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Arrow Casts Carly Pope

Arrow Casts Popular Alum Carly Pope as Coast City Reporter in Season 5

Carly Pope wants the dirt on Oliver Queen.

Arrow has tapped the Popular actress to recur in Season 5 as Susan Williams, a journalist from Coast City, TV Insider reports.

Susan — who makes her debut in Episode 3 — comes to Star City and targets the new mayor for a big story. In the DC Comics, the reporter is married to Jim Jordan, the little brother of Coast City’s resident hero Green Lantern, aka Hal Jordan.

Pope joins a growing list of Season 5 newbies that also includes Chicago P.D.’s Josh Segarra (in the series-regular role of D.A. Adrian Chase aka Vigilante), Reaper alum Rick Gonzalez as the DC Comics character Wild Dog, The Walking Dead‘s Chad L. Coleman as new villain Tobias Church and The McCarthysTyler Ritter as SCPD Detective Malone.

In addition to the late WB series Popular, Pope starred in Outlaw and recurred on The Tomorrow People. She will next be seen in Season 6 of Suits, airing this summer.

In a recent Facebook chat with fans, Arrow leading man Stephen Amell teased that the Season 5 premiere “has the opportunity for us to have the most vicious, violent one-shot in the history of network television” — meaning a long, continuous take with no cuts.

“If [the premiere] is any indication, Arrow is going to be f–king mean this year,” he added, “and that’s really exciting.”

Arrow Season 5 bows Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8/7c, now leading into the new series Frequency.

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14 Comments
  1. Dick Whitman says:

    I need a Popular revival.

  2. John says:

    Glad to see Carly back on tv. But It’s funny how whenever there’s arrow related news, it’s mentioned “as known in the DC comics” as if these arrow writers know anything about taking good storytelling from the comics.

    • Gail says:

      As mentioned before, all they do is take the names of comic book characters with no regard to who or what they are in the comics. They might as well introduce detective Hal Jordan.

  3. Carla Krae says:

    Good for Carly. She’s an old internet buddy of my other half.

  4. datdudemurphy says:

    my TV has missed her….

  5. Big Cheddar says:

    Whoa – I just finished binge rewatching Popular and was wondering about her. She wasn’t really a “where are they now?” for me because I just saw her on Game of Silence a few weeks back.

    Random aside – for all you GH fans out there – both the actor who plays Andre and the guy who’s the temporary Nicholas appeared in the second season! Now that tripped me out.

  6. Charles says:

    Wow…..Arrow Season 5 is going to be one hot mess…..

  7. ScottJ says:

    Could do with less of the recurring and more of the cast the show already has. Looks to me as if they’re trying hard to get nobody watching.

  8. Gerald Dykstra says:

    First the news about Suits now Arrow.
    Awesome. Good job Carly.
    I will be watching both shows!!!!

  9. Wooster182 says:

    Oh crap. A new love interest for Ollie. I love her but oh crap.

    • Maryann says:

      Why do you think she is a new love interest for Ollie?

      • Wooster182 says:

        Because she’s a woman and she’s hot. Back in the first two seasons, that was the only criteria needed. And let’s face it, if you’re going to give Felicity a viable threat, Carly is so likable.

  10. Ray says:

    Loved her ever since she was on Popular. Had a massive crush on her when I was in HS.

  11. katsssblog says:

    Ok, so they casted like 10 new characters. Yes show needed change, but don’t cast 100 people, that is not going to help us love this show again.