With the 2015-2016 TV season gearing up, the networks have spent the last week giving presentations and previews at the Television Critics Association. During the CW’s go in the spotlight, president Mark Pedowitz took the opportunity to discuss the network’s slate of DC shows — which includes the shared universe of “Arrow,” “The Flash” and the upcoming “Legends of Tomorrow,” and also the separate, Vertigo-based “iZombie.”
Despite having four DC-based shows on the network this season, Pedowitz stated that he does not intend to turn the CW into the DC Comics network. “There is no intention, at this point, to spin anything else off,” said Pedowitz, as reported by the LA Times.
Pedowitz’s comment makes sense when you consider that the CW only has 10 hours a week of original, primetime programming compared to other networks’ 21. If “Legends of Tomorrow,” which debuts sometime midseason, airs alongside “Arrow,” “Flash” and “iZombie,” then a solid 40% of the CW’s schedule would be DC content.
Still, Pedowitz did express regret over passing on “Supergirl” — a show developed by the same team behind “Flash,” “Arrow” and “Legends.”
“We hadn’t launched ‘The Flash’ yet, we weren’t ready to take on another DC property,” said Pedowitz, as reported by Deadline. “In hindsight we probably should’ve gone that direction… Sometime you lose great shows.”
“Supergirl” landed at CBS, the CW’s sister network, where it will debut this October. There have been rumblings that a crossover between the two networks could happen, which is something that CBS president Nina Tassler has said will not happen. Pedowitz, however, has a different take.
“I leave that to [‘Supergirl’/’Arrow’/’Flash’ executive producer] Greg Berlanti if they can make it work,” said Pedowitz. “I’m open to crossovers.”
“The Flash” and “iZombie” debut on the CW on October 6; “Arrow” returns on October 7.
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