'Green Arrow and the Canaries' Spin-Off Series: Everything We Know About CW's 'Arrow' Sequel

Arrow may have just two episodes left on The CW, but a new spin-off could be on its way in Green Arrow and the Canaries—which will tell the story of the next generation of the Queen/Smoak family in the form of Mia Smoak (played by Katherine McNamara), who took on her father's former job when he died in Crisis on Infinite Earths. McNamara will lead the cast of the show, the backdoor pilot of which is airing on January 21. She will be joined by familiar Arrowverse faces for a plot that, according to the trailer, sees Mia deal with the death of her father, alongside her new super-responsibilities.

When will Green Arrow and the Canaries air?

The first episode of the potential series will air as part of the final season of Arrow. Season 8, Episode 9 is due to be released on The CW on Tuesday, January 21 at 8 p.m. ET and will be streaming on The CW website and app shortly after airing. For those waiting to watch Arrow when it drops on Netflix, the show will air on the streamer all at once eight days after the season finale. As the finale is airing on January 29, the Netflix release date for Arrow Season 8 will be Wednesday, February 6.

As for the release date of the full Green Arrow and the Canaries series, CW has not ordered any more episodes yet. However, if the pilot is a success then we are likely to get the first series of episodes in fall 2020, alongside new Arrowverse show Superman & Lois.

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The cast of "Green Arrow and the Canaries" is led by (left to right) Katie Cassidy, Katherine McNamara, Raigan Harris and Juliana Harkavy The CW

Who is in the cast of Green Arrow and the Canaries?

McNamara will be joined in 2040 by two faces from the present timeline: Black Canaries Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) and Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). How these two have ended up in the future will be explored in the pilot (per Hypable) and then teased out over the potential series.

Per ScreenRant, among the new characters is Bianca Bertinelli, played by All American's Raigan Harris. The last name of the character suggests she has some link to The Huntress, Helena Bertinelli, though CW has not revealed any character details yet. In the pilot, another returning Arrowverse child is J.J. Diggle (played by Russian Doll's Charlie Barnett), son of John Diggle (David Ramsey).

As for which new cast members we will get in a potential Green Arrow series, announcements are sure to be made if The CW commits to a full series.

What will happen in Green Arrow and the Canaries?

The synopsis for the pilot reads: "It's the year 2040 in Star City and Mia Queen (Katherine McNamara) has everything she could have ever wanted. However, when Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) suddenly show up in her life again, things take a shocking turn and her perfect world is upended. Laurel and Dinah are tracking a kidnapping victim with direct ties to Mia and they need her help. Knowing it will change everything, Mia can't help but be a hero and she, Laurel, and Dinah suit up once again to save the city."

In the trailer for the episode, we see the cast reeling from the death of Oliver Queen, who died battling the Anti-Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) in the Arrowverse crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths. In an interview with Hypable, Harkavy said that his shadow will loom large over the first episode: "It was Team Arrow, so when Arrow was gone, what does that mean," the actress asked.

"It means that we have to really find ourselves. We have to find our contribution to the team, find our own version of heroism. Dinah is now pursuing that, and she has Oliver as the flame that's pushing her journey in her mission."

Green Arrow and the Canaries' pilot airs Tuesday, January 21 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.