Muslim comedy "Aliens" touches down at CW

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The drama surrounding the CW’s hot comedy prospect “Aliens in America” reached a happy conclusion Tuesday when the fledgling network picked it up for its fall schedule.

“Aliens,” about a Pakistani Muslim teen who comes to live with a U.S. family as an exchange student, took a long path to the airwaves. The pilot was originally shot in June 2006 for a midseason 2006-07 consideration.

While the completed pilot sat on the shelves for months, it has enjoyed the support of the network’s entertainment president, Dawn Ostroff, sources said.

“Aliens” is expected to join the CW’s Monday comedy lineup of “Girlfriends,” “The Game” and the previously re-upped “Everybody Hates Chris,” possibly airing behind “Chris” at 8:30 p.m. It would take over the spot vacated by “All of Us,” which will not be returning for a fifth season.

In addition to “Aliens,” the CW, which is gearing up for its presentation to advertisers Thursday, ordered three drama series -- “Gossip Girl,” “Reaper” and an untitled South Africa project -- to fill the void left by the departures of “7th Heaven,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Veronica Mars.”

Additionally, the network handed out renewal notices to “Girlfriends” and “The Game,” and the dramas “Smallville,” “Supernatural” and “One Tree Hill.”

Meanwhile, two other CW comedy pilots, “Dash 4 Cash” and “Eight Days a Week,” are said to still be in contention.

With its teen-angst theme, easy promotability and strong pedigree, “Gossip Girl” had emerged early on as the most promising pilot at the CW this year. Based on the popular “Gossip Girl” series of books, it stars Blake Lively and Leighton Meester as rich teens in New York.

“Reaper” is a comedic drama starring Bret Harrison as the devil’s twentysomething bounty hunter. The untitled South Africa project, based on the British series “Wild at Heart,” is a family drama set at a South African game preserve.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter