Who does The CW think they are? Netflix? The network has been on a "series" spree over the past week, beginning with last week's massive renewal of 13 series (more on that below) – but they're not stopping there. The CW has given series orders to two projects based on pilot scripts: Arrowverse series Superman & Lois and the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot starring soon-to-be Supernatural alum Jared Padalecki. Stemming from Warner Bros. TV and CBS TV Studios respectively, both Superman & Lois and Walker are set to film their pilots this spring.
Superman & Lois is an hour-long drama pilot from The Flash executive producer Todd Helbing, DC Universe architect Greg Berlanti, and Warner Bros. TV. Helbing, Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns are set to executive produce.
Written by Helbing and based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman & Lois finds Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch returning to their Arrowverse roles as the world's most famous superhero and comic books' most famous journalist. Together, they must deal with all the stress, pressures, and complexities that come with being working parents in today's society.
Written and executive produced by Anna Fricke (Valor), and executive produced by Lin Pictures' Dan Lin (Lethal Weapon), Lindsey Libertore, and Sunnyside and The Upshaws executive producer Dan Spilo, the CBS TV Studios series Walker was being courted by both The CW and CBS. While the latter reportedly made a serious offer, most expected The CW would step up to keep the Supernatural alum in the network family.
Centering on Cordell Walker (Padalecki) and his female partner (tba), the series centers on the widower and father of two who lives by his own his own moral code, Cordell returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there's harder work to be done at home. He'll attempt to reconnect with his children, navigate clashes with his family, and find unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers' history), while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife's death.
Last week, The CW announced on that it had renewed 13 series for the 2020-2021 television season, including Arrowverse shows The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Batwoman. You can also add the following series to the previously-named five: Riverdale, Legacies, Dynasty, All American, Charmed, Roswell, New Mexico, In the Dark, and Nancy Drew. In addition, Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene has received an order for 13 additional scripts off of strong early buzz.
"These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season. We've been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we're already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for Nancy Drew and Batwoman."
– Mark Pedowitz, The CW