Despite canceling ‘The Carrie Diaries,’ ‘The Tomorrow People’ and ‘Star-Crossed,’ in addition to not going forward with the ‘Supernatural’ spin-off, ‘Supernatural: Bloodlines,’ The CW announced it’s order of four pilots to series, including ‘Arrow’ spin-off ‘The Flash,’ Rob Thomas’ ‘iZombie,’ apocalyptic drama ‘The Messengers’ and dramedy ‘Jane the Virgin,’ on Thursday.
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Here’s the rundown for each new series:
From executive producers Greg Berlanti (‘Arrow’), Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns, David Nutter and Melissa Kellner Berman, and director David Nutter (‘Arrow’), this spin-off stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen aka The Flash, who receives super speed powers after suffering a freak accident. Based on DC Comics characters, the series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, John Wesley Shipp,, Carlos Valdes. Patrick Sabongui will guest-star, while Michelle Harrison is set to recur.
While working in the coroner’s office to gain access to brains (she must “reluctantly” eat them in order to maintain her humanity), a med student/zombie inherits the corpse’s memories. With help from her medical examiner boss/police detective, she solves homicide cases, which also helps in silencing the disturbing voices in her head. ‘iZombie’ is based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. It stars David Anders, Robert Buckley, Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney, Nora Dunn and Rahul Kohli, and hails from executive producers Rob Thomas (‘Veronica Mars’), Diane Ruggiero, Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge.
From EPs Eoghan O’Donnell (‘Teen Wolf’), Basil Iwanyk (‘The Expendables’), Kent Kubena and Ava Jamshidi, ‘The Messengers’ stars Shantel VanSanten, Sofia Black D’Elia, Joel Courtney and Diogo Morgado. When a mysterious object crashes down to Earth, a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse.
‘Jane the Virgin’
Starring Gina Rodriguez, Yael Grobglas, Brett Dier, Andrea Navedo, Justin Baldoni, and Ivonne Coll, the series tells the story of surprising and unforeseen events causes a hard-working, religious young Latina woman to be accidentally artificially inseminated. Adapted from the successful Venezuelan telenovela, with Jennie Snyder Urman (‘Emily Owens,’ ‘90210’), Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl and Jorge Granie serving as EPs.