The CW is already gearing up for next fall. The network is looking to the future by moving forward on four potential shows, all of which have received an order for a pilot episode.

The shows all fit nicely in the CW’s two main genres: female-based teen dramas (Gossip Girl, 90210) and sci-fi dramas (The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural). The four shows include a prequel to Sex and the City, a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, a new take on comic book hero Green Arrow and a slightly meta series from the creator of Farscape.

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A pilot order is by no means a guarantee that these shows will ever actually make it to air (odds are, most of them won’t), but it does mean we’ll get to see who gets cast in some of these notable roles. Here’s a breakdown of the four shows.

The Carrie Diaries
: Based on the prequel novel by Candace Bushnell, this show follows the teenage life of Carrie Bradshaw in her senior year of high school, dealing with love, sex and friendship. It’s being written by Sex and the City and Gossip Girl veteran Amy Harris and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the same team behind Gossip Girl.

Arrow: The show follows the life of superhero Green Arrow, a rich playboy who uses his archery skills to protect the people. Despite Green Arrow’s prominence in Smallville, the new show has no association with it and is being developed by Eli Stone and The Green Lantern‘s Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim.

Beauty and the Beast: A show similar to the 1980s CBS drama starring Ron Perlamn and Linda Hamilton, the show promises to tell the love story “with a procedural twist.” It’s being written by Jennifer Levin (Brothers and Sisters, Felicity) and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters, Everwood).

Cult: Created by Farscape‘s Rockne S. O’Bannon, here’s the description for this show: “”After a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, an inquisitive, young female production assistant on a wildly popular television show called Cult joins a journalist blogger in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program, in real life.”

Now fans can wait to see who gets cast in some of the key roles. Which actress will get to fill on Sarah Jessica Parker’s Jimmy Choos as young Carrie Bradshaw? Will Justin Hartley reprise his role as Green Arrow, or will someone else take it over (here are some of my suggestions)? And what actor will be the Beast? My vote goes to Jason Dohring.

Which show are you most excited by and who would you cast in the roles?

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John Kubicek

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.