New Fall Shows on the CW

The CW is offering three new shows this fall, plus the return of Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, among others. The CW's big new show seems to be Arrow, the first (as far as I'm aware) new attempt to cash in on the current movie superhero trend on TV.They're also offering Beauty and the Beast, a procedural with little relation to the name whatsoever, and Emily Owens M.D., which couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a ripoff of Mean Girls or Grey's Anatomy and so decided to be both.

And everything has melodramatic voiceovers.

You can see the full fall schedule here.

Arrow

Summary: After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific.  When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island.  While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was.  Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance.  As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory.  By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness.  However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city.  Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

Pros: Superhero TV!! The cool factor is high.

Cons: Our female characters are all gaping, impressed or feeling betrayed, in 10 words of less. But the trailer doesn't have many other characters at all, so it is too early to judge, and the summary implies they'll have a greater role in the show itself.

Anticipation Rating: 8/10.

 

Beauty and the Beast

Summary: Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective. When she was a teenager, Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Catherine would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her. No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…it was human. Years have passed, and Catherine is a strong, confident, capable police officer, working alongside her equally talented partner, Tess. While investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder. Thus begins a complex relationship between Catherine and Vincent, who are powerfully drawn to each other yet understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them.

Pros: The shippiness looks cute (when he's not freaking out).

Cons: I want more fantasy and magic for the title. And the slo-mo, action music combo seems super melodramatic. But I'm not really a procedural person.

Anticipation Rating: 4/10

Emily Owens, M.D

Summary: The cliques at Denver Memorial are all too familiar: the jocks have become orthopedic surgeons; the mean girls are in plastics; the rebels are in the ER. Emily Owens is growing to realize that although she may be a geek, she may also grow to be a great doctor, flop sweat and all.

Pros: Show creator Jennie Snyder previous wrote and produced for Gilmore Girls.

Cons: We have tons of shallow highschool dramas. We have tons of medical dramas. Do we really need one that combines the two?

Anticipation Rating: 2/10