"Arrow" Adds John Barrowman as Series Regular

Thu, May 15th, 2014 at 4:38pm PDT

TV Film
Albert Ching, Managing Editor

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains a spoiler for Wednesday's "Arrow" season finale.

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In the midst of The CW's upfront presentation came significant casting news for one of its returning shows: John Barrowman will move to a series regular role for "Arrow" season three, as confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter.

Barrowman's character Malcolm Merlyn, based on DC Comics character Merlyn, was the primary antagonist of "Arrow" season one, and guest starred in a handful of second season episodes. This week's season finale set up a new role for the character: As mentor for Thea (Willa Holland), his biological daughter and Oliver's (Stephen Amell) sister.

Amell broke the casting news Thursday morning via Twitter:

"Arrow" returns with new episodes this fall on The CW, Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

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