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John Barrowman Joins ARROW.

Torchwood actor John Barrowman has joined Arrow. Barrowman will board the network's adaptation of the DC Comics series as a “well-dressed man” who is “as mysterious as he is wealthy … he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.”

Barrow is no stranger to the genre, having auditioned for Superman in Superman Returns and voicing a desire to portray Captain America at SDCC '09. Barrowman has a quasi-cult following from the BBC sci-fi drama, Torchwood.

If I had to make an educated guess, I'd say he's portraying a DC hero but producers are playing their cards close to the chest.

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onlyonechoice
Aug. 16th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
O SHIT REALLY?

And here I wasn't going to watch, but oh my god, Barrowman.
karaokegal
Aug. 16th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
IKR? I was kind of disappointed that Gilded Lillys didn't get picked up, but John's gone the night-time soap route before, as recently as Desperate Housewives and I think this might be a better chance for him to have his big US breakthrough.

It's also awesome to see Burn Gorman turning up in all sorts of high profile projects. Class tells and talent will out.
dref22
Aug. 16th, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)
Even though I'm still pissed off at CW for recasting Mr Coleman's character on Emily Owens MD, I'm definitely going to give Arrow a try now. Two of my budies watched the pilot and gave it a thumbs up.
karaokegal
Aug. 16th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Cool! Jack does seem to be all over the place these days. I never even heard of Emily Owens and Castle would seem to be a good fit for him. Now I have one more thing to Tivo, along with Elementary.
dref22
Aug. 16th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
I like that he likes acting! :D I like his agents. :P He's always trying to be in things and as a fan I'm happy. XD Please Mr Coleman, never quit TV. He's probably going to appear on The Office this season too and the Castle people said he'd be on the show throughout the season, so that's good. :P Yes, a show with good ratings and many fans! :D

Elementary is definitely one of the shows I'm eagerly waiting for! Honestly, I don't see too many shows that catch my interest in this fall season.
karaokegal
Aug. 16th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
I've reached a point where I kind of have to start something from the beginning. If there's any kind of arc, I have to be there from day one, and it's been a long time since almost any show is nothing but stand-alone episodes, even the most basic procedurals sort of insist on doing long-running relationships. So if I'm going to be the least bit interested, I have to get it all tivo-ed from the start. Otherwise, I'll have to wait for the DVD's and then I'm always one season behind. (My current situation with Castle...I'm hoping that I'll be caught up before the new season starts, but I'm not sure the DVD's will be out and I can get through them all on Netflix quickly enough.)
dref22
Aug. 16th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
I did that for The Vampire Diaries even though I didn't really know how many episodes he'd be in. XD But I'm 2,5 seasons behind with Castle and I don't see myself getting caught up in time. XD I think I'll just watch this season because I know the basics of the storyline etc.

Btw you are right, it's almost impossible to see shows without long running arcs. This is funny though, I remember reading articles saying season long arcs meant bad ratins and showrunners would stay away from them in the near future. LOL the current TV is the opposite of what those articles said.
karaokegal
Aug. 16th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
I think it's insane. If ANYTHING killed House it was the "arcs" because they inevitably become soap operas, even if the show is supposed to be some other genre.
dref22
Aug. 16th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
I definitely agree, I think shows like House suffer the most and I believe the same thing happened to CSI also. Hey, even Moonligthing! XD On the other hand long-ish arcs fit supernatural and sci-fi shows so well.
joanne_c
Aug. 16th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
This just turned the show into Must See TV for me - it was going to be something I checked out before that. But yes. I can't wait.

I would love him to be Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern (well, one of them) if I could pick any DC hero - I love Superman but he's a bit overplayed, I am not a Batman fan, and as much as I like other heroes, Hal's my favourite (I even liked the not exactly wonderful movie).

But in my dream world, that's who he'd be. I'd settle for Kyle Rayner (another of the Green Lanterns) too.
karaokegal
Aug. 16th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so NOT a comics fan aside from what I know from various movie/tv adaptations. To me it's just BARROWMAN...in an AMERICAN SHOW. I'll finally be able to explain who John is to my American friends with some context that doesn't leave them staring at me like I'm a Martian. That's my Squeeeeeeee-worthiness right there. (As relentless a Barrow-vangelist as I am, it gets a little old to start a conversation with "You know what Doctor Who is, right?" and get the blank look.)
joanne_c
Aug. 17th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
I'm actually not one either - I had a brief run of reading the Teen Titans during my adolescence and I mean, who doesn't know the bigger names? But I do find the movie and TV adaptations very much something I generally enjoy, and I have friends who are very into comics as well.

I know what you mean, though here Who is a Very Big Thing so I can always say, you know, Captain Jack? Then I get, "Oh he's hot", or words to that effect.
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