Former 7th Heaven star Barry Watson is headed back to The CW again. Well, maybe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor has signed on to The CW’s Naomi pilot as the title character’s adoptive father, Greg. Based on the DC Comics character created by Brian Micheal Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell, the project comes from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and former Arrow writer Jill Blankenship. The proposed series will follow a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, and what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes.
Greg is described as a “veteran military officer who is serious about his responsibilities at the town’s military base.” He will not be alone in raising Naomi (Kaci Walfall) as Mouzam Makkar will play Naomi’s adoptive mother, Jennifer.
Other actors joining the pilot include Mary-Charles Jones as Naomi’s best friend, Annabelle; Aidan Gemme as Annabelle’s boyfriend, Jacob; and Daniel Puig as Nathan, who is described as “a high school jock who briefly dated Naomi.” They all join Walfall and the previously announced Alexander Wraith, Cranston Johnson, and Camila Moreno.
Of course, as the program is only set for a pilot, it is possible The CW will pass on it as they have with other recent DC Entertainment concepts like Green Arrow and the Canaries and Wonder Girl. It is also possible several members of the cast will change or see their parts removed if the program goes to series.
For Watson, though, Naomi would represent another return to the network, after a fashion, as he was a key castmember of The WB’s 7th Heaven. On that program, he was the firstborn son of a minister who tried to always do the right thing. He left the program after its fifth season, though he made occasional appearances through its 10th and final season on The WB. The program returned when The WB became The CW for one additional season, although Watson was only seen in photos. In the years since it ended, he has appeared in shows like Gossip Girl and Heart of Dixie, which both aired on The CW.