Upfronts 2015/16: The CW

The CW renewed ten dramas for 2015/16, adding new series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Containment to its schedule next year.

Comedy-drama Jane the Virgin, The Flash, iZombie, Arrow, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals will all return after receiving new season orders.

Period drama Reign will also be back, with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Containment due to launch in midseason, and The 100 and Beauty and the Beast returning in 2016.

Jane the Virgin (season two)

Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) has always lived by the rules, but when she was accidentally artificially inseminated her life became as dramatic and outrageous as the telenovelas she grew up watching. It stars Ivonne Coll, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier, Yael Grobglas, Jaime Camill, and Andrea Navedo.

It is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros Television, in association with Electus, with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl, and Jorge Granier.

Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin

The Flash (season two)

Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen, who lives a normal life as a CSI in the Central City Police Department until he is hit by a dark matter lightning storm that gives him super-speed. It also stars Candice Patton, Jesse L Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, and Tom Cavanaugh.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, The Flash is from by Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, David Nutter, and Sarah Schechter.

The Flash

The Flash

iZombie (season two)

This zom-dram-rom-com follows Liv Moore (Rose McIver), who learned to embrace her undead life and use her zombie powers for good. As an intrepid, zombified medical examiner, Liv ate the brains of the morgue cadavers and, under the guise of being a psychic, used her visions to assist Detective Clive Babinaux (Malcolm Goodwin) in solving murder cases. It also stars Rahul Kohli, David Anders, and Robert Buckley.

Based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, iZOMBIE is from Bonanza Productions in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros Television.

iZombie

iZombie

Arrow (season four)

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific.  He returned home to Starling City, bent on righting the wrongs of his family and fighting injustice. It stars David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Brandon Routh, Katie Cassidy, and Willa Holland.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, Arrow is from Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schechter.

Arrow

Arrow

Supernatural (season 11)

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat.  Over the years, after countless bloody adventures, they have faced everything from the yellow-eyed demon that killed their mother to vampires, ghosts, shapeshifters, angels and fallen gods.  With the help of allies — both human and supernatural — they’ve discovered that every victory comes with a price. It stars Ruth Connell, Mark Sheppard, and Misha Collins.

Supernatural is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Jeremy Carver, Robert Singer, and Phil Sgriccia. Eric Kripke created the series and is an executive consultant, along with McG.

Supernatural

Supernatural

The Vampire Diaries (season seven)

This supernatural drama is set in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a small town haunted by supernatural beings. It stars Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola, Paul Wesley, and Matt Davis.

Based on the series of books by LJ Smith, it is from Bonanza Productions in association with Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios.  The series was developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, who executive produce with Leslie Morgenstein, and Caroline Dries.

The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries

The Originals (season three)

The Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) have spent 1,000 years fighting to protect their dysfunctional family, but now that Klaus and the hybrid Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) share an infant daughter, Hope, the stakes are higher than ever. It also stars Riley Voelkel, Charles Michael Davis, Danielle Campbell, Leah Pipes, and Yusuf Gatewood.

It is from Bonanza Productions in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios.  Julie Plec, Michael Narducci, Diane Ademu-John, and Leslie Morgenstein are executive producers.

The Originals

The Originals

Reign (season two)

Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane), and her husband the King of France, Francis (Toby Regbo) lived through the birth of the King’s, but not the Queen’s, son, the plague, and a nation divided.  Catherine de Medici (Megan Follows), realising her limited power now that her daughter-in-law wears her crown, made a bold move to align herself with Mary’s ultimate enemy, Queen Elizabeth (Rachel Skarsten) of England. It also stars Torrance Coombs, Caitlin Stasey, and Celina Sinden.

Reign is produced by CBS Television Studios, Whizbang Films and Take 5 Productions with executive producers Laurie McCarthy, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Brad Silberling, Gretchen Berg, and Aaron Harberts.

Reign

Reign

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (season one)

Time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself.  Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? It stars Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Ciarra Renee, Franz Drameh, with Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S Legends of Tomorrow is from Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schechter.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Containment (season one)

When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD.  But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area.  The cast includes David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Kristen Gutoskie, Claudia Black, George Young, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, and Trevor St John.

Based on the original Belgian series Cordon, created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Containment is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Julie Plec and David Nutter.

Containment

Containment

The 100 (season three)

The refugees of The 100 sent to Earth have been at war. First with themselves, then with the Grounders, and finally with Mount Weather. But now the war is over. The prisoners have returned home to a world seemingly at peace, but can they find peace within themselves after what they had to do to escape?

Based on the book series by Kass Morgan, The 100 is from Bonanza Productions in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Jason Rothenberg and Leslie Morgenstein.

The 100

The 100