This February The CW is premiering a new show in which that standard CW trope, the star-crossed lovers, is so central to the story it's right there in the title: Star-Crossed.
Potentially cheesy title aside, this new entry into the CW's lineup was one of Wetpaint Entertainment'sfavorite CW pilots of the year. Intrigued? We've got the rundown of what this show's about, and why you should totally tune in when it premieres on February 17, 2014.
What Is It?
Moving from the CW's normal realm of the supernatural to sci-fi, Star-Crossed is a paranormal romance focused on a human girl named Emery (Aimee Teegarden) and an alien boy named Roman (Matt Lanter). Though of course the "alien" features are kept subtle enough not to interfere with that requisite CW eye-candy.
The premise is simple: In the past, aliens landed on earth, and were quickly quarantined. Now a small group of teen aliens are being allowed to attend a human high school as the first step towards potentially integrating all of the aliens into the general population. Drama ensues. There's also a sick best friend who could be saved by alien knowledge, shady parents, and a backdrop of complex political strife around the quarantine area.
Why You Should Watch
After watching the pilot, we've got four big reasons you should tune in to this romance.
1. The chemistry between the leads. Any show that puts its romantic intentions right there in the title better have leads that can deliver, and Star-Crossed lucked out with Aimee Teegarden and Matt Lanter, who positively sizzle from the start. This is a couple we can get behind.
2. The charm of the cast. In fact, this entire cast is deeply likeable. Yes, many of the secondary characters still need to be fleshed out (it's only one episode, after all), but all of the actors bring enough charm that they're instantly appealing, especially former Vampire Diaries star Malese Jow, who plays Emery’s bestie Julia.
3. Eye-candy. Hey, it's a CW show, it's got to bring some hotties to the table! Star-Crossed delivers in both directions, with enough sexy guys and gorgeous gals to keep anyone happy.
4. Political intrigue. Perhaps most importantly, the pilot makes it clear that there's a lot more going on here than amped-up teen relationship drama. There are already some intriguing plotlines developing about how society works both inside and outside the compound where the aliens are living, and we can't wait to learn more about where that's going.
Are you going to tune in to Star-Crossed? Let us know in the comments below!
Star-Crossed premieres on Monday, February 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!