Fall TV Preview

Fall TV Scoop: The CW Picks Carrie Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, Arrow and 2 Others

The CW has picked up five new hourlong series for fall, including the Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries, a reboot of Beauty and the Beast and the superhero saga Arrow. Also getting a green light are dark thriller Cult and medical dramedy First Cut.

Conspicuously missing from the pack is the Hunger Games-esque The Selection.

Descriptions of the new shows are below.

It’s 1984, and life isn’t easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw. Since their mother passed away, Carrie’s younger sister Dorritt is more rebellious than ever, and their father Tom is overwhelmed with the responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his own. Carrie’s friends – sweet, geeky Mouse, sarcastic and self-assured Maggie and sensitive Walt – make life bearable, but a suburban life in Connecticut isn’t doing much to take her mind off her troubles. And even though the arrival of a sexy new transfer student named Sebastian brings some excitement to Carrie’s world, she is struggling to move on from her grief. So when Tom offers Carrie the chance to intern at a law firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance. Carrie’s eyes are opened wide at the glamour and grit of New York City – and when she meets Larissa, the style editor for Interview magazine, she’s inspired by the club culture and unique individuals that make up Larissa’s world. Carrie’s friends and family may have a big place in her heart, but she’s fallen in love for the first time with the most important man in her life – Manhattan.

The series stars AnnaSophia Robb (“Soul Surfer”) as Carrie Bradshaw, Austin Butler (“Switched at Birth,” “Life Unexpected”) as Sebastian Kydd, Ellen Wong (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Combat Hospital”) as Mouse; Katie Findlay (“The Killing,” “SGU Stargate Universe”) as Maggie Landers, Stefania Owen (“Running Wilde,” “The Lovely Bones”) as Dorrit Bradshaw, Brendan Dooling (“An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf”) as Walt Reynolds, Chloe Bridges (“90210”) as Donna LaDonna, Freema Agyeman (“Doctor Who,” “Law & Order: UK”) as Larissa Loughton and Matt Letscher (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Entourage”) as Tom Bradshaw.

Based on the novels “The Carrie Diaries” and “Summer and the City” by Candace Bushnell, THE CARRIE DIARIES is from Fake Empire in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Amy B. Harris (“Sex and the City,” “Gossip Girl”), Josh Schwartz (“Hart of Dixie,” “Gossip Girl”), Stephanie Savage (“Hart of Dixie,” “Gossip Girl”), Len Goldstein (“Hart of Dixie”) and Candace Bushnell. Miguel Arteta (“Englightened,” “Cedar Rapids”) directed the pilot, which was written by Harris.

At long last, Emily Barnes feels like she is an actual grown-up. She can finally put her high school days as the geeky-girl-with-flop-sweats behind her; she’s graduated from medical school and is now a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, where she’ll have the chance to work with world-famous cardiologist Dr. Gina Beckett – and where, not-so-coincidentally, her med-school crush Will Rider is also an intern. So why does everyone keep warning her that the hospital is just like high school? Emily soon finds out
the hard way – her high school nemesis, the gorgeous, popular Cassandra Kopelson, is also just starting out at Denver Memorial, and it seems like they’re rivals all over again – not only as surgical interns, but for Will’s attention. Fellow intern Tyra Granger warns Emily that the cliques at Denver Memorial are all too familiar: the jocks have become orthopedic surgeons; the mean girls are in plastics; the rebels are in the ER, and Tyra has her own awkward place as the principal’s kid – her father is the chief resident. Emily’s the new kid all over again, and it’s just as awkward as high school. Only this time around, Emily will have to balance the personal and emotional turmoil of social politics with the high-stakes world of life-and-death medical decisions. At least she has fellow intern Tyra and nerdy-but-cute resident Micah, to count on as friends. Emily is growing to realize that although she may be a geek, she may also grow to be a great doctor, flop sweats and all.

The series stars 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.

FIRST CUT is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman (“90210,” “Lipstick Jungle”), Dan Jinks (“Pushing Daisies,” “Milk”) and Bharat Nalluri (“Tsunami”). The pilot was directed by Bharat Nalluri.

Investigative journalist Jeff Sefton has learned to laugh off his brother Nate’s relentless string of obsessions, especially his latest rant that a hit TV show intends to harm him. However, when his brother mysteriously disappears, Jeff takes Nate’s paranoia seriously, and in the process uncovers the dark underworld of the TV show “Cult” and its rabid fans. The only person who seems willing to help Jeff with his investigation is Skye, a young research assistant for “Cult,” who has also started to grow suspicious of the increasingly dark happenings surrounding the show. The fictitious show, centered on the cat-and-mouse game between charismatic cult leader Billy Grimm and
LAPD detective Kelly Collins, has become an obsession for its viewers – and now some of its devotees seem to be taking their fixation to deadly extremes in the real world. As Jeff and Skye dig deeper into the fan world, they discover that the gruesome plot twists on television are much more than fantasy for some very unfortunate people. The hardcore fans of “Cult” would kill to see what happens next…

The series stars Matt Davis (“The Vampire Diaries”) as Jeff Sefton, Jessica Lucas (“Melrose Place,” “Cloverfield”) as Skye Yarrow, Alona Tal (“Supernatural,” “The Killing”) as Kelly Collins and Robert Knepper (“Prison Break,” “Shameless”) as Billy Grimm.

CULT is from Fake Empire and Rockne S. O’Bannon Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Rockne S. O’Bannon (“Farscape,” “V”), Josh Schwartz (“Chuck,” “Gossip Girl”), Stephanie Savage (“Hart of Dixie,” “Gossip Girl”), Len Goldstein (“Hart of Dixie”) and Jason Ensler (“Franklin & Bash,” “Hart of Dixie”). The pilot was directed by Jason Ensler and written by Rockne S. O’Bannon.

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.

Based on characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Green Lantern,” “Brothers &Sisters”), Marc Guggenheim (“FlashForward,” “Eli Stone”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Warehouse 13,” “The Vampire Diaries”) and David Nutter (“Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “Game of Thrones”). Melissa Kellner Berman (“Eli Stone,” “Dirty Sexy Money”) is co-executive producer. The pilot was directed by David Nutter from a teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim, story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim.

Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective. When she was a teenager, Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Catherine would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her. No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…it was human. Years have passed, and Catherine is a strong, confident, capable police officer, working alongside her equally talented partner, Tess. While investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder. Thus begins a complex relationship between Catherine
and Vincent, who are powerfully drawn to each other yet understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them.

The series stars Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville,” “Chuck”) as Catherine, Jay Ryan (“Terra Nova”) as Vincent, Max Brown (“The Tudors,” “MI-5”) as Evan, Nina Lisandrello (“Nurse Jackie”) as Tess, Nicole Gale Anderson (“Make It or Break It”) as Heather, Austin Basis (“Life Unexpected”) as J.T., and Brian White (“The Shield,” “The Cabin in the Woods”) as Joe.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is from CBS Television Studios with executive producers Jennifer Levin (“Without A Trace,” “Felicity”),
Sherri Cooper (“Brothers and Sisters”), Bill Haber (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Thurgood”), Paul J. Witt (“A Better Life”) & Tony Thomas (“A Better Life”), Ron Koslow (“Moonlight”) and Gary Fleder (“Life Unexpected”).

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  1. Jake says:

    Woah! 5 dramas! is that the biggest amount CW has picked up at once. this probably isnt good news for Nikita, Hart of Dixie, or The Secret Circle

  2. brandy says:

    I hate this news, because I know those shows are replacing some of my favorites. Wah wah.

  3. Andie says:

    What about Shelter?

    • denuse walsh says:

      yeah you got it where is shelter how dare they do this to the genius mark schwhan 8 amazing years of greatness shame on you cw

    • A says:

      WTF? Felicity and One Tree Hill all in one show, how could they pass that up?

  4. What does this mean for current series? Except the ones that have been renewed, many may get canceled! Secret Circle, Nikita and Hart of Dixie maybe?

  5. George says:

    Of the bunch I say Carrie Diaries is the first to get canned.

  6. Elodie says:

    What about Joey Dakota? It was promising! I wanted to see Craig Horner and Scott Wolf!!!

  7. Because the CW doesn’t have a 10:00 hour, they only have room for 10 hour long shows. That means they only have room for 2 shows from this season. GG, Nikita, TSC and HoD are left.

  8. denuse walsh says:

    where is shelter is the cw loosing it no mark schwhan he just gave them 9 amazing years i am soooo pissed!!!!!!!!!!

    • lauren says:

      i really wanted shelter too! instead they go for something that is pretty similar to the hunger games. um no CW there is already The Hunger Games

  9. krazyabouttv says:

    The Selection is nothing like The Hunger Games. I read the book and was quite disappointed.

    • Cecilia says:

      I agree. People should really stop comparing the selection to The Hunger Games. The selection isn’t a good book, the story is weak at best, nothing of substance ever happens and every “event” is pretty much predetermined from the start.
      The Hunger Games books on the other hand, well…*sighs*, are amazing. So if the selection pilot wasn’t picked up, it won’t be a loss.

  10. None of those sound particularly good, and if I don’t get TSC and Nikita back I may loose my mind!

  11. aidagda says:

    What will happen to Hart of Dixie? I need to know if CW is going to give the show a second season.

  12. sarah says:

    Well I was hoping they would pick up Shelter. That sounded really good. I would rather of had that show than Beauty and the Beast.
    I will check out Arrow, Carrie Diaries, First Cut and Cult (good thing it got picked up for Matt Davis’ sake.
    However that being said….they have 10 slots and for 5 new shows that means with Supernatural, TVD and 90210, ANTM being renewed the will only renew 2 more shows as ANTM is half the season so one of these shows will just get a half season.
    So GG, HOD, Ringer, TSC and Nikita are the ones that are still left so I am calling it: TSC and Nikita. For me I would love to see Ringer and HOD and TSC come back but they can not all come back.
    I bet that First Cut, Beauty and the Beast and Carrie Diaries will not last past this season. Arrow and Cult will.

  13. John Berggren says:

    B&TB sounds bad. Deviates too far from the original, and Kristen Kreuk (blech) holds not a candle to Linda Hamilton.

    Excited to see what Arrow brings, though.

    Looks like we’re in for a wave of cancellations.

  14. Isabelle says:

    I’m interest the most in arrow and beauty and the beast, no interest in carrie diaries because I’m not a fan of sex in the city. These shows sound more adult and I’m glad there’s less teen sex drama in the line up and they are trying new things for the network

  15. sarah says:

    I may watch B&TB too. However the guy that plays Vincent is super young he would have had to have been a teen too when he saved Catherine.

  16. aidagda says:

    So Nikita is safe for season 3, What about the other series (GG, HOD, Ringer, and TSC), Are they doomed?

  17. None of these sound really good to me. I will give Cult a try, but was really looking forward to The Selection and Shelter. And this does not bode well for The Secret Circle either. Looks like I will be watching CW less and less.

  18. MOhammed Baig says:

    So now that Nikita is renewed, I guess their adding time slots? If thats possible?

  19. meri says:

    I was really looking forward to The Selection… Just because I miss Aimee from the small screen :(

  20. lola says:

    seriously? beauty and the beast sounds like kate beckett visiting the b&tb story.

  21. ggny says:

    Nice! Arrow is gonna be awesome

  22. Robin says:

    All this talk about this meaning possible bad news for a bunch of other CW shows…that have yet to be renewed…but I didn’t see anyone mention Ringer! RINGER must get a season 2. It was awesome! I really REALLY love that show. :)

    • Tracy Comito says:

      @Robin:I totally agree,RINGER is AWESOME! I Loved it,SMG did a really great job playing the twins and the storyline was one not (been there,done that storyline) and why would they cancel RINGER and keep HOD or add some Carrie Diaries,so been done with the SATC (gack) and keep ANTM or The Bachelor or “ETTE’. i hope they read our comments and take them to heart! <3<3RINGER<3<3

  23. Sareeta says:

    Now that Nikita is renewed, I can start thinking about the new series. Arrow seems most interesting and hopefully a little more male skewing (in the vein of Smallville and Supernatural); Beauty and the Beast could be a fun series (I love the Disney movie, but never watched the TV series); Cult might be too grim for my tastes but we’ll see; I’m surprised no word on The Selection.

  24. Leslie says:

    re: “Ron Koslow (“Moonlight”) ” that should read “Ron Koslow, creator of the original Beauty and the Beast.” Witt/Thomas also produced the original.

  25. ggny says:

    guessing Carrie Dairies goes after 90120 but where do the rest go? Cult probably after TVD…Really dont see where the rest fits unless CW goes back to originals programs on Sunday

  26. Eric says:

    Hopefully they play it smart and order shows that will start in mid season

  27. wakey says:

    The Carrie Dairies is a strange one. I know Sex and The City is a major selling point but a prequel of a 90’s show that’s set in the 80’s doesn’t seem to gel with their target demo. They would have largely missed the Sex and the City craze and the 80’s so will they don’t have a built in audience, it won’t be relatable to them (unlike say 90210) and doesn’t even offer a nostalgia factor (nods to the music, fashion and the likes will be lost on the demo)

  28. theresa says:

    The only one I’m interested in is Cult.

  29. Jaime says:

    NO! The Carrie Diaries can’t have been picked up! Because now Wilke is definitely gone from Switched at Birth. :(

  30. Sam says:

    I’m surprised The Selection wasn’t picked up. I doubt any of these shows will be good (Although Cult and Beauty & the Beast sound the least awful IMO) and suspect all of them will be canceled by next season except for The Carrie Diaries unless it’s a total ratings fiasco.

  31. Brandy says:

    I’m looking forward to Carrie Diaries, First Cut.Secret Circle and Ringer cancelled, Nikita &Hart of Dixie are renewed for 22 episodes.GG renewed for 11episodes.

  32. Paige says:

    Was kind of hoping Joey Dakota would get picked up because the casting for that sounded great, but given the plot it probably would have been a bit to out there I guess.

  33. Aria says:

    This is what they cancelled TSC and Ringer for:/

  34. starfairy679 says:

    Beauty and the beast sound stupid. carrie diaries might last. cult is so so sounding along with first cut. i believe arrow will make it. I want tsc. they left us with this awesome season finale. plus they need to put adam and cassie back together

  35. B says:

    Noooooo!!! I was expecting The Selection!!!

    • Fiona says:

      Me too. It sounded so intriguing. I was really hoping, of all the pilots, to see either The Selection or Joey Dakota on my tv next year. They both sounded so daring and interesting and the casting looked great.

      • Josh says:

        I think it’s for the best though…Considering all the buzz that it got, if it didn’t get greenlight it must have been REALLY REALLY bad. I mean this is a network with 90210…If they didn’t give this the greenlight…yikes..

  36. Dana says:

    I hope all of these shows fail, I’ll definitely get the last laugh, the CW sucks!

  37. Evan says:

    The Carrie Diaries will drive SITC fans crazy because they’ll be going “Where were all these people during the course of the series?”

    A father and sister out of nowhere?

    • BL says:

      Not to be a lunatic but its Sex AND the City not Sex in the City- NYC was always the fifth lady. I clearly love SATC but my Carrie will always be 30 something…

  38. Hey Guys!! mayube we will see The Selection!! Gossip Girl have only 11 episodes..maybe when is over The Selection will enter…

  39. Autumn says:

    So excited for Beauty and the Beast and Cult! Kind of disappointed about The Selection and Joey Dakota though. Could have done without Carrie Diaries and Arrow to be honest. But Carrie Diaries does at least have Freema Agyeman. Anyway, Beauty and the Beast is the one that I wanted the most because of Moonlight, so yay! There’s a reason they cast Brian White. Hopefully, with Ron Koslow involved we can get another great romantic show.

  40. TV Junkie says:

    I am only watch Supernatural and TVD. These new shows sound awful. The Carrie Diraries sounds nothing like Carrie from SATC. (maybe after seeing a promo for B&tB I may consider that one but ABC is doing a version of that too)

  41. arianeb says:

    The only two shows I regularly watched on CW were Ringer and The Secret Circle, which are not returning. I’m thinking Cult and Arrow look interesting enough to check out.

  42. Alex says:

    So is it really over for The Selection? None of these new shows are interesting!

  43. YowzaPowza says:

    With how far in the gutter The CW is right now, you think they would have picked up something like Shelter or The Selection to bring in a slightly bigger audience, those two sounded a little different. That said, on paper they sounded fine, but I’ll have to assume with a TV budget, something like The Selection maybe wasn’t so nice looking. I’ll definitely check out The Carrie Diaries, Cult and Arrow. The Carrie Diaries will need to be at the very least as decent as Gossip Girl used to be in order to keep watching. Cult sort of sounds like Castle for teenagers (I mean that in a good way.) and Arrow sounds like another Smallville. So it’s sort of more of the same for them. First Cut sounds like a second rate Grey’s Anatomy. And Beauty And The Beast I’ll just need to see a preview or something. There’s no way to tell if something like that can be good.

  44. Jessica says:

    Great they killed off Matt Davis (Alaric on Vampire Diaries) to put him on his own show that they’ll probably end up cancelling. Just great.

  45. Renee says:

    Well at least Arrow sounds interesting.

  46. I’m thinking The Carrie Diaries will be CW’s first failure of the coming Fall season. As for the others, at least Justin Hartley is in First Cut. That eases my bitterness about him not starring in Arrow.

  47. A says:

    It sounds like they are remaking shows they already have on air (Carrie Diaries and First Cut) or shows on other networks (Beauty and the Beast). Yawn.

  48. Patricia says:

    What happened with Joey Dakota I really wanted Craig Horner back on TV now I’m hearing that NBC is not picking up the frontier I was so happy to hear Bridgette and Craig had new shows coming up but now whets are they?

  49. Ely says:

    Really excited for Arrow and Beauty and the Beast, can’t wait!

  50. Sandrine says:

    Ok, in First Cut, the chief resident has an intern for a daughter? How old was he when his daughter was born? 5?! You go into med school, graduate, then a one year internship, then on with residency. How old are chief residents in this show? 50? I bet his story line is: he went into residency super late. So late that his daughter is now an intern in the same hospital.