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Having managed to successfully spin off The Flash from its DC Comics-sibling series Arrow, CW wants to strike gold again…but rather than do it with another DC property, they are going to pull again from Arrow – with some Flash thrown in as well.
No title has been given to the project, but the plan is to pull together some of the secondary characters from both shows into a new series, starting with Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh) from Arrow and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) from The Flash. Also planned to be part of the show is actor Caity Lotz, who played Sara Lance/Black Canary on The Arrow but was killed off, it is uncertain what role she may play.
The CW has been cleaning up it’s schedule today for the next season to make room for the pilot pickups, and some genre shows have felt the axe. The Tomorrow People and Star-Crossed were not renewed, with the former not finding a foothold with the CW’s primary demographics, and the latter’s mid-season start possibly falling victim to the weak lead-in.
On the other side, The 100, which looks to be a surprise hit, gained renewal along with the rebooted Beauty and the Beast, but the number of episodes has not been decided – some believe they may get less than the full 22 episodes. The 100 will also say goodbye to two of the co-runners of the show, Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, who were there to help shepherd executive producer and creator Jason Rothenberg for it’s freshman run, but he will go solo going forward.
Filming will presumably start soon on the pilot, a spin-off of The CW’s Arrow, soon. Originally this was envisioned as a back-door pilot directly from an episode of Arrow at the end of the current season, but it was decided that the origin story deserved its own pilot and was separated. Gustin appeared in a couple episodes of Arrow already as Barry Allen, and was injured/irradiated in an explosion in that show.
The Flash will also star Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) and Tom Cavanagh (Ed) as well as 1990’s The Flash star John Wesley Shipp in an unknown role.
Wasting no time, the CW gave renewals today to its strongest shows this season, almost all of which are genre shows: The Arrow (the CW’s #1 show), Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Reign. Left out – at the moment – are The Tomorrow People and Beauty & The Beast, which are on the bubble and right now are probably even money on renewal. Some reports say that the CW is waiting to see how the upcoming midseason shows, The Hundred, about 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to a post-nuclear-war Earth to see if it can be repopulated, and Star-Crossed, about a human girl who strikes up a romance with an alien boy when several aliens are integrated into society (a younger Alien Nation?).
John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash in the one-season 1990-1991 TV series on CBS, has signed on for a part in The CW’s remake, which is rapidly adding cast. Who he is playing, however, is being kept very secret at the moment…
Actor Tom Cavanagh (Ed, Yogi Bear) will join the pilot of The CW’s Arrow spinoff, The Flash.
Cavanagh will play Harrison Wells, a “rock star” of the physics world and the brains and money behind S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator – the one that explodes and turns Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) into The Flash. After becoming a pariah in the scientific community due to the accident, he tries to regain his stature after discovering the side effect.
Joining Grant Gustin and Jesse L. Martin for the CW’s pilot The Flash are Candice Patton (The Game) and newcomer Carlos Valdes.
Patton will play Iris, Barry Allen’s best friend and the daughter of Allen’s mentor/father figure Detective West (Martin). Valdes, who is currently appearing on Broadway, will play Cisco Ramon, the youngest member of the STAR Labs team.
The CW has had a change of plans for the debut of The Flash. Originally it was planned that the character of Barry Allen would appear in episodes 8 and 9 of Arrow to introduce the character, but then in episode 20 he would become The Flash, serving as a backdoor pilot to spin off into another series.
Now the plan (per Deadline) is to leave him in episodes 8 and 9, but will now be given a traditional pilot with which, they hope, to kick off the series.
CW saves all three new series, giving back end orders for The Tomorrow People, Reign and The Originals
The CW is hoping it bats 1.000 this season, keeping all three freshman drama series The Tomorrow People, Reign and The Originals with back end orders for a full season.
The spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, has made good gains in viewers after a moderate debut, reaching a 0.9 rating for the 18-49 demo as well as 2 million same-day total viewers. The other two are holding steady at around 0.6, but all three also enjoy a fairly strong digital viewership as well.
The CW is developing Colony, a drama about a group of explorers who colonize Mars, “willing to leave their lives behind to brave the dangers of another planet, and the terrifying reality they discover.”
The CW is partnering with CBS TV Studios and Kennedy-Marshall for the project, with Ian Goldberg (Once Upon A Time, Flash Forward) writing the script. The story is based off the story of the Roanoke colony, called “The Lost Colony”, where all the colonists disappeared mysteriously between 1587 and 1560, with the only clues the word “Croatoan” carved into a fence and “Cro” carved into a tree.
Robert Zotnowski and Frank Marshall will executive produce for Kennedy-Marshall along with Goldberg.