*Updated w/Batwoman Teaser* CW Picks Up ‘Batwoman’, ‘Katy Keene’ & ‘Nancy Drew’ Series, ‘Lost Boys’ Re-shoots, ‘Glamorous’ Still Being Decided On, ‘Jane The Novela’ Scrapped

The CW just ordered 3 new shows to series, dropped one and still trying to make 2 others work.

Ordered: Batwoman starring Ruby Rose:

Logline: Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (star Ruby Rose) soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

Executive Producer/Writer: Caroline Dries
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, David Nutter
Director/Executive Producer: Marcos Siega
Auspices: Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
Based on the characters from DC


Ordered: Katy Keene, the Riverdale Spin-off starring Lucy Hale:

Logline: In a timeless New York City, as enchanting as Riverdale is moody, aspiring fashion designer Katy Keene (Lucy Hale) meets Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), fresh off the bus to chase her musical dreams. Their world is populated with kindred-spirit starving artists, including mysterious socialite Pepper Smith (Julie Chan) and Broadway-bound performer Jorge Lopez – and his drag queen alter ego, Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp). While their climb to the top is rife with obstacles, this found family will stop at nothing to see their names in lights. Based on the Archie Comics characters.

Executive Producers/Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Michael Grassi
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics CEO and Publisher)
Director/Executive Producer: Maggie Kiley
Based on the characters from Archie Comics
Auspices: Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios

Ordered: Nancy Drew, starring Kennedy McMann:

Logline: Set in the summer after her high school graduation,18-year-old Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.

Writers / Executive Producers: Noga Landau, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage
Director/Co-Executive Producer: Larry Teng
Executive Producer: Lis Rowinski
Auspices: CBS Television Studios in association with Fake Empire

That’s NINE series Berlanti and production company will have on The CW. That’s a lot of territory.

What’s happening with The Lost Boys, Glamorous and Jane The Novela?

It seems The Lost Boys pilot didn’t reach the mark The CW was hoping it would, but the network still has faith in the franchise and the pilot will be re-shot, along with possible recasting.

Glamorous, starring Ben J. Pierce and Brooke Shields is the only original CW concept in the running and buzz is Ben J. Pierce could be a break out star. The CW says the series is still in contention. Whether they are trying to figure out marketing, target audience or a few tweaks, it seems this will be moving forward soon. Eva Longoria directed the pilot.

Written by Nardino, Glamorous centers on a gender-nonconforming recent high school graduate (Ben J. Pierce) who lands the gig of a lifetime interning at a cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube.

Jane The Novela, well, it’s not going forward. Here’s another quote from Deadline. It just seems convoluted.

Jane the Novela, from the creative team of Jane the Virgin, was always considered a big swing as it’s not a traditional spinoff. Written by Jane scribe Valentina Garza and directed by Brad Silberling, Jane the Novela was a soapy, telenovela-inspired anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva and narrated by the author herself. Jane the Virgin creator/exec producer Jennie Snyder Urman, star Gina Rodriguez, and exec producers Ben Silverman also executive produced.

Which series are you most looking forward to? Batwoman has me intrigued, as this years CW superhero shows lost me at the start.

[Deadline]