News Briefs: The CW Takes Aim at a Green Arrow Series

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Justin Hartley as Green Arrow on Smallville.


THE CW'S LATEST COMIC-INSPIRED SERIES

... The CW is thiiiis close to ordering a pilot for Arrow, based on the DC Comics character The Green Arrow. Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim (who worked together on No Ordinary Family) will produce. The project is not connected to the Green Arrow character played by Justin Hartley on Smallville, aside from their shared source material. [Deadline Hollywood]


DEVELOPMENT

... NBC is like that guy in those phone commercials who always gets messages late because his network is slow, causing him not to get that invite to the taco party. Now the network is jumping on the vampire bandwagon a few years late with a contemporary take on Count Dracula. NBC apparently is pretty keen on the idea, guaranteeing a series order if execs like the initial script. Wake me up when they make a contemporary take on Count Chocula. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Starz has picked up a 10-episode series based on Marco Polo called... Marco Polo. The drama won't follow a blindfolded guy who jumps in pools, but rather the explorer who no one really knows a lot about. Didn't he steal the idea for noodles or something? [Deadline Hollywood]

... A&E; is developing Bates Motel, a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, thus completing the trifecta of shows currently being developed about things that young kids don't really care about. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is moving forward with Ball Boys, a reality show about guys who run a sports memorabilia store in Baltimore. What fun it will be to see these guys argue about over the value of a wad of gum chewed by Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones! [Washington Post]

... National Geographic Channel, or NatGeo as the hipsters say, has two new shows on the way: Wicked Tuna follows tuna fisherman in Massachusetts, and Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? pits adults against Boy Scouts. Unfortunately, it's not to the death. [LA Times]


¡RATINGS!

... Ay dios mio! 13.5 million people tuned into the debut of Rob, Rob Schneider's new CBS comedy. It was boosted by its lead-in, The Big Bang Theory, and netted the third-biggest series premiere of the season. If all the people who tuned in to Rob last night stick out the whole season, 13.5 million people won't be able to tie their shoes come May. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING

... Hawaii Five-0 is bringing in smart-aleck Dennis Miller for a guest appearance. Miller will play a retired radio DJ who starts up a pirate broadcast in Hawaii. I rode in an elevator with Miller once. We didn't say a word. I don't think he recognized me. [TV Line]

... Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will stop by Springfield during a visit to The Simpsons. The pair will play part of a cool family from Portland who moves to town, and Homer will try to befriend them. [TV Line]

... Rescue Me's Steven Pasquale will join NBC's Up All Night for a few episodes as a potential love interest for Ava. He'll play Reagan's new boss. Wait, isn't Ava Reagan's boss? Did I miss something by not watching that show after the first two minutes of the pilot? [TV Guide]


PREMIERE DATES

... A&E; will debut Longmire this summer. The show, based on the Walter Longmire books by Craig Johnson, is the network's contribution to the great Western Rush of TV. Robert Taylor (The Matrix) stars as sheriff Walt Longmire, a recently widowed man who attempts to rebuild his life and career. Katee Sackhoff, Cassidy Freeman, and Lou Diamond Phillips also star. [A&E;, via press release]

... Starz has announced the premiere date for Magic City: April 6. The show is set in 1950s Miami Beach at a luxurious hotel and, according to my Twitter feed, features oral sex in an automobile. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Olga Kurylenko star. [Starz, via press release]


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