'Arrow' and 'Beauty and the Beast' bring a darker vibe to The CW: First impressions of the 2012-13 lineup

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Although The CW is generally known for its teen- and female-friendly fare, judging from the dark tone of the first footage three of the network's five new series -- which debuted at the CW Upfront presentation in New York on May 17 -- they're serious about attracting a more diverse group of viewers. (i.e. slightly older and more male than the preteen girl you think of when you picture a CW fan). "Arrow," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Cult" all seem darker and more serious than ever. It's clear newer shows like "The Vampire Diaries" and "Nikita" have paved the way for The CW's development slate, although "Emily Owens, M.D." and "The Carrie Diaries" both have the CW's bread-and-butter cute, quirky vibe.After watching trailers for all five new shows -- "Arrow," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Emily Owens, M.D." are all scheduled for October debuts, while "Cult" and "The Carrie Diaries" premiere in January --...


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