ARROW Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg Talks the Season’s Final Episodes, Bringing in Characters from THE FLASH, and More

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With only a few episodes left, The CW series Arrow is pulling out all the stops, with character relationships, action, big reveals and heartache.  There is so much contained in each of the remaining episodes that the finale is sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats.  In Episode 19, “The Man Under the Hood,” Deathstroke brings the battle to Team Arrow’s secret lair, sending one member to the hospital, and Oliver Queen must choose between his battle with Slade Wilson or his family.

During this recent interview to discuss the remaining episodes this season, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg talked about how Laurel Lance will be taking Slade Wilson’s news about Oliver Queen, why she reacts differently from what’s expected, where Oliver and Laurel are at romantically, how long-running the ramifications of the Queens’ financial problems are, why this was the right episode to bring two of the characters from The Flash into the story, that Felicity plays a major part in the season finale, just how insane the finale fill be, and how the show will be changing and evolving in Season 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Marc Guggenheim Talks ARROW Season 2, Exposing Oliver’s Secret, the Suicide Squad, The Huntress, Harley Quinn Rumors, THE FLASH Crossover, and More

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On Season 2 of the hit CW series Arrow, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has rededicated himself to his mission of being more than just another vigilante, and is attempting to become a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, as The Arrow.  With everything changing in both the present-day and the past, there are sure to be big reveals, lots of action, romance and new secrets, in the remaining episodes of this season.

During this recent interview to promote the remaining episodes of Season 2, executive producer/writer Marc Guggenheim talked about how the number of people who know Oliver’s secret will increase before the end of the season, whether viewers might see any of the Suicide Squad characters again, what made now the right time to bring back The Huntress, that they already have an idea for her return in Season 3, where things are headed for Thea, just how insane Slade Wilson might be, the Harley Quinn rumors and speculation, the appearance of two of the characters from The Flash in Episode 19, the inevitable big showdown between Oliver and Slade, and how many more Olicity moments viewers might see.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Full Costume Revealed in New Image from The CW’s THE FLASH

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Just over a week ago, The CW unveiled the first image of Grant Gustin in costume for its The Flash TV series pilot.  It was a constrained look as we only saw Gustin’s face, but fans were simply happy to get a preview of what the character will look like in the anticipated superhero show.  However, the network has decided that fans don’t have to wait long to see the full costume, as The CW today released a full-body image of Gustin as the DC Comics character.  The costume was created by Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland), who is also responsible for the principal costume in The CW’s Arrow.  Production is currently underway on The Flash pilot, so we should hear word regarding a series pickup (or a pass) by May as The CW puts together its Fall 2014/15 schedule.

Hit the jump to check out the new image.  The cast for The Flash also includes Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Tom Cavanagh (Ed), Danielle Panabaker (Shark), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Candice Patton (The Game), and Carlos Valdes.

Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim Talks ARROW, Tonight’s Game-Changing Episode, the Suicide Squad, the Return of The Huntress, THE FLASH, and More

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On Season 2 of the hit CW series Arrow, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has rededicated himself to his mission of being more than just another vigilante, and is attempting to become a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, as The Arrow.  In Episode 15, “The Promise,” Oliver is shocked when he learns that Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) is not only alive, but that he has come to Starling City, while back on the island, Oliver, Slade and Sara (Caity Lotz) attempt to take over the freighter from Ivo (Dylan Neal), which turns into a huge battle.  As everything changes in both present-day and the past, viewers will not only see Oliver put on the hood for the first time, but also Slade with the Deathstroke mask.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer/writer Marc Guggenheim talked about how “The Promise” is epic in scope and feels like a movie, why they wanted to shoot Oliver putting on the hood and Slade putting on the Deathstroke mask, each for the first time, in the same scene, why this episode is a game-changer for both the present-day and the past, how the Suicide Squad evolved, setting up potential further stories for them, who The Huntress will be now, when she reappears in Episode 17, and how they let the characters tell them where they’re going, especially when it comes to the romance aspect.  He also talked about everything being on the table, when it comes to possible future cross-over between Arrow and The Flash, how terrific and outstanding the pilot script is, and that he’d love to write an episode of that show, as well.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.                      

First Look at Grant Gustin in Costume for The CW’s THE FLASH

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Though superhero TV shows haven’t always panned out, The CW has had success in this area in recent years.  After the long-running Smallville came to a close, the network took a risk by launching Arrow, which revolved around a far lesser known superhero than Superman.  The show debuted to a sizeable amount of success—both critical and commercial, and now the network is expanding its DC Television Universe even further with a pilot for The Flash.  As the pilot begins filming next week, a first look at star Grant Gustin in costume has now been released online.  The character actually made his first appearance on Arrow (albeit in “Barry Allen” form), but The CW is giving the character his own spinoff pilot with the hopes of launching a full The Flash series this fall.  The costume is quite impressive, and it was designed by legendary, Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland).

Hit the jump to take a look at the image.  The cast for The Flash also includes Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Tom Cavanagh (Ed), Danielle Panabaker (Shark), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Candice Patton (The Game), and Carlos Valdes.

THE CW’s THE FLASH Pilot to Feature Guest Star John Wesley Shipp from the 1990s Series THE FLASH

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While fans were introduced to the new Barry Allen/Flash (Grant Gustin) during his guest spot on recent episodes of The CW’s Arrow, a whole new generation will meet the old Flash, in the form of John Wesley Shipp.  Shipp’s role in the upcoming pilot of The Flash is being kept quiet, but it will likely be more than a simple nod to nostalgia since Shipp may land a recurring role if the pilot gets picked up to series.  My guess?  He’d be some sort of superior to Gustin’s Allen, who works as a Central City assistant police forensic investigator while moonlighting as a superheroic speedster after a lab accident.  Hit the jump for more casting news for The Flash.

THE FLASH Adds Jesse L. Martin; ROSEMARY’S BABY Adds Jason Isaacs and Patrick J. Adams; Rashida Jones Leads Steve Carell’s TRIBECA Comedy Pilot on TBS

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Here’s the latest casting news from the world of television:

  • New CW series The Flash will add Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) to star alongside Grant Gustin.
  • Patrick J. Adams (Suits) and Jason Isaacs (Awake) will join NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby mini-series.
  • Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) will topline Tribeca, a comedy pilot from Steve Carell set up at TBS.

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The CW President Mark Pedowitz Talks VERONICA MARS Spinoff Series, Deciding to Turn THE FLASH into a Full Pilot, SUPERNATURAL’s Longevity, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for The CW, Network President Mark Pedowitz took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up, as well as series that are in possible contention for the future.  During the interview, he talked about the upcoming Veronica Mars digital spin-off series for CW Seed, the possibility of Beauty and the Beast and Reign getting another season, how much life is left in Supernatural, why they decided to make a full pilot for The Flash, instead of a back-door pilot, whether Fox’s potential Batman origin series Gotham could affect the chances of an Amazon series ever making it on the air, and the status of the Wizard of Oz project.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Grant Gustin, Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Geoff Johns Talk ARROW, Bringing Barry Allen to Starling City, Character Crossovers, and Easter Eggs

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Episodes 8 (“The Scientist) and 9 (“Three Ghosts”) of Arrow are two-part mid-season finale event, introducing police scientist Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), as he arrives in Starling City to help Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his team investigate a robbery at Queen Consolidated.  Both episodes have exhilarating, exciting and shocking moments worthy of any winter break, and Barry Allen has such fun interaction and chemistry with the team that it’s easy to see why they’re jumping straight to a pilot for The Flash, which will most assuredly go to series.

During this recent interview to discuss the introduction of Barry Allen and how that will lead to The Flash on his own show, actor Grant Gustin, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and DC Comics’ Geoff Johns talked about what brings Barry Allen to Starling City, who this version of the character is, how tricky the character was to cast, how the attraction between Barry and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) will affect Felicity’s relationship with Oliver, that Episode 20 will just be an episode of Arrow now, instead of being a backdoor pilot, that there’s a chance that some Arrow characters could appear in The Flash pilot, why they decided to hold back on the costume, how they will include Easter eggs on both shows, and the hope that all of this success could lead to more superheroes on television.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

New ARROW Clip Introduces Barry Allen aka FLASH

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The CW’s original plan was to introduce Barry Allen in a recurring role on Arrow and reveal his alter ego Flash in a late-season backdoor pilot before launching The Flash next fall.  The Arrow team shot episodes 8 and 9 with Barry Allen—response was positive enough that The CW will forego the backdoor pilot process and start prepping a traditional Flash pilot that is all but guaranteed for a series order.

The network has released a clip of Barry Allen’s introduction from episode 8, “The Scientist.”  Grant Gustin makes a good first impression.  I can already see in the minute-long clip how Gustin could turn this into a memorable character, which is a great sign for The CW’s very valuable property.  Watch the clip after the jump.  “The Scientist” airs Wednesday at 8/7c.

The CW’s The Flash Will No Longer Be Introduced on ARROW; Traditional Pilot Moving Forward Instead

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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.

Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg Talks ARROW Season 2, Seeing Oliver Go from Vigilante to Hero, Introducing The Flash, and More

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Not only are the guys behind the hit CW series Arrow – executive producers Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti - passionate about the story they’re telling, they’re also willing to take a look at the show and evaluate what worked best and what didn’t, so that they can make it even stronger and better, which definitely makes me excited about where they’re going with Season 2.  After the events of last season, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) must rededicate himself to his mission and be more than just another vigilante.  To honor his fallen friend and to protect the people he loves, he must now become a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, but do so as The Arrow.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Andrew Kreisberg talked about how the characters are in such different places now than they were last season, the decision to have Oliver Queen return to the island, that this is the season Oliver attempts to go from vigilante to hero, how much of the season they have planned out ahead of time, bringing Barry Allen (aka The Flash) into the story, how the relationship between Oliver and Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) will evolve, and the journey for John Diggle (David Ramsey).  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

CW’s ARROW Adds GLEE’s Grant Gustin as The Flash

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Earlier this summer, the CW announced plans to not only bring Barry Allen/The Flash to their Arrow series, but had hopes of starting a spin-off series around the speedster.  Now, it appears the network has found their hero in Grant Gustin (Glee).  Gustin will be introduced to viewers in the eighth episode of Arrow’s second season, following up that debut by starring in the ninth episode as well.  The 20th episode will also feature Gustin and will act as a backdoor pilot for the potential spin-off series, The Flash.

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The CW President Mark Pedowitz Talks THE FLASH, SUPERNATURAL Spin-Off, Status of the WONDER WOMAN Series AMAZON, and More

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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.

Producers Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns Talk ARROW Season 2, Introducing Barry Allen and His Superpowers, & THE FLASH Spin-Off

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With the big announcement of the expansion of the Arrow universe to include Barry Allen, aka The Flash, in Season 2 of the popular series on The CW, executive producers/writers Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns participated in a conference call with press to discuss what viewers can expect.

During the interview, Kreisberg and Johns talked about why The Flash is the first character from the DC universe that will cross paths with Arrow, what makes his personal story compelling, that he’ll appear in three episodes – Episodes 8, 9 and Episode 20 (to be directed by David Nutter) – which will set things up for a possible spin-off, how the introduction of superpowers will affect the world of Arrow and its characters, what sort of conflict will arise between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen, where they’re taking inspiration from, and that they were waiting to start casting until they made the official announcement about the character.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

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