USA looks for laughs, CW sticks to fantasy next fall

The USA television network is adding comedy to its lineup and The CW’s young-skewing viewers will find a mix of fantasy and fashion next fall.

USA

USA announced Thursday it will premiere its first-ever situation comedies next winter.

One sitcom, “Sirens,” is about three emergency medical technicians from Chicago with personalities less impressive than their medical skill.

Denis Leary, who starred in FX’s “Rescue Me,” wrote and produced the series but is not a featured actor.

“Playing House” stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham as two friends who draw closer when one of them has a baby.

USA also announced that it was starting production on one new drama set in post-World War II America involving a plot that draws the ire of Nazi spies.

Cat Greenleaf, who hosts the “Talk Stoop” franchise on several local NBC stations, brings it to USA.

She’ll be host of USA’s daytime lineup, interjecting interviews, pop culture notes and personalized advertising into the lineup.

The CW

Five new dramas are planned, including a spinoff of “The Vampire Diaries” titled “The Originals,” starring Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt as starter members of the vampire clan.

Another new drama, “The 100,” is about 100 juvenile lawbreakers who are returned to a post-apocalyptic Earth to try to resettle it.

The series is based on the Kass Morgan novels and includes former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington in its cast.

The other new CW series for next season are:

“The Tomorrow People,” based on a British drama about a highly evolved group of youths with paranormal powers who unite to combat evil, including a group of scientists known as Ultra.

The cast includes Robbie Amell (“Revenge”) and Mark Pellegrino (“Lost”).

“Star-Crossed,” a Romeo-and-Juliet romance between a human girl and an alien boy, part of a clash involving Earthlings and the alien visitors they’ve consigned to an internment camp.

Aimee Teegarden (“Friday Night Lights”) and Matt Lanter (“90210”) star.

“Reign,” about the 15-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, and her rise to power in the 16th-century world of enemies and sexual intrigue.

Adelaide Kane (“Teen Wolf”) stars as Mary, with Toby Regbo as her potential prince charming.

The CW schedule returning shows include “The Carrie Diaries” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

Talk to us

More in Life

The Pacific Ice rink under construction at Port of Everett on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Port of Everett unveils seasonal ice rink on the waterfront

The outdoor rink will be open through the end of January. The port plans for it to return annually.

Kindergartener Robert, 5, imitates a turkeys actions as he answers questions about Thanksgiving outside Mt. Pilchuck Elementary on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Revisionist turkey talk: Kindergartners explain Thanksgiving

These Lake Stevens kids have holiday wisdom to impart, including what they’re grateful for — friends, family and paper swords.

Lady Gaga in "House of Gucci." (Courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures Inc./TNS)
A stone-cold Lady Gaga brings down the ‘House of Gucci’

Ridley Scott’s movie dives into a luxury brand and a family laid low by greed and infighting.

This image released by Disney shows Mirabel, voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, in a scene from the animated film "Encanto." (Disney via AP)
‘Encanto’ completes Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2021 musical hat trick

The absence of a hissable villain keeps it from being a great animated film, but it’s still a good one.

PHOTO (Photo credit to Kenny Randall):Additional photos available if requested.

 

Snowman_down.jpg: The hapless cast (l-r: Ingrid Buron, Dorothy Pierce, Jonathan Olson, Megan Bell, Britta Grass) of  "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol," running November 26-December 19 at the Red Curtain Arts Center in Marysville.
Arts and entertainment calendar: Music, theater and more

“The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” opens Nov. 26 in Marysville.

Shannon Session's high school photo decorates a signal box at Alderwood Mall.     (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
‘Lynnwood blue’ eyeshadow, ’80s glam shots adorn new landmark

A signal box by Alderwood mall is a throwback to an era of big hair, lampooned on local sketch show “Almost Live.”

Open-faced turkey sandwich.
Hot turkey sandwich may be the ultimate comfort food classic

Make this open-face sandwich with your Thanksgiving leftovers, or follow the instructions to make it any time of year.

How to make your own IKEA-inspired Swedish meatballs

You need not risk getting lost at the giant store to enjoy this iconic fall favorite.

Black body cladding and a radiator grille give the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E 450 All-Terrain a look similar to an SUV. (Manufacturer photo)
Mercedes-Benz E 450 All-Terrain has a nostalgic third row

Modern features of the new wagon include a hybridized powertrain and the latest version of MBUX.

Get the china ready! Your holiday meal might come with a side of drama. (Jennifer Bardsley)
If Thanksgiving stresses us out then we’re doing it wrong

If Thanksgiving stresses us out then we’re doing it wrong

Ameé Quiriconi, Snohomish author, podcaster and entrepreneur.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Snohomish author’s handbook charts a course for female entrepreneurs

She’s invented sustainable concrete, run award-winning wedding venues and worked in business… Continue reading

Dylan Blaney, 3, talks with Santa about what she wants for Christmas at the Santa Magic experience at Alderwood Mall on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Vaxxed and sanitized, Santa is no longer behind plexiglass

Local malls say he’s ready for a normal holiday, with kids on his knee. Want to stay ho-ho-home? Long-distance options remain.