It is probably time to change the CW moniker to GB for Greg Berlanti who will have five series on the network next season. The CW has given a series order to the Berlanti-produced Riverdale, which will join his superhero quartet of The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, newly relocated to the CW from CBS for next season. Riverdale is one of three pilots picked up to series by the CW, along with Frequency and No Tomorrow.
Based on the Archie Comics characters, Riverdale, from WBTV, has been the clear frontrunner among this year’s crop of CW pilots. Originally developed at Fox last season, when it did not go to pilot, the project sailed through development and production, with the pilot getting high marks.
We have a repeat of 2014, when the network picked up a comic-based drama from Greg Berlanti (Flash) and a telenovela adaptation produced by Ben Silverman and directed by Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin). This time, the project is No Tomorrow, based on a Brazilian format. Like Jane the Virgin, the project comes from CBS TV Studios.
I hear it came down to the wire for the third slot, with Frequency and Kevin Williamson’s paranormal drama in contention, both from WBTV. Frequency, based on the New Line movie, is more lucrative for the studio as the project, like Riverdale, is based on company-owned IP and will remain solely owned, not become a co-production with CBS TV Studios. This marks the second series pickup for Lin Pictures, which also has the Lethal Weapon remake at Fox.
Here are details about the CW’s newly picked up series:
Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
Executive Producer / Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Supergirl,” “Glee”)
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics)
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Auspices: Warner Bros. Television / Berlanti Productions
Cast: Lili Reinhart (“Surviving Jack”), Cole Sprouse (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”), Ashleigh Murray (newcomer), Luke Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Jesse Stone”), KJ Apa (“Shortland Street”), Madelaine Petsch (newcomer), Camila Mendes (newcomer), Marisol Nichols (“GCB”), Mädchen Amick (“Twin Peaks”)
When a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, to comedic and poignant results they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists.
Executive Producer/Writer: Corinne Brinkerhoff (“American Gothic,” “Jane The Virgin,” “The Good Wife”)
Executive Producer/Writer: Maggie Friedman (“Witches of East End”)
Writers: Scott McCabe & Tory Stanton
Executive Producer: Ben Silverman (“Jane The Virgin,” “The Office”)
Director: Brad Silberling
Auspices: CBS Television Studios in association with Electus
Cast: Tori Anderson (“Open Heart”), Josh Sasse (“Galavant”), Sarayu Blue, (“The Real O’Neals”), Amy Pietz (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King”), Jesse Rath (“Defiance”), Jonathan Langdon (“Special Correspondents”)
In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema film, a female police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the ‘butterfly effect’ wreak havoc in the present day.
Executive Producer / Writer: Jeremy Carver (“Supernatural”)
Executive Producers: Toby Emmerich (“The Notebook” feature film), John Rickard (“Horrible Bosses”), Dan Lin (“The LEGO™ Movie,” “Sherlock Holmes”), Jennifer Gwartz (“Veronica Mars”)
Director: Brad Anderson
Auspices: Warner Bros. Television / Lin Pictures
Cast: Riley Smith (“Nashville,” “True Blood”), Mekhi Phifer (“ER,” “8 Mile”), Peyton List (“The Flash, “Mad Men”), Lenny Jacobson (“Nurse Jackie”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Third Watch”), Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries”), Daniel Bonjour (“The Walking Dead”)