CW Targets Robin Hood Series With Female Twist

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logo-cw-300The original “Arrow,” Robin Hood, may be heading to The CW.

The fifth network has given a pilot script order to Sherwood, a period drama set in Vancouver England circa 1072. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the story follows a young noblewoman who unwittingly allies with that Robin Hood and his band of jolly gents as she aims to find and set free her serf boyfriend, who has been wrongfully abducted by Norman occupiers.

So in that respect, it’s like that other bow-and-arrow show, Revolution.

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Tze Chun (Cashmere Mafia) is penning Sherwood; Dan Jinks (Emily Owens, M.D.) will exec-produce.

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Who would you like to see play Robin of Locksley and his inevitably nubile, noblewoman tag-along?



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Comments (67)

  • I would rather just watch the BBC version of Robin Hood

    Comment by gary – December 20, 2012 07:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nah, think it would be overkill having two Arrow related shows on the CW plus period drama and The CW don’t really go together.

    Although, knowing the CW the characters, even though its 1072, they will probably have make up and fast cars and cell phones.

    Comment by Martin – December 20, 2012 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There would be only one Arrow related show. You know, the show Arrow. Robin Hood is not related to Arrow.

      Comment by Dragen – December 22, 2012 05:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just binged on the first season of Arrow (which turned out to be amazing, btw). The CW really doesn’t need it. How many of these shows can one network have? Also, has the CW ever done a period piece like this? Their audience might not stick around for it without the hot guys and fashion-forward clothes.

    Comment by slizabeth – December 20, 2012 07:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The CW hasn’t done any period pieces, unless you count the flashbacks on Vampire Diaries or the time travel episodes on Supernatural. It won’t last, that’s a given. But for the record, not everyone cares about guys and clothes! It’s about the story.

      Comment by Jay – December 21, 2012 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well, upcoming teen soap The Carrie Diaries is going to take the title of “The CW’s first-ever period drama EVER”.

        Comment by Maria Flor de Luna – December 21, 2012 10:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Haha wow the CW needs 2 learn 2 Quit while their ahead. This sounds like its gonna suck, esp to fans of the BBC version ‘RobinHood’ wt the amazing Jonas Armstrong. (Like me). .. and the fact they already have ‘Arrow’ doesn’t help at all. .. please just stop trying so Hard CW… & stick 2 promoting the few good shows u actually have, like Beauty and the Beast that is getting Better & better very episode. ;)

    Comment by Kav – December 20, 2012 07:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Quit while they’re ahead? That’s the problem…they’re NOT ahead. So of course they’re going to try to repeat Arrow’s success.

      Comment by Brooke – December 21, 2012 05:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If they want to repeat Arrow’s success, DC comics has twenty other heroes they can use! And yes, they all look good with their shirts off, so you girls can enjoy it too!

        Comment by Jay – December 21, 2012 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sorry to ruin your moment of happiness: The animated Robin Hood series and the anime adaptation were the best and were practically ahead from any Robin Hood-inspired TV show that came after.

      Comment by Maria Flor de Luna – December 21, 2012 10:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You need to learn how to spell the word “to”. And “you”. And “especially”. And “with”. And “and”.
      Also, quit, hard and better are not names.

      Comment by dragenphoto – December 22, 2012 05:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • *every* episode

    Comment by Kav – December 20, 2012 07:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Really? That’s the ONE thing in your entire post you felt needed correcting? :)

      Comment by Angelo Barovier – December 20, 2012 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • So true lol.
        A period series on CW is kinda new to me. It’s not really a bad idea.

        Comment by taylor – December 20, 2012 08:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love that people are all “nope, can’t have TWO shows with archery in them! That’s just too far!!” But a bazillion shows about a young pretty girl in a new and strange situation who happens to make unlikely friends, we can never have enough of those apparently.

    I like that it’s a period drama, that’s the one unique thing that should make it stand out against the rest of the CW’s generally modern landscape.

    Comment by Christy – December 20, 2012 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The modern thing works for the CW. Still, it would be a nice change if it works. It probably won’t.

      Comment by Jay – December 21, 2012 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Haha… you just described almost every CW shows (HOD, emily MD, Hellcats, 90210,the secret circle etc..).. I would actually appreciate more diversity from this network and a period genre show might be IT though i doubt it>

      Comment by forg_gay – December 21, 2012 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And now I have a sudden longing to watch BBC’s Robin Hood..

    Comment by Morgan – December 20, 2012 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know. It was a pleasant surprise when I happened upon it (on Netflix). It’s too bad they lost one of their leads and subsequently their ratings. I could have watched 5 seasons of it without complaint.

      Comment by Angelo Barovier – December 20, 2012 08:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I quit after the first season. Great cast but it got so repetitive. Someone is captured and taken to the castle. Robin and Merry Men go and rescue them. and repeat over and over. I’m interested to see what the CW does with the show.

      Comment by Abby – December 28, 2012 10:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The BBC did this show too, in the 90s. It was called Maid Marian and her merry men.

    Comment by Penny – December 20, 2012 08:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ugh this sounds more fit for PBS or the BBC

    Comment by cjeffery7 – December 20, 2012 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They gave up on The LA Complex to develop this future flop show. :/ *SIGH*

    Comment by Maureen – December 20, 2012 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In response to the person commenting the show wouldn’t last on CW without having forward fashion and hot guys, I don’t know about the latter, but I’ve been watching CW (and The WB before it) long enough to know that if the show is going to be on this station, it’s going to have hot guys on it, no matter what era or country it’s located in. I did enjoy BBC’s Robin Hood, though the last 2 episodes were rubbish. As far as it being a period piece being an there are already shows out on multiple stations that go back and forth between current and period piece *cough* Once Upon a Time *cough* and more often than not the latter portions are widely preferred. (I would miss the re-curve bow though, those were pretty cool.)

    Comment by I like it. – December 20, 2012 08:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. After Marion left (still dont understand HOW they could kill her off) RH sucked big time. Richard Armitage and Jonas Armstrong were the best things about that show. Im willing to see what The CW does with the premise of this show. There can never be enough period drama. We need more! Even if its on the CW

      Comment by Naazneen – December 23, 2012 10:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just another pilot. Fodder for the Upfront killing floor. It will probably never see the light of day. However, that Vatican crap at Showtime, with Ridley Scott’s pilot direction ensuring a pickup, means that I will not pay for the premium channel during that show’s run. Miracles. Pffttttt.

    Comment by Jason – December 20, 2012 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Justin Hartley as Robin Hood and Mamie Gummar as this noblewoman. Lol
    Of course, find a place for Michael Rady as well.

    Comment by AT – December 20, 2012 09:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • lol just so it can get canceled too?

      Comment by me – December 20, 2012 09:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The BBC “Robin Hood” was unwatchable. This is a welcome change from all the silly fashion and gossip shows. Can’t have too many bow and arrow shows lol. Am really looking forward to this one. Hope it makes it to the schedule.

    Comment by MaryAnn – December 20, 2012 10:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I had an easy time watching Marian :)

      Comment by Shaun – December 20, 2012 10:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think CW has realized that the era of their tween girl drama crap is over and now it’s time for teenage fantasy drama.

    It’s a welcome change.

    Comment by Midori004 – December 20, 2012 10:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh hell to the yes. I adore the Robin Hood story in all its incarnations
    .
    Be great if the CW made a bold move and cast a man of colour in the role, that network is far too whitewashed.

    Comment by mia – December 20, 2012 11:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wonder if Aimée Castle might be available for the lead… ;)

    Comment by Lambsilencer – December 21, 2012 12:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “The CW” and “Female Twist” should never be in th same sentence. Never.

    Comment by Justin121 – December 21, 2012 03:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tom Welling and Erica Durance or Bethany Joy Lenz and James Lafferty

    Comment by Aleana – December 21, 2012 05:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t see it being successful, but maybe they will prove me wrong.

    Comment by Renee – December 21, 2012 05:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Billy Magnussen or Nic Robuck as Robin

    Comment by mike – December 21, 2012 05:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The RH saga is firmly set in the 12th century.

    Comment by history stickler – December 21, 2012 07:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds like Maid Marion and her Merry Men.

    Comment by Michael – December 21, 2012 07:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scoff all you want, this is the only description of a CW show that has ever interested me. Ever.
    They’re obviously doing SOMETHING right here.

    Comment by Emily – December 21, 2012 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watch a few shows on the CW but I will not be watching this one! The CW always has way to may pilots and not enough time slots! That is why they end up cancelling some good shows after one season because they think the new shows will be better and as it is they are already airing Cult and the Carrie Diaries for half the season! They do not have room for any more new shows!

    Comment by sarah – December 21, 2012 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cassidy and Tom are a great couple have great Chemistry together. TOM missing a lot to the fans and the CW Network. You want Tom Cassidy and Robin Wood

    Comment by nicole – December 21, 2012 08:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As you prepare your “BBC rehash” arguments, please remember that the BBC show was NOT GOOD.

    Comment by J – December 21, 2012 09:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with Nicole, Tom Welling and Cassidy F. Robin Hood would be perfect for it in fact episodes Luthor and Kent (Smallville) were very good and there was attraction and chemistry between them.

    Comment by katy – December 21, 2012 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I miss Tom Welling!!!!!!!

    Comment by sabina – December 21, 2012 09:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My choice to play Robin Hood would be Warren Christie [Alphas] due to his strong resemblance to Errol Flynn [Robin Hood in 1938]. I found the reference to Norman occupiers a bit confusing since William had united England 100 years before that.

    Comment by Suzie – December 21, 2012 09:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Errrrmmm, William didn’t unite Britain,and it was in 1066, so 8 years earlier. So, yeah,the Normans were the rulers of Britain and only recently. The Saxons were NOT happy about it.

      Comment by Katy917 – December 21, 2012 12:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You have your centuries muddled. William the Conqueror invaded in 1066. Richard the Lion Heart was crowned in 1189. And Richard is the King Robin Hood was loyal to and ransomed. Richard’s younger brother John signed the Magna Carta in 1215.

        Comment by Suzie – December 21, 2012 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • @Katy917 Suzie didn’t say Britain, she said England, and yes William did unite England under one king. His scorched earth policy destroyed the opposition. He destroyed places and told the people to rebuild, but this time they would build for him. And that was a hundred years before Richard Coeur de Lion.

        Comment by Piers – December 21, 2012 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I don’t have my centuries muddled – I just know how to READ. I know all of what you have both said – I have studied medieval history, and I love Robin Hood lore. Plus I am from England, so this is my counties history we’re discussing. However, the point is, the article clearly states “The fifth network has given a pilot script order to Sherwood, a period drama set in England circa 1072.” – 1072 – 8 years after William invaded in 1066. The NORMANS ruling England. William may have united the country eventually, but he was met with a LOT of opposition for many years before he managed to do so, using brute force. The CW is obviously ignoring Richard in choosing to set the series 100 or so years earier or else are choosing to simply ignore English history and re-write it. Why, I have no idea. But my reply was to Suzie saying she was confused by the reference to the Normans. The Normans were the rulers of England circa 1072, which is when the article said the series woudl be set, henceforth my reply, which if you’re talking about the dates was correct.

          Comment by katy917 – December 21, 2012 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • My apologies for the confusion. I was defending Suzie’s remarks regarding the timeline between William and Richard I. If the CW is re-writing history to set the story 100 years earlier, they’re idiots. BTW, I too am a Brit [Bourton on the Water].

            Comment by Piers – December 21, 2012 05:03 PM PDT  
  • Remember last year at this time, when people were swearing up and down that they would never watch Arrow?

    You showed them!

    Comment by Drew – December 21, 2012 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s the CW, most people don’t watch Arrow.

      Comment by Jay – December 21, 2012 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It gets the same number of viewers as many of NBC and Fox’s comedies and more than some!

        Comment by Abby – December 28, 2012 10:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Although Robin Hood doesn’t necessarily interest me I didn’t think Arrow would either..now I’m obsessed and was clearly wrong. It all depends on the quality of the script and the actors being cast.

    Comment by Jared – December 21, 2012 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tom WELLING would be a fantastic Robin Hood. Tom bring back so many viewers in the CW Network because it has so many fans. Tom = Cw!

    Comment by Sarah moss – December 21, 2012 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes Tom WELLING and Cassidy Freeman. No to Erica Durance!

    Comment by Margot – December 21, 2012 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Isn’t the CW also doing a Hunger Games type show? That will probably have a Katniss Arrow type person also. I don’t see this one taking off, but I could be wrong.

    Comment by Gerald – December 21, 2012 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Trevor Donovan as Robin. We love him in the UK

    Comment by Dr.Comic – December 23, 2012 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rebecca Madar and Bradley James

    Comment by Charlie Fischer – December 23, 2012 04:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shelly Hennig and Julian Morris

    Comment by Charlie Fischer – December 23, 2012 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anabelle Wallis and Wentworth Miller

    Comment by Charlie Fischer – December 23, 2012 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Laura Fraser and Mathew Settle…….the last 4 posts should cover all age ranges for possible castings

    Comment by Charlie Fischer – December 23, 2012 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jamie Dornan as Robin

    Comment by Linda Lou – December 24, 2012 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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