'Arrow,' 'Carrie Diaries,' 'Beast' added to '12 pickups

CW is getting down to business on its pilot orders, giving formal greenlights to three dramas with high concepts and high-profile auspices: the D.C. Comics’ adaptation “Arrow,” “The Carrie Diaries” and a procedural take on “Beauty and the Beast.”

“Arrow,” described as a contempo retelling of the Green Arrow character, hails from Greg Berlanti’s busy Warner Bros. TV-based shingle. He’s co-writing with his frequent collaborator Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. Although Green Arrow (aka billionaire activist Oliver Queen) was a semi-regular character on “Smallville,” this rendition will have no direct connection to that incarnation of Green Arrow.

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are shepherding Warner Bros. TV’s “Carrie Diaries,” penned by former “Sex and the City” scribe Amy Harris. The project is based on Candace Bushnell’s book about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years in the 1980s. Schwartz and Savage are exec producing through their WBTV-based Fake Empire banner, along with Harris and Fake Empire’s Len Goldstein.

CBS TV Studios’ “Beast” is loosely based on the CBS drama from the late 1980s. It’s described as a modern-day romancer “with a procedural twist.” Jennifer Levin (“Without a Trace”)and Sherri Cooper (“Brothers and Sisters”) penned the pilot and exec produce with Paul Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Bill Haber.

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