May 11, 2012 at 09:00 PM EDT

The CW has decided which of its pilots will receive series orders for next season. There are five pickups, being announced all at once. You ready?

Here’s the winners list: Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries, comic book adaptation Arrow, the fairy tale update Beauty and the Beast, the medical drama First Cut and the investigative drama Cult are all receiving series orders.

The one somewhat surprising omission from the pickup list? The Hunger Games-esque drama The Selection. We also have new detailed official descriptions of each new show below:


It’s 1984, and life isn’t easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw. Since

their mother passed away, Carrie’s younger sister Dorritt is more

rebellious than ever, and their father Tom is overwhelmed with the

responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his

own. Carrie’s friends – sweet, geeky Mouse, sarcastic and

self-assured Maggie and sensitive Walt – make life bearable, but a

suburban life in Connecticut isn’t doing much to take her mind off her

troubles. And even though the arrival of a sexy new transfer student

named Sebastian brings some excitement to Carrie’s world, she is

struggling to move on from her grief. So when Tom offers Carrie the

chance to intern at a law firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance.

Carrie’s eyes are opened wide at the glamour and grit of New York City

– and when she meets Larissa, the style editor for Interview magazine,

she’s inspired by the club culture and unique individuals that make up

Larissa’s world. Carrie’s friends and family may have a big place in

her heart, but she’s fallen in love for the first time with the most

important man in her life – Manhattan.

The series stars AnnaSophia Robb (“Soul Surfer”) as Carrie Bradshaw,

Austin Butler (“Switched at Birth,” “Life Unexpected”) as Sebastian

Kydd, Ellen Wong (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Combat Hospital”) as

Mouse; Katie Findlay (“The Killing,” “SGU Stargate Universe”) as

Maggie Landers, Stefania Owen (“Running Wilde,” “The Lovely Bones”) as

Dorrit Bradshaw, Brendan Dooling (“An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the

Shelf”) as Walt Reynolds, Chloe Bridges (“90210”) as Donna LaDonna,

Freema Agyeman (“Doctor Who,” “Law & Order: UK”) as Larissa Loughton

and Matt Letscher (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Entourage”) as Tom Bradshaw.


At long last, Emily Barnes feels like she is an actual grown-up. She

can finally put her high school days as the

geeky-girl-with-flop-sweats behind her; she’s graduated from medical

school and is now a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital,

where she’ll have the chance to work with world-famous cardiologist

Dr. Gina Beckett – and where, not-so-coincidentally, her med-school

crush Will Rider is also an intern. So why does everyone keep warning

her that the hospital is just like high school? Emily soon finds out

the hard way – her high school nemesis, the gorgeous, popular

Cassandra Kopelson, is also just starting out at Denver Memorial, and

it seems like they’re rivals all over again – not only as surgical

interns, but for Will’s attention. Fellow intern Tyra Granger warns

Emily that 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, and Tyra has her own awkward place as the

principal’s kid – her father is the chief resident. Emily’s the new

kid all over again, and it’s just as awkward as high school. Only

this time around, Emily will have to balance the personal and

emotional turmoil of social politics with the high-stakes world of

life-and-death medical decisions. At least she has fellow intern

Tyra and nerdy-but-cute resident Micah, to count on as friends. Emily

is growing to realize that although she may be a geek, she may also

grow to be a great doctor, flop sweats and all.

The series stars Mamie Gummer as Emily, Justin Hartley as Will,

Michael Rady as Micah, Aja Naomi King as Cassandra, Kelly McCreary as

Tyra and Necar Zadegan as Gina.


Investigative journalist Jeff Sefton has learned to laugh off his

brother Nate’s relentless string of obsessions, especially his latest

rant that a hit TV show intends to harm him. However, when his

brother mysteriously disappears, Jeff takes Nate’s paranoia seriously,

and in the process uncovers the dark underworld of the TV show “Cult”

and its rabid fans. The only person who seems willing to help Jeff

with his investigation is Skye, a young research assistant for “Cult,”

who has also started to grow suspicious of the increasingly dark

happenings surrounding the show. The fictitious show, centered on the

cat-and-mouse game between charismatic cult leader Billy Grimm and

LAPD detective Kelly Collins, has become an obsession for its viewers

– and now some of its devotees seem to be taking their fixation to

deadly extremes in the real world. As Jeff and Skye dig deeper into

the fan world, they discover that the gruesome plot twists on

television are much more than fantasy for some very unfortunate

people. The hardcore fans of “Cult” would kill to see what happens



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.


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.

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