There’s no denying the fact that the television landscape is currently littered with superhero TV shows from both Marvel and DC Comics, hailing from various networks and studios. But while you might not initially believe it, one of the biggest disseminators of super shows, The CW, is actively trying to avoid the danger of having too many costumed heroes running around our TV screens.
In a recent Bloomberg article, The CW's president, Mark Pedowitz, talked about the potential pitfall of having too many comic book series airing all at once on the same network. And that’s why he's put a definite limit on the number of Arrowverse TV series to air at the same time on the network.
Pedowitz explained that compared to now, there was much less competition on the airwaves when Arrow made its debut six years ago (the show premiered in 2012, followed by The Flash in 2014). This is the reason why he now refuses to have more than four superhero TV series on the air during the same period of time.
Technically, The CW currently boasts five live-action Arrowverse TV series on the network (not counting the CW Seed animated series): Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and new-kid-on-the-block Black Lightning, which premiered last week with strong numbers. But if you look at the network’s schedule, only four are currently airing, since Legends of Tomorrow will only return from its winter hiatus by taking over the Girl of Steel's spot for nine weeks, starting on Feb. 12 with the episode “Daddy Darhkest.”
Meaning: Only four shows will be on the air at the same time, since Supergirl will go MIA while Legends sticks around to wrap up its third season.
As for an end to the “superhero race,” Pedowitz doesn’t see it. “The audience will tell you when the fatigue has set in. If you have a quality show or a fun show, the audience will stay with it.”
What do you think about Pedowitz’s game plan as to the correct number of Arrowverse TV series airing at the same time on The CW?