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The CW Orders Riverdale Series Based on Archie Comics

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The lovable characters of the Archie Comics are heading to The CW. The publisher of the comics has confirmed that a live-action Riverdale series has been picked up for a season.

The series will be a one hour drama written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions.

According to reports, the Riverdale series offers a “bold, subversive take” on the Archie crew while it looks at small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books — including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.

Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater says,

 

 “This is a historic moment for Archie Comics – and I couldn’t be more proud. It’s a culmination of my time here, and I’m eager to see Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, The CW, Warner Brothers Studios, and the cast bring Riverdale to viewers every week. My promise to fans? You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

The Riverdale series stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, and Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge.

Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.

The CW Orders The Flash and iZombie To Series

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The CW has unsurprisingly ordered the comic book inspired series, “The Flash” to series. The show is both based on the comic and serves as a spinoff of their already popular series, “The Arrow.” The network has also greenlit the DC Comics series adaptation, “iZombie.”

“The Flash” stars Grant Gustin as the titular superhero, Barry Allen. In the series, Allen is a scientist who gains super-speed after getting hit by a lightning in a fateful experiment (check out the origin scene from “Arrow.”) Gustin’s Flash will be of course a far younger incarnation of Barry Allen (Gustin is only 24), in keeping with other CW superhero shows like “Arrow” and “Smallville.”

“iZombie” is about a med student (Rose McIver) who hides her undead nature by working at a Coroner’s Office, where she has access to the brains she needs to feed on – brains which, in turn, give her access to the corpse’s memories and voices in her head which can only be quieted by solving murder cases connected to those people.

The CW to Premiere Labyrinth May 22 and 23

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The CW has officially announced the premiere date for their four-hour event miniseries “Labyrinth.” The series will air over two nights beginning on Thursday, May 22 and finishing up on Friday, May 23. “Labyrinth,” adapts Kate Mosse’s New York Times best-selling novel and features a multi-national and award-winning cast, including John Hurt, Sebastian Stan, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Vanessa Kirby and Tom Felton.

Filmed on-location in the medieval town of Carcassonne in southwest France and Cape Town, South Africa, the historical miniseries jumps back and forth between modern and medieval France as it follows the lives of two women who are separated by centuries, but united in their search for the Holy Grail.

In Carcassonne, France, in the year 1209, 17-year-old Alaïs (Brown-Findlay), is given a mysterious book by her father; a book which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although Alaïs cannot understand the book’s strange words and labyrinth symbols, her father instructs her to protect the book no matter what happens to him. Alaïs realizes that her destiny lies in keeping the secret of the labyrinth safe. Eight centuries later, at an archeological dig in the French Pyrenees, a young volunteer named Alice Tanner (Kirby) discovers two skeletons in a forgotten cave. Puzzled by the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she realizes she’s disturbed something that was meant to remain hidden. Somehow, a link to a horrific past – Alice’s own past – has been revealed.

Michelle Harrison Cast as Nora Allen in The Flash Series

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According to a report from Deadline, Michelle Harrison has been cast in a recurring role in the upcoming CW series, “The Flash” She will play Barry Allen’s mother, Nora Allen.

The nature of the role is up for debate as Barry spoke about his mother’s death in his debut episode of “Arrow.” Whether the actress will appear in the form of flashbacks or some other form is currently unknown.

Harrison joins a cast that also includes Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Iris’s father, Detective West, Rick Gosnett as Central City Police Detective Eddie Thawne, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Danielle Panabaker as S.T.A.R. Labs bioengineer Caitlin Snow, Tom Cavanagh as S.T.A.R. Labs CEO Harrison Wells, and John Wesley Shipp, from the original “The Flash” TV series, in an unspecified role.

Harrison is most known for her role on the medical series, “Emily Owens, M.D.”

“The Flash” arrives from co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg who, along with Geoff Johns, will write the pilot episode with “Arrow” pilot director David Nutter at the helm
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The CW Orders Pilot for iZombie

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The television adaptation of “iZombie” was first announced back in November, and now The CW has officially ordered a pilot episode according to a report from Variety.

“Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero will executive produce the series which sees a med student-turned-zombie working in a coroner’s office. In order to maintain her humanity she’ll be forced to dine on the brains of the deceased, but in doing so she will absorb their memories and use it to solve their murders, among other crimes.

Currently there is no word how far the television series will follow the source text. The novels tend to venture  into supernatural territories such as when the main character Gwen partners up with a ghost, a mummy, a were-dog, and a group of vampires.

The book series was created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred.

The CW is No Longer Developing the Wonder Woman Series

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Women super heroes just can’t catch a break. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The CW has cancelled its plans to develop the Wonder Woman television series, “Amazon.” The show was planned to follow a young Diana of Themyscira.

“Amazon” was initially put on hold in July before being cancelled this year. The pilot was being scripted by Allan Heinberg. This is the second time a Wonder Woman series has been put on hold at the CW. In 2011, a “Wonder Woman” pilot with Adrianne Palicki in the lead was shot but never aired.

Thankfully, impressionable young ladies and various other superhero fans will still get to see Wonder Woman materialize in the upcoming film, Batman Vs. Superman. 

There are also rumors that a spinoff film is in the works for the heroine and/or a big screen Justice League feature film being planned.

Batman vs. Superman, which also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne, enters production soon for a July 17, 2015 release.

Katrina Law Cast as Nyssa al Ghul in “Arrow”

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According to a report from TV Guide, Katrina Law, most known for her role in “Spartacus,” is heading to The CW for the role of Nyssa al Ghul in “Arrow.” Nyssa is the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul and half-sister of Talia. In the series, Nyssa will be a member of the League of Assassins where she will make her way to Starling City to face off against Caity Lotz’s Black Canary. In the show, her last name will be al Ghul rather than Raatko.

Law joins several new additions in the new season of “Arrow” including Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev, Caity Lotz as Black Canary, Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger, Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood, Bex Taylor-Klaus as Sin, Dylan Neal as Dr. Anthony Ivo and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash.

“Arrow” was developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, portrayed by Stephen Amell, who, after five years of being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrows. Unlike in the comic books, Oliver does not go by the alias “Green Arrow” in the television series. The second season of the show premiered on October 9, 2013

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 P.M. ET/PT on The CW.

The CW’s “The Flash” Will Now Receive Traditional Pilot

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Since the incredible success of “Arrow,” The CW has decided to continue their foray into superhero TV with The Flash. The announcement of the new series was revealed a few months ago but it was originally planned to begin as a “backdoor pilot” on their hit series “Arrow,” where actor Grant Gustin would appear as Barry Allen before spinning off into his own TV series. However, Deadline is reporting that The Flash will now be getting a traditional pilot rather than becoming a spin-off.

“Arrow” creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg along with Geoff Johns are still signed on to write the pilot episode while pilot director David Nutter remains at the helm. Gustin will first appear as Barry Allen in the eighth episode of “Arrow” which is titled “The Scientist.” Set to air December 4th, the episode is described as follows:

“A seemingly impossible robbery at Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division brings Central City police scientist Barry Allen (guest star Grant Gustin) to town.  Citing a similar case back home, Barry offers to help Oliver and team with the investigation.  Oliver senses there is more to Barry than meets the eye, but he’s distracted by the similarities between this current case and something that happened on the island.  Meanwhile, Felicity takes a liking to Barry, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Oliver.  Sin (guest star Bex Taylor-Klaus) asks Roy for help when a friend of hers goes missing.  Roy is surprised when Thea not only encourages him to help, but joins the search.  Unfortunately, Sin’s friend is connected to Brother Blood (guest star Kevin Alejandro), and their search ultimately gets one of them seriously injured.”

No word about when the series will air but it is rumored to be planned with a midseason premiere.

The Flash Will Wear His Iconic Red Suit in New Series

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Given the amount of success The CW received with their comic book based television series, “Arrow,” it is no surprise they are attempting it again. The network’s newest proposed series will be based on the DC Comic’s character The Flash.  Continue reading

“Arrow” Gains Summer Glau for Major Role in Season 2

 

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Summer Glau, the lady who I think would make a great friend in my imaginary world, has joined season 2 of The CW’s popular superhero series, “Arrow.” According to The Hollywood Reported, Glau will be taking on the major role of Isabel Rochev. The character is described as being “enigmatically beautiful” and “dangerous.” Continue reading