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

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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I've lost so much respect for NBC. Not only are they always late to the game, but when they actually have a gem (and I'm specifically referring to Community here), they shelve it only to fill their time slots with untested and disappointing content. Looking at their lineup, there's nothing coming out that seems super captivating or as interesting as Community. And now we all have to wait until the summer for NBC to broadcast the rest of the current season. I hope NBC is able to get its head out of its @$$ and bring back community for many more seasons.



And I agree with Miss_Mouse: Green Arrow without Justin Hartley just sounds...counter-intuitive.
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I want to believe in this....Matt is a native Portlander, and he'd get the humor in the other show....but he doesn't have much involvement in The Simpsons anymore. Which means the episode will probably consist of a bunch of lame hipster gags (the couple constantly references obscure drinks and food, and Homer bluffs his way through it....ha ha). There's a lot of potential here that won't get taken advantage of. That makes me very sad. Tim, I know you live here, you should be sad too.
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They'd be much better off with a NIGHTWING series set in Bludhaven. Some times I think that TV show makers don't pay attention to the audience and end up making the lamest shows that are doomed from the beginning, I'm talking about you "Wonder Woman".
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I will only watch Arrow if they cast Justin Hartley, otherwise it'd just be too weird. They should definitely make it a Smallville spinoff, that'd be great.
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I agree with you. After watching Justin Hartley BE the Green Arrow on Smallville, it doesn't make any sense to me to see someone else play the role, or have it be unrelated to Smallville. It really should be a Smallville spinoff.
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Marco Polo and Bates Hotel both sound watchable. Arrow not so much.
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13.5 million people wasted a half hour when they could have been watching an actually funny comedy.
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What other comedies during that time slot would you recommend? And did you watch Rob? It's not bad and I think it'll get better. And if doesn't get better, it'll just get cancelled.
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More Justin Hartley? YES PLEASE!!!
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I felt like the Green Arrow was exhausted on Smallville. I got 4 seasons of it, not really interested in more...
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A story about green arrow sounds interesting, although i hope the character is not as shallow as he was in smallville
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Marco Polo sounds interesting and Magic City has potential. If only because it's cable and therefore not neutered and sanitized.



THAT is really how Green Arrow looked in Smallville? lol and why did people the show again? I think I caught 2 episodes of it or so and it was just awful.
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* why did people LIKE the show? Damn typos ruining my day.
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Green Arrow isn't a terribly interesting character on his own, that's why he rarely carries a solo book. I thought Justin Hartley was interesting on Smallville, but the character as written couldn't hold my interest long enough to get through a single episode. I'll be very impressed if the CW can do anything worth a watch with the character.
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I'm sure Marco Polo will be just as successful as Crusoe. What do you want to bet there's going to be pirates?



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Good for CW, if they keep it more in line with Supernatural and Nikita rather than the rest of their lineup. I would say more power to them. If not, please don't. I happen to like Green Arrow. I would recommend whomever is intending on running it to watch the first season of Alphas and then go from there.



NBC keeps striving for last place don't they. Now if they made it more True Blood and less Vampire Diaries, Twilight etc that would be cool. But they aren't so why bother. I have zero confidence in NBC to even be able to walk and chew gun at the same time.



Not sure what A&E is thinking, they have been doing great with their non reality tv shows. I enjoy The Glades and Breakout Kings. Longmire sounds interesting. But Bates motel sounds dumb. Don't ruin a cult classic.



ABC, Why. what possible reason wouldn't anyone think ball boys would be interesting. Can't it just go to the History Channel with the rest of the nonsense reality shows.
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CW should make tv series aimed for girls because the network itself aimed for girls , i would like to see cat woman or bat girl tv series .. kick ass action like dark angel and Nikita

now that would be interesting
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I would like to see the CW bring new episodes of Birds of Prey to the table. It focused on 3 female super hero types and had lots of action. That would probably be something you would like.
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The network is aimed at teenagers in general.
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they had one back before Smallville..Birds of Prey
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Birds of Prey was on the WB, not the CW.
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CW was created from the whole WB and one of the owners of CBS, hence the name. Technically cw is wb
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One of the owners? No. It's a joint venture (split 50/50) between CBS and WB which merged The WB and UPN.
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Oh, NBC. Will you ever learn? Right now you're a follower, not a leader. Reactive instead of proactive. Maybe it's time to make some bold moves and think outside the box. If you want to rise out of the ashes, maybe you should come up with some new, original ideas of your own.
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What's the point of a Green Arrow show without Justin Hartley? He made that character. I'm not going to watch it without him playing it.
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I never read comics, so I'm sure I need to just keep my mouth shut about this, but I loved the Smallville-interpretation of Green Arrow. I think the biggest problem with reimagining comic book-heroes is that they focus on getting the comic-action feel, while usually people want some psychological insight in their favorite childhood hero. When they do that, I'm sure the series has a chance (sorry, psychology degree, sometimes I can't help myself)
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You do know children aren't the only ones who read comics, right?
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Imagine Green Arrow on HBO... THAT would be something!
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So after launching The Firm in the failed tradition of The Client, now NBC is going to do a modern version of Count Dracula in the tradition of Doctor Franken? I would say NBC is the house of retreaded, failed ideas, but some of the shows from other networks sound like '80s and '90s flashbacks as well. Maybe I need to take up novels again.
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All I can say is YAY Katee Sackhoff and Jeffrey Dean Morgan!
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I'm sorry, but if they're gonna make a Green Arrow show, it HAS to be with the Smallville version. Justin Hartley is one of the few things that made the show watchable after it jumped the shark.
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Green Arrow Yes CW no, They'll try to inject it with top models that have terrible wooden acting and unneeded relationships.
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Which is exactly what it would be if it was a continuation of the "Smallville" GA. The problem with comic book remakes isn't that they're too comic book-like, it's that they're nothing more than whiny, costumed soap operas.
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"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 since the first 2 minutes of the pilot?"

I LIKE this idea!! Let's see a stage light(with or without a stage hand attached) falls on Ava!! SPLAT! Or she falls in love on stage and is whisked away by Blah Blah MacBlahBlah.

Nahhh, Live on NBC "Death to Ava" !!!!!
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NO.... NO Don't CW! Not a series about Green Arrow! That is not exciting... unless you add a few other famous guest star superheroes and a storyline worthy to watch for over a season...
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I have absolutely no interest in that premise, but I must watch Katee Sackhoff and Cassidy Freeman. Well played, A&E.
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Hehe, I TOTALLY imagined Marco Polo being about someone being blindfolded to play tag in a swimming pool.
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