Today’s been a big news day for TV fans, as various networks have announced their renewals and cancellations for the 2014-2015 season. The CW is the latest to chime in, offering a few predictable pick-ups while getting rid of a couple freshman dramas to make way for new shows.
The Flash has been considered a lock for the upcoming season ever since the show was first announced, but the news has finally been made official. The show, a spinoff of the very popular and already-renewed Arrow, will be produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns. It will star Grant Gustin as the titular scarlet speedster, who made his television debut earlier this season on Arrow to rave reviews from fans and critics.
The Flash won’t be the only new DC property to find a home at The CW, as Rob Thomas’ iZombie adaptation has also been picked up. The show stars Rose McIver as a medical student-turned-zombie, who takes a job at the Coroner’s Office in order to gain access to brains, which she reluctantly needs to eat in order to maintain her humanity. She inherits the memories of each corpse’s brain she consumes, prompting her to solve homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.
The CW also picked up The Messengers from Teen Wolf’s Eoghan O’Donnel and The Town’s Basil Iwanyk, an ensemble drama about a group of seemingly unconnected strangers who die from an energy pulse after a mysterious object crashes down to Earth, then awaken to discover that they’ve been deemed responsible for thwarting the impending apocalypse. There’s also Jane the Virgin, based on the Venezuelan telenovela, from Jennie Snyder Urman, Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl, and Jorge Granier. The series stars Gina Rodriguez as a religious, young Latina woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated following a series of unforeseen events.
As far as returning shows go, Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, and The 100 join previously-renewed series Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, The Originals and Reign. Not returning to the schedule are The Carrie Diaries, Star-Crossed and The Tomorrow People, while pilots for Identity and the planned Supernatural spinoff Bloodlines won’t be developed into series.
Tell us, which of these shows have you most excited? We’re going with The Flash, but let us know your picks in the comments section below.