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CW Upfront: Trailers Deliver Abs, 'Beauty,' and 'Arrow' Action — VIDEO

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May 17, 2012 | 8:50am EDT

Carrie Diaries CWThe CW Upfront is a different animal from the other network presentations. It's the fun, younger sibling, complete with screaming teens hoping to catch a glimpse of Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder outside and a 10-minute Flo Rida concert inside. 

But just like your average younger sibling, there comes a time when so-called kid's stuff isn't going to cut it anymore. The network's flagship seriesThe Vampire Diaries season finale brought the series into darker, more grown-up territory, and the CW's 2012-2013 slate is following suit. 

Take a look at these scenes from Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, and Emily Owens, MD. Plus, new images from The Carrie Diaries and Cult (clips coming soon)!

Arrow
The highly anticipated TV series imagining of comic book hero Green Arrow offers a heightened level of action and adventure — even moreso than CW mainstays like Nikita and Supernatural. Of course, for the CW's loyal young lady crew, Arrow does many of his manly exercises sans shirt. Everybody wins!

Beauty and the Beast

Kristin Kreuk of Smallville fame returns to the CW to fill in Secret Circle's post-Vampire Diaries timeslot, and it's clear the folks at CW know their strengths. The series has a twinge of parent network CBS' favorite TV staple: The crime procedural. Multiply that by the forbidden supernatural romance of Vampire Diaries and add a romantic lead who's one part watered down Ian Somerhalder, one part Paul Wesley, and a dash of Lou Ferrigno's Hulk when he transforms into "The Beast": You've got yourself a series.

Emily Owens, M.D.

With this dramedy, the CW steps a little further into the medical drama territory that's become such a standby for other networks. Emily is a medical intern (shocker) who's quickly finding that adulthood is just high school all over again. It promises to be a sweet series with an a typical lead who skews a little older than most CW heroines. The risk is that the series may be a little too vanilla for the average CW viewer.

Stay tuned for trailers from midseason series like The Carrie Diaries and TVD star Matt Davis' creepy new drama Cult! In the meantime, enjoy these newly released stills from both hot new shows.

Carrie Diaries CW

Cult Billy Grimm

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[Images: CW]

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