Taking a look around the pop culture landscape, I think it’s safe to say we are presently in the Age of the Progressive Genius Biopic. With films already out there dedicated to Steve Jobs, Alan Turing, and Stephen Hawking, it seems like the perfect time for a TV show about naturalist Charles Darwin facing weird creatures and doing other slightly heroic things. I mean, assuming there’s ever a perfect time for a show like this.
The CW, a network known for adding “young and attractive” to every concept that comes its way, has granted a script commitment for Unnatural Selection, a drama written by Adam Karp. He’s a relative newcomer, having only written the Parenthood/Friday Night Lights crossover webisode, as well as the 2011 TV movie Time Machine: Rise of the Morlocks. (No points against you if you don’t remember that one right offhand.)