The CW has decided to push forward on a new drama from iZombie writer Graham Norris called Criminal Magic, which Deadline described as a cross between The Departed and The CW’s very own The Vampire Diaries.
Set in present-day Los Angeles, it revolves around two warring street gangs who fight the cops and each other to corner the market on the most lucrative contraband of all: magic.
A young woman hiding spectacular magical powers and an undercover cop must try to survive this glamorous world of speakeasies, crime and danger.
The series, if picked up by the network, could cement Norris’ move from actor to writer. His acting credits include Gilmore Girls, The Black Dahlia and Better Off Ted. However, Norris has been focused on writing since jumping onto iZombie last year first as a writer, and now as a story editor.
Joining Norris in the project is Rob Thomas, one of the creators of iZombie, as well as two of the show’s executive producers, Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge.
Thomas, of course, the the creator of Veronica Mars, which ran from 2004 to 2007 on first UPN, and then later The CW. He also created the short-lived Cupid in 2009 with Bobby Cannavale and Sarah Paulson, as well as developed The CW’s resurrection of 90210 in 2008.
This would be the third time Norris and Thomas have worked together, Deadline says. The two also joined forces for The Tempest as well as a drama inspired by Les Miserables, neither of which were picked up.
Thomas also is working on a Lost Boys-inspired series for The CW as well.
The CW won’t decide on what scripts it will order pilots from until early next year. In the meantime, iZombie is expected to return to The CW for its third season in January.
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