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New Season Reviews: Nashville, Arrow, Chicago Fire

Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton

Though the TV season is already a few weeks old, tonight counts as one of the biggest rollouts of fall, with three high-profile premieres on three networks, including my favorite pilot of an admittedly anemic batch.

Even in a better season, ABC's Nashville (10/9c) would stand out, making beautiful music and juicy drama with its sensationally entertaining medley of backstage rivalries, family and political shenanigans, and enough sexy-sudsy twists to transform Music City into Sin City. Can you enjoy Nashville if country music isn't your thing? read more

Meet Arrow's Stephen Amell, The CW's Hot New Superhero

Stephen Amell

There's nothing super about Stephen Amell.

That is to say, he doesn't have X-ray vision, super strength or the ability to fly, and yet on Wednesday night, he'll have the power to captivate an audience of comic book aficionados and salivating fangirls alike when he debuts as the star of Arrow — and for The CW, that's one hell of a superpower.

Like Smallville's Tom Welling before him, the 31-year-old Canadian actor is about to fill some large shoes by bringing one of DC Comics' Justice League members to life. For Amell, it's the Green Arrow, a superhero without the super. 

Arrow Bosses: We're taking the super out of superhero

Amell plays Oliver Queen, a wealthy playboy who survives a boating accident that leaves him stranded on a deserted island for five years. While there, he hones his archery skills to survive, birthing his alter ego, Arrow. Upon his return, he'll have his work cut out for him as he attempts to clean up Starling City (yes, it's not called Star City) and right his family's wrongs.

In that same vein, Amell has his work cut out for him, following in the footsteps of Justin Hartley, who recently portrayed the Green Arrow on Smallville. But Amell insists that there will be few, if any, similarities to that other CW superhero series. Below, Amell shares his thoughts on taking on the role and what's in store for DC Comics fans and newbies alike: read more

Which DC Comics Characters Are Coming to CW's Arrow?

Stephen Amell

Now that the Green Arrow is coming to The CW this fall, the entire DC Comics canon is at the fingertips of the Arrow producers — and they're definitely game to bring on plenty of famous DC faces.

The CW's new superhero drama will follow the exploits of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a wealthy playboy who survives a boating accident that leaves him stranded on a deserted island for five years where he hones his archery skills to survive, birthing his alter ego, Arrow.

Arrow Bosses: We're taking the super out of superhero

Arrow will have his work cut out for him... read more

Arrow Bosses: We're Taking the Super Out of Superhero

Stephen Amell

Look up in the sky! It's an actual bird. And there's an actual plane! And there's a hooded figure jumping from one rooftop to another! Seems plausible? That's because in the world of The CW's Arrow, everything — even Oliver Queen's trick arrows — is grounded in a reality unlike anything viewers have seen on a superhero series before.

12 things Arrow can learn from Smallville, Buffy and more!

Let's just start off by shooing the metaphorical elephant out of the room: Arrow is not the new Smallville. Sure, both Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Clark Kent are members of the Justice League, but the similarities between these shows end... read more

New Arrow Poster Shows Off Stephen Amell's, Ahem, Assets

Arrow

If you're playing the Arrow drinking game — in which you take a sip every time star Stephen Amell appears with his shirt off — go ahead and guzzle down your drink because the new poster certainly shows off Arrow's, ahem, assets.

The CW's new superhero drama will follow... read more

Exclusive: Check Out the New Trailer for CW's Arrow

Stephen Amell

Move over, Clark Kent: There's a new superhero on The CW.

This fall, Arrow will follow the exploits of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a wealthy playboy who survives a boating accident that leaves him stranded on a deserted island for five years where he hones his archery skills to survive, birthing his alter ego, Arrow.

CW's Arrow will easily set itself apart from Smallville

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CW's Arrow Will Easily Set Itself Apart from Smallville

Stephen Amell

It's only been a year since Justin Hartley fought villains alongside Smallville's Tom Welling as Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow. But the CW is ready to introduce a new Oliver Queen on Arrow, a new fall drama.

In CW's version... read more

Comic-Con: Arrow Snags X2’s Kelly Hu to Play China White

Kelly Hu

X2 alum Kelly Hu will take on another iconic comic book character when she steps into the villainous role of China White on The CW's upcoming superhero series, Arrow.

Hu's casting was announced Friday at Comic-Con, although no airdate for her first episode has been announced. The character of China White first appeared in the... read more

12 Things Arrow Can Learn From Smallville, Buffy and More!

Stephen Amell

Get ready for another superhero series!

This fall on The CW's Arrow, fans will get to follow the exploits of DC Comics' Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a playboy who spent five years on a deserted island after a horrific boating accident. The prodigal son will return home and use the alias Green Arrow, a superhero who's super handy with a bow and arrow, to save his precious Star City from the criminals who lie in wait. Arrow has all the trademarks of a great superhero series, including a lost love — Katie Cassidy as Dinah "Laurel" Lance — and the loss of a, spoiler alert, parental figure.

VIDEO: Check out a first look at Arrow

With the premiere of Arrow, The CW has the chance to once again be the home to a long-running superhero series that will not only attract Smallville followers, but also comic book aficionados and fanboys — and even fangirls! — alike. But — and this is a big but — the writers behind Arrow need to adhere to certain rules in hero series as to not make the same mistakes of the past. Therefore, we've created a list of things that Arrow should and shouldn't do in order to be successful based on tried-and-true heroic formats: read more

Critic's Notebook: The CW Takes Aim for Fall

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Why is it that whenever I see a new CW series that piques my interest, I can't help thinking it looks like something from the classic WB playbook. read more

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