Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW television network, took the stage at the Television Critics Association winter press tour to give an update on several current and potential CW shows, including “Supernatural,” a “Vampire Diaries” spinoff, a planned Wonder Woman show, a “Battle Royale” adaptation and more.
According to THR, Pedowitz said the network is still waiting to see a script as they continue casting someone to play the young Wonder Woman. The show, which first came to light last fall, is being written by former “Wonder Woman” comic writer Allan Heinberg. It shouldn’t be confused with the David E. Kelley revival that never found its way to television.
Pedowitz told THR that the origin story will be set in the present day rather than World War II, and that they’re talking to both new and established actresses to play Diana. Pedowitz also “suggested that his team would continue to explore other DC properties as well,” according to the report.
According to Deadline, Supernatural has “a good shot” at coming back for another season. Currently in its eighth season, Supernatural is the longest-running show on The CW, and both Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are under contract for a ninth season. Pedowitz said the show has done well on Wednesday paired with the new Green Arrow prequel “Arrow.”
“Battle Royale” and “The Selection”
A television adaptation of Koushun Takami’s 1999 novel, which has already spawned a popular manga series and a film, is “officially dead” at the network, according to THR. News of a “Battle Royale” adaptation was first revealed this past summer.
“The Selection,” meanwhile, is “still in the mix this development season,” according to THR. Based on a novel by Kiera Cass, the story has been described as a “less drastic Hunger Games,” as potential princesses compete for the hand of a prince. Pedowitz has yet to make a decision, noting that he is hoping to have between seven and eight pilots in contention this year.
Speaking of pilots, a “Vampire Diaries” spinoff will receive a “backdoor pilot” later this year, according to Deadline. The CW is looking at a potential show featuring Klaus and his clan–the world’s first vampires–as they apparently move away from Mystic Falls and taking up residence in New Orleans.
“You’ll have the melting pot of New Orleans and deal with a lot of voodoo and everything that goes with it,” Pedowitz said.
Keep an eye on Comic Book Resources and Spinoff Online for more information on all these shows.