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'The Flash': The fast story behind making a fast spinoff

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Everything about The Flash happened fast. Producers conceived of the spin-off just two months after Arrow premiered. They cast the first actor who auditioned to star. And now The Flash will debut on The CW on Oct. 7, just two years later, as one of fall’s most anticipated shows. The birth of TV’s fastest man alive was one of the fastest spin-offs ever made, and if you give us a couple quick minutes we’ll tell you just how it happened.

Creating: December, 2012, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg were hard at work on the first season of Arrow, when Berlanti had an idea: Flash spin-off. Kreisberg recalls replying: “We just got our hands on this one!’” But The CW’s entertainment president Mark Pedowitz was on the same page. “They delivered on Arrow pretty quickly and the Flash is a DC character that never got his full due.” Plus, while Flash exists in the Arrow universe, the character had a creative bonus their buff bowman lacked — super-powers. Yet to pull off a spin-off, the producers needed perfect— READ FULL STORY

From 'Doctor Who' to 'The Leftovers,' TV tries to regenerate the hero

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The corrupt cop. The principled drug pusher. The avenging serial killer. The vengeful peacekeeper. The romantic vampire. The heartless doctor. Television has been rotten with ironic or immoral protagonists for most of the new century, though the drama they’ve produced has often been golden.

But a marketplace correction appears to be underway. Grinchy detective Sherlock grew a heart in his latest series of films. Arrow gave up the killer vigilante for role-model vigilante. The new Doctor Who regenerated into an older and wiser Time Lord and declared, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. It’s time I did something about it”—a line that also pretty much summarizes Don Draper’s arc during the first half of Mad Men’s final season, too. Sleepy Hollow—in which the dynamic duo of Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills sacrifice self-interest to save the world from America’s historical and supernatural demons—made chivalry and redemption sexy again. After the glut of rakes and wretches, narcissists and nihilists, there is ruefulness and rehumanization. An era of anti-heroes has surrendered—for the moment, at least—to atonement. READ FULL STORY

Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Scandal,' 'Hawaii Five-0' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

Will Peralta and Santiago get together on Brooklyn Nine-Nine? — Constance
It won’t be long before Jake returns to the 9-9, but he’ll be a little busy taking down mobsters to focus on his love life. Of course, the big elephant in the room is addressed, but you’ll be surprised by what route Paralta takes once he’s back on the squad. However, the real shocker is how Gina handles what happened with Boyle in the finale.

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'Arrow' casts 'Carrie Diaries' alum as love interest for Thea

Austin Butler won’t be off The CW for long. The Life Unexpected and Carrie Diaries alum has landed a recurring role on Arrow’s upcoming third season, EW has learned.

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WB eyes 'Supergirl' TV series from 'Arrow' EP Greg Berlanti

Warner Bros. TV is reportedly in the very early stages of developing a television series based on DC Comics heroine Supergirl, the cousin of Superman.

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'Arrow' casts 'Riddick' alum as DC Comics villain Ra's al Ghul

Arrow has found its big bad for season three.

Matt Nable (Riddick) has been tapped to play DC Comics villain Ra’s al Ghul on Arrow, EW has confirmed.

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New 'Arrow' promo features Sara's return, Ray Palmer's introduction

Everybody likes Italian food, right? Well, when it’s eaten on a date with Oliver Queen, they do.

In the latest promo for Arrow‘s third season, Oliver uses a high-speed chase to ask Felicity for her food preferences—as heroes do—before encountering a potential new villain. The promo also offers glimpses of a seemingly healthy Quentin, Sara’s action-packed return, and Ray Palmer, who knows a thing or two about making an entrance. But considering Ollie knows how to shoot a gun, Palmer might want to watch where he parks his helicopter.

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'The Flash' to stage a 'Prison Break' reunion with Dominic Purcell

The Flash will hold a Prison Break reunion when Dominic Purcell, who starred opposite Wentworth Miller on the Fox drama, guest-stars on the Arrow spinoff, EW has confirmed.

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'Arrow' season 3 promo shows Oliver and Felicity getting close

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Oliver and Felicity gave Arrow fans a tease last season when Oliver confessed he loved Felicity — and then later revealed it was all part of a ploy to trick Slade. But in the third season, which begins on the CW Oct. 8, the two will try out romance for real, no tricks involved.

“It’s not a fake-out,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told EW“Felicity and Oliver actually have a pretty raw discussion about what they mean to each other, which we’re really excited about, and it’s an extension of what happened at the end of last year.” So that almost-kiss you see in the latest promo for the new season? It’s bona fide.  READ FULL STORY

'Glee' alum Nolan Funk joins 'Arrow'

Felicity Smoak has some explaining to do.

Glee and Awkward alum Nolan Funk has been tapped to guest-star in an upcoming episode of Arrow, EW has learned.

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'Arrow' casts 'Wolverine' actress to replace Devon Aoki

There’s a new Katana is town: Arrow has tapped Rila Fukushima to play DC Comics heroine Katana, EW has confirmed. The Wolverine actress replaces Devon Aoki, who had to depart before her character’s debut due to a scheduling conflict.

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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'New Girl,' 'Once Upon a Time' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

Can you tease how Amelia will fit in on Grey’s Anatomy next season? — Carla
How she’ll fit into Grey Sloan will all depend on whether or not Derek takes the D.C. job, which causes some “frustrating complications,” executive producer Shonda Rhimes tells me. But Amelia will make a surprising connection at the hospital, just not with who you’d think. “There’s a moment early on when she finds herself the keeper of some secrets that Richard didn’t necessarily want her to know by being at an AA meeting that he didn’t know she was at,” Rhimes says. “It draws her into the world in a deeper way than she anticipated.” Hmm, I wonder what that secret could be.

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'Arrow' casts DC Comics villain Komodo

Arrow is loading up on its villains for season three. Matt Ward (TRON: Legacy and Hellcats) has been tapped to play Simon Lacroix, otherwise known as DC Comics villain Komodo, EW has learned exclusively.

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