Article | The Gloryosky Guide to 2015-16 Primetime Comic Book Shows

Gloryosky readers might remember an article I did about comic book shows heading to the small screen in 2014-15. Turns out this trend is growing, with surprising speed.

This year, I include some shows – I must stress some – that are in the development or pilot stage. I think Berlanti Productions adaptations are a lock for 2015-16, considering the 2014-15 performances of Arrow, The Flash, and NBC non-comic-book drama The Mysteries of Laura. Notably, Supergirlthe one with a black Jimmy Olsen – goes straight to series at CBS. Berlanti Productions has its formula, and right now, it works. On Bizarro World, Warren Ellis recently watched as Global Frequency’s third attempt at a series order amounted to a pilot script and nothing else.

Animated and/or online series are not included in this article, unless they also appear on prime time television. This list will be updated as I find out more information. If I miss any shows, and/or screw up on my information, please e-mail Gloryosky, comment on this article, and/or use the ask function on Gloryosky’s Tumblr.

Archie
Riverdale
American network/program service: Fox
Canadian network/program service: to be decided
Stage of development: script deal/penalty
Notable USPs: A Berlanti Productions series. Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie) is attached to the project, sold as a “subversive take” on the main Archie properties.

DC (Vertigo)
Lucifer
American network/program service: Fox
Canadian network/program service: to be decided
Stage of development: pilot
Notable USPs: Based on the character from The Sandman and Lucifer. Also, he’s the Devil. Executive producers are Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman.

Preacher
American specialty channel: AMC
Canadian network/program service: to be decided
Stage of development: pilot
Notable USP: Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s 1995-2000 Vertigo series.

DC (mainstream)
Arrow
American network/program service: The CW
Canadian network/program service: CTV
Stage of development: fourth season ordered
Notable USP: A Berlanti Productions series.

The Flash (2014)
American network/program service: The CW
Canadian network/program service: CTV
Stage of development: Second season ordered. It is currently The CW’s highest-rated series.
Notable USPs: A Berlanti Productions series. Spinoff from/companion show to Arrow.

Gotham
American network/program service: Fox
Canadian network/program service: CTV
Stage of development: second season ordered

Supergirl
American network/program service: CBS
Canadian network/program service: to be decided
Stage of development: Will go straight to series for TBA fall 2015.
Notable USPs: A Berlanti Productions series. Attached writer is Ali Adler.

Titans
American specialty channel: TNT
Canadian network/program service: to be decided
Stage of development: pilot
Notable USP: Based on the Teen Titans property.

untitled Berlanti project
American network/program service: The CW
Canadian network/program service: to be decided
Stage of development: Unknown. The rumour is that it goes straight to series, for a TBD midseason 2015-16 debut.
Notable USPs: A Berlanti Productions series. Spinoff from/companion show to Arrow and The Flash, focusing on Arrow/The Flash actors Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller and Caity Lotz.

Image (Skybound)
Cobalt
American specialty channel: AMC
Canadian network/program service: to be decided
Stage of development: pilot
Notable USP: Spinoff of The Walking Dead.

Outcast
American specialty channel: Cinemax
Canadian network/program service: to be decided
Stage of development: first season ordered
Notable USP: The creator of the property is The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman.

The Walking Dead
American specialty channel: AMC
Canadian network/program service: none; Canada carries the American AMC feed
Stage of development: sixth season ordered
Notable USP: It’s The Walking Dead, cable juggernaut.

Cameron Archer

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Cameron Archer runs this site, and is a freelance arts writer. He has contributed to Canadian Screenwriter since 2011. He is a CMG Freelance member.
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