Maybe it’s not big news for 2 of the pilots that were ordered by the CW but at least it’s official and for one freshmen series, the news is not good.
The official fall schedule for the CW isn’t due out until May 17, but the network did let out that it has picked up 5 of the pilots they have ordered and announced ‘The Secret Circle’ has not been renewed. Last night’s season finale episode, ‘Family,’ apparently was also ‘The Secret Circle’s’ series finale and managed to conclude this season without leaving fans with a cliffhanger that will never be resolved (thank you for that, CW!) Unfortunately because of CW’s action, the Circle will now never rebind.
The good news is that of the 5 pilots chosen to become a series, ‘Arrow’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ made the cut.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ may not get the welcome as CW may hope as many fans of the original 1980’s series are a bit leary of this remake of the popular series. Several aspects of the original series has been altered for this updated version mainly that instead of the Beast being an organic being living underground, he has now become the living embodiment of the after effects of a drug the government gave to him in order to become a super soldier and Catherine has now become a police officer.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ will star Kristin Kreuk (‘Smallville,’ ‘Chuck’) as Catherine Chandler, Jay Ryan (‘Terra Nova,’’Legend of the Seeker’) as Vincent Koslow, Brian White (‘Cabin in the Woods,’ ‘Moonlight’) as Joe Bishop, Austin Basis (‘Supernatural,’ ‘Ghostfacers’) as J.T. Forbes, Max Brown (‘The Tudors’) as Evan, Nina Lisandrello as Tess O’Malley, and Nicole Gale Anderson (‘Make It or Break It,’ ‘Jonas’) as Catherine’s younger sister, Heather Chandler.
Jennifer Levin (‘Brothers and Sisters’, ‘Without a Trace’) and Sherri Cooper (‘Unforgettable’, ‘Brothers and Sisters’) wrote the script pilot which apparently impressed the CW executives enough to give it a series order. Ironically, Gary Fleder directed the pilot and is also involved in the ABC version of the fairy tale also called ‘Beauty and the Beast.’
As for ‘Arrow,’ it’s probably not a big surprise that it was chosen as the CW has been looking to fill the superhero void that was left when ‘Smallville’ left the air. Created by ‘Green Lantern’ screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and directed by David Nutter (who also directed the pilot for the shows ‘Smallville’, ‘Supernatural’, and ‘Roswell for the CW), ‘Arrow’ deviates from the ‘Green Arrow’ from the DC comics in that he will be a superhero in a new world with an original story not based on any of the comics. One obvious change is that Star City has now become Starling City for the series. Here’s the official description of the series:
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
The series will star Stephen Amell (‘Hung,’ ‘The Vampire Diaries’) as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell (‘Pam Am’) as Tommy Merlyn, Katie Cassidy (‘Supernatural,’ ‘Melrose Place’) as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey (‘Dexter,’ ‘Blue Bloods’) as John Diggle, Willa Holland (‘The O.C.’) as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson (‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,’ ‘Kings’) as Moira Queen, Colin Sanders (‘Resident Evil’) as Walter Steele, and Paul Blackthorne (‘Justice League: Doom,’ ‘24’) as Detective Quentin Lance.
Surprisingly, no mention was made of the other two sci-fi/fantasy pilots, ‘Joey Dakota’ and ‘The Selection’ nor when ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Arrow’ will air but hopefully more will be revealed when the CW’s fall schedule will be announced next week.