The CW’s further expansion into the superhero world is getting a slight tweak. While the network originally announced plans to first introduce the character of Barry Allen aka The Flash on the popular drama series Arrow before possibly moving forward with a series all his own, The CW has now decided to forego the backdoor pilot plan in favor of going straight to pilot with The Flash. The introduction of Grant Gustin (Glee) as Barry Allen in episodes 8 and 9 of Arrow have already been shot, and the initial plan was to fully unveil The Flash character in episode 20 as a backdoor pilot. That plan now appears to have been altered significantly. Hit the jump for more.
The CW premiered three new dramas in the fall: Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, sci-fi series The Tomorrow People, and regal period drama Reign. Tonight the network announced it will pick up full seasons for all three. Said CW President Mark Pedowitz:
“We’re excited about the creative momentum the producers have established for all three of our new series, and now our fans will have the chance to see the full stories unfold for them this season.”
At least for the rest of the year, The CW will be home to plenty of genre television, plus Hart of Dixie. Full details in the press release after the jump.
As we watch DC Comics desperately playing catch-up with arch-rival Marvel in the feature film department, it’s interesting to remember that they pretty much own the field as far as prime-time TV shows go. Their record stretches back to the George Reeves Superman show, and includes Adam West, Lynda Carter, the Smallville gang and Lois and Clark among others. Marvel, on the other hand, basically just has the 70s Incredible Hulk and a few pilots, TV movies and one-season-and-out losers. (We’ve yet to see whether Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will change that, but no matter.) To their list of winners, you can add Arrow, which proved another hit for the CW and now comes to us on Blu-ray. Hit the jump for my full review of the show’s first season on Blu-ray.
During The CW portion of the TCA Press Tour, network president Mark Pedowitz took some time to discuss current programming, upcoming series and shows in various development stages. During the interview, he talked about any potential feature film conflicts in doing a spin-off for The Flash, the status of the Wonder Woman origin story Amazon, possible future Batman and/or Superman TV properties, what the Supernatural spin-off will look like, the last six episodes of Nikita, what’s coming for Season 2 of Beauty and the Beast, and the expectations for The Originals and Reign. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
After finding great success with its superhero series Arrow, The CW is looking to take aim at another DC Comics character for a new TV show. Deadline reports that the network is fast tracking Flash, a drama series based on the DC Comics character The Flash. The Barry Allen character will first be introduced on a recurring basis in the upcoming second season of Arrow, after which he will get his own origin series. Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg are developing Flash alongside Arrow director David Nutter, with Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC’s Geoff Johns poised to pen the pilot. Berlanti and Kreisberg will run the series should The CW pick up the pilot, and Nutter—who helmed the Arrow pilot—will direct the first episode.
Hit the jump for more, including what this means for the potential Flash movie and an update on The CW’s Wonder Woman series.
With Batman and Superman poised to team up in the near future the DC universe is about to blow up on the big screen, but until then you can get your weekly DC fix with Arrow. The CW show stars Stephen Amell as the vengeful vigilante of Starling City, and in its brief runtime Arrow has already brought to life a good number of DC characters, both beloved and semi-obscure. Season two looks ready to take things to the next level with a slew of new characters (and the continually impressive guest stars who play them) ready to muck things up for The Hood as he tries to deal with the ramifications of season one’s catastrophic finale.
In anticipation of their Comic-Con panel the cast and crew spoke with the press. They talked about their approach to a second season, the long-term consequence of the season one finale, what’s in store for fan favorite characters, new characters to expect in the coming season, and more. Check out what they had to say after the jump and be aware there are some spoilers.
The CW has announced the premiere dates for its Fall 2013 series. As usual, the network is bypassing the typical third week of September premiere week and is kicking off its shows in early October. Here are some of the highlights:
- Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast premiere on their new night, Monday, October 7th.
- Arrow returns for its second season on Wednesday, October 9th at 8pm, followed by new series The Tomorrow People at 9pm.
- The fifth season of The Vampire Diaries begins on Thursday, October 10th at 8pm, followed by the new period series Reign at 9pm.
- The highly anticipated Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals will premiere on Tuesday, October 15th, followed by Supernatural in its new night and timeslot of 9pm.
Hit the jump to read the full list of premiere dates.
The CW previously released clips and short previews for the new series on their 2013-14 schedule. If you are eager to see more, The CW obliged with 3-4 minute trailers for:
- The 100 - “After a nuclear apocalypse, civilization on planet earth was destroyed. 100 juvenile prisoners will be the first to set foot on ground after 97 years.”
- The Originals – “The city Klaus once ruled has fallen under new leadership, and now he wants it back.”
- Reign – “Mary will need more than love and friendship to do what is best not only for her, but for her country.”
- Star-Crossed- “When Emery was 6 years old, an alien spacecraft crash-landed in her small town. Did they come in peace or with more sinister intentions?”
- The Tomorrow People – “Stephen is on the brink of becoming someone extraordinary, but he has no clue.”
Watch the trailers after the jump.
The CW announced its fall 2013-14 slate earlier today, and now the network has released trailers for its new series. Briefly:
- The Originals – The highly anticipated Vampire Diaries spinoff centers on The Original Vampire family and stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, and Claire Holt.
- Reign – This period series focuses on the younger days of Mary Stuart, who would eventually become Mary, Queen of Scots. Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, and Torrance Coombs star.
- The Tomorrow People – The new drama series focuses on a generation of humans who are born with paranormal abilities, as the story takes place at a time when humanity is at a crossroads. Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, and Peyton List star, with Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec executive producing.
- Star-Crossed – A midseason drama series that takes place ten years after an alien spacecraft crash-landed on Earth, where the alien species known as Atrians are interred at a heavily-guarded camp. As the title suggests, the story centers on a love affair between a human and an Atrian. Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, and Grey Damon star.
- The 100 – A midseason drama series that takes place nearly 100 years after Earth was decimated by Armageddon. As the new generation of survivors that have been living on a space station face overcrowding and dwindling resources, 100 juvenile prisoners are sent down to Earth to test its viability. Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, and Thomas McDonell star.
Hit the jump to watch the trailers and clips.
Now that anchor series Gossip Girl and 90210 are off the schedule, the CW is reshuffling almost everything to give a push to new series (like putting Reign – a drama about Mary, Queen of Scots as a young woman in France — after veteran hit The Vampire Diaries). Beauty and Beast, which had occupied that coveted post-Vampire Diaries spot before, has been moved to Mondays, and will air after new episodes of Hart of Dixie. The changes also pair shows tonally, like new sci-fi series The Tormorrow People, which will premiere after the well-received Arrow (still on Wednesdays), and Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals, which will air on Tuesdays with the shifted Supernatural.
Though the CW’s numbers can’t compete with the Big Four, the network knows its audience well, and employs social media better than most to promote its series. Still, it could use a watershed must-see hit to really put it on firm ground. For details on the new schedule, hit the jump.
Fresh off NBC’s drama renewals earlier today, the CW has announced a few pickups for its network. The CW has officially greenlit the spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, titled The Originals, to series. Last night’s episode of TVD acted as a backdoor pilot for The Originals, and the new show will premiere this fall seemingly under the tutelage of The Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec.
Additionally, the network has renewed the drama series Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast for a third and second season, respectively. While not a ratings juggernaut, the CW has carved out a niche market with its original programming geared towards a younger audience. The network has already renewed The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and Supernatural for the fall. Read the full press release after the jump.
With just three episodes left until the Season 1 finale of The CW drama series Arrow, things are about to get epic, and there are sure to be twists and turns and shocking reveals, as everything is coming to a head. With life-threatening decisions, extreme danger, sacrifices and huge life questions, not everyone might make it out alive.
During this recent interview to discuss what’s to come, actor Stephen Amell (who plays billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, aka Arrow) talked about the journey he’s been on this season, why Oliver and Diggle (David Ramsey) have a bit of a falling out, that the Oliver-Laurel (Katie Cassidy)-Tommy (Colin Donnell) love triangle will be coming back into play, the inevitable showdown between Oliver Queen and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), how close Thea (Willa Holland) and Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) might get to the vigilante, how big of a role The Undertaking will have, how much fun it was to do some pre-island flashbacks, the inevitability that individuals from the island will show up in the present day, the significant cliffhanger in the finale, just how much he actually knows about Season 2, and how excited he is for Comic-Con this year. Check out what he had to say, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Fans of The CW network have reason to celebrate. The CW announced today that they’ve given early pickups to their three most popular series: Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural. The comic book adaptation Arrow was a bit of a gamble this year, but it appears to have paid off as the freshman series will be returning with new episodes next fall for a second season. The smash hit The Vampire Diaries is the network’s highest rated series in the coveted 18-34 demo and will be returning next year for a fifth season, while the long-running Supernatural kicks off its ninth season (ninth!) next fall.
The latter series has enjoyed an uptick in ratings since being paired with Arrow on Wednesday nights, and it looks like the two will continue to be programming buddies next year. The CW has thus far only cancelled one new series, Emily Owens, M.D., but will be kicking off a new show called Cult on February 19th. Hit the jump for the full press release.
As part of The CW portion of the TCA Press Tour, network president Mark Pedowitz took some time to discuss current programming, upcoming series and shows in various development stages. During the interview, he talked about how The Carrie Diaries came about, what attracted the network to Cult, the genesis for the possible The Vampire Diaries spin-off about the Originals (with Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin, and set in New Orleans), that The Selection and Wonderland are still in pilot contention, how the Wonder Woman project Amazon is progressing, their interest in other DC Comics characters, that they are no longer pursuing a Battle Royale series, and how they feel about current shows Supernatural, Beauty and the Beast, Nikita and Hart of Dixie. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Good news for a couple of popular series. First up, hot off the network’s biggest ratings in years, The CW has picked up the superhero adaptation Arrow for a full season. Much like Smallville, the show puts a television spin on the Green Arrow comic book character and has been met with a relatively enthusiastic audience response. The series had an impressively strong hold from its premiere numbers of 4.02 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo to the second episode, so the order was a no-brainer. The CW’s pick-up is for a full 22-episode season.
Hit the jump for renewal news concerning the best show on TV, Homeland.