CW Boss Talks ‘Supernatural’ Renewal, ‘Vampire/Originals’ Crossovers, Female Superheroes, ‘Ex-Girlfriend’ Ratings Woes, ‘Legends’ Origins -TCA

The CW president Mark Pedowitz was a huge Supernatural fan long before he joined the network, and continues to be a big supporter of the veteran drama. At the CW’s TCA presentation, Pedowitz noted that Superatural‘s ratings are up in Season 11. “I’m pretty hopeful we will see it again (next season),” he said.

With The Vampire Diaries and spinoff The Originals now both set to air on Fridays, crossover plans have been hatched, even if not “of the size and scope of the Arrow-Flash ones,” Pedowitz said. “It has to make sense.”

The two shows;’ executive producer Julie Plec later explained that the crossover event will start with Episode 14 of Vampire Diaries, in which “Stefan finds himself very much in need of a mystical safe haven…  so he goes to seek refuge in New Orleans and comes face-to-face with Klaus Mikaelson because, of course, nothing happens in Klaus’ town without Klaus knowing. I call it the reunion of the Bourbon buddies.”

As for Vampire Diaries‘ relocation to Friday, “this is not a move to exile but to strengthening Friday night,” Pedowitz said.

At this moment, there are no plans for a series centered on a female superhero, Pedowitz said. (Last summer, he admitted that he regretted not making a play for Supergirl last season). “But at this moment last year, Legends of Tomorrow didn’t really exist, so time will take its toll… There will be a moment in time, I don’t know when it’s going to come, but when Greg Berlanti and Andrew [Kreisberg] and Marc [Guggenheim] say, ‘We think it’s time,’ we’re going to give them that opportunity to do it.”

One possibility is Megalyn Echikunwoke, who voices the title character on the CW Seed Flash-Arrow animated spin-off Vixen, “Hopefully that character is going to spin itself out, if not, it can join Legends,” he said.

Pedowitz did not try to spin the low ratings for well-received new comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. “I wish I had more optimistic statistics, I wish the numbers were better,” he said. “But I have a great faith in the show and the showrunner. We believe and stand by the show.”

The CW already has received the script for the Archie Comics Drama Riverdale, from Greg Berlanti and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The project, which migrated to the CW from Fox, is a darker take on the comics, Pedowitz said, an approach that came from the producers. Someone like Berlanti, he added, has earned leeway.

DC's Legends of TomorrowPedowitz also talked about how The Legends of Tomorrow came to be. He said it started with a “horrible” idea he had and shared with producer Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV president Peter Roth. “Luckily, they came up with a better idea,” Pedowitz said.

What was Petowitz’s idea? “More villain-based,” he said. “They made it more Dirty Dozen-The Avengers.” Pedowitz describes Legends of Tomorrow as “fun, big, lighter than Flash and Arrow,” more in the vein of Guardians of the Galaxy and Dr. Who.


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