The CW is coming off one of its most successful seasons to date. The Flash is the most-watched and highest-rated series ever in the history of the network, Jane the Virginbrought critical acclaim and a Golden Globe, and the network's total viewership has risen for the third straight year.
CW President Mark Pedowitz bravely stood before reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday to discuss these things and more, including the future of Supernatural, possible Supergirl crossovers, and what the hell the network was thinking when it decided to develop a dystopian version of Little Women. Here's what he had to say:
On the future of the Winchesters:
A couple somewhere sold their souls at a crossroads, because Supernatural is heading into Season 11 this fall and according to Pedowitz, the series will have a home on The CW for as long as the ratings hold and stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are on board. "If the guys want to do it, we're in," he said. "They've done a terrific job and I'm very excited about the guys wanting to keep on doing it. They bring fresh enthusiasm to it each week."
On the Arrow and Constantine crossover:
When NBC axed Constantine earlier this year, Arrow star Stephen Amell proposed the idea of a potential crossover between the two shows in an effort to save it. Now that idea has come to fruition, because Matt Ryan, who starred as DC Comics character John Constantine in the ill-fated drama, will reprise his role in Arrow's fifth episode, titled “Haunted.” Pedowitz gave credit to Warner Bros. for making the crossover happen. "Luckily, one of our parent companies, Warner Bros., was a production company for Constantine," he said. "We worked with them and it's a great one-shot episode."
Arrow executive producer Mark Guggenheim released a statement following the announcement. "We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow," he said. "Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series."
On whether we'll ever see Supergirl on Arrow or The Flash:
"I leave that to [executive producer] Greg Berlanti and his team," said Pedowitz. "If they can make that work that's great, if not, that's fine. We're open to crossovers... but that's Greg's call because he understands his shows better than I do."
On whether Beauty and the Beast will ever return to fall:
Basically, no. Pedowitz prefers to air the Kristen Kreuk drama in the summer, because it gives the network a foundation for original summer programming. "One of our stated goals for the network is to have year-round programming. We're doing more and more. Having Beauty and the Beast gives us scripted programming for the summer... [and] I plan to keep it there."
And speaking of summer programming, Pedowitz announced that the network is developing an Americanized hour-long version of the just concluded British import Dates. He cited the show's quality and its format as one of the reasons The CW took a shot on it and thought it was unique enough to develop their own version of the series.
On Jane the Virgin's Emmy snub:
Like many critics, Pedowitz was disappointed when Jane the Virgin was snubbed by the Emmys last month. But he was more disappointed for series creator Jennie Snyder-Urman and star Gina Rodriguez, who he said is working hard to earn the nomination next year "that they deserved" this year.
On that crazy, weird, and crazy-weird adaptation of Little Women:
Pedowitz compared the public's reaction to the news that the network is developing a gritty, hyper-stylized, dystopian adaptation of Little Women to when the network announced its intent to adapt a series about a pregnant virgin. "It's a pitch, it's an attempt to do something different. If it works, great, if it doesn't, we took a shot. We'll see what happens when the script comes in."
On whether there will be more DC Comics-related projects at the network:
In January, Pedowitz told reporters that the network was in preliminary discussionsregarding a spin-off of Arrow and The Flash. That spin-off eventually became DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which will debut at midseason. On Tuesday, when asked if the network is planning to develop any future DC Comics projects, Pedowitz said the network is happy with the series they have at this time and that there are no plans to create another spin-off. He also noted that the network is pleased with the success of iZombie, which is an adaptation of a Vertigo comic book series. "We're very proud of what Rob [Thomas] and Diane [Ruggiero-Wright] have done there," he said.
On the future of The Vampire Diaries without Nina Dobrev:
Joking that the network has found success with shows revolving around brothers (in addition to Supernatural, the network also has The Originals, which is centered around the Mikaelson family), Pedowitz said that he is happy with the series reset that The Vampire Diaries began in Season 6 that will allow the drama to focus more prominently on the Salvatore brothers (Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley). He also praised the work Nina Dobrev did for six years and said that she is welcome back anytime she wants to come back.