It looks like The CW network may be sticking with known concepts next season. The network has ordered pilots for new shows based on Green Arrow, Sex and the City, and Beauty and the Beast.
Loosely based on the DC Comics character, Green Arrow will bring a new take on the classic superhero archer. The project will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Marc Guggenheim (No Ordinary Family) and Andrew Kreisberg (The Vampire Diaries). First seen in the comics back in 1941, Green Arrow has appeared in several animated series over the years — most recently Cartoon Network’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold — and was played by Justin Hartley on The CW’s Smallville.
The Carrie Diaries is based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, It follows a younger version of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw as she makes her way through high school in Manhattan. Bushnell will executive-produce along with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl), Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie) and writer Amy Harris (Sex and the City). Could it be that this show is being poised to replace Schwartz and Savage’s Gossip Girl, which has seen low ratings this season?
And finally, Beauty and the Beast will be loosely based on the cult-favorite TV series from 1987. The CBS show ran for three seasons and 56 episodes, starring Ron Pearlman and Linda Hamilton. In addition to romance, the new version will also include a “procedural twist.” Jennifer Levin (Felicity) and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters) will write and executive-produce along with original series executive producers Paul J. Witt and C. Anthony Thomas, creator Ron Koslow, and Bill Haber (Rizolli & Isles).
Interestingly, ABC (which is owned by Disney) is developing their own Beauty and the Beast project. It’s expected to be more of a traditional take on the classic fairy tale.
What do you think? Are you interested in seeing any of these new projects.