer and have aquired the rights to air Dates, a scripted comedy from the UK that stars Oona Chaplin, Ben Chaplin, Andrew Scott, Katie McGrath, Amanda Hale, and Gemma Chan.
Here’s the press release:
THE CW NETWORK CONTINUES TO BOLSTER SUMMER SCHEDULE WITH NEW SERIES
Network Orders New Unscripted Series “A Wicked Offer”
The CW Acquires British Comedy Series “Dates”
February 23, 2015 (Burbank, CA) – Continuing its push to more year-round programming, The CW has ordered two series for summer 2015, including a new unscripted series called A WICKED OFFER, which will test how far couples will go for money, and acquired the scripted comedy from the United Kingdom called DATES, featuring Oona Chaplin and Ben Chaplin. Premiere nights and times will be announced at a later date.
In the outrageous, darkly comic one-hour series A WICKED OFFER, couples are presented with a series of Faustian bargains, as they must decide to complete a series of scandalous and controversial tasks involving their unsuspecting friends, families and co-workers for cash prizes. With each challenge testing the couple’s moral and ethical boundaries, the couples must weigh the potential havoc wreaked on their relationship with each other and everyone involved. As each task is completed, the stakes and the cash value are raised, forcing the couple to decide how far they’re willing to go for money. A WICKED OFFER is executive produced by Jenny Daly (“Storage Hunters,” “Mystery Diners,” “Container Wars,” “Invention USA”) through her T Group Productions, Inc production company.
The CW has also acquired nine episodes of the British comedy DATES, in which each episode focuses on a first date between two people who have met on an online dating service. The series explores the issues, intricacies, romance, and danger of modern relationships and the thrills, calamities, lies, and truths of first dates. Featuring a cast that largely changes with each episode, DATES includes such stars as Oona Chaplin (“Game of Thrones”), Ben Chaplin (“Thin Red Line”), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), Katie McGrath (“Dracula”), Amanda Hale (“The White Queen”) and Gemma Chan (“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”). Bryan Elsley created the series that aired on Channel 4 in Great Britain. DATES is produced by Balloon (Dates) Ltd., and distributed by eOne.
What do you think? Do you plan to watch either of these TV shows on The CW this summer?