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CW Prez Open to More DCU, Hopeful for 'Batwoman' and Teases "Crisis on Infinite Earths" Crossover
CW President Mark Pedowitz made a whole lot of DC Universe fans very happy on Thursday, announcing the renewal of all five "Arrowverse" and "Friends of 'Arrowverse'" shows. During the network's session at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour in Pasadena, made it official: Arrow (Season 8), Black Lightning (Season 3), DC'S Legends of Tomorrow (Season 5), The Flash (Season 6), and Supergirl (Season 5) are all set to return – and from the sounds of things, the CW is open to even more.
Here are some of the highlights from Pedowitz's Q&A with reporters on Thursday:
● Pedowitz does not have a max number of shows in mind when it comes to the DCU: "We haven't hit that saturation point in my mind." He is hopeful that Ruby Rose-starrer Batwoman will get a series order in May (a nice teaser for that month's network upfronts).
● For him, it's about keeping the network's DCU as fresh, interesting, and viable as possible for as long as possible:
"Things will age and we want to get the next generation of shows to keep The CW DC universe going for as long as possible."
● Decisions and announcements regarding final seasons of any of the CW's current line-up are also expected during May upfronts – with many CW DCU fans keeping a nervous eye on Arrow, in particular.
● While "no discussions" was the response when asked if DC Universe's streaming series (Stargirl, Titans, Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol) would be partof the next "Arrowverse" crossover [ED: we're not buying it], Pedowitz teased that Fall 2019's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" event "will be the "biggest and most complicated" yet.
"This season, we expanded our primetime schedule to six nights with the addition of Sunday — which has been an unqualified success for the network, our affiliates and our advertisers. In addition to growing our schedule across the week, we also continue to add more year-round programming. The early renewal of these signature CW series gives us a head start on laying out the 2019-2020 season, and this is just the beginning. These shows provide a strong foundation for our multiplatform programming strategy, and we look forward to building on this with even more returning and new shows as we approach the May upfront."
– Mark Pedowitz, President, CW