Lucy Hale on the set of Katy Keene (Picture: GC Images)Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene has been greenlit at The CW, returning Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale to our TV screens.
The network has also given teen detective Nancy Drew a full series order, as well as Arrowverse offshoot Batwoman with Ruby Rose.
CW ordered a pilot episode of a potential series for the character back in January but were obviously impressed enough with what they’ve seen that it’s been sent to series orders.
Katy Keene is a classic Archie Comics characters; a fashion designer living in New York City, she meets Riverdale’s Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) as the singer pursues her dream of music stardom in the big city.
Julia Chan, Jonny Beauchamp, Ashleigh Murray and Lucy Hale filming Katy Keene (Picture: GC Images)‘Their world is populated with kindred-spirit starving artists, including mysterious socialite Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) and Broadway-bound performer Jorge Lopez — and his drag queen alter ego, Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp),’ reads the official description.
‘While their climb to the top is rife with obstacles, this found family will stop at nothing to see their names in lights.’
The show is Riverdale’s second by-product following the release of Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina last year; Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa co-wrote the pilot with fellow Riverdale writer Michael Grassi.
Both Riverdale and Sabrina air in the UK on Netflix.
It was confirmed in February that Ashleigh Murray would be leaving Riverdale to star in the new spin-off, playing an older version of her character Josie McCoy.
Ruby Rose gives us a first glimpse of her character as Batwoman (Picture: Backgrid)Nancy Drew, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the minds behind Gossip Girl and The OC, will follow 18-year-old Nancy in the summer after she has graduated from high school.
As she prepares to leave for college, a family tragedy strikes and keeps her in her hometown for another year. But soon she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation which will see her uncover secrets about loved ones – including her father.
Newcomer Kennedy McHann will take on the iconic book character, while Freddie Prinze Jr will play Nancy’s father, Carson Drew, a ‘dynamic attorney who has become estranged from Nancy following the recent death of his beloved wife’.
Batwoman, starring Orange Is The New Black’s Ruby Rose, will be the first openly lesbian hero on screens.
The series will join the current crop of DC Comics shows, making DC Comics not only the first franchise to have female-fronted superhero on screen (Wonder Woman) but also the first to have a LGBTQ series.
‘The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream,’ wrote the Orange Is The New Black star on her Instagram.
‘This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different. Thank you everyone. Thank you god.’
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