Generally, The CW knows what it is doing. It knows the right shows to appeal the specific audience it wants during primetime and with that knowledge they have officially given the pilot order for three new television series that are based on two books and one comic book.
Deadline has recently reported that the CW plans to create pilots of shows called, “Arrow,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Carrie Diaries.”
“Arrow” is a new series that is adapted from the DC Comics’ Green Arrow character. Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg are writing and executive producing. This will most likely follow in the footsteps of the popular show “Smallville” and focus more on the life of the character then completely on kicking butt every week. (Although it is likely he will do that too)
It was first rumored last September that a new “Beauty and the Beast” would be adapted again. It was previously adapted into a television show in 1987 that ran for three seasons. It is rumored they will take the framework from that series a re-adapt it for the new series. The original show was created by Ron Koslow as a re-imagining of the fairy tale. Ron Perlman starred as Vincent, a beast-man who lived beneath the streets of New York City with an underground homeless community. There, he developed a psychic bond with with Catherine (Linda Hamilton), a District Attorney in the city. (Honestly, though, that show was a little weird. I hope they try to make this remake a little less …creepy.) Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper wrote the new script and will executive produce alongside Koslow, Bill Haber, C. Anthony Thomas and Paul Junger Witt.
The rumor mill has been swirling for a few years that a prequel to the massively popular “Sex and the City” series was going to be adapted for the young girl audience. The prequel, “The Carrie Diaries” is based on the book of the same name by the author of both series, Candace Bushnell. The new series will feature the life of young Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker’s character) as she comes of age in 1980’s Manhattan. Amy Harris drafted the pilot and will executive produce with Bushnell, Len Goldstein, Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. It was rumored that hot young actresses like Emma Roberts were going to star in the show, but as of yet there is no word on who will play the young best friends.