Guggenheim announced yesterday via twitter that Wendy Mericle will be stepping up as co-showrunner for Arrow next season. Mericle has written or co-written 13 episodes of Arrow so far including this week’s The Fallen. Previously she has worked on Desperate Housewives, Eli Stone and Smallville.
Arrow airs Wednesday at 8 PM on the CW.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens May 1st.
We can add one more name to the cast of The Flash / Arrow spinoff series… that is Franz Drameh from Edge of Tomorrow. Drameh joins Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Caty Lotz, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Arthur Darvill and Ciara Renee in the new CW series executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim.
The character is named Jay Jackson, a former high school athlete, whose pro-career was derailed by injury. Now making ends meets as an auto mechanic, Jay will come to have a surprising affiliation to the S.T.A.R. Labs crew. According to early reports there were three characters to be cast with Darvill and Renee being the first two, the final character was said to be a young black man who got super powers in an accident and was the self-aware, snarky voice on the show.
Jay Jackson doesn’t not match up to any obvious DC character, but this could be a fake name to keep the surprise or it could be a think like Harrison Wells, made up name that is really an established character. The description of the character made me think of three possibles. Static from the initial description. Cyborg from the new description of being a former athlete. Or the long shot that this is Wally West… both names use alliteration, the name Jay reminds me of Jay Garrick and Kreisberg had talked about Wally coming onto the show in the future. He may also be a recasting of Jason Rusch.
The Astronaut Wives Club has finally received a premiere date! It was picked up by ABC for straight-to-series (10 episodes) last year, but nothing was mentioned about it for quite some time after that. Now it’s official: The Astronaut Wives Club will premiere Thursday, June 18 at 8pm on ABC.
The show is based on Lily Koppel’s bestselling book of the same name that chronicles the lives of the real women who stayed behind as their astronaut husbands participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions to space. To say these missions were dangerous is an understatement, and the wives banded together as the only people in the country who understood what it was like to be married to an astronaut.
The series’ original airdate was in July 2014, but according to Deadline, the script underwent some creative changes. The Astronaut Wives Club was set to include only the wives of the Mercury mission astronauts, but ABC and show writer Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) made the decision to include the wives of the Gemini and Apollo astronauts as well.
The Astronaut Wives Club will take place in the 1960s, when America was in its height of the space race frenzy, when astronauts were seen as America’s greatest and bravest heroes. It followed that the women who stood beside them were also heroes in the eyes of the American people. The astronaut wives became celebrities and were seen in every household that had a television set. They were seen as the perfect wives. They became fashion icons. And they even had tea with Jackie Kennedy. But Koppel’s book digs deeper into the lives of these women—the relationships they had with their husbands, with each other, and with the American public. With celebrity and fame came hard times—heartbreak and tragedy—but the astronaut wives continued to cling to one another through it all.
The show is executive produced by Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz (Chuck, The O.C.), Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie), Michael London (Milk, The Illusionist), and Janice Williams (Lola Versus).
It stars Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Dexter) as Rene Carpenter, Dominique McElligott (Hell on Wheels) as Louise Shepard, JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Reba, Once Upon a Time) as Betty Grissom, Erin Cummings (Pan Am) as Marge Slayton, Odette Annable (Banshee, House M.D.) as Trudy Cooper, Zoe Boyle (Sons of Anarchy, Downton Abbey) as Jo Schirra, and Azure Parsons (Salem) as Annie Glenn.
Catch The Astronaut Wives Club premiere on Thursday, June 18 at 8pm.
Yesterday we shared with you a video of John Wesley Shipp from The Flash where he referred to the new spinoff series as Legends. Turns out that may be partially true. Variety ran a story talking about the offering at MipTV in Cannes where the international market can bid on new television series. The CW was pushing a series called Legends Of Tomorrow.
With MipTV wrapped, the focus now shifts to the L.A. Screenings in May. Big product suppliers were using MipTV to talk up L.A. Screenings bows that include, in terms of shows attracting attention for WBITVD, “Supergirl” for CBS, “Blindspot” for NBC, “Legends of Tomorrow” for CW, and also “The Curse of the Fuentes Women,” for NBC.
This could be the title of The Flash / Arrow spinoff that is set to star Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Caty Lotz, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Ciara Renee and Arthur Darvill. But it is possible that the title is a place holder. We are likely to hear more about it at the CW’s upfronts presentation on May 14th.