If he could get a redo of last year’s pitch season, the CW president Mark Pedowitz would probably go after Supergirl. Last summer, the project was presented to the CW but the network was not interested. “We hadn’t launched The Flash yet, we weren’t ready to take on another DC property,” said Pedowitz of the network brass’ thinking back then. “In hindsight we probably should’ve gone that direction… Sometime you lose great shows.”
Pedowitz appeared more open to a Supergirl-Arrow/Flash character crossover than CBS chairman Nina Tassler was yesterday. “I leave that to (Supergirl/Arrow/Flash executive producer) Greg Berlanti if they can make it work,” Pedowitz said. “I’m open to crossovers.” Despite having no intention to do another DC series last season, the CW ended up going ahead of Legends of Tomorrow. The idea did not start circulating until the fourth quarter of 2014 when Arrow and The Flash started adding high-profile arcs of superhero characters played by well known actors such as Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller. “This was a great opportunity to create a third leg of the stool,” Pedowitz said of adding a third series in the Arrow/Flash universe.
So it’s a case of never say never at the CW but for the time being, the CW has no plans for a new DC series or spinoff from an existing one targeted for next season.
Pedowitz was asked about TV Academy’s snub of the CW’s comedy Jane the Virgin. “I was disappointed — I’m doing this the politically correct way — I was disappointed for the CW and more disappointed for (star) Gina Rodriguez, (creator) Jennie Snyder Urman and the rest of the cast. The show won a Peabody and AFI Awards and received best series Golden Globe and TCA nominations. We will have to have to earn (an Emmy nomination). They deserved it this year but will go and try to earn it next season.”
There was the sem-annual “When will Supernatural end?” question. “If the numbers hold, and the (producers and stars) want to do it, we’re in,” Pedowitz said of going beyond the show’s upcoming 11th season. “We’re very excited that the guys want to keep on doing it. They bring fresh enthusiasm every week.”
The CW also is keeping the door open on taking another shot at a Supernatural spinoff. “We’d love to do one, it would not happen this year but at some point,” Pedowitz said. Amanda N’Duka contributed to this report.