It is starting to look like whenever DC Comics and The CW team up, the result is a hit show. After only two episodes of its new show, “Arrow,” The CW announced today that the series has been picked up for a full season on the network.
Word of the pickup of the show first came out in the form of a message on Twitter from Oliver Queen/Arrow himself, Stephen Amell. “Best way to start a Monday? Getting picked up for your back nine episodes. Thwick. #Arrow.”
In the official announcement that was issued later in the day, CW President Mark Pedowitz credited the network’s strategy for this year. “Our strategy of rolling out our new fall schedule later in the year really paid off for The CW on several levels, especially with ARROW, which was the network’s most watched premiere in three years and is one of the breakout hits of the new season.” He went further to compliment the show. “I’m proud of the quality of ARROW and I”m happy we’ll be able to share more of it with the viewers.”
There was little doubt that the show would be picked up, with the exception of the speed in which it occurred. “Arrow” has only aired twice, with solid numbers for each episode. So much of the credit goes to actor Stephen Amell, who does an amazing job in the role. He captures the spirit and essence of Queen/Arrow so perfectly.
There is a postscript to this story that gave me a chuckle. It seems that Amell, in his joy and zeal, let out the news before the official announcement was ready for the press. In a series of followup posts on Twitter, Amell tells of the situation. “1. The downside of enthusiasm? I tweeted the news about Arrow’s back nine pickup before that news was fit to be tweeted. 2. My apologies to everyone at CW and Warner Bros. It wasn’t my news to share. 3. On the plus side, the crew got to laugh at me. Really hard.”
I hope the powers that be weren’t hard on him. It is so refreshing to see such zeal and excitement in an actor at the news he received. Frankly, it just seems right to this writer that Amell was able to announce it first as he did, as I truly believe it is his work and performance in the role that is selling that show to the public.
What about the future beyond the full season pickup? Amell had something to say on that as well. “Crew and cast of #Arrow have full hearts today. Thank you one and all for such a warm response. 22 episodes!! Next goal: (we know).” All of us in the audience know as well, and frankly, if the show continues the quality of episodes we’ve seen so far, I make the prediction that Arrow will be picked up for season 2 equally as fast.
Hats off to cast and crew of “Arrow.” Keep up the great work!