The CW network has revealed it’s fall line up for 2014.
To no one’s surprised, joining the CW schedule is Arrow spin-off series The Flash, along with the DC/Vertigo inspired iZombie from Veronica Mars show runner Rob Thomas.
I was cautiously optimistic when I heard they were introducing Barry Allen and the Flash to the Arrow-verse last year. The brightly colored Scarlet Speedster seemed so at odds with the dark and moody world of the hooded vigilante. But somehow they found an nice balance. Of course the Flash himself has not shown up the parent series. The backdoor pilot they had planned for Arrow’s 20th episode this season was changed at the 11th hour to a stand alone pilot. Grant Gustin stars as the Flash/Barry Allen, along with Jesse L. Martin (Detective West), Candice Patton (Iris West), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow), and Rick Cosnett (Eddie Thawne). Also cast in the pilot is John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen in the Flash in the 1990-91 series. His part has not been revealed yet. Arrow producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns are all on board with The Flash.
Rob Thomas‘ iZombie, while being inspired by Chris Roberson and Matt Aldred’s comic of the same name, will not be a direct adaptation of the Vertigo series. Rose McIver stars as Liv (in the comics, Gwen) as the medical student turned Zombie who has to eat human brains to keep from going full walking dead. In doing so, she gains the memories of the brain. Working in the medical examiner’s office, she will use these new memories to help her boss and the police solve murders. Thomas has directed the pilot, from the script that he and Diane Ruggiero (Veronica Mars) wrote.
This makes 3 of the 4 pilots developed from DC comics properties joining the hit Arrow to series. Gotham having gotten a series order from Fox already earlier this week. Leaving NBC’s Constantine the only pilot waiting to be greenlighted.
Not to be completely outdone, ABC also announced this week they have renewed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a second season. They also annouced they are picking up a second Marvel U. set series, Agent Carter. Starring Hayley Atwell, reprising her role as Sharon Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger, the period drama, set in 1946, continues the story from the Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter that was included on the Iron Man 3 DVD.