The CW Orders Pilots for GREEN ARROW Series, SEX AND THE CITY Prequel, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

     January 18, 2012


The CW wants to make sure its upcoming slate sounds familiar to you, with three new pilot orders based on established properties.

  • Arrow – an hourlong “modern retelling” of the DC superhero comic Green Arrow
  • The Carrie Diaries – a Sex and the City prequel that centers on a young Carrie Bradshaw growing up in the 1980s
  • Beauty and the Beast – a modern day romance loosely based on the late 80s CBS drama led by Ron Perlman (Beast) and Linda Hamilton (Beauty)

Hit the jump for more on each project.

green-arrow-alex-ross-comic-book-01Arrow tells the story of a wealthy playboy who acts as a hooded superhero at night, fighting crime with his enhanced arrows.  According to THR, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) are producing alongside Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe).  The official pilot order comes just one week after news broke that Arrow landed at The CW.

Carrie Diaries is based on the book of the same name by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell; the first book in the series was published last year.  Told from Carrie’s point of view, the narrative follows “the aspiring writer through her relationship with Sebastian Kydd and rivalry with popular girl Donna LaDonna.”  Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie) are producing.  Former Sex and the City writer/producer Amy B. Harris will be the showrunner.

The CW’s new take on Beauty in the Beast is described as “a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist.”  Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters) are attached as the head writers, to produce alongside Paul Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow,  and Bill Haber.  ABC is also developing a Beauty and the Beast series, thus doubling the chances of a reimagined public domain fairy tale on your airwaves come fall.