The CW has picked up five pilots to series: CARRIE DIARIES, ARROW, CULT, FIRST CUT and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
The network's upfront presentation is on May 17 and its new president Mark Pedowitz is looking to broaden the CW's appeal.
The five new shows will join the 2012-13 schedule along the renewed scripted series NIKITA, 90210, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, GOSSIP GIRL, HART OF DIXIE and SUPERNATURAL. THE SECRET CIRCLE and RINGER were canceled.
Below is a summary and list of stars for each of the new projects:
Based on the DC Comics title, published by DC Entertainment, this hourlong drama is a modern retelling of the legendary DC Comics character Green Arrow (Stephen Amell).
Cast: Paul Blackthorne, Jamey Sheridan, David Ramsey, Colin Donnell, Katie Cassidy and Willa Holland
THE CARRIE DIARIES
It's Sex and the City for the younger set. The soapy CW drama, based on the City prequel by Candace Bushnell, centers on a young, Manhattan-based Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) who comes of age in the 1980s.
Cast: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Brendan Dooling, Freema Agyeman, Stefania Owen, Katie Findlay, Ellen Wong, Matt Letscher and Chloe Bridges
The drama revolves around an inquisitive young female production assistant (Jessica Lucas) on a wildly popular television series, who joins a journalist blogger (Matt Davis) in investigating the show's rabid fans. Together, the duo finds the fans might be re-creating crime scenes from the show in their real lives -- behavior that has lead to a rash of disappearances and a likely murder.
Cast: Jessica Lucas, Matt Davis, Alona Tal and Robert Knepper
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Loosely based on the CBS series of the same name from the 1980s, this is a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist.
Smallville's Kristin Kreuk is the Beauty to Jay Ryan's Beast.
Cast: Austin Basis, Nicole Gale Anderson, Nina Lisandrello, Max Brown and Brian White
The medical drama centers on a newly minted doctor (Mamie Gummer) discovers that, sadly and comically, life at the hospital where she works is no different than high school.
Cast: Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, Michael Rady, Jack Coleman, Kelly J. McCreary, Aja Naomi King and Necar Zadegan
FALL TV SEASON:
- NBC Picks Up Anne Heche Comedy SAVE ME Plus Soapy INFAMOUS Featuring Bree Williamson; Cancels AWAKE
- ABC Renews SCANDAL; Picks Up NASHVILLE and Four Other Series; Cancels GCB
- CW Picks Up CARRIE DIARIES, ARROW, CULT, FIRST CUT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Pilots; GOSSIP GIRL, HART OF DIXIE, NIKITA Renewed