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Outfitting 'Arrow'

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The look of Arrow’s signature crime-fighting suit was so key, producers brought on Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland) solely for that outfit. While Atwood took cues from the pilot script and the comics, she wasn’t afraid to go off book. ”It’s got a little more modernity to it and a little less pointy-shoulder kind of vibe” says Atwood. The designer adds that it was important for the character to look less flashy than a movie superhero, and more human. Also, it had to be flexible.

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Building a better superhero

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It’s the morning after election day , and pop culture’s newly anointed superhero is in the gym battling an evil more daunting than any supervillain: Man boobs..

Wearing a Toronto Blue Jays cap and black Nikes, Stephen Amell, who plays the titular archer on The CW’s Arrow, explains to a trainer at the gym not far from his Vancouver apartment exactly what he needs to accomplish during today’s workout: ”I have to be shirtless every week for my TV show,” says the actor, 31. ”I don’t want to get bigger in the chest. On screen, that can look like boobs.”

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2012 breakouts: Stephen Amell

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One year ago, Stephen Amell was striving toward the most ambitious goal he had ever set for himself as an actor. ”I wanted to work 100 days out of 365,” says the Toronto native, 31. ”That’s a pretty high goal when you’re an actor in Hollywood without a steady job.” He’s right: Despite appearances on several shows in 2011, including The Vampire Diaries and Hung, Amell failed to meet his objective. And yet the impact he made in 2011 paid off in 2012, with a star-making job that should keep him busy for some time to come.

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Fall TV winners and losers

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ABC’s country-music drama Nashville, starring Connie Britton, was supposed to be the giant new hit. Mindy Kaling’s new Fox comedy, The Mindy Project, was expected to be a perfect companion for New Girl. And didn’t we all think NBC’s Chicago Fire would be extinguished by now? Man makes plans; fall laughs. Here’s our list of small-screen hits and misses.

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The Huntress on The CW's 'Arrow'

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Meet the Huntress (Jessica De Gouw), an antiheroine seeking vengeance, much like the show’s protagonist, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). The crossbow-wielding beauty is set for two episodes starting Nov. 28, but could return. ”On an emotional level, she and Oliver are both damaged by their pasts,” explains exec producer Andrew Kreisberg, ”and then the fact that she’s hot and Oliver is into her makes it all the more complicated.” Let the shipping begin!

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'Arrow''s Stephen Amell: On My iPod

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Family of the Year, ”The Stairs”

”It’s essentially the anthem for my rooftop in Vancouver. It’s all about staying up late enough to see the sunrise. When I first heard it, I was sitting there with [Arrow costar] Colin Donnell and he said, ‘This is the song to your rooftop.’ And I was like, ‘I was just thinking that!”’

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Feedback: Nov. 9/16, 2012

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Spellbound by Once How delighted my family was to read about Once Upon a Time! It has truly brought us together on Sunday nights, and features something for all of us: villainy and evil for my 16-year-old son, love and princesses for my 13-year-old daughter, and knights and action for my 8-year-old son. These stories speak to the everlasting power of the fable, and how its universal themes of good and evil, fear and love, illustrate the human struggle.Laura Hanson

Hopkinton, Mass.

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EW.com poll: What's the best new TV show?

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20% Nashville (ABC)19% Revolution (NBC)17% Other 12% Arrow (The CW)11% Elementary (CBS)8% The Mindy Project (Fox)7% Last Resort (ABC)6% Go On (NBC)

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TV Jukebox: Oct. 26, 2012

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ElementaryThe Song Barbarossa, ”Bloodline”

The Scene The title of the U.K. songwriter’s moody ballad was apt for an episode about family — not just the (spoiler alert, slow-to-watch-your-DVR people!) murderous twin behind Oct. 4’s whodunit but also the growing bond between Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan Watson (Lucy Liu).

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Arrow

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GROWTH SPURT Delayed adolescence is the overriding theme of almost all CW shows, rendering it incapable of competing with the ''adult'' networks

The CW’s best new shows of the fall season are dramas Arrow and Emily Owens, M.D., which makes for a nice contrast demonstrating the six-year-old network’s strengths and weaknesses. Arrow is the Smallville-ification of DC Comics superhero Green Arrow, starring Stephen Amell as billionaire playboy Oliver Queen. The Emerald Archer, as we comic-book nerds used to call him, is presented here as a hooded bow-and-arrow expert with superb musculature who … well, what he does is almost beside the point.

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