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.

The Flash Picked Up for a Full Season

The FlashYesterday the CW announced that Arrow spinoff The Flash, along with new show Jane the Virgin, had been picked up for a full first season. You can read some of the official statement at Give Me My Remote. I’m excited about this – I’ve been really enjoying The Flash so far and can’t wait to see where it goes.

Here’s a trailer for next week’s episode, “Going Rogue,” when Felicity from Arrow crosses over!

Scarlett Johansson Does Wharton & More TV Casting

Scarlett JohannsonScarlett Johansson is set to star in a limited series adaptation of Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country from Sony Pictures TV. I’m intrigued.

The Flash has cast Victor Garber and Andy Mientus.

Bosch has added Sarah Clarke and Christina Ferraro.

Makenzie Leigh has been cast in both Gotham and Mozart in the Jungle.

The Flash Video Interviews: Excitement & Rebirth

The CW has released two more little interview videos for the upcoming premiere of Arrow spinoff The Flash on October 7th. First, star Grant Gustin talks about his excitement at being cast in the project. And I determine that “Lightning gave me abs” will never not make me laugh.

Next, in “Rebirth,” executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg discuss the villains of The Flash:

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.)