The CW Boss On ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ & Future Of ‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Supernatural’

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The newest DC superhero series for the CW, midseason entry Legends Of Tomorrow, will likely air alongside the other two such shows on the CW, Arrow and The Flash. That strategy is opposed to a run while one or both of the fall series are on hiatus before a spring return, as was the case with Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter on ABC.

Legends Of Tomorrow is part of the Arrow-Flash universe,” the CW president Mark Pedowitz said during an upfront press call Thursday morning. “They will live together as three shows and crisscross as needed.”

Pedowitz also confirmed the superhero identity of Legends cast member Caity Lotz, who played Sara Lance aka Black Canary on Arrow before being killed off earlier this season. She will play White Canary — as hinted by the costume the actress is wearing in the Legends‘ cast photo. Pedowitz described Legends as “a bit of Dirty Dozen and Redemption.” Per the show’s official description, “having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?”

Pedowitz also was asked about the future of The Vampire Diaries following the exit of star Nina Dobrev. As to be expected, he said that, after building toward a reset this season because of Dobrev’s departure, next season will be focused on Damon and Stefan and added that, under showrunner Julie Plec, he sees the 6-year-old vampire series going the distance in a way the CW’s longest-running drama, Supernatural, has successfully done. Speaking of Supernatural, Pedowitz insisted that “we have no intent of (upcoming Season 11) being a last season” for the venerable show. “I’m a big believer and a big fan of the show, and as long the ratings hold and as long as the boys (stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) want to do it, we’ll do it.” The duo’s contracts are up at the end of next season.

Regarding taking a new stab at a Supernatural spinoff, Pedowitz said that those conversations will be restarted in June. He called the speculation that NBC’s cancelled DC drama Constantine could move to the CW “at the moment just a rumor.”

As for Reign moving to from Thursday to the lower-trafficked Friday night, Pedowitz felt bullish about the downgrade, noting that Reign is older skewing, which makes it suitable for Friday, and that it would benefit from not going against ABC’s Scandal.

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