The CW has ordered three new series for the 2016-17 season, in addition to picking up “Supergirl” from CBS for Season 2 and renewing almost the entirety of their 2015-16 lineup.
“Riverdale” hails from Warner Bros. Television and “Supergirl” and “The Flash” executive producer Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions. Set in the present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” is described as a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. Berlanti serves as exec producer alongside Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also penned the pilot, which was directed by Lee Toland Krieger.
The cast includes Lili Reinhart (“Surviving Jack”), Cole Sprouse (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”), Luke Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Jesse Stone”), KJ Apa (“Shortland Street”) Marisol Nichols (“GCB”), Mädchen Amick (“Twin Peaks”) and newcomers Ashleigh Murray, Madelaine Petsch and Camila Mendes.
“Frequency,” written and executive produced by “Supernatural” showrunner Jeremy Carver, reimagines the 2000 New Line Cinema film of the same name, following a female police detective in 2016 who discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the “butterfly effect” wreak havoc in the present day.
Directed by Brad Anderson, the series is also exec produced by Toby Emmerich, John Rickard, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, and hails from WBTV and Lin Pictures. The cast includes Riley Smith (“Nashville,” “True Blood”), Mekhi Phifer (“ER,” “8 Mile”), Peyton List (“The Flash, “Mad Men”), Lenny Jacobson (“Nurse Jackie”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Third Watch”), Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries”) and Daniel Bonjour (“The Walking Dead”).
“No Tomorrow” is written and exec produced by “Jane the Virgin” scribe Corinne Brinkerhoff and “Witches of East End” alum Maggie Friedman, along with writers Scott McCabe & Tory Stanton. When a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists, to comedic and poignant results. Ben Silverman also serves as exec producer on the project, which hails from CBS Television Studios in association with Electus. Brad Silberling directed the pilot.
The hourlong comedy stars Tori Anderson (“Open Heart”), Josh Sasse (“Galavant”), Sarayu Blue, (“The Real O’Neals”), Amy Pietz (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King”), Jesse Rath (“Defiance”)and Jonathan Langdon (“Special Correspondents”).
“Riverdale” has been seen as a lock since the project moved to The CW (it was originally in development at Fox). The Berlanti-produced series tested “through the roof,” according to insiders. “No Tomorrow” was a steady favorite throughout pilot season, gaining more traction as impressive cuts rolled in. As for “Frequency,” the buzzed-about reboot nabbed a last-minute series order, as the project was considerably cooling down in recent weeks with sources saying that “Transylvania” was testing better, while Kevin Williamson’s paranormal project also remained in contention. Although The CW’s schedule will not be unveiled until next week, those close to “No Tomorrow” say the hourlong comedy could be paired with “Jane the Virgin.” It remains to be seen what the “Frequency” pickup means for Carver’s showrunning duties on “Supernatural.”
(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Wagmeister.)