The CW Orders 5 New Series, Including Arrow and The Carrie Diaries

The CW had some tough decisions to make regarding the pilots it had in development, but the network narrowed its choices today, granting five lucky shows a life of sub-1.0 ratings and an audience rivaling that of Univision's second-string shows. Here they are now—let's see what we can make of them!



Arrow

What it is: With Smallville gone, The CW needed a brave character to step in and lead a new superhero drama. So it went with The Green Arrow, a character that was actually featured in Smallville. But this will be a darker version of character, a billionaire playboy who fights crime with a bow and arrow and dresses like Robin Hood.

Initial reaction based on description alone: Look, I understand a show about Superman. People are familiar with The Man of Steel. But The Green Arrow?

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: See above. He may be a badass to comic fans, but this needs to appeal to a new audience and a lack of recognition doesn't help.

Where The CW might schedule it: Hmm. I guess this gets paired up with The Vampire Diaries?



The Carrie Diaries

What it is: This is the Sex and the City prequel set in the 1980s from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. It follows Carrie Bradshaw as she becomes a woman! Or at least a horny teenager.

Initial reaction based on description alone: Despite being based on a hit series, this doesn't really sound any different from the rest of The CW high-school dramas except for the fact that it's set in the '80s, when most of The CW's audience weren't even fertilized yet.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: It'll come in hot because of the brand, but it will cool off quick when people realize they no longer care.

Where The CW might schedule it: Monday or Tuesday is a lock. A possible companion to Gossip Girl.



Cult

What it is: When fans of a popular television show (something not on The CW) start reenacting its crime scenes, a young production assistant and a young investigative blogger discover they might be recreating murders, too!

Initial reaction based on description alone: This sounds both cool and stupid, but probably more stupid.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: This is another hot starter that will likely fizzle out fast.

Where The CW might schedule it: Common sense says this is a Thursday show, but then where does Arrow go? Could Cult get bumped up to Monday or Tuesday, or will The CW finally stop putting the bad reality show that is America's Next Top Model on Wednesdays?



First Cut

What it is: A lighthearted medical drama about a nerdy girl who leaves her tormented life behind for a fresh new start working at a hospital. But when she arrives, the high-school dynamics exist there, too.

Initial reaction based on description alone: This actually sounds charming!

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: I'm just going to say this survives, because if Hart of Dixie survived, so can this.

Where The CW might schedule it: Early in the week... how about a medical block with Hart of Dixie?



Beauty and the Beast

What it is: This is a modern-day remake of the 1980s CBS series. A hot girl and an ugly dude solve crimes! Kristin Kreuk stars.

Initial reaction based on description alone: This doesn't sound good. At all.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: Another concept squandered.

Where The CW might schedule it: Sheesh, with all these inbetweener series, The CW is going to have to really shuffle up its schedule. This could air anywhere except Friday, where Supernatural and Nikita should stay put.


Anything here sound good to you?


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so pissed that they always cancel the good shows and leave the shit ones behind. I love Ringer, great show!!! Bring it back!

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I think some of these sound a little cheesy, and I can't believe they canceled TSC for one of these..
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WHAT?! I usually always watch at least one show the cw orders but these are all shit! Really?! CW cancelles TSC and Ringer!? the only show im going to watch from tht is cult and apparently its only going to be 13 episodes! and ho knows it could be shit, but the rest of the shows are shit, like green arrow? he looks like a leperchaun in a lord of the rings robe! but a comic show on amc or some shit, and ANOTHER medical drama, cw as not meant for medical dramas, cuz lets be honest here HofD will NOT make it past a second season. THE CARRIE DIARIES? 1980s? that stupid i dont know about anyone else but i dont want to watch a show tht is supposed to be in the 1980 especially one tht is a spin off or whatever of sex and the city. and beauty and the beast really thats stupid!! a hot girl and an ugly guy solve crimes? woooow compelling, even more compelling than Ringer and the secret circle. haha woow cw u really fucked up this time i know tht they are gunna crash and burn with all these shows or at least half and they are going to realize how stupid they were CANT WAIT!;) and plus since at least one if those shows wont make it i doubt hart of dixie and nikita will make it for another by their views right now, CW is gunna kick themselves for this. and for the vampire diaries yes it probs till ahve a 5th season but to be honest i wasnt ready for elena to be a vampire, and truthfully i didnt like this season tht much i miss season 1 and 2, cw used to be my favourite network.....
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they replace TSC with one of these?!?!

having said that, Green Arrow MIGHT be interesting. Beauty & the Beast, too (I like Kristin Kreuk). the others totally not my thing...
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I'll definitely watch Arrow for sure.

The other stuff, eh.

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Arrow sounds like it could be good but lets hope the don't have Justin Hartley as a guest actor in the first few episodes/
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Nope, nothing sounds good.
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Crap shows, one and all. I hope they all fail. I hope the CW fails, too. (totally not bitter about the cancelation of TSC or anything......)
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& Tim you know the actual audience for these shows on theCW are larger than what the Nielson's report.
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Arrow should be awesome. Might check out Cult too.& maybe Beauty & The Beast if I'm bored enough and want to see how KK is looking these days
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My only lost is The Secret Circle. Ringer was my least favorite out of my tv shows on here anyway so it's no big lost for that. Still a little shocked seeing that The Secret Circle got cancelled, especially after that awesome finale. Well, at least my Nikita or Supernatural didn't get cancelled. Those are 2 of my most favorite shows. I think they should of cancelled that pathetic Gossip Girl crap and just kept The Secret Circle but that's just my opinion though. I might take a look at the new show "Arrow" though. Might be interesting.
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Some of these sound ok to me (Green Arrow, Cult and maybe Beauty and the Beast - Kristen!!) but to have cancelled Secret Circle to make room for one of these was not a good move!! I loved that show. I really, really want to know what happens next but now I never will. I have the books to read by the same author as TVD but I don't know if they are anything like the series. I hope they are......so I can find out what happens :(
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Come on CW cancel The secret circle for these... UNBELIEVEABLE
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The Carrie Diaries... really? The CW cancels The Secret Circle and orders The Carrie Diaries. Argh. There's something seriously wrong with that decision.
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Arrow. Hell no to everything else.
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The only one I see any interest in cult. With all these new shoes they should have kept the secret circle and moved it to Wednesday at 8 when other networks really don't have much on. Why not at least renew secret circle for 13 episodes so they can use it when there new shows fail. Or they could just get rid of 90210 Bc it stinks now.
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I can't believe the CW cancelled TSC and Ringer and picked up 5 new shows. Green Arrow is the only one I see that has potential and I am a huge fan of Katie Cassidy so it will be good to see her on TV again. Cult seems remotely interesting, but time well tell. I'm not even going to start on the other 3 as they all suck. Has TV really run out of ideas? Glad TVD and Supernatural have been renewed though
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I honestly thought The Carrie Diaries was the Stephen King Carrie. Now doesn't that sound like a better sell if they're going to make another teen angst ridden bullshit show. Only thing that may save it is if it's more like The Red Shoe Diaries. So soft-core barely legal entertainment. And for comic adaptations why not The Flash, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Martian Man Hunter or a young Bruce Wayne in training. (They're all DC characters cause I'd assume Disney hold all the Marvel cards). They land on Green Arrow. Aquaman taught them nothing.
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And then I laughed and pointed at The CW.



Arrow is going to suck, Green Arrow was a character created to be a copy of Batman only with archery, and that's not going to translate to the screen well for very long. It was a cute idea on Smallville but even then they really had to go far off-point to make Ollie a compelling character week after week, rarely did that come from him being Green Arrow.



The Carrie Diaries is going to be a disaster with a whimper, it's a bad idea and will just fizzle out and quietly get tossed.



Cult could be anything, that's a vague idea behind it, but instead it'll just be lousy because it's The CW.



First Cut seems very CW, I won't bother, sounds like girlie scrubs but on the CW.



And then there's Beauty and the Beast starring Kristin Kreuk and her limited acting skills recreating the broadly romantic Linda Hamilton show. Kristin Kreuk couldn't even hold her own on Smallville, how is she going to carry this?
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5 new tedious in the extreme shows. I'm in a really bad mood after Awake's cancellation, there's no consoling me so don't expect optimism about these new offerings.
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Oh lord I hope the Arrow doesnt turn out to be another The Cape...that was an awful series!
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wtf why cant they make something cooler sounding shit like i really what someone to make a deadpool tv show i hope the green arrow will be good but if they made a dead pool show it would be intersting bec hes one of the only guys that actually talk directly to the audience bec he actually thinks people are watch this (well reading in the comic) while everyone else usually thinks hes crazy whatever sorry if i f,d up my sentences and spellin and shit im to burt out
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The only thing that sounds watchable is First Cut, but not by much, since it sounds like it could be just another hospital drama.
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I think it'll be more like Scrubs, perhaps less quirky.
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All of these shows sound awful...but it is The CW, I'll check out Beauty and the Beast, but only because I'd tune in to watch Kristin Kreuk do anything.
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tsc was utter garbage..



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The acting was terrible
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As someone old enough to have watched the original Beauty and the Beast, I still remember it as one of only two shows I've ever watched (along with Pushing Daisies) that managed to create an entire *world*. It was like nothing else before or since with its chaste romance, poetry, deep characters and adventure. One of the people behind it would go one to write the Game Of Thrones novels (see, I told you this show was good at creating a whole world!).



The CW never consulted with Mr. Martin or anyone else involved with the original (people behind the show still get together for dinners twenty years on, which shows how powerful it was). They could have recreated the original while preserving its unique aspects (the CW's Vampire Diaries shows they're capable of delivering a show filled with both romance and adventure). Instead we're getting a teen romance merged with a procedural. :-(



Everyone thought VD would be a rehash of Twilight but were wrong. Everyone thought MTV's Teen Wolf would be an awful knockoff comedy but were wrong (it was more like VD than the 80s movie). For all those who think this Beauty And the Beast remake will be tragically awful... this time I think the conventional wisdom is correct. :-(



Anyone considering watching this show should check out season 1 of the original first to know what they'll be missing.
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"The CW never consulted with Mr. Martin or anyone else involved with the original"



Actually, Ron Koslow, the creator of the original series, Paul Junger Witt, and Tony Thomas (aka C. Anthony Thomas) producers of the original series are ALL a part of this reboot as executive producers.



Also, the show isn't a "teen romance", the characters are adults, Catherine is a detective and Vincent is a war vet. Both are most likely in their late 20s.



This show has potential, but we'll have to wait until this fall to see if they were able to reach it...
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Will watch the Kristin Kreuk one as she is lovely. Hart of Dixie is great glad it is saved. Pissed about Secret Circle and Ringer, they were both getting good.
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they cancel The Secret Circle that is a great show to make this 5 peaces os sh**. who the f*** would watch this new shows?
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I guess you're just SOL. Sucks to be you. I, for one, am extremely pleased with the loss of TSC and the pick-up of Arrow.
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Arrow is going to be a COLLOSAL failure. I don't care how dark/edgy/angsty they try to make it. It will fail. And I HOPE it does, because TSC was a great show that deserved another season.
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I'm a HUGE smallville fan, so anybody playing Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) other than Justin Hartley is simply unacceptable. I will watch the first episode, but if it goes how i think it will, i will not be watching any more. Other than that the only show i am at least thinking about watcing is Beauty and the Beast, the ONLY reason is Kristin Kreuk, seriously, thats it.
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I'll watch Beauty and the Beast. I think that's it unless the promos look decent for the others. I refuse to watch The Carrie Diaries. I love SATC but this will be boring. Let's see, no sex (at least how it is in SATC), no CITY, and no Sam, Charlotte, or Miranda. So what's the point of it?
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The only thing that sounds promising to me is First Cut. I probably would have given Arrow a chance if Justin Hartley would have starred. I like his version of Green Arrow and I can't see it being darker, or envision anyone else playing Oliver. The other shows sound ridiculous and I wonder why they are even bothering...
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"Cult" look interesting, the show is created by the "Farscape"'s creator, Rockne O'Bannon.

Just for him, i can't wait to see the show.



Arrow and The Beauty and the Beast ?? The first look at least promising and the second.. euuuuuh wait and see hein !
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what about secret circle? only Arrow sounded good, take the other 4 out and put Secret Circle, what's is your problem CW?!
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I just don't get it, they order five new shows three of which are either rehashed old crap or mediocre generic nonsense yet fail to fund a second series of The Secret Circle....Are the CW CRAZY?
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So not only did they cancel a show with a plethora of possibilities and endless potential...but they didn't pick up The Selection? I'm no tv exec...but I'm starting to question the rationale of these folks. Why not capitalize off of the current Hunger Games phenomenon?! That just seems like common sense to me?! Maybe that's the problem though. Despite the verbage...common sense isn't that common.
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Indeed, The Selection had at least some potential. Now that's not gonna happen either. Don't get it. It's beyond crazy!
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Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid and oh stupid! None of these shows even sounds okay. What the hell is wrong with the CW. Right now, I'd say I'm not gonna check out one of them, but we'll see in september if one of them has changed my mind... Probably not, but you never know.
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What a load of crap. Give us back The Secret Circle! You had a winner going, don't mess up those fans...
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None of these sound particularly appealing and I can predict some if not all the cancellations right now. That's not just my bitterness over TSC speaking either. I'll most likely give Cult a try just because I adore Matt Davis.
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We should place bets as to his new characters' ratio of day-drinking vs. sobriety.
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Or honor him with a drinking game
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You forgot to mention that Kristin Kreuk's partner is a talking dog named Ballsy. He plays the 'bad cop'.
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I watched Sex in the City twice, about 6 or 8 years apart. It stank both times, pure drek. I won't be watching a prequel. I don't see how any of these can be considered better than The Secret Circle.
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all of this sounds like utter crap except Arrow
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None of these sound great, might try Arrow and First Cut. I was looking forward to The Selection after I read the book.
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I'm surprised The Selection wasn't picked up. Interesting. Didn't that have the most buzz before screenings besides Arrow?
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Smallville was dumb as a brick and it succeeded partially on name recognition. GA has a chance in two ways: if it's dumb maybe it gets to carry Smallville's torch, if it's clever (yeah, right), The Avengers have proved that second tier superheroes can have mass appeal if well made. I'm not saying I have high hopes or anything, but lack of recognition is not the big risk here (see Wonder Woman to remember what the big risk is).
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None of the Avengers are 'second tier' heroes.
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Only thing I'm even remotely interested in here is Beauty and The Beast - and I don't have hopes for that. I never watched the original, but with modern TV techniques maybe it'll turn out good.
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Will check out The Carrie Diaries, Cult, First Cut, and maybe Arrow. Hell, maybe even Beauty & The Beast if it looks good.
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I'll try Arrow, maybe check The Carrie Diaries once, and give Cult a chance even though it stole away my Alaric Saltzman which makes me not so happy.
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I agree with you about The Arrow. I will be rooting for it; but I dont hold out much hope. I've yet to see the Green Arrow presented in a way that interesting and sustainable for multiple episodes.



And the costume doesn't do anything to suggest they have found a new angle to bring the character into the 21st Century.
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I'll give Arrow, First Cut and Cult a chance, but the other two are just a waste of time. I don't get what Kristin Kreuk is doing starting in Beauty and the Beast, but Hopefuly it's not gonna last long and she'll move to better things. Like a sequel to her Street Fighter movie. It's always nice to see a petite woman kicking ass.
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