SCOOP: The CW Picks Up Superhero Series ARROW for Fall 2012 Season
Published: May 2, 2012 - 7:39pm
ARROW, starring Stephen Amell (Hung) as Oliver Queen and his superhero alter ego Green Arrow, will air as part of the network's upcoming Fall lineup
After being marooned for five years on a remote island, former billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime.
Canadian actor Stephen Amell (Hung, The Vampire Diaries, 90210) will portray the title role, as well as his alter ego -- reformed bad boy and billionaire Oliver Queen. Katie Cassidy (Supernatural, Gossip Girl) stars as the show's female lead Dinah Laurel Lance -- also known to comics fans as the second Black Canary -- a lawyer with the City Necessary Resources Initiative. Willow Holland (The O.C.) will play Thea Queen, Oliver’s celebutante younger sister who has a rebellious streak. Colin Donnell (Pan Am) will play Tommy Merlyn, Oliver’s best friend, a trust fund playboy who hopes to resume the good times now that Oliver has returned.
We've now received notice through multiple sources that The CW, who optioned the pilot last year in hopes of filling the superhero gap left by Smallville's finale, has picked up the show to run during it's Fall 2012 season. One source stated that rough cuts of the pilot episode were well received by network execs, who believe it will garner a very positive audience response. There's no word yet how many episodes have been ordered, or when the show will begin to air. When asked to officially confirm this information, a representative for The CW stated that they have not solidified decisions regarding our fall line up at this time; but earlier reported have cited they are scheduled to reveal their selections later this month.
ARROW is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, who is directing, from a teleplay by Kreisberg & Guggenheim, story by Berlanti & Guggenheim. Melissa Kellner Berman is co-executive producer.