Sometimes the news has been written long before it even comes out. When The CW announced what series would be getting Pilot orders for the 2019-20 TV season, it seemed fairly obvious (at least to me) who would make the cut. Entertainment Weekly was first to report the news that Batwoman, Nancy Drew and the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene would all be ordered to series. Shocking, right?
Every since Ruby Rose debuted the character in this season's Elseworlds Arrowverse crossover, it was obvious that we would be seeing a lot more of Batwoman soon. Greg Betlanti will team up with writer Caroline Dries for the upcoming season. Now we have a synopsis, also courtesy of EW:
(Follow Batwoman as) she soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence, but don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
As for Katy Keene, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi, who will also executive-produce alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater will all be handling the Riverdale spinoff. Here is that initial synopsis:
In a timeless New York City, as enchanting as Riverdale is moody, aspiring fashion designer Katy Keene (Lucy Hale) meets Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), fresh off the bus to chase her musical dreams. Their world is populated with kindred-spirit starving artists, including mysterious socialite Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) and Broadway-bound performer Jorge Lopez — and his drag queen alter ego, Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp). While their climb to the top is rife with obstacles, this found family will stop at nothing to see their names in lights. Based on the Archie Comics characters.
Finally we have Nancy Drew, who looks to be a bit more grown up for this upcoming series from executive producers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Noga Landau, and Melinda Hsu Taylor and director Larry Teng. As far as that synopsis goes:
Set in the summer after her high school graduation, 18-year-old Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.
This feels like a solid line-up already for the network this upcoming season. I'm sure fans were also hoping for a Constantine revival after this past season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, but there is no news of any moment on that. We will likely get more information during the upfront presentations from networks next week.