The screenwriter of the moment is Adam Karp! Why is he the screenwriting world’s It Boy? Because it’ll be his words that will fuel two new shows coming to the CW and CBS.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on these two pilots. Karp is writing a script for CW’s “Unnatural Selection,” a show based on Charles Darwin voyage to Tierra del Fuego and the Southern Cone on the HMS Beagle, a ship under the command of Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy. The script will feature a 21-year-old Charles Darwin and Capt. Fitzroy (retconned as his childhood friend) as they journey deep into the Amazon to take the woman they both love back to her native home. During their journey, the trio will encounter political strife, mythical cities, extraordinary creatures and more.

CBS also has Karp on board to co-write “Modern Gothic” with David Reed. The drama is a modern-day reimagining of everyone’s favorite gothic horror tales as mysteries investigated by Abraham Van Helsing (who goes by the nickname of “Bram”–as in Bram Stoker, the author of “Dracula”). With ABC’s “Forever” acting as the network’s answer to Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” and the BBC’s “Sherlock,” it would seem that “Modern Gothic” is also CBS getting in on the “ridiculous sci-fi/fantasy” train.

What do you think about this news? Will you give these shows a chance? Give your opinions in the comments section below!

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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