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CW’s Green-Less Green Arrow Show Is On Its Way

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Now’s the time that all the networks announce what shows are getting renewed, what’s getting canceled, and what new shows are getting picked-up. There’s no real cancellation news of import for we nerds, but Community did get a 13-episode fourth season, with a chance for more episodes to be added later, which is nice. But the nerdiest TV show news has to be that The CW has officially picked up Arrow, the TV series about Green Arrow, which is called Arrow because 1) people might accidentally recognize the name “Green Arrow” — we all know how unpopular superheroes are nowadays! — and 2) people hate the color green, which WB learned with Green Lantern, since that was the movie’s only flaw whatsoever. Anyways, here’s the synopsis:

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
What? Laurel Lance? Starling City? Oliver’s mom is evil? What the fuck? Oh, this is shaping up to be a pretty delicious train wreck, people. If it airs on a night other than Friday, I might have to break out the ol’ live-blogs for this thing… (Via Comic Book Resources)

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