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. Lauren says:

    So the two I was planning on checking out – the Selection and Shelter – weren’t picked up. Pretty dry year for the CW. Damn.

    • songspin says:

      Lauren, those two were my picks as well. I think The CW really screwed up. I hope the pilots leak so we can at least see them. ;) Looks like this’ll be the first year I don’t check out The CW’s (or formerly, The WB’s) new shows.

  2. Jack says:

    Does anyone else find it funny that the charismatic cult leaders name is very close to the charismatic preacher Billy Graham?

  3. Leslie says:

    I suppose it’s too much to hope for that Catherine has her trademark scar in BatB? Also, everyone who believes Kristin Kruek as a “no-nonsense homicide detective” raise your hand. Yeah, me neither.

  4. Allie says:

    Even though I am super bummed about Ringer and TSC, I do think that all of these shows sound interesting and could have some promise. Most looking forward to Cult, Arrow and First Cut. Fingers crossed . . .

  5. Amy says:

    My predictions based on cast,producers and story:
    BatB – aka the love child of Castle and The Hulk – 1 season. The producers have done some stuff that people like but the cast seems like a bad fit.
    TCD – < or = 1 season. New York in the 80s was known to be seedy and gritty, so stupid start to the premise. But also, we know how the story ends so less reason to get engaged. The cast might be good though
    First Cut- <1 season. Doctor story with quirky characters and charm – already done by Dixie. Doctor melodrama – done with Greys. Geek crowd wont buy the premise and the cast isn't going to pull the young viewers.
    Cult – 1+ seasons. If the CW don't pair this with SPN, they're fools. Solid cast, solid producers and there's a market for darkers shows – the main risk is the premise might not sell easily. Might get canned early if they try for too big of a meta-plot.
    Arrow – 1+ season. Would have to be of The Cape quality to not draw an audience. The hero show niche has been hit and miss but they don't seem to be messing with the core appeal too much. Cast is pretty and adding some GG/Revenge to it will likely work well to draw both male and female viewers.

  6. kate says:

    I really wanted them to pick up shelter :( i was soo excited about it we already have a doctor show just finished with a superhero show and the carrie diaries idk why reminds me of 90210 and wahh i just really wanted to watch more of mark schwanns brilliant work

    • denuse walsh says:


  7. songspin says:

    Well that just figures. I was most interested in checking out The Selection and Shelter, so of course those two were rejected. :P

    Did they pick up First Cut just so they could pair it with Hart Of Dixie? How redundant. Medical dramas bore me….so, no. Sex And The City prequel? Not a fan of the original ode to shoes, so no thanks (even though this one has the 1980s setting going for it, which could be fun if they kept it truly period-authentic). Matt Davis is a jerk who doesn’t deserve to star in his own series, so no thanks to The Cult as well. Arrow could be decent but not if they minimize the comic book aspect and Gossip Girl-ize it to focus on the lifestyles of the rich and vapid, as seems to be the intent. As for Beauty And The Beast…how many adaptations of that story do we need? I think it’s been done, definitively. Besides, I don’t need to see Kristin Kreuk’s looks fetishized again by horny producers. Got enough of that (and her very limited acting abilities) on Smallville, thankyouverymuch.

    • TheLonelyPlace says:

      Oh man, preach!

    • denuse walsh says:

      i am with you i was most looking forward to marks shelter i thought it was in the bag 9 years of greatness he gave cw ringer and secret circle are good shows needed to switch time slots i have been soooooo pissed my 2 daughters and i were huge oth fans it was our show it ended now this beauty and the beast really instead of shelter

  8. davidsask says:

    Carrie Diaries is as good as dead! No one wants it to see light of day and if it takes place in 80’s etc it is 4 sure goner!

  9. TheLonelyPlace says:

    I don’t like these shows that got picked up! Love the renewals though.

  10. ChrisGa says:

    Of the shows picked up, B&TB is probably the most intriquing to me because I was a die-hard fan of the original series(which of course means I’m opening myself up to extreme disappointment if it sucks); Kristin Kreuk is def a beauty, but as a homicide detective? As someone who hated the Lana character on Smallville and loved Lois I say Erica Durance would have been GOLD in this role but that’s just me.
    As for the other shows, I’ll def be watching Arrow,which I think has the best shot among the five at any sort of longevity, and First Cut, because I heart Justin Hartley to no end :). And while SATC is probably in my Top 10 all time favorite shows, I don’t think I want a teen-level, watered down version(which frankly already exists with GG) so I’ll prob skip the Carrie Diaries(as well as Cult, which I’m predicting will be the first cancellation, despite the presence of the swoon-worthy Matt Davis).

    • saara says:

      I agree me my dad and my bro referred to lana as knockout chic because she used to get knocked or all the time and before she knew the secret she would magically be unconscious when ever clark had to use his powers around her

  11. Mitholas says:

    First Cut sounds kinda awesome. Like Scrubs meets Popular, hopefully. I’m definitely checking that one out.

    Cult could either be completely fantastic or completely awful. Curious to see it though.

  12. Teresa says:

    Thankfully there are at least two shows with male leads in this lineup. Unlike the Dawn Ostroff days when every show had to be led by a female.

    • denuse walsh says:

      cw is making a huge error in ignoring the amazing mark schwhan’s shelter are they kidding me??????? he gave them 9 years of greatness acting musicians the very best of the best for beauty and the beast cult they have the vampire diaries i am soooo pissed as all loyal tree hill fans will be and they cancelled secret circle and ringer why not cancel nikita and top model i for one of many won’t be watching cw bye bye comment as you see fit!!!!!!!! in the words of linonel pix 11 news PICK UP SHELTER YOU’LL BE SORRY just like abc cancelled one life to live and amc and their 2 new shows tanked big time the fans have spoken like the wonderful oz hahaha

  13. Mick says:

    The CW did good and for everyone talking about the Selection, the word is the pilot looked horrible. Do you really think The CW wouldn’t want to cash in on the success of the Hunger Games by producing a similar show?
    First Cut may sound bad but apparently Mamie Gummer blew the socks of the CW execs which I believe because she was great on the good wife.
    And after seeing the last 5 years of OTH I have to disagree with the sentiment that Mark Schwahn is brilliant. At one point he was good but he needs a long break to refocus because the Shelter script was the worst of the bunch.

  14. Josh says:

    I call Carries Diaries, and First Cut as the season’s earliest cancellations. I think Beauty and the Beast will be a hit, Green Arrow could be one as well(though I don’t think it will get Smallville fans OR Green Arrow/Black Canary’s comic fans just from the description). But I definitely think it will be the strongest out of the gate. Cult could go either way, I’ll check it out because I like the cast.

    The Selection must have been really bad if they didn’t get picked up, considering it’s buzz.

  15. Kristen says:

    Well, it’s official… each season I grow further and further away from the CW, which is only right considering I’m in my late 20’s. LOL I might watch The Carrie Diaries, only for my love of SATC. First Cut sounds like it could be cute, so I’ll give it a shot. Cult sounds like it might be decent, but I expect it to fail. Arrow sounds okay to me, but I’m sure it will bring in a decent demo. Beauty and the Beast… really? That sounds DOA.
    I’ll stick around for HOD, GG’s final season (as bad as it’s gotten), 90210 (which has also gotten cringe worthy, but a guilty pleasure no doubt, TVD, and Supernatural. I think that’s it.

  16. Melissa says:

    4 of them have been shelved already ,first cut already was canned.CW smacking themselves now for cancelling TSC and ringer.there is a campaign going on to bring TSC back it’s happened with shows in the past.www.savethecircle.com,www.savethesecretcircle.com

    • denuse walsh says:

      you just made my day really i loved secret circle and the ringer and was really looking forward to shelter mark schwhans shelter r they kidding me he gave them 9 amazing years of greatness on one tree hill thank you i hope u r right

  17. Melissa says:

    I hope Cw folds as network in other words goes out of business.

    • denuse walsh says:

      i agree they snubbed mark schwhan ‘s shelter after they gave them 9 amazing years on one tree hill also cancelled ringer and secret circle for beauty and the best really they are so stupid so many people will not be watching especially one tree hill fans

  18. Melissa says:

    TSC was the only show left I watched after OTH went off now That they axed it I’m done with Cw and hope the network folds.we are campaigning to get TSC back it’s happened with shows before in the past so I hope it happens with TSC badly.

    • denuse walsh says:

      i agree melissa but you left one thing out mark schwhans shelter i was so looking forward to more of his greatness i also liked tsc where is the petition i want to sign i also watched ringer it was great i am extremely pissed at cw beauty and the beast instead of marks show really

  19. Diana says:

    Why can’t the CW still open up their schedule and have Ringer and The Secret Circle come back in the spring. However, Ringer, and The Secret Circle could still come back in the fall. All they would have to do is cancel America’s Next Top Model.

  20. Diana says:

    Since the CW is not going to have Ringer on anymore. They should bring back Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They could still get most of the original cast. That would really please the fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then they should bring back The Secret Circle. All they would have to do is cancel America’s Next Top Model.

  21. Diana says:

    I am not very excited about The Carrie Diaries. I am not 16 years old. The Arrow sounds good to me. Hopefully most of the cast from Smallville can be on the new show. Instead of Beauty and the Beast I would have liked to see more episodes of Ringer. However, instead of Ringer what I really wanted to see is more episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Why can’t there be new episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the original cast? All you need to do is sign on Sarah Michelle Gellar. Then you could cancel America’s Next Top Model.

  22. saara says:

    Man I really liked ringer. I just cant believe they’re doing a smallville spinoff with green arrow without Justin Hartley

  23. Lais says:

    So Kristin Kreuk is once again playing a girl who lost a parent at an early age and is obssessed with that? I feel like I’ve seen that show before, haven’t I?

  24. Melissa says:

    Cw should go away and lose its shows to another network. Since they cancel things on purpose to spite fans.

  25. mary says:

    Wont be watching any more of the CW shows. I have lost all faith in them after them cancelling the Secret Circle. The only way i will watch a show is when i know there is a definite 2nd season. I think they will be loosing a lot of viewers due to the series finishing.