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Development: The CW sets premieres for iZombie, Legends and The 100; new fantasy series coming to Netflix and more

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Dec 26, 2019, 2:51 PM EST (Updated)

Premiere dates for a big chunk of The CW's midseason genre schedule and a new Netflix fantasy series lead the latest round of development news.

The CW has just unveiled a slew of premiere dates, as well as a few mid-season timeslot movies. According to TV Line, the fifth and final season of iZombie will premiere on Thursday, May 2 at 8pm ET. The season will feature, among other morsels, Liv (Rose McIver) and Ravi (Rahul Kohli) entering a nationally televised dance contest (with Liv ingesting the brain of a dancer beforehand) so they can win a chance to leave Seattle — but they're also investigating the murders of the couple favored to win the dance-off.

Meanwhile, The 100 will kick off its sixth season on Tuesday, Apr. 30 at 9pm ET, taking over that slot after Roswell, New Mexico finishes its inaugural run. The farewell season of Jane the Virgin (also entering its fifth year) will kick off a month earlier, on March 27 at 9pm ET.

On the superhero side of The CW's slate, Legends of Tomorrow will end its extended midseason hiatus on Monday, Apr. 1, moving to the earlier 8pm ET spot. Arrow will take a two-week break at the same time and come back firing on Apr. 15 in its new timeslot of — you guessed it — 9pm. Black Lightning, previously in that space, ends its Season 2 on March 18.

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Deadline reports that Netflix has given the green light to Shadow and Bone, an eight-episode series based on a best selling series of novels by Leigh Bardugo. Set in what is called the Grishaverse, the books — comprised of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, along with the Six of Crows duology — take place on a world called Ravka that is divided in two by a massive zone of darkness called the Shadow Fold.

The Fold is apparently inhabited with all kinds of monsters, and the first book follows a young orphan turned soldier named Alina Starkov who is training to make her initial journey across the Fold — a journey that unlocks incredible powers which Alina never knew she possessed, and which could unite or destroy her world.

The project has some hefty names attached to it: Bird Box, Bloodshot and Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer (pictured above) is on board as writer and showrunner, while Shawn Levy, whose company 21 Laps is behind Stranger Things, is an executive producer on the series (along with the author).

This sounds like a slightly younger-skewing Game of Thrones-type event, and we're sure that Netflix is hoping to tap all the books in the series if the first season is a hit. Stay tuned on this one.


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Amazon's massive online film database, IMDb, launched an ad-supported streaming video service called Freedive on Thursday (Jan. 10). It joins other services that rely on ads instead of paid subscriptions, such as the Roku Channel, Vudu, FilmRise and YouTube, which are competing for your increasingly precious and worn-out eyeballs.

According to The Wrap, the subscription-free platform is carrying a number of films and TV shows including Fringe, Heroes, Quantum Leap, Caprica, MementoJohnny MnemonicBattle: Los AngelesUrban Legend and more. There are also several original video series available, including The IMDb Show, Casting Calls and No Small Parts.

Freedive utilizes the vast store of data at IMDb's disposal through its "X-Ray" feature, which offers information and trivia on the cast, crew, music and more of whatever you're streaming. You can watch Freedive right now for free via the IMDb website or Amazon Fire devices, with more mobile options to come.