THE NEWS BUNDLE: The CW Greenlights 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Green Arrow', and More To Pilot


As pilot season just begins heating up, The CW is looking to have one of its most successful years ever. Between comedies and dramas, the network could be greenlighting anywhere between 7-13 pilots for series consideration before the upfronts roll around this May. Today, news has broken that three of the projects over at the network have just made it a step further, as they have been greenlit for first episodes.

TV Source has confirmed that Green Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, and The Carrie Diaries have all been greenlit for pilot, eventually aiming to become full fledged series by this fall.

Green Arrow's pilot currently consists of executive producers/writers Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters) and Marc Guggenheim (FlashForward), who both worked on last year’s Green Lantern, and are joined by Andrew Kreisberg (Vampire Diaries, Fringe, Green Arrow comic). No casting has yet become available, and there is no word if ex-Arrow Justin Hartley is in the running for the role. All that's truly confirmed is that the series will take place in Star City.

Beauty and the Beast is said to be the fairy tale we all know and love but with a procedural twist. The pilot was written by scribes Jennifer Levin (Without a Trace) and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters). No other information is yet available.

The Carrie Diaries is based off of the prequel-Sex and the City novels, with executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage helming the project. Current Gossip Girl writer and ex-Sex and the City writer/producer Amy Harris wrote the script for the series, which focuses on Carrie's high school years, and she will be executive producing as well alongside author of the novels Candace Bushnell.

This greenlight does NOT guarantee they will become series, but there is a very likely chance that one of them will eventually become a program by Fall 2012.

We'll keep you updated on casting for each project as the pre-production on each potential series develops.

What do you think? Which one of these three series would you like to see make it to air? Let us know either in the comments below, or tweet us @FilmThrasher on Twitter!