The CW has developed a strong reputation for superhero shows, and the Arrowverse has been a tremendous success. In spite of that, fans have become increasingly concerned over their favorites shows’ futures. Arrow, for example, is currently in its sixth season. That’s typically the point where networks negotiate new contracts with the cast. Meanwhile, the launch of Black Lightning has led The CW to move Legends of Tomorrow, and split Supergirl in half. That choice made fans sit up and take notice, even launching a petition to oppose the change.
Speaking to EW at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, president Mark Pedowitz insisted there’s nothing to worry about. “We haven’t renewed anything yet,” he explained. “We’re not quite ready to do that. We’re a couple of weeks out.” According to Pedowitz, the only reason announcements haven’t been made is timing.
“It is only Jan. 7. It’s just a question of the board and I getting together and having a discussion about it. We just weren’t ready with the holidays and this came just days later. We’ll get there. I’m confident most of our schedule is coming back.”
The explanation makes sense, but it’s worth noting that The CW does usually announce renewals at the TCA’s winter press tour. This year, it seems the board simply hasn’t gotten around to discussing this in time.
Pedowitz went on to reassure fans of both Arrow and Supergirl. Although he wouldn’t give any details about casting negotiations, he did stress that he believed some of the Arrow cast have already extended their contracts. In regards to Supergirl, Pedowitz returned to his explanation that the show was suffering from a “production delay.” The network was never going to air five superhero shows at the same time, so they decided to be creative. As he noted, “Supergirl running into the summer is actually better programming for us year-round.”
While this isn’t an official confirmation, fans will certainly be relieved. Pedowitz truly does seem to understand that this is an unusual situation, and that fans are used to hearing news about the superhero shows at the TCA event. He’s gone to great lengths to explain that there’s nothing behind this, and that no cancellations are expected. Coming from the president of The CW, those words carry a lot of weight.
Supergirl season 3 continues on Monday, January 15 @8pm. The Flash season 4 continues on Tuesday, January 16 @8pm. Arrow season 6 continues on Thursday, January 18 @9pm on The CW. Legends of Tomorrow continues on Monday February 12 @8pm.
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