Time for a little tease before October comes bearing three new CW series: Arrow, Beauty and the Beast and Emily Owens, M.D.. The CW has unveiled key art for the new dramas, each incredibly different from the next.
I’ll start with shirtless Stephen Amell because, let’s face it, he’s sexy — even with the scars. After I watched the pilot (which will premiere Oct. 10), I can safely say that Amell plays Green Arrow flawlessly, especially while incorporating stunts. For a superhero show, making action look real could be a challenge, but the special effects take a back-burner during fight scenes. It’s flesh-on-flesh — a bow in hand. Nothing feels fake, which is why Arrow is so compelling to watch. I’d say it’s very reminiscent of Batman Begins when Bruce Wayne trains for the League of Shadows.
Moving on to Beauty and the Beast. The art is simple, but what stands out for me is the tagline: “How Brave Is Your Love?” I’m not sure how this little phrase fits with the show, but that’s probably why I’m so intrigued by it. Beauty and the Beast has a predictable premise simply because it’s a remake, but the creators could take the series practically anywhere, which is why I’ll be tuning in. Plus, look at Jay Ryan as beastly Vincent. He’s the cutest monster I’ve ever seen.
Lastly, my absolute favorite art of the three — Emily Owens, M.D.. The butterflies in the X-ray? Genius. Mamie Gummer (Emily Owens) delicately pinching the sides? Adorable. While the pilot teeters between a lighthearted comedy like Scrubs and the love drama of Grey’s Anatomy, Gummer grounds the show with her likable charm. She’s smart, awkward and incredibly endearing. Her quirky expression in the art says it all.
Which one is your favorite? What new CW show are you jumping up and down for?
– Becca Ritchie