Comic-Con 2013: The 100 – New CW Sci-Fi Drama Makes Debut
There was a time when The CW (formerly The WB/UPN) was only known for its teen dramas that focused more on puppy love than actual human depth, but all of that has been changing in recent years. This evolution toward mature drama will take an even bigger step this season when they debut their new sci-fi drama, The 100, starring Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), and a bevy of up and coming new talent.
The cast and producers of this new series were on hand at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 to premiere their pilot episode as well as give prospective fans a tease of what to expect when the show finally hits the air in early 2014.
Set 97 years after war has wiped out humanity, a spaceship housing the descendants of survivors decides to send 100 teenage troublemakers back down to Earth in hopes of re-populating the planet. Series creator Jason Rothenberg says his inspiration came from the source novel (which is to be published later this year) as well as the specific content and settings of the story.
“I was looking to do a Lord of the Flies writ large,” he said. “Battlestar Galactica is one of my favorite shows of all time, so its that in space. Lost is also one of my favorite shows of all time so it feels like Lost on the ground. So it was an easy decision for me to do this project.”
Series star Isaiah Washington was initially not interested in returning to television but had his mind changed when he finally read the script.
“I’m sorry but I’m just a glutton for good,” said Washington. “The script is just smart!”
These feelings were echoed by co-star Henry Ian Cusick. “When I read all of the pilots during the pilot season, this was the only one that I read to the end. I like sci-fi. It’s a genre I’m very interested in so there were a lot of positives.”
The 100 will air sometime in early 2014.
Isaiah Washington speaks with the press at San Diego Comic-Con 2013
Henry Ian Cusick at SDCC 2013
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