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Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
The CW seems like it's resting on its laurels by keeping its schedule largely intact next year
"Upon closer inspection, it's becoming increasingly clear that The CW is largely doing the same thing year after year," says Kaitlin Thomas, pointing out that The CW cancels few series each year, which results in the addition of few series. She adds: "If The CW wants to continue to have the reputation it's rightfully earned after Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and iZombie sign off next year, if it wants to continue to offer programming that is unconventional, yet still thrilling and heartfelt, it has to be more than the network it seems to be becoming, one that is comfortable resting on its laurels. Opening up the schedule is certainly a good start, but filling it with programming that viewers can't find anywhere else is key. It's time for The CW to once again take the risks that other networks won't. Otherwise, Supernatural won't be the only series outliving us all."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 9:56AM EDT
The CW unveils its fall schedule, says it will air more hours of scripted TV next season than ABC, NBC and Fox
Supergirl and Charmed will be paired together on Sundays as The CW reclaims that night after nearly a decade. Arrow moves to Mondays and Jane the Virgin will kick off its final season in midseason. “Starting in October, we will have 12 hours of original scripted series on our schedule – more than any other broadcast network besides CBS,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. He adds of pairing Charmed and Supergirl: "We wanted to have an established show on Sunday night. We wanted name value with Charmed, on there. We felt that it was two shows that empowered women and were making a statement that we were not kidding, we were not going to phone it in on Sunday nights — That we were going to compete.” ALSO: CW won't rescue Lucifer.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 9:56AM EDT
CW president explains why he rejected Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters
“We are big fans of the characters and the women who played those characters," said CW president Mark Pedowitz. "We hope they continue on as guest stars on Supernatural… But we did not feel creatively that the show was where we wanted it to be. And we felt we had a better shot with (Originals spinoff) Legacies.”
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
The CW is taking back Sunday nights after a decade, expanding its schedule to six nights a week
It's been a decade since The CW programmed Sunday nights. In 2008, the network outsourced its Sunday timeslot to Media Rights Capital, an experiment that failed after one year. So The CW gave Sunday primetime to its affiliates in 2009. Now with a record nine pilots ordered, The CW has struck a deal with its affiliates to take back Sunday nights. "By expanding to six nights, The CW is now able to give our fans even more of the series they’re so passionate about," says CW president Mark Pedowitz. "Broadcasting remains the foundation of our multi-platform approach to bringing our programming to viewers."
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Robert Knepper won’t return for iZombie Season 5, but CW boss says his exit was decided before he was accused of sexual misconduct
“Robert only had a one year deal anyway,” CW president Mark Pedowitz tells Slash Film. “His character had a definitive path. You’ll find out when you watch the series what happens. That was decided way ahead of time, had nothing to do with the allegations.” The CW investigated Knepper after several women accused him of violent sexual misconduct in the past, but the network found "no evidence of wrongdoing" on The CW series.
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
CW boss explains why the new Sabrina series ended up on Netflix
The untitled adaptation based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was supposed to serve as a companion to Riverdale, penned by Riverdale boss Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. But CW president Mark Pedowitz says: “There was opportunity that Warners had that Netflix made them a two-season offer. We understood that, and I wish Roberto and everybody really well as far as that goes. We have great development in Charmed and a number of other shows, so we’ll muddle through it.”