Jason Rothenberg

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Jason Rothenberg (Jrat)
Rothenberg at the 2018 WonderCon
Rothenberg at the 2018 WonderCon
Television writer
Notable worksThe 100

Jason Rothenberg is an American television producer and writer, known for his work on The CW television series The 100.


Body Politic[edit]

In 2009 The CW ordered a pilot to Jason Rothenberg and Bill Robinson's long-in-the-works drama about a group of young Washington, D.C. staffers titled Body Politic. The project was originally sold to The WB back in November 2005 by ABC Studios (then known as Touchstone Television).[1] However the show did not appear in the CW's fall schedule in early 2009 and on May 21, 2009, in an interview with Dawn Ostroff, the CW's CEO stated the show was still in consideration for midseason.[2][3] Finally, on August 4, 2009, Dawn Ostroff announced that the project was officially dead for the CW.[4]

After the CW didn't pick up the pilot, the Rothenberg and Robinson tried to promote the potential series to other networks including NBC and ABC. It was reported that NBC liked what they saw, but didn't have space for it and ABC was considering the series for midseason.[5] In the end, no one picked up the series.

Although the series was left out, critics were positive enough with the 14–20 minute pilot presentation. E! Online describe it as the "Best Pilot you may never see" and that "if the CW ever wants us to take it seriously as a trademark network of our generation, it needs to branch out from its usual routine of picking up shows geared for a younger audience. The Body Politic is a cure to that problem".[6]

The 100[edit]

On May 9, 2013, it was announced that CW ordered The 100, developed by Rothenberg and based on first novel in the book series of the same name by Kass Morgan.[7][8] The series premiered on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, and was watched by an estimated 2.7 million American viewers, and received an 18–49 rating of 0.9.[9] It is considered the most-watched show in its time-slot on The CW since 2010 with the series Life Unexpected.[10] On Rotten Tomatoes, the show's first season was certified "fresh", with 72% of professional reviewers reviewing it positively, with a consensus of "Although flooded with stereotypes, the suspenseful atmosphere helps make The 100 a rare high-concept guilty pleasure."[11] On Metacritic, the first season scores 63 out of 100 points, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[12]

Network renewed The 100 for second season on May 8, 2014.[13] The second season premiered on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, and received an 18–49 rating of 0.5 with 1.54 million American viewers, which was less than the final episode of season 1.[14] However the second season was met with more favorable reviews, holding a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.[11] IGN also gave the show a more positive review. IGN editor Eric Goldman writes, "Overcoming most of its early growing pains pretty quickly, The 100 was a very strong show by the end of its first season. But Season 2 elevated the series into the upper echelon, as the show become one of the coolest and most daring series on TV these days."[15]

On January 11, 2015, The CW renewed the series for a third season.[16] It premiered on January 21, 2016.[17] On March 3, 2016, Lexa, a lesbian character, was controversially killed.[18][19] After widespread outrage by fans,[20] Rothenberg posted an apology letter.[21]

On March 12, 2016, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season.[22] In March 2017, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season.[23]

On May 7, 2018, the series was renewed for a sixth season.

The 100 episodes written by Jason Rothenberg:

  • "Pilot" (season 1, episode 1)
  • "Earth Skills" (season 1, episode 2)
  • "We Are Grounders, Part Two" (season 1, episode 13)
  • "The 48" (season 2, episode 1)
  • "Blood Must Have Blood, Part Two" (season 2, episode 16)
  • "Wanheda, Part One" (season 3, episode 1)
  • "Perverse Instantiation, Part Two" (season 3, episode 16)
  • "Echoes" (season 4, episode 1)
  • "Praimfaya" (season 4, episode 13)
  • "Eden" (season 5, episode 1)
  • "Damocles, Part Two" (season 5, episode 13)
  • "Sanctum" (Season 6, episode 1)
  • "The Blood of Sanctum"(Season 6, episode 13)


On October 25, 2016, Deadline reported that The CW bought the rights of a new Rothenberg and Greg Berlanti's project Searchers.[24]

On May 17, 2017, Deadline reported that CW has opted not to proceed with the Searchers pilot.[citation needed]



Year Film Distributor Credit Notes
1992 Original Intent Paramount Home Video Key set production assistant Directed by Robert Marcarelli
1998 American Cuisine Polygram Filmed Entertainment Key production assistant Directed by Jean-Yves Pitoun
1999 Julien Donkey-Boy Fine Line Features Production office coordinator Directed by Harmony Korine
Year Title Network Credit Notes
2009 Body Politic The CW Series co-developer;
Cancelled television pilot
2014–present The 100 Series developer;
executive producer
Based on first novel in the book series of the same name by Kass Morgan
2017 Searchers Series co-developer;
executive producer
Cancelled television pilot


  1. ^ "Development Update: Thursday, February 5". The Futon Critic. February 5, 2009.
  2. ^ Ghosh, Korbi (May 21, 2009). "Dawn Ostroff says 'Gossip Girl' spin off could still get a spot on The CW schedule". Zap2it.
  3. ^ Ghosh, Korbi (May 27, 2009). "'Body Politic': I've now seen the pilot, The CW needs to pick it up". Zap2it.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 4, 2009). "Press Tour Diary: The CW executive session". Entertainment Weekly.
  5. ^ C, Nick (June 19, 2009). "Body Politic Future". WordPress.
  6. ^ Abrams, Natalie (June 6, 2009). "The Body Politic: The Best Pilot You May Never See". E!.
  7. ^ Hibberd, James (May 9, 2013). "CW orders 3 new sci-fi shows". Entertainment Weekly.
  8. ^ "100, THE (CW)". The Futon Critic.
  9. ^ "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'The 100'". TV by the Numbers. March 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "'The 100' Premiere is the CW's Most Watched Show in the Time Period Since 2010". TV by the Numbers. March 20, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "The 100 (2014- )". Rotten Tomatoes.
  12. ^ "The 100 : Season 1". Metacritic.
  13. ^ "'Beauty and the Beast', 'The 100' and 'Hart of Dixie' Renewed by The CW". TV by the Numbers. May 8, 2014.
  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 23, 2014). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle', 'The Goldbergs', 'Modern Family', & 'Criminal Minds' Adjusted Up; 'black-ish' Adjusted Down + Final World Series Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014.
  15. ^ Goldman, Eric (March 15, 2015). "The 100: Season 2 Review". IGN.
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 11, 2015). "CW Renews 'Arrow,' 'Flash,' 'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Originals,' More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  17. ^ Rovenstine, Dalene (January 21, 2016). "The 100 premiere recap: 'Wanheda, Part One'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  18. ^ Prudom, Laura (March 3, 2016). "'The 100' Boss Talks Latest Casualty, That Flashback Twist". Variety. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  19. ^ Ryan, Maureen (March 14, 2016). "What TV Can Learn From 'The 100' Mess". Variety. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  20. ^ "Fans revolt after gay TV character killed off". BBC. March 11, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  21. ^ Rothenberg, Jason (March 24, 2016). "The Life and Death of Lexa". Medium. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  22. ^ Abrams, Natalie (March 11, 2016). "The Flash, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and 8 more renewed at CW". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  23. ^ Andreev, Nellie (March 10, 2017). "'The 100' Renewed For Season 5 By CW". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 25, 2016). "The CW Buys Action Drama 'Searchers' From 'The 100' Creator & Greg Berlanti". Retrieved April 6, 2017.

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