CW Orders More ‘DC’ and ‘Riverdale’ for Next Year

Since 2012, the CW’s programming has revolved more and more around DC Comics properties. And since Arrow is going away after next year’s crossover, they’re going to need a show to take it’s place in the Arrowverse. which maybe should get a new name. Sara Lanceverse? I like that one, she’s the best. Variety reported that the CW announced that they’re ordered Ruby Rose’s Batwoman to series, likely to fill the hole Arrow will be leaving in the schedule. I hope nothing comes out that makes them seriously regret that. I’m sure it’ll be fine, it’s not like there’s a major movement around how famous and powerful people mistreat women going on.

“Batwoman” is based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.

But there’s even more comic book adaptations on the CW. The network’s biggest non-DC show is Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, and it’s getting a companion spin-off, which is the second if you count The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. Once Katy Keene is on the scene we can start having annual Riverdaleverse crossovers.

Riverdale is really good for a sexy, gritty teen CW show based on a comic for little kids that I literally could not give away when I worked at a comic book store. Katy Keene looks to be following Josie, formerly of the Pussycats, to New York where she makes friends with the titular Katy Keene.

“Katy Keene,” a spinoff of “Riverdale” also based on the Archie Comics character, follows aspiring fashion designer Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), who meets Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), fresh off the bus to chase her musical dreams. Their world is populated with kindred-spirit starving artists, including mysterious socialite Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) and Broadway-bound performer Jorge Lopez – and his drag queen alter ego, Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp).

They’ve also picked up Nancy Drew, based on the book series, which has already had a TV adaptation and a feature film based on it. Knowing The CW, Pamela Sue Martin will be her mother or grandmother and Emma Roberts will be her cool older sister or something.

“Nancy Drew” is set in the summer after Nancy’s (Kennedy McMann) high school graduation. She thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation, and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.

In addition to these three shows, which will be replacing Jane the Virgin, Arrow and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the CW passed on a Jane the Virgin anthology spinoff called Jane the Novella. They had to pass on something because they renewed every scripted show on the network other than the ones I mentioned. Once CW airs a show for more than one season that s**t is on for life.

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