UPFRONTS: The CW gives nod to ‘Naomi’, passes on ‘Powerpuff’…

The CW has announced its plans for the upcoming 2021-2022 season...

The CW has given a series commitment to Naomi, a show based on the DC character of the same name. Kaci Walfall stars as the title character who is seemingly a normal teenager who becomes convinced of a connection between herself and  Superman and who ultimately finds answers that include her parents, a supernatural event in her town, the multiverse and her own heroic potential.

The character of Naomi McDuffie was created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell and first appeared in her own comics-series in 2019 under DC‘s Wonder Comics imprint.  The live-action series, which will be written and produced by  DuVernay and Jill Blankenship (with Amanda Marsalis directing and co-executive producing the pilot episode) also stars Alexander Wraith, Cranston Johnson and Camila Moreno. It is due to debut later this year and will join The CW pantheon of DC-related shows at a time when the likes of Supergirl and Black Lightning are leaving screens.

It is moving forward with young-adult sports drama All American: Homecoming and a remake of sf drama The 4400. There’s also the overdue return of In the Dark, the darkly humorous story of a irreverent blind woman, Murphy (Perry Mattfeld) who ends up in a dangerously unpredictable situation after involving herself in solving a murder – think a more adult version of Veronica Mars. It’s third season begins on 23rd June with a further fourth season given the greenlight.

A live-action version of the Powerpuff Girls (featuring Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD‘s Chloe Bennet is not going forward in its current form but is believed to be being reworked with the same cast and crew for later consideration. The CW has decided against giving the greenlight to Black Lightning spinoff Painkiller and dramedy Our Ladies of Brooklyn.