Both of the DC Comics-based pilots in contention for a spot on The CW’s 2014-2015 schedule — “The Flash” and “iZombie” — have gotten series orders, according to Deadline. “The Flash” pick-up was largely expected, with “iZombie” more of a surprise.
Additionally, the site shared network descriptions of both shows:
Barry Allen is a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fanboy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante.
CAST: Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanaugh, John Wesley Shipp, Michelle Harrison, Patrick Sabongui”
A med student-turned-zombie takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.
CAST: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney, David Anders, Robert Buckley, Nora Dunn, Ruhul Kohli”
A “Flash” TV show, spinning out of fellow DC-based CW series “Arrow,” was first announced to be in development last July at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “Arrow” executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg are at the helm of the series, and co-wrote the pilot script with DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns.
Series star Grant Gustin first appeared in the role of future Flash Barry Allen in two episodes of “Arrow” last December. The connections between the shows deepened last month with Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes appearing as their “Flash” roles of Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon in the episode “The Man Under the Hood.”
“iZombie” comes from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas and his frequent collaborator Diane Ruggiero. Though the same basic premise remains from the Vertigo series by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred, what’s been revealed about the show appears to diverge significantly from the source material, in both characters and situations.
This news follows word that another DC-based show, Fox’s “Gotham” has also received a series order, moving the total of current network shows based on the publisher’s properties to four, along with “Arrow,” renewed for a third season in February. “Constantine” is in contention for a spot on NBC’s upcoming schedule.
The CW also ordered new series “Jane the Virgin” and “The Messengers.” The network canceled “The Tomorrow People,” “Star-Crossed” and “The Carrie Diaries.”