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Pilot Scoop: The CW's Green Arrow Series Targets Once & Again's Susanna Thompson

Arrow, the superhero pilot being developed by Warner Bros. TV for The CW, has set its sights on Susanna Thompson to play Moira Queen, the mother of Green Arrow’s alter ego.

As previously reported, Stephen Amell (formerly of Hung and now steaming up Private Practice) will fill the role of DC Comics’ Emerald Archer aka Oliver Queen.

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In addition to her costarring role on ABC’s charming Once & Again, Thompson’s more recent TV credits include NCIS (as Lt. Col. Hollis Mann), NBC’s ambitious-yet-short lived Kings (where she also played a queen, natch) and Cold Case.

The Arrow pilot is being exec-produced and penned by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, and directed by David Nutter (Dark Angel, Smallville).

The set-up for this standalone series, which is not a spin-off of Smallville: “After being marooned for five years on a deserted island, former billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns with a mysterious agenda and lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime.”

In addition to Amell and Thompson, David Ramsey (Dexter) has been cast in the pilot as John Diggle, an ex-military/special forces type now working in private security for Oliver Queen.

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31 Comments
  1. John says:

    Cool casting. I can’t wait for this show to hopefully be on TV. I can’t wait to see who they cast as Dinah.

  2. Isabelle says:

    I can’t wait, I love Stephen and I’m a big fan of Green Arrow, its perfect!

    • Josh says:

      Considering this has nothing to do with Green Arrow save for a rich boy fighting crime with arrows, I’m surprised you like it. Ollie’s mom is alive, he has a sister, Dinah Lance is some tree hugger, occupier…Plus his mom seems to be evil in the most sexist of ways(woman in power goes crazy with power and isn’t even happen when her only son returns because it threatens her power).
      This sounds like a fail and the dude can’t act(at least not in Hung). It’s just another “CW pretty hire)

  3. Jeff says:

    Sorry, no interest in this at all. They missed a big opportunity to take some of the Smallville fanbase over by making it a spinoff.

    • cindercity says:

      That’s the thing.I don’t think they wanted the Smallville fanbase.They wanted a new series that didn’t carry with it the disdain that most people have for Smallville.They wanted the people who have been waiting on a better interpretation of Oliver Queen and if the Smallville fans came along, then that would be great.
      They also wanted a more grounded series.A series that didn’t initially feature a world of superhumans, aliens and magic.They wanted to start at the character’s roots, not be tied down to an Oliver who has been a hero for a decade and already has a wife.

      • ed says:

        i would have loved a justin hartley spin-off back in like 2006-2008 when his character was still likeable, because Smallville started sucking during season 8 and so did the character of oliver queen. (it wasnt justin hartleys fault, it was just bad writing and alot of cheesy ass plots)

        • Billy says:

          But season 9 was one of the best seasons of the series. And if you think it started “sucking” at 8, you need to rewatch, because season 7 was without question the lowpoint. Season 8 was a huge step forward.

      • Josh says:

        The thing is they don’t want the Smallville fanbase, but they are also not gearing it towards the comic fanbase. Smallville was ripped by comic fans but the fact is it had all the hallmarks that kept them in…Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Martha and Jonathan and hints about him being the greatest hero.
        Then as the series progressed we saw more DC characters, characters like Chloe took on a life of their own and of course Lois Lane came and slowly it became a real super hero show that could be this “alternate universe smallville..”
        But this show just doesn’t really have anything relating to Oliver Queen except 1) Rich 2) Trapped on an island 3) Likes bows and arrows. Even the character sides for Dinah are off on who the character is in the comics. Basically it’s just a name…
        Given that Green Arrow is no Superman, and that they’re basically saying “sorry Smallville fans, get over it…” and this has nothing to do with the Green Arrow character … I just don’t see who they’re attracting except the usual CW group(teen girls looking to watch hot guys)

        • Tarc says:

          The new Green Arrow has at least as much to do with GA as the Smallville version did (if not more). Until you see the pilot, you really have no idea.

    • Rawcall says:

      So step aside and be gone already.
      Old and tired statements, you have been saying it since day one. You got the new comic coming up now, so scoot, hurry over there and leave those who are interested to talk of this news, instead of polluting it with negativity, the same repeated negativity like a broken record.

    • Tarc says:

      No, they didn’t miss any opportunity – why put any effort into a show that would never, ever sell? A fresh start was the only option on the table.

  4. ane says:

    I’m not sure if I want to see this, for me lack creativity.

  5. Mesh says:

    Hmm. I gotta agree, this doesn’t sound appealing at all to me.

  6. Scott says:

    “Sorry, no interest in this at all. They missed a big opportunity to take some of the Smallville fanbase over by making it a spinoff.”
    No showrunner in their right mind would attache a new property to Smallville’s continuity and have to deal with that Oliver’s convoluted history and marriage to a character who’s not a part of his story. They did the right thing by setting Arrow in its own world. Want more of Smallvilleverse? Read the Season 11 comic book and let DC live action TV move on.

    • Billy says:

      Nah. A good showrunner/writer can work with what is established and create something great. Taking the easy way out and starting over shows a weakness.

  7. TJCrinc says:

    from borg queen to moira queen. wow.

  8. J says:

    Tens of thousands of unemployed actors, probably that many more waiting to be discovered, and every single pilot needs to poach people already acting. Setting up 2nd spot and the like. Craziness and no way to run a business. Too bad Hollywood has never learnt that.

  9. Mare says:

    It will be interesting to see where they go with the show! he being a Tarzan like Arrow ninja! It seems a lot like Nikita reboot, Arrow with a high mission to take down someone or something!
    I doesn’t know so much about the comic character just some glimps of the cartoon appearing here and there! I’m glad they aren’t following the old Smallville story. Justin Hartley did a solid job and it shouldn’t be messed with! Hope it gets picked up!

  10. Emily says:

    Unfortunately, every time I hear “Oliver Queen,” I think Justin Hartley. It’s not that I don’t want to watch this show, I do. The timing is just confusing me right now.

    • GAalive says:

      Nothing is confusing about this timing, new comics shows are being developed everyday. As one ends, the next opportunity arises, its business. If anything this is the right time, why have Green arrow prominent on TV for the last 5 years, to then take him back again to dormancy and backburn him, until some people get over themselves, when is that ever going to happen, probably never as some people will still be hung up on the Smallville Green Arrow for the rest of their lives, so why even wait at all. The timing has never been perfect. After this they should be thinking of Arrow movies, with or without this show being on air,after that, more and more stuff.

  11. Andrea says:

    Really interested in this. I like a superhero show and though I doubt that this show will maintain continuity with the comics, it might be a decent watch. Any idea who they’re looking at for Dinah, yet?

    • Ryen says:

      YVONNNE STRAHOVSKI
      I’m mean come on, why not. If they got the smarts they would be knocking on her door as soon as they can, before she gets snatched up.
      Nevertheless whoever is cast I hope its the best fit. I would not accept anyone who looks wrong, when they could have easily got someone like Yvonne who we all know can do the job and do justice to Black Canary.

  12. Debbie says:

    Guess it is time to give up on hopes of a return of Lt. Col. Hollis Mann :(

  13. Danielle H says:

    All that matters is the girl who plays Black Canary.

  14. ScreamQueen says:

    BLACK CANARY , I WANT BLACK CANARY.
    Start taking the casting of Black Canary/Dinah Laurel Lance seriously, If you haven’t already, CW I’m not even kidding with you. You mess up and you will have it coming, and regret it for the rest of your sorry lives.
    Will be waiting IMpatiently for this major news, dont disappoint. Woot woot.

  15. Little Scarf Girl says:

    Agreed on Black Canary! She definitely needs to be a part of the show.

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