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The CW announces its fall schedule Thursday, but has already greenlit five new hourlongs to series:

* “Arrow,” from longtime “Dawson’s Creek” showrunner Greg Berlanti (he also created ABC’s insipid “No Ordinary Family” and scripted the horrible “Green Lantern” movie), follows iconic DC superhero Oliver Queen, The Green Arrow. Stephen Amell (“Private Practice”) plays Ollie, Katie Cassidy (“Melrose Place,” “Gossip Girl”) plays Dinah Lance.

* “The Carrie Diaries,” a prequel to “Sex and the City” from writer-producer Amy Harris (“Sex and the City,” “Gossip Girl”), follows Carrie Bradshaw through her teen years in Connecticut. AnnaSophia Robb (“Jumper,” “Soul Surfer”) inherits the Sarah Jessica Parker role.

* “Beauty and the Beast,” from writer-producers Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Unforgettable”), is a remake of the 1980s Linda Hamilton-Ron Perlman series, this time starring Kristin Kruek (“Smallville”) and Jay Ryan (“Terra Nova”).

* “First Cut,” from Jennie Snyder Urman (“Lipstick Jungle,” “90210”), is a medical drama starring Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer (“Off The Map”).

* “Cult,” from Rockne S. O'Bannon (“SeaQuest,” “Farscape,” “The Triangle,” “V”), is a drama about fans who may be recreating the crimes featured on their favorite TV show. It stars Jessica Lucas (“Melrose Place,” “Friends With Benefits”).

They join recently renewed “The Vampire Diaries,” “90210,” “Nikita,” “Supernatural,” “Heart of Dixie” and “Gossip Girl.”


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  • May 11, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern wasn't horrible. It was okay, same with John Carter.

    by happybunni

    I refuse to watch this Arrow series, though I know it is aimed at young teen girls and not myself... I did watch Smallville all the way through.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    what is the point

    by saintsaucey

    Of building crediblity with a character and then replacing the actor when giving the character their own series. It's like if Joss Whedon had recast Angel when they spun him off from buffy. Also it's not Heart it's Hart her last name is Hart. But I'm glad it's returning. And Im gonna have to check out the carrie diaries just because its got Anna Sophia Rob in it.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I'll give Arrow and Beast a go...

    by Yeti

    ...but you couldn't get me to watch The Carrie Diaries if my life depended on it.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Should call it "The Green Arrow"

    by Jake Pantlin

  • May 11, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Re: Should call it "The Green Arrow"

    by Stygian

    They won't call it that because Warner Bros (who own DC Comics) is too scared to call it something that might get attention. They can't handlle the comic book movie production (except Batman and now MAYBE Superman). They're stupid enough to think that people might think it's ripping off Hawkeye. Warner Bros has NO CLUE how Marvel made 800 Million + (Worldwide) on 'The Avengers'.

  • May 11, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Probably the cheapest DC Hero to do.

    by cookylamoo

    Except maybe Wild Dog.

  • and I Think This is one of The STUPIDEST Ideas I have ever heard!!!

  • May 11, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Beauty and the Beast

    by BooBoosDaddy

    starring that energy vampire, Kristin Kreuk. I swear, she sucked the life out of every single scene she was in in Smallville. She has one speed--"look doe eyed at the other person and talk slowly and methodically while getting misty eyed." Meanwhile the pacing comes to a grinding halt.

  • May 11, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    AnnaSophia Robb inherits Carrie role

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    So I guess this series is to cover that glaring blank spot most of us just assumed happened where the character of Carrie Bradshaw underwent extensive genetic manipulation to become part human and part horse - RIGHT?

  • Did like the bit where she figured out who he was behind the mask in a second, though.

  • May 12, 2012, 12:50 a.m. CST

    After season 10 of Smallville FUCK CW IN THE ASS

    by Raptor Jesus

    I watched that show for 9 years and the last season turns into 'lets troll for anyone who isn't an Obama voter'. FUCK THEM FOREVER. I will NEVER WATCH ANOTHER CW SHOW. EVER.

  • May 12, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST

    arrow will replace smallville for me nicely

    by rakesh patel

    beauty and the beast! ha!, yeah maybe in the 80's you could get away with that shit. now it will be , hold the fuck on, you're a mutant lion living in he sewer system. get the fuck away from me dude. the rest is bullshit. well played CW, you have a new tv series i will actually watch!

  • May 12, 2012, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Where Marvel seem to rejoice and celebrate their characters..

    by paul burnett

    ..Warner/DC seem intent on making theirs po faced and miserable as can be. I dunno if thats supposed to make them more beleivable or relevant but it doesn't work for me. I'm fed up of angst being the main mood for Batman and by the look of it Snyders Superman, gritty and darker will be the main theme. Can't we just have some fun with the DC universe for a change? That Green Arrow pic says everything you need to know on the tone that this will have. I'm not asking for Batman to be tied to a giant typewriter or for Green Arrow to be shooting boxing glove arrows, just stop pondering your navels and be superheroes...kay?

  • May 12, 2012, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Then again, Green Lantern TRIED to be fun

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Execution. I know... right?

  • May 12, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Execution was the thought i had about Ryan Reynolds..

    by paul burnett

    ..But it was more the lethal injection kind!

  • May 12, 2012, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Jay Ryan as Beast

    by VicBStard

    Well that's the last we'll see of him in Go Girls, then.

  • May 12, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    Lot of good shows coming..and Nikita being saved makes it sweeter

    by David Werring

    Beauty and the Beast..Kewl..A modern Telling of the classic Tv show...And Kristan and Jay should be great together..Im intigued by this, but also..frightend that it wont last I hope it does last and grow..and also depends on when they put it on...I would say thursdays...this has so much potential..and that what scares me..cause I know all the haters out there and on here..will chop it down for no reason at all.. Now GREEN ARROW on the other hand..HELL YES!!...not the smallville green arrow...but a grown up green arrow (yes grown up,well for cw standards anyways)...Does anyone know where they are putting these two shows???...

  • May 12, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Four Josh Schwartz Shows This Fall

    by Urall Luzers

    On the CW. Lowly dogs, bow down before the new TV god.

  • May 12, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Herc's shitty writeups are "insipid."

    by Cash907

    No Ordinary Family was a decent show, and certainly not worth your petty little side comments, Herc.

  • May 12, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    AnnaSophia Robb doesn't have a horsey face.

    by F-18

  • and not that horrible sex & city. but if Cult can be even close to as creative as Farscape was should be in for helluva treat. wish they'd just do more Farscape but oh well.

  • May 12, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Sex and the City prequel...

    by BizarroJerry

    So, will they do this like a comic book kind of prequel where they pretend Carrie crossed paths with every single character on the later show when she was still a teen?

  • Kind of like reducing "John Carter of Mars" to "John Carter" because "Mars Needs Moms" was a huge box office failure.

  • May 12, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by kbarber29

  • May 12, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    The CW would be better off it just aired

    by Phategod2

    Episodes of Nikita and Supernatural All day long.

  • May 13, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    stygian your a dumbass

    by Curits

    I dont know if Arrow will be good but Hawkeye is a rip off of Green Arrow stupid. Also Avengers was good but Hawkeye and Black Widow where horrible. Hawkeye was way to OP and Scarlett did a horrible job at playing her. Only reason Avengers did that well is because of good marketing and Josh Wedon.

  • May 13, 2012, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Everyone get on the banwagon know

    by Curits

    Reason why Batman is moody and dark it cause he a dark character so that works for him. Not sure about Man of Steel but how bout we wait and see how that pans out before we decided. Also hello Avengers doing great at the Box Office is not a win for Marvel it a win for Disney. Dont blame DC they got noting to do with the movie making part. That all on Warner Brothers. Also take a look at ticket prices. I bet if you put inflation into account then I bet you money Dark Knight put more asses in the seat than Avengers. Also since Avatar and the preseasons 3D bullcrap came out you noticed how easy it is for movies nowadays to break records. Seem to happen every year now. Wait till next year or something some movie will break Avengers record. It seem to happen all the time now.

  • May 13, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    stgian you're a dumbass

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Fixed it for you. I don't know man, DC's plot of mediocre TV shows (Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Smallville, Arrow, Blue Beetle, The Graysons, etc.), rebooting Batman in a few years, crossing their fingers on Superman reboot, Green Lantern, and killing Whedon's Wonderwoman seems more in line with green lighting whatever comes their way compared to Marvel's more focused approach (at least with the properties they haven't sold off like X-Men, Spider-man, FF, and Ghost Rider). Black Widow and Hawkeye were fine. They didn't distract like Storm in X-Men and they filled their roles of vulnerable human fighting along side superheroes.

  • May 13, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    You really dont know

    by Curits

    You really dont know shit about Green Arrow do you icanthavethat. He actually a dark character

  • May 13, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST


    by Curits

    Please do not fix my grammar or spelling. I like coming off like that. I want to speak like the people and fanboys on the internet act. Wow it funny how you say Marvel is doing so good but yet they had to let Disney bail them out and help them. Like I said Avengers Box Office is not a win for Marvel it a win for Disney and Wedon. Also vulnerable human fighting along side Superheros. You must be joking right. They where doing things no mere mortal could ever do. They where killing and kicking what where supposed to be advanced alien asses. That was a total distraction. Sorry but Avengers to me was the same movie as Transformers was. It looks the same and had the same feel and plot as well. Just a little different. But people ate that up and as you can see ate this up to. All style and no substance.

  • May 13, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Really? So the solo movies were just a Disney ploy?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    I'm saying it clearly worked and was clearly planned. Not haphazardly put together like DC's movies have been. That they're rebooting Batman and doing a Green Arrow show called Arrow is enough proof of that. And how were Hawkeye and Black Widow not vulnerable humans? That was the main freaking complaint about them from everybody going into the movie. WTF are Black Widow and Hawkeye going to do next to Thor and Hulk? Shoot bullets and fire arrows? That's they're vulnerable is what makes Batman or Green Arrow interesting vs. Superman. Especially in a setting where you can't throw millions in CG at the screen for every battle (like a TV Arrow show) and probably the only reason anybody would tune in to this if it was done well.

  • May 13, 2012, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Primee2: you like coming off like...

    by Executor uneducated 14 year old asian hooker? Ok.

  • ..If you don't understand what people are talking about, shut up you're emabarasing yourself.

  • Him: I bet if you put inflation into account then I bet you money Dark Knight put more asses in the seat than Avengers. Me: That much disparity of inflation between 2008 and 2012? Let's hear it for Obeymenomics, people!