Remember when CW tried to make THE SELECTION into a television series? Or, how about that time they tried to make it into a television series again after rumors surfaced that the first attempt was horrible, only to have the same results with test audiences and the CW network executives. That and the CW also had Reign, a medieval soap they felt THE SELECTION was too similar to, and a pilot they liked more. Although this has been out for a number of months, it’s the first time I’ve seen it (though I have had an opportunity to read the leaked scripts for both the original and second pilots, both of which are…less than good).
And trust me, this pilot – or at least the 5 minute clip that found its way online – is nothing like the book. The accents! The sexism! The randomness! The second pilot introduced a new Prince named Rafe, and turned Maxon into the Juan Pablo of the Future. That’s not a compliment. Watch for yourself and see.
If you’re curious about the second version of the pilot, it’s freely leaked online – you can check it out here.
Photo credit actress Melanie Liburd via Twitter.