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CW picks up 5 series, including 'Carrie Diaries,' 'Arrow'

May 11, 2012 |  2:22 pm

CW picks up Carrie Diaries
It's time to get Carried away and green with envy: The CW is picking up the "Sex and the City" prequel series "The Carrie Diaries" and is getting back in the superhero business with "Arrow." Additionally, the network has given series orders to "Beauty and the Beast," "FIrst Cut" and "The Cult." 

Based on the novels “The Carrie Diaries” and “Summer and the City” by Candace Bushnell, "The Carrie Diaries" introduces us to a 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw--pre-Mr. Big, pre-closet full of designer clothes, and pre-sex column. Bushnell will serve as an executive producer, along with teen drama vets Amy B. Harris (“Sex and the City,” “Gossip Girl”), Josh Schwartz (“Hart of Dixie,” “Gossip Girl”), Stephanie Savage (“Hart of Dixie,” “Gossip Girl”), and Len Goldstein (“Hart of Dixie”).

Offering a more streamlined fashion outlook is "Arrow," which will give DC comics superhero Green Arrow a new look. Stephen Amell ("Hung," "Private Practice") stars as Oliver Queen, a billionaire playboy who now fights crime as a vigilante.

Meanwhile, "Beauty and the Beast" is getting reincarnated once more for the TV world (still no word on whether ABC picked up their version). Loosely based on the 1980s CBS version, the CW version gets a procedural twist and even features a familiar face on the network:
 "Smallville's" Kristin Kreuk.

"First Cut" sees Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer ("The Good Wife") learning that the professional world isn't all that different from high school. And "Cult" centers on a female production assistant at a popular television show and a blogger who team up to investigate the show's rabid fans, who may be re-creating crime scenes from the show in their real lives.


First look: AnnaSophia Robb channels SJP in 'The Carrie Diaries'

A 'Sex and the City' prequel ... as a TV show

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Sarah Jessica Parker, left, and AnnaSophia Robb as two versions of Carrie Bradshaw. Credit: Craig Blankenhorn / HBO Cinema; Eric Liebowitz / Warner Bros. Entertainment.