The CW Renews The Vampire Diaries, The 100, Arrow, The Flash, & More

The CWNews out of TCA this morning: The CW has renewed practically its whole fall line-up: eight shows including novel adaptations The Vampire Diaries (and its spinoff The Originals) and The 100 and comics adaptations Arrow and The Flash. Additionally, comics adaptation iZombie will premiere on March 17th.

Poll: Fall TV Coverage!

Fall TV is right around the corner – well, for me, I guess it started last night with Haven – so it’s time to decide what I’ll be covering here at Read the Screen. Based on last year’s interest levels, I’m going to keep writing about Bones and Elementary every week, and will cover those shows as completely as possible. I’m inclined to stick with Sleepy Hollow as well – thoughts? I could swap that out for something like The 100 or About a Boy, if you guys would rather read about those. Let me know. As you saw earlier today, I will be linking over to my Haven recaps at TheTelevixen, but that will be on my list of shows for news/videos/other general coverage, along with those above and The Vampire Diaries.

I’ve decided not to review any of the comics-based shows (Arrow, The Flash, S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Constantine) on a weekly basis, because I felt like I was in over my head last year with Arrow because I know so little of the source material. If you’re interested in those shows, though, let me know and I’ll try to keep up with general coverage and check in on them occasionally.

Thoughts? Opinions? Other obvious shows based on books that I haven’t listed above because it’s Friday and I’m tired?

Hannibal Promotes Gillian Anderson & Other TV News

Gillian AndersonGood news: according to a TVLine exclusive, Gillian Anderson will be a series regular when Hannibal returns in 2015.

Alexander Dreymon will play the lead in The Last Kingdom.

Syfy has official greenlit a miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke classic Childhood’s End.

Constantine has cast Emmett Scanlan as Jim Corrigan/The Spectre.

Austin Butler, Amy Gumenick, and Nolan Funk have joined Arrow, while Dominic Purcell will appear on The Flash.

Ben Hollingsworth will recur on Backstrom.

Greg Berlanti is working on a Supergirl show.

ABC has a series adaptation of Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress in development. (This isn’t related to the Da Vinci Code books – he wrote it earlier.)

New Trailers for Arrow & The Flash

ArrowThe CW released some new fall trailers yesterday, including great looks at Arrow and its spinoff The Flash.

This Arrow one is called “High Speed Chase,” but it should really be called “Multi-Tasking” and/or “Oliver Being Adorable. Arrow premieres on October 8th.

And The Flash premieres the day before, on October 7th. Here’s “Guardian Angel.”

Arrow & The Flash Casting: J.R. Ramirez, Matt Ward, Clancy Brown, & More

J.R. RamirezArrow has cast a few DC Comics characters: J.R. Ramirez will play Wildcat, Matt Ward will play Komodo, and David Cubitt will play Manhunter. Additionally, Charlotte Ross will appear as Felicity’s mom on at least one episode.

Meanwhile, over at the spinoff, Clancy Brown has joined The Flash in the recurring role of The General. Greg Finley will play Girder.

TV Casting: Daredevil, Arrow, Elementary, & More

Deborah Ann WollDeborah Ann Woll will star as Karen Page on Daredevil. Peter Shinkoda has joined the show as well.

Colin Donnell will return for an Arrow flashback!

Raza Jaffrey will guest star as Joan’s boyfriend on Elementary.

Wentworth Miller will play Leonard Snart/Captain Cold on The Flash.

The Vampire Diaries has cast Chris Wood, Emily C. Chang, Marco James, Jayson Warner Smith, and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe.

Cote de Pablo will star in The Dovekeepers.

Raymond J. Barry will recur on The 100.

Backstrom has cast Robert Forster as the main character’s father.

TV Casting: Arrow, The Flash, Bones, Elementary, & More

Brandon RouthBrandon Routh will play Ray Palmer/The Atom on Arrow.

The Flash has cast William Sadler and Robbie Amell.

John Boyd will recur on Bones as a junior FBI agent.

Elementary has cast Ophelia Lovibond, and Gina Gershon will guest star.

Colin Ferguson and Gabrielle Walsh have joined The Vampire Diaries.

Thomas Jane will star in The Expanse.

Lucy Griffiths has left Constantine, and new female lead Zed will be played by Angelica Celaya.

Sydney Penny will recur on Pretty Little Liars.