Looking for some juicy summer TV?
You could do worse than check out the CW’s digital network, Seed, particularly if you’re looking for a worthwhile series to keep you distracted until the network’s prime-time schedule kicks in later this year.
From Greg Berlanti’s Everwood, to the Ioan Gruffudd-starring Forever (we had such a crush on this short-lived show!) to DC Comics heroes like Constantine and Vixen, and cult favorites like Pushing Daisies and Hellcats, there really is something here for everyone.
And as CW Seed is available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Xbox (on The CW app) and at cwseed.com, (they tell us their iOS and Android apps are also compatible with AirPlay and Chromecast) you can catch your summer favorites almost anywhere.
The CW also tells us that new shows are posted every month. Later this year they’re premiering two more originals: David S. Goyer’s animated Constantine reboot and Greg Berlanti’s Freedom Fighters: The Ray, which will introduce the first gay superhero as a lead character.
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GREG BERLANTI’S SEMINAL FAMILY DRAMA — After the sudden death of his wife, a gifted neurosurgeon, who was an absent father, moves his son and daughter from New York City to Everwood, Colorado in the hope of reconnecting. As the family struggles to fit into the small town, they soon discover a thriving, quirky community that brings everyone together while helping them heal old wounds. “Everwood” was created by Greg Berlanti (“The Flash”) and stars Treat Williams (“Chicago Fire”), Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Emily VanCamp (“Revenge”).
MARVEL’S ULTIMATE VAMPIRE HUNTER — Following the titanic events of the “Blade” film trilogy, the half-human, half-vampire warrior finds a new base of operations in Detroit, complete with fresh sets of allies and enemies. Based on the legendary Marvel comic, “Blade” was created by David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight”) and stars Sticky Fingaz (“Empire”), Jill Wagner (“Teen Wolf”) and Neil Jackson (“Sleepy Hollow”).
20 MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE — In a dystopian future where television networks rule the world, a crusading investigative journalist named Edison Carter and his computer-generated alter ego, Max Headroom, set out to expose and eliminate corporate corruption. Originally created by Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton and George Stone, the cult series stars Matt Frewer (“Timeless”), Amanda Pays (“The Flash”) and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”).
Aliens in America
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY — The parents of a sensitive Wisconsin teenager try to help him fit in at high school by taking in a “cool” foreign exchange student. Although initially dismayed when Raja, an awkward 16-year-old Muslim boy from Pakistan turns up, they soon warm up to him. Justin and Raja form an unlikely friendship that might allow them to get past the social nightmare of high school. Created by David Guarascio (“The Goldbergs”) and Moses Port (“Community”), “Aliens in America” stars Dan Byrd (“Cougar Town”), Adhir Kalyan (“I Love Dick”) and Amy Pietz (“The Office”).
Everybody Hates Chris
THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SITCOM BASED ON CHRIS ROCK’S EARLY LIFE — Navigating his dysfunctional family and his mostly white school in ‘80s Brooklyn, a young Chris Rock learns the comedic lessons that will help him throughout life. Created by Ali LeRoi and Chris Rock, “Everybody Hates Chris” stars Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) Tichina Arnold (“Martin”), Tyler James Williams (“The Walking Dead”) and is narrated by Rock himself.
THE DC LEGEND RETURNS — Seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. With his soul already damned to hell and the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, find the supernatural terrors that threaten our world, and send them back to where they belong. Created by David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight”).
THE REAL EXCITEMENT HAPPENS OFF THE FIELD — Being the significant other of a pro football player should be a stress-free life, but for the “Sunbeams,” the wives and girlfriends of the San Diego Sabers, fame and money just makes everything more dramatic — and funny. Spanning nine seasons, “The Game” was created by Mara Brock Akil (“Girlfriends”) and stars Wendy Raquel Robinson (“The Steve Harvey Show”), Tia Mowry-Hardrict (“Sister Sister”) and Brandy Norwood (“Moesha”).
YOU’D NEED CENTURIES TO GET THIS CHARMING — A 200-year-old man works in the New York City morgue as he tries to find a key to unlock the curse of his immortality. To kill time, he helps solve murders with a sultry cop and occasionally dies before he’s reborn. This clever procedural, created by Matt Miller (“Chuck”), stars Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”), Alana De La Garza (“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”), and Judd Hirsch (“Numb3rs”).
666 Park Ave
EVIL HAS A NEW ADDRESS – For the residents of the posh Drake building on the Upper West Side, dreams and burning desires can come true, but when Jane and her partner Henry become the new co-managers of the residence hotel, they realize it comes at a steep price. As the sinister owner pulls the couple into a web of greed, sex and revenge, their only hope becomes escape. David Wilcox (“Fringe”) developed this supernatural thriller starring Rachael Taylor (“Jessica Jones”), Dave Annable (“Red Band Society”), and Terry O’Quinn (“Lost”).
THE LONG-RUNNING BREAKTHROUGH ENSEMBLE COMEDY — Get a peek into the lives of four professional African American women living in Los Angeles who face the challenges of life – men, love and money — while putting their friends first. “Girlfriends” was created by Mara Brock Akil (“The Game”) and stars Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black–ish”), Golden Brooks (“Hart of Dixie”) and Persia White (“The Vampire Diaries”).
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
EVERYTHING IS MADE UP AND THE POINTS DON’T MATTER – Hosted by comedians Drew Carey and Aisha Tyler, the long-running improv extravaganza stars Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who helped make the original British version such a hit. Along with a special guest comedian in each episode, the cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games.
THEY COME IN PEACE…OR SO THEY SAY — An extraterrestrial race arrives on Earth with seemingly good intentions, only to slowly reveal that their true nature is much more sinister. This reimagining of the 80’s classic was developed by Scott Peters (“The 4400”) and stars Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”), Morris Chestnut (“Rosewood”) and Morena Baccarin (“Deadpool”).
THE WILD WORLD OF COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING — To pay for her tuition, a young law student must become the thing she hates most… a cheerleader. See what really goes on behind the pom-poms in this exciting drama created by Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives”) and starring Aly Michalka (“iZombie”), Ashley Tisdale (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”), and Sharon Leal (“Supergirl”).
LIFE, DEATH, AND LIFE AGAIN — A pie-maker with the power to bring dead people back to life solves murders with his alive-again childhood sweetheart, a cynical private investigator, and a lovesick waitress. From visionary creator Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”), this whimsical dramedy stars Lee Pace (“Halt and Catch Fire”), Anna Friel (“The Girlfriend Experience”), Chi McBride (“Hawaii Five-O”), and Kristin Chenoweth (“Glee”).
ALL YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS ARE HERE — A sketch comedy show carrying the torch of outrageousness from classic MAD Magazines, MADtv ran for 15 seasons and delivered millions of laughs. We’ve picked the 75 best episodes, featuring Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Nicole Sullivan and many more.
Birds of Prey
A WOMAN’S WORK IS NEVER DONE – Oracle, Dinah and The Huntress defend the citizens of Gotham in a post-Batman world. Luckily, they’ve got some help from Albert Pennyworth and a good cop named Jesse Reese. Laeta Kalogridis (“Avatar”) created Birds of Prey and Ashley Scott (“Jericho”), Dina Meyer (“Starship Troopers”) and Rachel Skarsten (“Reign”) star.
Just For Laughs
SIT DOWN AND STREAM THIS STANDUP — See the best standup from both classic and up-and-coming comedians, recorded live at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. See the best routines from comedy greats like Marc Maron, John Mulaney, Demirti Martin, Jim Gaffigan and Lewis Black.
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I Ship It
THE WEBBY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL DRAMA — After a devastating breakup, Ella Spencer enlists her roommate/best friend Tim to help her seek revenge on her ex. The two of them, along with a couple of coerced interns, form a band with hopes of taking down her ex-boyfriend in the Battle of the Bands nerd-rock contest. However, as budding romances among bandmates begin to escalate, Ella is forced to choose between her new-found musical success and her next relationship. YouTube Star Yulin Kuang created I Ship It. Helen Highfield (“Rizzoli & Isles”), Riley Neldam (“Criminal Minds”), Yasmine Al-Bustami (“The Originals”) and Jacqui Calloway (“Rosewood”) star.
The P.E.T. Squad Files
MILO VENTIMIGLIA PRODUCES AND STARS IN A SUPERNATURALLY FUNNY COMEDY — A ragtag group of ex-community college students in search of “paranormal and extraterrestrial” activity form a team. Led by Spencer (John Dale) and Courtney (Michael Hobert), the unfortunately-named P.E.T. Squad films their forays into the world of ghost-hunting in the hopes of one day landing their own reality TV series with Cash (Milo Ventimiglia). But while Courtney is dead serious in his hunt for the undead, Spencer is only seriously dying to be famous. Created by Dale and Hobert (“Undateable”) and executive produced by Russ Cundiff and Milo Ventimiglia (“This is Us”), the cast includes Kelly Rohrbach (“Baywatch”), Sam Lloyd (“Scrubs”) and Sam Jaeger (“Parenthood”).
A WILD GLOBAL ROMP THAT WENT FROM THE WEB TO BROADCAST TV – In an attempt to get over a serious case of cold feet, Ryan (Noah Reid, “Titanic”) and Beth (Meghan Heffern, “Almost Heroes”) embark on separate European adventures leading up to their wedding. While traveling they are free to act single, adopting the mantra “what happens in Europe, stays in Europe.” But hours into his adventure with his party animal and womanizing best friend Brandon (Dillon Casey, “Nikita”), Ryan realizes he’s made a huge mistake and sets off in search of Beth. One problem…he has no idea where she could be. Backpackers was created by Jay Bennett, Daniel Dales, and Jarrett Sherman.
A GENRE-BENDING COMEDIC RIDE THROUGH GRIFFITH PARK – Parker (Wilson Bethel, “Hart of Dixie,” “ The Astronaut Wives Club”) and O’Neal (Dugan O’Neal) are two naïve, borderline delusional, wannabe filmmakers, working as park rangers in LA’s Griffith Park. Each episode follows them as they are pulled from their regular, boring lives, into the epic movie-versions of their dreams. From western to sci-fi, anime to action, the cinematic possibilities are endless, limited by the scope of their own creativity…and the constraints of public servitude. “L.A. Rangers” was written and produced by Bethel and O’Neal.
Attention Deficit Theater with Jaime King
THIS SUPERMODEL IS PRETTY (FUNNY) – A sketch comedy series featuring insight from Jaime King on how to navigate the attention deficit disorder world with the help of comedian Jon Barinholtz (“Superstore”) and Vine star Arielle Vandenberg (“Greek”). Series creator John Montgomery (“The Crazy Ones”, “MADtv”, “Superior Donuts”) is executive producer along with Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Mark Teitelbaum (“Superior Donuts”), Jason Berger (“Beerfest”) and Amy Laslett (“Beerfest”).
How to Be a Vampire
A VAMPIRE COMEDY THAT REALLY SINGS – From YouTube superstars AV/Byte comes a musical comedy about an accidental vampire. Kevin, a socially-awkward college student, gets more than what he bargained for on the first day of college when he is accidentally turned into a vampire. When the too-cool-for-school vampires realize they’ve turned an “undesirable,” they set out to turn Kevin to ash. Patrick Thomas Cragin (“You’re the Worst”) and Malese Jow (“The Flash,” “The Vampire Diaries”) star. Antonius & Vijay Nazareth created and produced the series.
GET A NEW POV OF COMEDY – Shot from a birds-eye view with a GoPro camera, JoJoHead tracks the indignities of life from an everyday woman’s perspective. Based on the YouTube smash MomHead, JoJohead stars creator Johanna Stein and was directed by Suzanne Luna (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”).
The Elevator Talk Show
SEE WHAT’S UP AND WHO’S DOWN – Hosts Nick Thune (“Burning Love”) and Pete Holmes (“Crashing”) host a talk show from the confines of an elevator at the Montreal Comedy Expo. Riders/guests include Hannibal Buress (“Broad City”), Anthony Jeselnik (“The Jeselnik Offensive”), John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”), Scott Aukerman (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”) and the cast of “Silicon Valley.”
THE ‘90s WERE EVEN FUNNIER THAN YOU REMEMBER – Breakdancer Hype (Wilson Bethel, “Hart of Dixie”) breaks his leg and is forced to find his voice on the mic to win the girl of his dreams (Rochelle Aytes, “Criminal Minds”). Unfortunately for him, spoken word mack daddy Guru (John Huertas, “This is Us”) stands in his way in this 90’s throwback romp. Bethel and Dugan O’Neal (“L.A. Rangers”) created and produced.
Mortal Kombat X: Machinima’s Chasing the Cup
GAMERS COMPETE FOR $100,000 – Get an inside look at the players and personalities making personal sacrifices to become the world’s best Mortal Kombat player, then watch one of them take home the grand prize and bragging rights.
Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within
EVERYDAY HEROES WHO OVERCOME EVERY OBSTACLE – Follow three inspiring runners with personal obstacles to overcome as they take on the ultimate challenge: a Tough Mudder. Judd Erlich (“We Could Be King”) directs.
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DC COMES TO CW SEED — The parents of Mari McCabe (Megalyn Echikunwoke, “White Famous”) were killed by local greed, corruption, and wanton violence when she was a child in Africa. But the orphaned Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family’s Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals — anything from the super-strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to protect the world from the threats like those that claimed her family. Arrow (Stephen Amell) and The Flash (Grant Gustin) guest star.
RACHEL BLOOM GETS ANIMATED – Over-educated and bitterly under-employed Mallory (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom), a stylish, acerbic twenty-something doing the bare minimum working at a Soho art gallery, encounters real-life celebrities. Guest voices include NBA star Chris Bosh; Misha Collins (“Supernatural”); Whitney Port (“The Hills,” “The City”); Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”); Emily Bett Rickards (“Arrow”); Milo Ventimiglia (“This is Us”); Candice Patton (“The Flash”). VERY MALLORY is executive produced by Brad Roth and Mark Feldstein of Stun Creative.
YOUR FAVORITE HEROES TOGETHER – CW Seed is streaming “Justice League: The New Frontier,” “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earth,” and “Justice League: Doom,” three full-length animated movies from Warner Bros. Animation. The cast includes Nathan Fillion (“Castle”), David Boreanez (“Bones”) and Mark Harmon (“NCIS”).