In a move that's sure to result in an endless barrage of REM jokes (see above) and painfully overused "witty headlines" from television critics should the series turn out to be less than quality, The CW has has acquired comedy-drama The End Of The World As We Know It from executive producers/showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker (Powerless), Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, iZombie) and Warner Bros. TV.
Written by Halpern and Schumacker, The End Of The World As We Know It is based on Iva-Marie Palmer's 2012 novel. Described as "The Breakfast Club meets War of the Worlds," here's Alloy Entertainment's synopsis of the novel:
They wanted to party like it was their last night on earth. They just might get their wish….
Meet the four most unlikely heroes ever:
Teena McAuley: Queen Bee, first-class problem solver, resident heartbreaker.
Leo Starnick: UFO conspirator, pizza delivery boy, all-around slacker.
Evan Brighton: Baseball all-star, extreme virgin, Teena-worshipper.
Sarabeth Lewis: Straight-A student, weekend hermit, enemy of the color pink.
When Teena locks Leo, Evan, and Sarabeth in the basement during her biggest party of the year, she doesn't plan on getting trapped in the Loser Dungeon herself. She can barely imagine a night with these dweebs—let alone a lifetime. But when an alien invasion destroys their entire Midwestern suburb, it looks like these unlikely friends are the last people on earth. Now, it's up to them to save the world….
In the show, a prison spaceship carrying the universe's most deadly aliens crashes in Southern California, requiring a space cop to recruit two young women with bigger dreams than working at a kids' pizza place to hunt down the escaped criminals. Here's the catch: the escaped criminals have camouflaged themselves as eccentric Angelenos.
Halpern and Schumacker executive produce with Thomas and his frequent collaborators Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge, as well as Alloy Entertainment's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. Warner Bros. TV produces in association with Halpern and Schumacker's Ehsugadee Productions, Thomas' Spondoolie Productions and Alloy Entertainment.