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The CW: Fall Reviews

By: Tim Holland

ARROW is a terrific, action-packed thriller about a billionaire playboy, played with grit and gusto by Stephen Amell, who returns home after being shipwrecked on a remote island for five years. Upon his return, he dons the persona of a vigilante named Arrow, who is an expert archer and who is determined to right the wrongs his powerful family created and restore his home city to its former glory. Arrow should nicely fill the superhero void left by Smallville, which, sadly, departed the network in 2011. Arrow premieres Oct. 10.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the CW’s eagerly-anticipated update of the classic tale and the 1980s Linda Hamilton series, is a winner. Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk stars as detective Catherine Chandler who forms a complex relationship with a mysterious man, played by Jay Ryan, who transforms into a terrifying beast whenever he becomes enraged. Filled with action, suspense and, of course, romance, Beauty and the Beast should be a perfect companion to The Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights. It premieres Oct. 11.

Mamie Gummer is EMILY OWENS, M.D., an awkward first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital who quickly discovers that a hospital is uncomfortably similar to high school, with cliques, rebels and jocks. Gummer, so good on The Good Wife, embraces Emily’s geeky nature while also imbuing her with great warmth. My advice: make an appointment with this terrific doc. Premieres Oct. 16.

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