The CW Orders DC's Black Lightning, Lucy Hale's Life Sentence to Series

Black Lightning Life Sentence

A new superhero and a (former) liar are making their way to The CW.

The network on Wednesday gave official series orders to Black Lightning, a DC Comics property starring CW vet Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) in the title role, and Life Sentence, which stars Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars), who also enjoyed a stint on the network via the short-lived Privileged.

Black Lightning stars Williams as a retired superhero named Jefferson Pierce, who finds himself back in vigilante mode thanks to his justice-seeking daughter and the threat of a star student being recruited by a local gang. The series also stars Nefessa Williams (Code Black), China Anne McClain (Descendants 2), and Christine Adams (Terra Nova).

The drama series is executive-produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow) Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane), and Sarah Schechter (The Flash).

Life Sentence stars Hale as a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer… who then learns she’s not dying after all, forcing her to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.” The cast also includes Elliot Knight (Once Upon a Time), Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) Gillian Vigman (The Hangover), Jayson Blair (Whiplash), Brooke Lyons (The Affair) and Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush).

The dramedy series is executive-produced by Erin Cardillo (Fuller House), Richard Keith (Significant Mother), Bill Lawrence (Scrubs), Jeff Ingold (Ground Floor), Oliver Goldstick (Pretty Little Liars), and Lee Toland Krieger (Riverdale).

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