The CW's New Fall and Midseason Shows: Your First Look
You've got to hand it to The CW: It knows how to keep an upfront moving. From kicking it off with a performance by Flo Rida to just jumping right to a preview of its most interesting new series, "Arrow," it flew by faster than any other network presentation this week. Sure, it spent time discussing social media and whatnot, but it was all broken up by onstage appearances by the very beautiful people who are on the shows. And hey, most of the upcoming shows look watchable, if not legitimately entertaining, and since they're recycling a ton of their talent (and in some cases, characters), we feel like we know these programs already.
'Arrow' (Wednesdays at 8 PM)
It's a show about the DC Comics hero Green Arrow, but it doesn't star the "Smallville" Green Arrow, Justin Hartley (he has another CW gig), nor does it refer to him as "Green." This Oliver Queen comes in the chiseled form of Stephen Amell, who plays a young billionaire who was presumed dead for years after being shipwrecked. He comes back to the world, does some CrossFit workouts in an industrial warehouse, and gets into action as a bow-slinging vigilante. Katie Cassidy ("Melrose Place") is his ex-girlfriend, and Willa Holland ("Gossip Girl") is his sister. It has a great, gritty, adult feel that immediately sets it apart from "Smallville." And since "The Avengers" left us wanting more Hawkeye, this straight arrow may just hit the bull's-eye this fall.
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'Beauty and the Beast' (Thursdays at 9 PM)
Kristen Kreuk ("Smallville") provides this fairy tale update with the beauty, as an NYPD cop (yes, really) who is still hung up on the murder of her mother nine years ago. She was with her mom but was saved by a shadowy creature. Jay Ryan is the beast who looks like a model, except for a facial scar. When he gets angry, his eyes bulge and his veins pop -- because he had been used by the military as a test subject for some experimental supersoldier drug. He's more like the Hulk (with a dash of Wolverine or Sabretooth) than the Beast of yore. Based on the trailer, it all looks very CW, with tiny Kreuk taking down three armed baddies as well as attempting to outrun a subway train, while flirting with an attractive man who turns into a monster on occasion. It's probably a good fit with "The Vampire Diaries," though it would be surprising if this show delivers the captivating twists and turns of "TVD" since it seems more procedural than anything else.