“Freedom Fighters: The Ray,” set to debut on CW Seed in 2017, will feature DC’s first gay superhero lead; FYI has greenlit a new original series “Downtown Shabby,”; and Showtime has set a premiere date for “One & Done” in today’s TV news roundup.


CW Seed, the digital channel for the CW Network, will debut a new animated series in 2017, “Freedom Fighters: The Ray,” based on the characters from DC and produced by Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content. The series will introduce the first gay super hero to lead a series.

The character, Raymond “Ray” Terrill, was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself “The Ray,” he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.

“Freedom Fighters: The Ray” is from Berlanti Productions in association with Blue Ribbon Content, with executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim. The announcement was made at Thursday’s Television Critics Association panel for the CW.

“One & Done,” the Showtime Sports documentary chronicling the sprawling journey of 2016 NBA No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons, will premiere Friday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m.

The doc, which was announced two days before Simmons was selected first overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, will take viewers from Simmons’ Australian upbringing, to high school and college in America, to the top of the NBA’s rookie class.

The production, led by executive producers Maura Mandt, Dave Chamberlin and Josh Swade, has been underway for two years with exclusive access to the highly touted, 20-year-old forward from Melbourne.


FYI has greenlit the new original series, “Downtown Shabby,” from 3 Ball Entertainment, Gena McCarthy, EVP of Programming and Development for FYI announced today. Production has already begun on eight one-hour episodes. The series is slated to premiere in Fall 2016.