“We know how to do genre and superheroes really well.”
Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW Television Network, was confident and on brand today at his winter TCA executive session. After picking up 10 series today, Pedowitz went on to tease upcoming Arrowverse directions including the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, saying, "It will be the biggest, most complicated one that they've done."
He also updated that the previously announced Batwoman series is moving forward and that he hopes to be able to order it to series in May. Adding her to the lineup means there will be an abundance of cape shows on the network, including Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Black Lightning. Asked if that’s hitting a saturation point for the network, he disagreed and offered that "things will age and we want to get the next generation."
As for the anchor genre series of the network, Pedowitz says Supernatural’s pickup of a 15th season doesn’t mean Season 16 is a total given. But he hails the venerable series as the one with their “most balanced audience,” doing the heavy lifting time and time again as the successful lead-in, or lead-out, to most of their shows, at one point or another. When the next season airs, Pedowitz says there could be another renewal. "As long as the ratings hold up and the guys want to do it, we're in."
For Riverdale fans curious about the announced Katy Keane spin-off, Pedowitz teased that the show "takes place years after Riverdale high school," so the potential for crossover episodes are nil right now. However, if it gets ordered to series and characters did cross over, Pedowitz offered, "They would come as older versions of their characters." Interesting, to say the least.
Pedowitz also addressed the domestic violence lawsuit brought against Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akili by an ex-girlfriend. "Salim obviously has a personal issue with this person and is in litigation," he said, while noting that Warner Bros. did an investigation and found no wrongdoing. "He has a personal issue, it has nothing to do with the show. The cast, the crew, they deserve to work."
Fans of The CW network can look forward to more renewal, and new series pickup announcements in the next few months. Pedowitz added that they haven't decided on episode orders for their 10 renewed shows yet. “We have to sit down in May and look at all the pieces and the schedule.”