Right about now, all those people who were protesting the release of Kevin Smith's religious comedy Dogma are probably shouting a collective "Ah-ha! We knew it!" Primarily known as a writer, director, and occasional star of motion pictures, Smith will direct the pilot episode of The Reaper for the CW Network, according to Production Weekly. The show is about a 21-year old slacker named Sam Oliver, who finds out that around the time of his birth, his parents sold his soul to the devil. Personally, I'm hoping this kid has his therapist on speed-dial. To repay the dept, Oliver must become a bounty hunter for Satan and track down souls that have escaped from hell.

The story -- which reminds me a bit of the short-lived 1998-1999 TV series Brimstone -- was written by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. The pilot will shoot for two weeks in Vancouver beginning March 12. This marks Smith's second pilot episode in recent history, having shot Manchild for Showtime back in December. That production saw Smith in front of the camera rather than behind it, which seems to be be happening more and more often these days. You can read Monika Bartyzel's posting about Manchildhere.