Star-Crossed is an American science fiction romantic drama television series created by Meredith Averill. Star-Crossed premiered on The CW on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central.
On May 8, 2014, The CW canceled Star-Crossed after one season.
Set in the near-future in 2024, the series follows a romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and six others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school. It is filmed and takes place in Louisiana in the fictional town of Edendale.
Development & Production:
The project was originally titled Oxygen while in development at Isla Producciones (in collaboration with Olé). It was then adapted for the American market by Powwow before being acquired by The CW. Star-Crossed premiered on The CW on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central. The series was picked up for a thirteen-episode season.
Ratings & Reception:
The pilot episode debuted on the The CW on February 17, 2014, drawing an audience of 1.28 million viewers.[ The second episode "These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends" debuted on February 24, 2014, drawing an audience of 1.14 million viewers. As of February 19, 2014, the debut episode is the most watched episode which aired March 24, 2014, drawing an audience of 1.28 million viewers and the least watched episode "Some Consequence Yet Hanging in the Stars" aired on April 14, 2014 drawing an audience of 0.76 million viewers. As of May 13, 2014, the eleventh episode "Give Me a Torch" which aired on April 28, 2014 and the thirteenth episode "Passion Lends Them Power" which aired on May 12, 2014, both debuted at the least number of ratings of 0.83 million viewers.
David Hinckley of New York Daily News gave the series 4 out of 5 stars, saying "Add forbidden love, which can never escape the shadow of potential doom, and Star-Crossed could become both provocative and entertaining". Diana Werts of Newsday gave the series 3 out of 4 stars, saying "Plenty of potential, if Star-Crossed stops talking down to us". Carrie Raisler of The A.V. Club gave the series a positive review. Jeanne Jakle of San Antonio Express-News gave a positive review, particularly of Aimee Teegarden's performance, saying "Just as she was so heartbreakingly natural as young Julie Taylor, she also comes across refreshingly unpretentious in Star-Crossed — which, actually, may be the best reason of all to watch the CW drama".
Gail Pennington of St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave the series 2 of 4 stars signaling mixed reviews, saying "Star-Crossed doesn't aim as high as those, Lanter does get a few witty lines (“One of my hearts stopped beating for a few minutes. Luckily I had a backup)” but the tone is mostly dreary and the plot with few exceptions goes precisely where you expect. Only if the romance proves genuinely heart-stopping to young fans (maybe, the same ones who have embraced "Reign") will this one be a hit".
Robert Lloyd of Los Angeles Times gave the series an mixed review, saying "It's the usual dance of insiders and outsiders, mean kids and weirdos, of Sharks and Jets, Montagues and Capulets biting their thumbs at one another in the school corridor while one special guy and girl fall in love. There are the good ones and the bad ones, and the bad good ones, and the good bad ones. Adults, as always in these things, are no help at all".
David Wiegand of the The San Francisco Chronicle giving it a negative review, saying "The title is Star-Crossed because it's about an alien boy who falls in love with a human girl, a repurposed "Romeo and Juliet," without the poetry. Or drama. Or credibility". Robert Bianco, of USA Today, saying "As vapid as it is unoriginal, Star-Crossed is sadly typical of a network that continually underestimates its audience. Teenagers may not be smarter than they were when the WB was at its peak, but it's unlikely they're dumber. So why does CW treat them as if they are?" Matt Roush of TV Guide gave an negative review, saying "Star-Crossed lacks humor, suspense or even heat".