The CW heads into fall with five very different dramas that are sure to attract even the most discriminating television viewers.
Aside from canceling two of the three new dramas from the current season (can you believe they fired former WB poster girl Sarah Michelle Gellar?), the biggest news on the CW front is their announcement that Gossip Girl is coming to an end this season after being renewed for a shortened season.
The CW has accepted the fact that they will never have CBS-type ratings and they've settled for a new norm where 3 or 4 million viewers is considered a success. Could one or more of these very promising new dramas drive the ratings up and give the other networks a run for their money? Stranger things have happened!
Canceled Dramas: Ringer and The Secret Circle
Meet the New Dramas
The DC comic book character comes to life in this thrilling action adventure series about billionaire Oliver Queen, who was stranded on an remote island in the Pacific for five years. Upon returning home to Starling City, Oliver appears to be fine but it isn't long before his family, friends and ex-girlfriend Laurel realize something is very different about him. Little do they know that Oliver has created a secret persona he calls Arrow, a vigilante determined to bring the evildoers of Starling City to justice.
Cast: Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.
Beauty and the Beast
Forget that famous "tale as old as time," this isn't your parents version of the famous Disney movie, but rather a completely different twist. When she was a teenager, Detective Catherine Chandler witnessed the brutal murder of her mother by two gunmen and she would have also been killed if not for some sort of "being" who saved her life. Years later, Catherine finds a clue that leads her to the discovery of a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who presumed dead in 2002 while serving in Afghanistan. For the last ten years, Vincent has kept a low profile in order to hide the fact that when he becomes angry, he turns into a beast... the same beast that saved Catherine's life years ago.
Cast: Kristin Kreuk as Catherine, Jay Ryan as Vincent, Max Brown as Evan, Nina Lisandrello as Tess, Nicole Gale Anderson as Heather, Austin Basis as J.T. and Brian White as Joe.
Cult - Midseason
It's happened many times over the years -- fans fall deeply in love with a television series and are willing to do absolutely anything to ensure its survival (even by sending 20 tons of nuts to the CBS offices). When investigative journalist Jeff Sefton's brother Nate becomes obsessed with a TV series and reveals that he believes the show is trying to hurt him and suddenly disappears, Jeff begins an investigation that leads him down a very dangerous path. Jeff is approached by a young research assistant for the series who believes something very mysterious is happening with the show and the two, along with LAPD detective Kelly Collins go on a deadly mission to uncover the secrets of television's most dangerous drama.
Cast: Matt Davis as Jeff Sefton, Jessica Lucas as Skye Yarrow, Alona Tal as Det. Kelly Collins and Robert Knepper as Billy Grimm.
Emily Owens, M.D.
When we graduate high school, one of the very best things about moving on is leaving behind all that drama. Sadly, once we become adults, we realize that the drama never really goes away, especially if you're a first year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital. Emily Barnes had hoped that once she began her internship at the prestigious hospital, her new life, free of drama, would begin. However, when she discovers that both her med school crush and high school nemesis are also in the program, Emily realizes that you never really do leave that drama behind.
Cast: Mamie Gummer as Emily, Justin Hartley as Will, Michael Rady as Micah, Aja Naomi King as Cassandra, Kelly McCreary as Tyra and Necar Zadegan as Gina.
The Carrie Diaries - Midseason
Carrie Bradshaw returns to television in the prequel to the mega-hit series Sex & the City. It's 1984 and Carrie is a clothes-obsessed 16-year-old who has just lost her mother. When Carrie's father Tom offers her a chance to intern at his Manhattan law firm, she jumps at the chance and falls instantly in love with New York City... and those of us who watched Sex & the City know where that ultimately leads this vivacious young woman!
Cast: AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw, Austin Butler as Sebastian Kydd, Ellen Wong as Mouse; Katie Findlay as Maggie Landers, Stefania Owen as Dorrit Bradshaw, Brendan Dooling as Walt Reynolds, Chloe Bridges as Donna LaDonna, Freema Agyeman as Larissa Loughton and Matt Letscher as Tom Bradshaw.
THE CW’s 2012-2013 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
**New Series in Bold
8:00-9:00 PM 90210
9:00-10:00 PM Gossip Girl
(The Carrie Diaries premieres January, 2013)
8:00-9:00 PM Hart of Dixie
9:00-10:00 PM Emily Owens, M.D. (New Series)
8:00-9:00 PM Arrow
9:00-10:00 PM Supernatural
8:00-9:00 PM The Vampire Diaries
9:00-10:00 PM Beauty and the Beast
8:00-9:00 PM America's Next Top Model
9:00-10:00 PM Nikita