We’re half-way into the Arrow Season 1, but already there’s a host of familiar faces to get the geeks salivating â€“ aside from the regular cast comprised of The Vampire Diaries‘ Stephen Amell and Torchwood‘s John Barrowman, we have guest stars like Farscape and Stargate SG-1‘s Ben Browder and Fringe‘s Seth Gabel.
According to co-creator and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, though, this isn’t a contrived effort to get geeks on side â€“ this is pure love.
“A lot of that is just done for us,” Kreisberg told SciFiNow. “I love Farscape, so I got to work with Ben Browder. I love Doctor Who and Torchwood, so I got to work with John Barrowman. [Executive producer] Greg Berlanti worked with Seth years ago on Dirty Sexy Money, so when the character the Count came up he was actually Gregâ€™s first choice and heâ€™s proven to be fantastic.
“A lot times, more than anything, itâ€™s fandom on our part. It sort of goes along with our philosophy about this show â€“ we care very much about what the audience likes and what they donâ€™t like, what will excite them, but we always start with â€˜whatâ€™s exciting us?â€™. This is the kind of show that we would all be hyper fans ofâ€¦ if we werenâ€™t making it! A lot of times itâ€™s â€˜Hey, wouldnâ€™t it be so cool if that person were on?â€™ so as long as weâ€™re making ourselves happy, we hope that the audience will be as equally as enthusiastic.”
ArrowÂ will return to Sky 1 in late January 2013.