You may know them as the masterminds behind many of the CW network's most successful shows. Having both dominated the network with their own shows for the better part of a decade, their careers have mostly run parallel to each other. But now Vampire Diaries producer Julie Plec and Arrow-verse creator Greg Berlanti are set to team up with Jake Coburn for ABC's upcoming soap The Marquis.
The project has received a script commitment from the network, and is described as a "sexy and twisted character soap set in the most iconic and exclusive building in Manhattan." This actually sounds really good, and with a team like this behind it, I have no doubt that it will be.
But just how much do you know about Berlanti and Plec? Let's take a look back at their careers and see how these two TV juggernauts became the king and queen of The CW network.
They Started Their Careers Together
Before they began working in television, Plec and Berlanti knew each other from college. After that, Plec began working on Kevin Williamson's smash-hit Dawson's Creek during its second season, looking after things while he directed another movie. She soon introduced Williamson to Berlanti who would subsequently end up serving as writer and producer the show. According to Plec in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the three of them ended up "like this crazy insane, overworked, exhausted, stressed out and highly dysfunctional trio that muddled" their way through Season 2 together. Sounds like a dream team.
The success of Dawson's Creek really kick-started both of their young careers, and Plec's close relationship with Williamson ended up benefiting her a great deal as the two of them were responsible for bringing The Vampire Diaries to life six years after Dawson's Creek came to an end. Small world, huh?
They Dominated TV Separately
Professionally, Berlanti and Plec would head off in separate directions, but in that time, the two of them managed to single-handedly dominate television. With Plec producing shows such as Wasteland and the hugely popular Kyle XY, she also worked with horror legend Wes Craven on films like Scream 3 and Cursed. Meanwhile, Berlanti executive produced smash-hits like Everwood, Brothers & Sisters and Political Animals.
Even as they embarked on separate careers, they remained good friends and even celebrated their 30th birthdays with a joint party — their birthdays are only two days apart. But their careers would soon find their way back to each other — or at least under the same roof — when they both began working on different shows with the CW network. And despite incredible success before, it was here that their careers truly hit the stratosphere. Plec reunited with Williamson to work on The Vampire Diaries in 2009 while Berlanti teamed with Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim in 2012 to work on Arrow. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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They Reunited On The Tomorrow People
In 2013, while Plec was busy dominating the CW with The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, and Berlanti was now doing the same with Arrow, the two teamed up to work on new series The Tomorrow People. Based on the 1970s British TV show of the same name, it followed a group of people with gifts so extraordinary, they were considered the next step in the evolution of mankind. However, they were being hunted by an agency that intended to eradicate them.
Despite its strong storyline and large online fanbase, The Tomorrow People was cancelled by The CW in 2013, which brought an end to Berlanti and Plec's professional reunion. But that still didn't stop them from adding a few more CW shows to their resumes.
The King And Queen Of The CW
With The Vampire Diaries heading into its eighth and final season, its spin-off The Originals entering its fourth and the successful limited series Containment receiving acclaim, Plec is the undisputed queen of the CW. During her seven year tenure with the network, her shows have become some of the most successful in the network's history, setting viewing figure records.
Meanwhile Berlanti is responsible for the network's acclaimed Arrow-verse with parent show Arrow spawning spin-off shows Legends Of Tomorrow, Supergirl and "the CW's biggest hit ever" The Flash. With all of those superheroic shows — not to mention his NBC series Blindspot — Berlanti is undoubtedly a busy man, and he is responsible for bringing superheroes back to television.
With their well-documented careers set to intertwine once again, viewers are surely going to be in for one heck of a treat when The Marquis hits their screens. Whether together or apart Berlanti and Plec are responsible for a large portion of today's most successful shows, and their residencies for the CW have helped turn it into one of the most successful networks on television.
So with two renowned TV veterans behind it — not to mention the fact that soap operas are making a comeback thanks to the success of shows like Empire — The Marquis could definitely be one to watch. Berlanti and Plec have produced some TV gems over the past decade, including their previous work together, so it should come as no surprise that I have no doubts about them accomplishing great things together one more time.
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