One of the more obscure properties in the DC library is Traci Thirteen, a young paranormal investigator with supernatural powers of her own. Now comes word that an hour-length drama series could be based around her next season, with Daegan Fryklind as showrunner and Elizabeth Banks (yes, that one) as executive producer.
Traci usually works with her father, Dr. Terrance Thirteen, a notorious skeptic. Think about how far your head would have to be in the sand to be a skeptic in the DC Universe. Superheroes, witches, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and just about everything else is running around in broad daylight…how does he justify it? Well, get this….he has a superpower of his own, the power to deny superpowers. Magic is nullified in Terrance’s presence, and only returns when he leaves, so of course he’s never witnessed any of it…he literally can’t!
So why, you may ask, is he working with Traci if he has a handicap that directly prevents him from doing his job? Your guess is as good as mine. Presumably this show will focus on Traci, not him.
At the moment, we couldn’t tell you if a Traci Thirteen series will actually happen or not. Like Archie’s proposed Sabrina horror show, it’s “in development” which doesn’t mean greenlit. But both shows point to a potential glut of magic-themed programs fighting for the miniscule spots on the 2018-19 CW schedule that aren’t taken up by an existing comic book show. Let’s not forget Supernatural, which uses a similar premise and is something The CW will NEVER CANCEL EVER.
On the one hand, Traci Thirteen is a DC property, which has never meant anything besides “instant greenlight” to the CW execs. On the other hand. Sabrina is a more well-known brand and Traci could be passed over based on that alone. The CW could also greenlight everything and make every season eight episodes long. All these things are in line with their past behavior. We’ll see, won’t we?