The CW network has plans to move forward with ordering pilots for three new television series. Based on the DC Comics’ character, Green Arrow, the series “Arrow” is one of the pilots ordered. Greg Berlanti is one of the individuals tied to the project, so this show may have potential. Berlanti has produced such shows like “Dawson’s Creek”, “Everwood”, “Brother & Sisters”, and more recently he co-wrote the DC Comics’ movie adaptation of “Green Lantern” starring Ryan Reynolds and he also directed the film “Life as We Know It” starring Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl. Seems like “Arrow” might be try to capitalize on the success of “Smallville” which had its series finale in 2011. Although the CW tried to bring “Aquaman” to the network, but the show never made it to air. Although the pilot episode is still available on iTunes. Justin Hartley was the lead in “Aquaman”, but when the pilot fell through he later starred as Green Arrow aka Oliver Queen and became a regular cast member on “Smallville”. However, according to Entertainment Weekly, Hartley is not being courted nor will be tied to the new series.
“Beauty and the Beast” is the next series that the CW is lookiing to bring to the network. The show is loosely based on the 1987 television series starring Linda Hamilton (“The Terminator”) and Ron Perlman (“Hellboy”), a reboot if you will. With the success of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”, which brings fairy tale and Disney characters to the screen, it seems the CW is hoping to have the same success. Although most recently the screen adaptation of “Beastly” starring Alex Pettyfer (“I Am Number Four”) and Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) was not really ground breaking in terms of “Beauty and Beast” inspired stories.
The third is a prequel to the Emmy Award winning show, “Sex and the City”, based on the Candace Bushnell book series which will be called “The Carrie Diaries”. The story will focus on Carrie Bradshaw’s life in Manhattan in the 1980’s. This sounds a lot like the “Gossip Girl” spin-off prequel that never happened. The target audience for the original series are probably not the target audience for this new series so it will be interesting to see how this show will be different and what angle it will take in order to set it apart from the existing teen drama shows on the network like “90210” and the aforementioned show “Gossip Girl”.
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