Here’s a rundown of the network’s new shows:
“The Flash” :Based on characters already introduced on “Arrow” as well as on the DC Comics stories, “The Flash” is the story of Barry Allen. He was last seen on “Arrow” falling prey to an accident that has left him in a coma and will eventually create a superhero. Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanaugh, John Wesley Shipp, Michelle Harrison and Patrick Sabongui appear in the pilot.
“iZombie”: From Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars”), a medical student-turned-zombie works in a coroner’s office in order to eat brains (needed to maintain her humanity). She also inherits the corpses’ memories and works with the medical examiner and a police detective to solve homicides. Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney, David Anders, Robert Buckley, Nora Dunn and Ruhul Kohli star.
“Jane the Virgin”: Adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela, a series of surprising events causes a religious young Latina to become artificially inseminated. The cast includes Gina Rodriguez, Jaime Camil, Yael Grobglas, Brett Dier, Andrea Navedo, Justin Baldoni, Ivonne Coll and Ryan Devlin.
“The Messengers”: When a mysterious object crashes to Earth, a seemingly unconnected group of strangers dies from the energy pulse. Then they reawaken to learn that they must prevent a coming apocalypse. Shantel VanSanten, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Joel Courtney, Jon Fletcher, Diogo Morgado and Craig Frank have been cast.
For the returning series, these renewals mean a Season 3 for “Beauty and the Beast,” and Season 4 for “Hart of Dixie,” while “The 100″ will return for Season 2.
A spinoff from “Supernatural,” “Supernatural: Bloodlines,” was not included in the announcement. Other existing series on The CW — including “The Tomorrow People,” “Star-Crossed” and “The Carrie Diaries” — have been canceled. The CW will announce its full schedule during its upfronts on May 15.