The CW picks up Archie series, sci-fi-tinged Frequency, and apocalypse dramedy to series

Along with snagging Supergirl from CBS, The CW has also picked up three new genre-hinted series for next season.

According to TV Line, the network has placed series orders for the Archie-based drama Riverdale, sci-fi time-travel-esque drama Frequency, and the apocalyptic dramedy No Tomorrow. All three look to be interesting pitches and solid fits for the network’s stable.

Riverdale is set in present day and based on the beloved Archie Comics characters. The series is aiming to put a “surprising and subversive” spin on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small-town life — along with the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath the town’s wholesome facade. Oh, and the creators have teased that they might also do some Afterlife With Archie-themed eps for Halloween. Yes, please. The cast includes Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry, KJ Apa, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes, Marisol Nichols and Mädchen Amick.

Frequency is a reimagining of the 2000 film starring Dennis Quaid, about a son who connects to his dead father via a time-traveling ham radio. It sounds silly, but the film was actually pretty great. The series focuses on a female police detective in 2016 who discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her late father, who died in 1996. The two work together to solve cold cases, though they soon realize the “butterfly effect” of messing with the past. Could be a clever twist on the old procedural playbook. The cast includes Riley Smith, Mekhi Phifer, Peyton List, Lenny Jacobson, Anthony Ruivivar, Devin Kelley and Daniel Bonjour.

No Tomorrow is the only project of the three not based on an existing property, though it certainly seems to hit that iZombie-esque sweet spot. The series follows a risk-averse female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with a freewheeling man who believes the apocalypse is imminent. So the two strike out to check off everything on their bucket lists. The cast includes Tori Anderson, Josh Sasse, Sarayu Blue, Amy Pietz, Jesse Rath and Jonathan Langdon.

What do you make of the new additions? Do you plan on checking any of these out?

(Via TV Line)

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