It was the very first question Pedowitz got on his phone call with press before this morning’s Upfront presentation to advertisers.
“We had really great material this year,” he said. “We’re really exited about the five series we did pick up. We are big fans of the characters and the women who played the characters in the series, but we did not feel creatively the show is where we wanted it to be. We felt we had a better shot with Legacies.”
Pedowitz added that CW execs are “big fans” of the Wayward actresses “and hope they continue on…guest starring on Supernatural.”
But, he reiterated, he “did not feel [Wayward] was where it needed to be to go forward with it this year.”
When CW aired its backdoor pilot in January, the Supernatural episode (0.6 demo rating, 1.87 million viewers) was steady in the demo and up in viewers with its planted spinoff episode.
Starring original series’ Kim Rhodes, Wayward told the story of Sheriff Jody Mills (Rhodes) and a group of troubled young women, all orphaned by supernatural tragedy who, under Mills’ training, become a monster-fighting force.
The spinoff hailed from a quartet of Supernatural writers-producers, including showrunners Dabb and Robert Singer as well as Phil Sgriccia and Robert Berens. Warner Bros TV, which produces Supernatural, was the studio.