After word surfaced last week about the CW network looking at a Green Arrow TV series, the network has confirmed that it’s one of three pilots that are being ordered for the 2012 season. If the pilot goes well and gets the right marks in testing, it’d join an interesting fall line-up on the network that has seen some very good ratings overall this past season. The Green Arrow pilot will simply be called Arrow and will be a modern retelling of the DC Comics character with no relation to the Smallville character or universe. The pilot is being done with Berlanti Prods and Warner Bros TV, and will be written by Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13) and Marc Guggenheim based on a story by Greg Berlanti and Guggenheim. David Nutter is expected to direct.
In addition to that, one that will bring an audience from the 80’s to be sure, is a planned pilot for a loose remake on Beauty and the Beast, which originally starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. Beauty And The Beast is a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist. Jennifer Levin (Without A Trace) and Sherri Cooper (Brothers And Sisters) are behind the script and are serving as executive producers with the creator of the original series Ron Koslow; Paul Junger Witt and C. Anthony Thomas.
CW has had good luck with supernatural themed series, with the obvious Supernatural as well as Vampire Diaries and a strong showing this season from Secret Circle which focused on witches, ala The Craft.