CW renews 'Beauty and the Beast,' orders 'Flash'

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CW is bringing back three fan favorites and ordering a pair of comic-book inspired dramas for fall.

Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie will make a comeback, as will the freshman drama The 100. They join the previously announced renewals of Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Arrow and Reign.

CW also picked up four new series in anticipation of its fall presentation to advertisers next week. They are The Flash, Jane the Virgin, iZombie, and The Messengers. Here are the official descriptions of the new dramas:

THE FLASH: Based upon characters published by DC Comics. Through a freak accident, scientist Barry Allen is given the power of super speed that transforms him into the Fastest Man Alive. Cast: Grant Gustin (Barry Allen); Jesse L. Martin (Det. West); Tom Cavanaugh (Harrison Wells).

ZOMBIE: A med student-turned-zombie takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head. Based on the characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. Cast: Rose McIver (Liv).

JANE THE VIRGIN: Adapted from the successful Venezuelan telenovela. A series of surprising and unforeseen events causes a hard-working, religious young Latina woman to be accidentally artificially inseminated. Gina Rodriguez (Jane); Justin Baldoni (Rafael).

THE MESSENGERS: When a mysterious object crashes down to earth, a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse. Cast: Shantel VanSaten (Vera); Diogo Morgado (The Man).

Now for the bad news: To see what’s getting canceled by The CW, check out this news.

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