The CW has given out series orders to the DC project “Naomi” and “All American: Homecoming,” a spinoff of the high school football drama “All American.”
In addition, the network has decided to rework its pilot for “Powerpuff,” a live-action followup to the animated series “The Powerpuff Girls.” The show’s four leads — Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, Yana Perrault, and Donald Faison — remain attached to the project, as does the remainder of the cast and the creative team behind the show. The network will film a new pilot for the series off-cycle. The show generated significant interest from the time it was first reported as being in development and was seen as a strong contender for a pickup going into pilot season.
The potential “Nancy Drew” spinoff “Tom Swift” remains in contention at the network. The character, played by Tian Richards, recently appeared in an episode of “Nancy Drew.” And finally, the planned spinoff of “Black Lightning” that was to focus on the character Painkiller has been passed over, as has Jennie Snyder Urman’s millennial nun dramedy “Our Ladies of Brooklyn.”
“Naomi” is based on the DC character of the same name, who is played in the series by Kaci Walfall. The show follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the Multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, and what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes.
Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship write and executive produce. Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks also executive produce. Amanda Marsalis directed and co-executive produced the pilot episode. ARRAY produces in association with Warner Bros. Television.
“All American: Homecoming” will air as a backdoor pilot on July 5 as part of “All American” Season 3. It is set against the backdrop of the HBCU experience. The show follows a young tennis hopeful from Beverly Hills and an elite baseball player from Chicago as they contend with the high stakes of college sports, while also navigating the highs, lows and sexiness of unsupervised early adulthood at a prestigious Historically Black College.
The series stars Geffri Maya, Peyton Alex Smith, Kelly Jenrette, Cory Hardrict, Sylvester Powell, Netta Walker, and Camille Hyde. Nkechi Okoro Carroll is the writer and executive producer, with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and David Madden of Berlanti Productions also executive producing with Robbie Rogers. Michael Schultz directed the pilot. Berlanti Productions produces in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The two shows are the latest series pickups for CW for the 2021-2022 season. The broadcaster previously gave a straight-to-series order for a reboot of “The 4400” and a new version of “Legends of the Hidden Temple.”