The CW announced the early renewals for three of its most popular, and profitable shows, Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural. Arrow for its second season, the fifth season for The Vampire Diaries and an incredible 9th season for Supernatural. The renewal for Supernatural was a lock considering stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles both signed fantastic multi-season deals last year.
Mark Pedowitz, the President of CW Networks took to the CW Blog to make the announcement:
We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit ‘Arrow’ and fan favorite ‘Supernatural’ on Wednesday night, and the continued success of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that. Not only do ‘Arrow’, ‘Supernatural’, and ‘The Vampire Diaries’ perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season.
Here’s some of the CW bragging points Pedowitz talked about for each show:
- Most watched CW show at an average 4.3 million viewers.
- Best CW series premiere since 2009.
The Vampire Diaries:
- CW’s highest rated series in the adults and women 18-34 age group.
- Trendrr’s number one “Social Program” for Network TV during weeks January 21st and 27th.
- Going into its ninth season the show has seen a dramatic upswing in viewers after pairing with Arrow. 15% among total viewers and 10% in adults 18-34 and 18% in adults 18-49.
Early renewals are only given to series whose pickup for additional seasons are never in doubt. CW still has a number of series straddling the renewal fence, 90210, Nikita, Hart Of Dixie and new series Beauty And The Beast as well as The Carrie Diaries, none of which have made any real impression on viewers of in the weekly ratings.
Of the three I only really watch Arrow, although I have been told repeatedly by others that both Supernatural and The Vampire Dairies are worth a look. Which of these three are on your DVR list?
Many people have been putting their hopes in the eventual creation of an actual interesting Wonder Woman project. Be it a movie or a television series, something better than the goofy 70s series is in order, especially given the rise of super hero popularity these days. CW expressed interest in getting it done and they were supposed to be putting together a pilot for The Amazon here soon. But, alas, it has been delayed. By an entire year. Sigh.
With the success of Arrow, it’s not likely that the CW will completely abandon the chance to do Wonder Woman. Er… I mean do a series about Wonder Woman. The fact that they’re delaying for a year could be a sign that they’re taking their job seriously and that we could actually see some quality being brought to the show. Unfortunately, it could also be a sign that they’ll forget all about it and we’ll never hear a damn thing about it ever again. Only time will tell.
At last report, actress Amy Manson was leading the pack for the possibility of playing the Amazonian princess, though by the time the pilot reaches production we could be looking at a different face. Stick around for more details throughout the year.
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.
The producers of CW‘s Arrow are not holding back when it comes to bringing characters from the comics to the small screen. Every week there’s another layer of the Green Arrow mythos being added to the series. The latest addition to Arrow‘s rogues gallery (Nod to Flash) is “The Dodger”, an international jewel thief who plays puppet-master to the citizens of Starling City played by none other than Battlestar Galactica‘s Baltar, James Callis.
Here’s a look at the actor and the comic version of the character, note the uncanny resemblance even before costuming. The Dodger uses a Mjolnir-style mace-lightning-rod which might not survive the transition to television in that same form, then again, it would add another crazy weapon for Oliver to counter.
Looking closer at the comic book story line for the Dodger you’ll find out that after capture, he quickly gives up information about the League of Assassins. Yep that League, the one that Ra’s Al Ghul leads in the Batman comics and movies.
I don’t think we’ll see Ra’s Al Ghul though, most likely the character of Deathstroke will fill that leadership role as the head or perhaps the lead lieutenant of The League of Assassins with Ra’s Al Ghul staying in the shadows. I’m really hoping this is the case because if the Dodger ends up being just another flavor of the week cockney thief, I’ll be disappointed.
What do you think, about the casting and storyline? What Green Arrow, or other DC Comics villain, are you looking forward to seeing added to the series? I just want more Deathstroke.
Arrow is currently on hiatus, with a return slated for January 16, 2013.
It must be my day for posting articles about shows and movies with bows and arrows. This one’s about CW‘s Arrow episode nine entitled: Year End. This episode introduces a new bow shooting character who just happens to be killing the bad guys on Oliver’s list. Of course this mysterious ‘Dark” archer is labeled as Oliver’s “toughest adversary yet.”
Who is it, could it be Merlyn the Dark Archer, a mercenary for the League of Assassins, or The Rainbow Archer, or Archie the Archer (No I am not making that up, he really is a villain in the comics), maybe it’s Black Arrow, or The Crimson Archer, and there is always Lord Kalesque? There’s a ton of arrow using villains to choose from.
Check out the stills and the episode plot synopsis below the gallery and you can check out the other photos at GreenArrowTV for the full gallery of episode pictures.
IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME AT THE QUEEN HOUSEHOLD — Oliver (Stephen Amell) discovers that after he and his father went missing, Moira (Susanna Thompson) and Thea (Willa Holland) stopped celebrating Christmas. Determined to make up for lost time and restore a sense of normalcy to the Queen household, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party. Meanwhile, Tommy (Colin Donnell) asks Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to spend Christmas with him but she points out that Christmas was also her sister Sara’s birthday and she needs to be with her father (Paul Blackthorne). Tommy suggests changing things up might be the best way for everyone to heal but Laurel isn’t sure her father is ready for that. Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) tells Oliver someone is murdering the people on his father’s list with arrows, which sends Oliver off to face his toughest adversary yet. John Dahl directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim (109)
With talk of both a small screen and big screen adaption of Wonder Woman being a possibility, the lead actress in the infamously failed NBC pilot would still jump at a chance at donning the bullet stopping bracers. Collider spoke with Adrianne Palicki and asked about how she felt when the David E. Kelley run pilot for the Amazonian Princess got shelved.
“I was devastated. Believe me, I was inconsolable for a good two months.”
Now, I’ve seen the pilot in question in its entirety and I can say that I was pretty emotionally battered afterwards as well. So with CW moving forward with their TV series and with Warner Bros. continued hope of bringing WW to the big screen (currently as part of 2015s Justice League movie) the actress hasn’t given up all hope.
“I had to realize that I had a Wonder Woman costume fitted for my body. I got to play that part on film. Not many people get to say that, and that’s cool. Maybe I’ll get to do it again, in a bigger arena. Who knows?”
While I will admit I have no idea what CW or WB has planed for the character I am going to hazard a guess they are looking for more than someone who already has the suit ready to roll, plus the suit from the pilot was terrible. Think she should get a second crack at wielding the lasso?
Fun Fact: The above quotes were found in an interview with Palicki talking about her forth coming role in the Red Dawn remake that sat on a shelf for a few years. They also asked about her part in G.I. Joe: Retaliation a movie that is currently collecting dust somewhere. The interviewer declined to ask about the gypsy curse the actress clearly has had placed on her.
After I got over my initial
and watched the show I found that the show has a lot going for it. It’s not Christopher Nolan’s Batman, but it’s not The Cape either. There is a great deal of Green Arrow and DC comic lore hidden in the story and characters just waiting to be told.
Another villain is going to appear on Arrow early next year, Count Vertigo. It isn’t clear if the character will retain the name, but word is that a new designer drug called Vertigo will start to flood Starling City. It doesn’t take a genius to see a clear connection between Oliver’s sister, nick-named “Speedy” who has her own drug problem much like the comic book version sidekick had.
The best bet out there at the moment is that Torchwood’s John Barrowman who is listed as “The Well-Dressed Man” will turn out to be the series’ new take on Vertigo. WHo knows, it could happen, Vertigo is described as, “Oliver’s deadliest adversary to date… He will be truly scary and nightmarish.” If Vertigo is to be the biggest bad guy then the role should be filled by someone like Barrowman.
You can catch Arrow Wednesdays at 8 pm on The CW.
Are you guys and gals watching CW’s Arrow? It is quite a good show. It gets the superhero-seeking-justice tale just right. I highly recommend it.
Arrow has already introduced a number of Green Arrow’s familiar supporting cast, many of them drastically altered from how they appear in the comics. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed the creative choices made. The characters and their costumes are realistic, yet honor the comic. Deadshot was a bit of a disappointment, though. He was underdeveloped and killed off way to quick. Oh, and what was up with that eye piece? It was obnoxiously large, even by comic book standards.
Thanks to EW we have our first look at Jessica De Gouw as Helena Bertinelli a.k.a. The Huntress. Here she is, sans here bright purple bikini.
OK, I’m a bit miffed at this one. I understand they’re going for a whole realistic approach, but would it have killed them to add a dash of purple? She looks more like Catwoman from TDKR.
Here’s what Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg had to say about the character.
She is the dark mirror version of Oliver, and it was a nice contrast to him because he’s pretty extreme. He goes a lot further than not only his comic book version but lots of comic book characters — most have a code of draws the line against killing… Oliver has taken the darkness inside with him and is doing something positive with it. She’s taken the darkness inside her and is seeking revenge and doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process.
So far the character is only set to appear in two episodes, but we’ll most likely see more of her. Kreisberg goes on to say,
We certainly set her up as an interesting foil for Oliver and we’re excited to see where else we can take her.
Huntress will debut on Arrow in the episode titled “Vendetta”, which airs on November 28th.
It looks like TV’s
Green Arrow has a few fans, with more than a few suits from the CW among them. The action drama about the (possibly emerald) archer has earned the network its highest ratings in 3 years. The series premiere scored 4.1 million viewers and the second episode carried 3.5 million viewers, making it the only new network drama this season to hold its ratings with adults 18-49 and 18-34 from the previous week.
“Our strategy of rolling out our new fall schedule later in the year really paid off for The CW on several levels, especially with Arrow, CW president Mark Pedowitz said. “I’m proud of the quality of ‘Arrow’ and I’m happy we’ll be able to share more of it with viewers.”
So what does this mean? More Arrow! The network ordered the back nine of the show, which stars Stephen Amell as the titular arrow slinging vigilante, making for a grand total of 22 episodes for its freshman year.
Maybe now they can afford to buy the poor guy a few more shirts. Seriously, two episodes in and he’s half naked most of the time and that warehouse looks so cold.
This time on the Peabody ignored Bastardcast
, Jason and Jeremy discuss the high points of a bacteria that poops gold, Mila Kunis
‘ candidacy for Miss Glamour Puss of Earth-19 (aka the Sexiest Woman Alive), bullshit Marvel casting rumors, the real death of the dinosaurs, the benching of Community
, and the greatest internet review of all time.
Then, in THE MAIN EVENT, our hosts discuss the mayhem of New York Comic Con and then briefly touch on that other event where a horde of diseased monsters stand between Jason and serenity (literally, the line for the Walking Dead panel is totes going to keep Jason from the Firefly panel) — The Walking Dead, which comes back to your television devices this Sunday. Will the Governor rise? Will Rick fall? Will it all take place in the snow globe of an autistic child? We just don’t know, so stop fucking asking us asshole!
Then, last and probably least, these fine young cannibals take you into the basement cage match where blood is spilled and Pokemon get cut — it’s the VERSUS ARENA and Jason is saying that a robot apocalypse trumps a zombie apocalypse because it will mean the end of twitter and because you can have less gross sex with a borg than you can with a walker. “Nuh uh, no you didn’t” says Jeremy though, as he punches Jason in the throat with his words and reminds him that zombies can’t climb stairs, so we would then all have more of a chance to survive. Except Jason because he’ll be knee deep in droid trim… apparently.
We’ve got a first look at the latest villain in CW‘s Arrow. Deadshot is a longtime Batman villain (Created by Bob Kane, David Reid, and Lew Schwartz in 1950) that later exploded in popularity in the comic pages of Suicide Squad and The Secret Six.
This version of Deadshot is closer to the comic book version than the Smallville take, pictured below. Really, that guy looks like a cowboy-hobo-drifter looking for Gilly’s bar in Urban Cowboy.
Enough lamenting about that Smallville appearance, let’s take a look at Arrow‘s take on a favorite villain of mine,
What do you think? We’ll probably get some better full suit pictures, but I like the way Deadshot is looking in these. Deadshot is a good villain for Arrow, not too outlandish and very possible in the world we live in.
Are you gonna tune in when Arrow hits the small screen on October 10th?