As The CW prepares to reveal its schedule for fall 2021, the American network gave an update on the pilots in development.
All American: Homecoming and Naomi ordered
The series All American, a success since 3 seasons on the CW, will have a spin-off. The American network confirmed the order of a season for All American: Homecoming in which we will see Geffri Maya play again her role of Simone Hicks. She will be joined by Peyton Alex Smith (Legacies), Kelly Jenrette (Manhunt), Cory Hardrict (The Oath), Sylvester Powell (Five Points), Netta Walker and Camille Hyde (Katy Keene).
This series will be a little more daring than All American according to Channing Dungey, chairman of Warner Bros. TV Group, quoted by Deadline : “I feel like All American: Homecoming takes of the the elements that are working so incredibly well on the original series and has spun off into something that is even more exciting. Geffri Maya, who plays Simone, is fantastic […] And I also appreciate now, with Nkechi Carroll taking us into college, It’s giving us the opportunity to be a little older, a little racier a little more daring.”
The Naomi series, an adaptation of the eponymous comic books, has also been given the green light by The CW for a first season. Channing Dungey describes the project as a “totally new take on DC superhero genre for the CW“. It will follow Naomi, a teenager who goes on a quest to find her origins after a supernatural event shakes her hometown. What she discovers along her journey will challenge everything we believe about superheroes.
The lead role will be played by Kaci Walfall (American Wives). The cast will also include Cranston Johnson (Truth Be Told), Alexander Wraith (Orange Is the New Black), Mary-Charles Jones (Kevin Can Wait), Barry Watson (Date My Dad), Mouzam Makkar (Champions), Daniel Puig, Camila Moreno, Will Meyers (Bella and the Bulldogs) and Aidan Gemme (Dora the Explorer).
Powerpuff: a pilot to be reworked
Powerpuff, the reboot of the animated series The Powerpuff Girls, has not yet convinced the CW. The American network has asked that the pilot be reworked. The series remains in the running for an order if the new version pleases the executives.
The cast includes Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, Yana Perrault and Donald Faison. They all remain associated with the project. The creative team behind the reboot is also confirmed for the new version of the pilot.
Our Ladies of Brooklyn and Painkiller not chosen
The CW decided not to go further with two of its pilots: Our Ladies of Brooklyn and Painkiller.
Our Ladies of Brooklyn was created by Jennie Snyder Urman and was to follow two modern day nuns (a true believer and a brand new nun who has not yet taken her vows) on a strange spiritual journey to understand their own faith and their place in the Catholic Church. CBS Studios, which produces the series, has decided to offer it to Paramount+ and to other broadcasters.
Painkiller, the spin-off of Black Lightning, has not caught the attention of the American network. Jordan Calloway, who was to be at the lead actor in this project, wanted to thank the CW and WarnerMedia for “affording me the opportunity to even do a spinoff”.
In parallel to all these announcements, the CW said still working on the Nancy Drew spin-off focused on the character of Tom Swift (Tian Richards).