On paper, The CW's show The Selection sounds like a slam dunk: a TV version of Hunger Games, set 300 years in the future, where the reward for winning is to marry a handsome prince. But when The CW actually filmed a pilot last year, the results were apparently not satisfactory — perhaps not surprising, given some major flaws with the book source material.
But now, The CW has retooled The Selection and feels good enough about it to film a brand new pilot. No word if Aimee Teagarden is still playing America Singer (yes, that's really her name) but apparently showrunners Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (Dollhouse) are still on board. And here's the retooled synopsis for the TV version:
Set 300 years in the future, an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince's hand to become the nation's next queen. Balancing her loyalty to family, true love, and kingdom, she must attempt to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue, all while a budding rebellion threatens to topple the crown.
So now there are 26 contestants, instead of 35, for the crown. And hopefully they've tightened it in other ways as well. [EW]