CW is stocking up on superheroes, giving a series order to the Arrow–Flash spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, EW has learned. Julie Plec outbreak drama Cordon and Rebecca Bloom’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend also scored series orders.
In Legends, when heroes alone are not enough, the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) 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?
The drama—which hails from Arrow and Flash executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, as well as Arrow boss Marc Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter—also stars Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory, Heat Wave), Victor Garber (Martin Stein/Firestorm), Ciara Renee (Kendra Saunders, Hawkgirl), Franz Drameh (Jay Jackson) and Caity Lotz… though it’s still unclear whether she’ll be portraying a new role, since her Arrow character, Sara Lance, died earlier this season.
With the spin-off going to series, that means Berlanti will have four superhero projects on the air next season following CBS’ pickup of Supergirl. The project—which aims to honor the great team up movies—joins a long line of comic book properties that are either coming to or are currently on television. For its part, Warner Bros. has Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, iZombie and Gotham. Constantine has burned out in the ratings (though is still officially under consideration for next season). The studio also has Titans and Lucifer in contention at other networks. Over at Marvel, ABC will likely renew Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., while the fates of Agent Carter and the Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood-starring spin-off are still up in the air. Netflix also has Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the subsequent team-up project The Defenders.
Hailing from Vampire Diaries and Originals boss Plec, Cordon tells the story of a deadly epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, forcing a large city quarantine that leaves those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives. Based upon the original Belgian series, the series explores loved ones tragically torn apart, and how the society that grows inside the cordon reveals both the devolution of humanity and the birth of unlikely heroes.
Plec will write and executive-produce with David Nutter. Cordon’s pickup means Plec will have three series on the air next season, though it’s her fourth drama at the network following the short-lived sci-fi series Tomorrow People. Cordon stars David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Kristen Gutoskie, Claudia Black, George Young, Hanna Mangan Lawrence and Trevor St. John.
Finally, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stars author Rebecca Bloom as a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything—her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan—in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, Calif. (It’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic). Previously a Showtime pilot, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will be executive-produced by Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna and Marc Webb.
More to come: We’re in the thick of a frantic annual three-day period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and perhaps some verdicts on existing shows as well. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details.