CW Orders ‘The Flash,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ‘iZombie’ and ‘The Messengers’ to Series

“Carrie Diaries,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Star-Crossed” canceled; “The 100,” “Hart of Dixie” and “Beauty and the Beast” renewed

The CW has ordered the four new shows “The Flash,” “Jane the Virgin,” “iZombie” and “The Messengers,” and renewed “The 100,” “Hart of Dixie” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

“Carrie Diaries,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Star-Crossed,” meanwhile, will not be back next season.

“The Flash” is a spinoff of another DC Comics-inspired show, the CW’s successful “Arrow.” The project, from writers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, also known as superhero speedster The Flash (pictured). Berlanti and Kreisberg are executive producing, with David Nutter and Melissa Kellner Berman.

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“Jane the Virgin,” from writer Jennie Snyder Urman, who is executive producing with Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl and Jorge Granier,  is adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela. It features a hard-working, religious young Latina woman who accidentally becomes artificially inseminated.

“The Messengers” is a sci-fi drama about a group of strangers who try to save the world after a mysterious object crashes to earth. Eoghan O’Donnell, Basil Iwanyk, Kent Kubena, Ava Jamshidi executive produce, and Eoghan O’Donnell wrote the pilot.

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Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero wrote and are executive producing “iZombie,” about a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in a coroner’s office to get brains — and starts solving crimes. Danielle Stokdyk also executive produce the show, based on the characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.

Here are descriptions of the shows, provided by the CW:


THE FLASH (Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions)
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
Producers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, David Nutter, Melissa Kellner Berman
Director: David Nutter
Logline: Based upon characters published by DC Comics. Through a freak accident, scientist Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is given the power of super speed, which transforms him into the Fastest Man Alive.
“Barry Allen AKA The Flash” – Grant Gustin
“Iris West” – Candice Patton
“Detective West” – Jesse L. Martin
“Detective Eddie Thawne” – Rick Cosnett
“Caitlin Snow” – Danielle Panabaker
“Harrison Wells” – Tom Cavanagh

JANE THE VIRGIN (CBS Television Studios)

Writer: Jennie Snyder Urman
Producers: Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl, Jorge Granier, Jennie Snyder Urman
Logline: Adapted from the successful Venezuelan telenovela. A series of surprising and unforeseen events causes a hard-working, religious young Latina woman to be accidentally artificially inseminated.

THE MESSENGERS (CBS Television Studios and Thunder Road)
Writer: Eoghan O’Donnell
Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Eoghan O’Donnell, Kent Kubena, Ava Jamshidi
Logline: When a mysterious object crashes down to earth, a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they must prevent the Apocalypse.

iZOMBIE (Rob Thomas Productions, Warner Bros. Television)
Writer: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero
Producers: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero, Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge
Logline: A med student-turned-zombie takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. But with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head. Based on the characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.