The super-hero series is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, and has been developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg.
It stars uber-buff Stephen Amell (Private Practice, Hung) as billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home after being marooned for five years on a remote island in the Pacific and presumed dead. Now he has a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime.
Arrow was renewed for a second season in February by The CW.
Nine is pitting the show against Packed to the Rafters, but Arrow arguably plays to a different demographic. Interestingly it is currently scheduled as 8:30 not 8:40pm.
Slowly reconnecting with those closest to him, his devoted mother Moira (Susanna Thompson, Cold Case, Kings), beloved sister Thea (Willa Holland, Gossip Girl, The O.C.), and best friend Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell, Pan Am), Oliver tries to readjust to the privileged social world he used to know so well.
Honouring his father’s dying wish to save Starling City from corruption, Oliver secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a hooded vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society.
While Oliver takes great care to conceal the scars that cover his body and the secret identity he assumes under the cover of darkness, he plays the role of the wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be by day, hiding the truth about the man he has become after enduring unimaginable ordeals on the island.
Arrow also stars Katie Cassidy (Melrose Place, Gossip Girl) as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey (Dexter, Blue Bloods) as John Diggle and Paul Blackthorne (The River, The Gates) as Detective Quentin Lance.
Arrow reinvents the heroic DC Comics character for a modern-day audience, but this Arrow is not a super hero – just a steely hero who is every bit as dangerous as the criminals he’s hunting.
This hard-hitting action series comes from executive producers Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern, Brothers & Sisters), Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe).