The CW 2012-2013 Video Preview: Watch Clips From Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, and More

By Tim Surette

May 17, 2012

Now that we've gotten all the boring CW scheduling stuff out of the way, it's time for the video previews we've all been waiting for: the sexy young-adult fare of The CW! This year we have doctors, the '80s, and a dude who looks like Robin Hood to get excited about. Take a look at these videos and search for that new show you're too embarrassed to tell your friends you watch!

Beauty and the Beast

The CW's pitch: Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective. Several years earlier, Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Catherine would have been killed too, but someone—or something—saved her. No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the was human. Years have passed, and Catherine is a strong, confident, capable police officer, working alongside her equally talented partner, Tess. While investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret—when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder. Thus begins a complex relationship between Catherine and Vincent, who are powerfully drawn to each other yet understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them.

Official Trailer:

Our take: This may surprise you, but I think this looks terrible. And I'd watch Kristin Kreuk strangle kittens.

The Carrie Diaries

The CW's pitch: It’s 1984, and life isn’t easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw. Since their mother passed away, Carrie’s younger sister Dorritt is more rebellious than ever, and their father Tom is overwhelmed with the responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his own. Carrie’s friends—sweet, geeky Mouse, sarcastic and self-assured Maggie and sensitive Walt—make life bearable, but a suburban life in Connecticut isn’t doing much to take her mind off her troubles. And even though the arrival of a sexy new transfer student named Sebastian brings some excitement to Carrie’s world, she is struggling to move on from her grief. So when Tom offers Carrie the chance to intern at a law firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance. Carrie’s eyes are opened wide at the glamour and grit of New York City—and when she meets Larissa, the style editor for Interview magazine, she’s inspired by the club culture and unique individuals that make up Larissa’s world. Carrie’s friends and family may have a big place in her heart, but she’s fallen in love for the first time with the most important man in her life—Manhattan.

Official Trailer:

Currently unavailable.

Our take: Coming soon, we hope!


The CW's pitch: 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.

Official Trailer:

Our take: Rule number one of self-made superhero shows and movies: Find an old warehouse to work out in and make weapons! Also make sure there are a bunch of computers. Evil tennis balls beware, Arrow is coming! Pretty standard superhero stuff here.


The CW's pitch: Investigative journalist Jeff Sefton has learned to laugh off his brother Nate’s relentless string of obsessions, especially his latest rant that a hit TV show intends to harm him. However, when his brother mysteriously disappears, Jeff takes Nate’s paranoia seriously, and in the process uncovers the dark underworld of the TV show Cult and its rabid fans. The only person who seems willing to help Jeff with his investigation is Skye, a young research assistant for Cult, who has also started to grow suspicious of the increasingly dark happenings surrounding the show. The fictitious show, centered on the cat-and-mouse game between charismatic cult leader Billy Grimm and LAPD detective Kelly Collins, has become an obsession for its viewers—and now some of its devotees seem to be taking their fixation to deadly extremes in the real world. As Jeff and Skye dig deeper into the fan world, they discover that the gruesome plot twists on television are much more than fantasy for some very unfortunate people. The hardcore fans of Cult would kill to see what happens next

Official Trailer:

Not yet available. Come on, CW!

Our take: You'll know when we see it!

Emily Owens, M.D.

The CW's pitch: At long last, Emily Owens feels like she is an actual grown-up. She can finally put her high school days as the geeky-girl-with-flop-sweats behind her; she’s graduated from medical school and is now a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, where she’ll have the chance to work with world-famous cardiologist Dr. Gina Beckett—and where, not-so-coincidentally, her med-school crush Will Rider is also an intern. So why does everyone keep warning her that the hospital is just like high school? Emily soon finds out the hard way—her high school nemesis, the gorgeous, popular Cassandra Kopelson, is also just starting out at Denver Memorial, and it seems like they’re rivals all over again—not only as surgical interns, but for Will’s attention. Fellow intern Tyra Granger warns Emily that the cliques at Denver Memorial are all too familiar: the jocks have become orthopedic surgeons; the mean girls are in plastics; the rebels are in the ER, and Tyra has her own awkward place as the principal’s kid—her father is the chief resident. Emily’s the new kid all over again, and it’s just as awkward as high school. Only this time around, Emily will have to balance the personal and emotional turmoil of social politics with the high-stakes world of life-and-death medical decisions. At least she has fellow intern Tyra and nerdy-but-cute resident Micah, to count on as friends. Emily is growing to realize that although she may be a geek, she may also grow to be a great doctor, flop sweats and all.

Official Trailer:

Our take: Is Emily a cardiologist? Because she just gave this schedule a transplant of heart! This plucky little doc looks like the perfect person to root for as her high school nightmares follow her to her professional life.

What looks good to you so far? Let's hear your first impressions in the comments!


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  • RicksBabe Sep 13, 2012

    So they want to do Beauty and The Beast...that begs the question why their names have to be Catherine and Vincent? Nothing come close to the original show. My curiosity my last one episode. The only show I like in CW is Supernatural.

  • ThomasMiller Jul 14, 2012

    Come on people...everyone thought the big bang theory was stupid when it first started ....but look at it is one of the most watched shows on tv... give beauty and the beast a chance!!!!

  • keramarie Jun 18, 2012

    Will check out Emily Owens MD, Carrie Diaries and Arrow, but Beauty and the Beast looks silly. I guess we will have to see about them when fall comes around.

  • chuckchuckchuck May 21, 2012

    Cult looks like a couple of films school friends made it.

  • TheBam711 May 21, 2012

    Arrow Trailer

    Beauty and the Beast Trailer?

    Cult Trailer

    or (just in case YouTube removes the video)

    The Carrier Diaries

  • mindmalfunction May 20, 2012

    I'll give them a chance, only because CW has some of my favourite shows.

  • BrookeDsBaby May 20, 2012

    The Secret Circle and Ringer got cancelled cause no one watched them (they were low-rated on The CW, that's bad) so why do fans think their losses are going to result in some epic decline in viewership? If you guys had that kind of power, your show would have been renewed.

  • TClay May 20, 2012

    Clip Clop

  • MightyMad May 20, 2012

    The only one I'll come close to watch is "Arrow".

  • MinaHaroun May 20, 2012

    Arrow looks good, hopefully they can afford to make it action packed since he has no superpowers or expensive cars or planes .... i remember smallville could never afford any long term fights because too much special effects was expensive....

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