CW Boss on Supernatural's Fate, The Vampire Diaries Spinoff, and the Battle Royale Project
CW fans, you've got questions. We've got answers.
These answers come straight from the mouth of CW President Mark Pedowtiz, who took the stage Sunday morning at the TCA Winter Press Tour to field questions about Supernatural's chances of another season, The Vampire Diaries spinoff that will feature The Originals, and the status of other projects in the works at the network, including the Wonder Woman pilot and Battle Royale. Here is what he had to say
On Supernatural getting a ninth season: "Nothing's been announced yet. No determination's been made," Pedowitz said. But he insisted "there's a good shot" it will get another season and that it's in a good place, creatively.
On The Vampire Diaries spinoff: "We're basically going to go and focus on the original family," he told reporters about the project in development, which will be set in New Orleans. It will revolve around Klaus (Joseph Morgan) who Pedowitz said is "such a great character," and "hopefully some of his siblings will come along," Speaking of, Phoebe Tonkin is confirmed to be coming onboard the spinoff, which means she will not play Wonder Woman in the CW's Amazon pilot.
On 90210's fate: The CW boss said no decision has been made yet, but he truly believes in giving viewers a concrete ending. So maybe a 13 episode final season is on the way, à la One Tree Hill?
On Emily Owens' cancellation: Pedowtiz confirmed that all 13 episodes they shot will air. "We're very proud of the show," he said. "For whatever reason, it was just not connecting."
On Nikita's future: Pedowtiz wouldn't say anything concrete about the fate of the series, but he did say he was pleased with how it was performing in the new timeslot. "It's performing on-par to our expectations. I'm a fan of the show. I like the show."
On The Carrie Diaries' expectations: The CW prez has high hopes for the Sex and the City prequel, stating that he hopes it will air as long as Gossip Girl did. When a reporter asked why young Carrie Bradshaw looked nothing like a young Sarah Jessica Parker and wasn't more "normal looking," Pedowitz simply said: "We cast the best actor."
On Beauty and the Beast: We're very pleased in terms of where it's going creatively," Pedowitz said. "I believe the show has more growth in it, centered around that love story." He compared the ratings to The Secret Circle, which we think was supposed to be a good comparison, but we all saw how that turned out
On new CW projects: Amazon, the Wonder Woman pilot, doesn't have script yet, but they are casting for Diana right now. The Battle Royale series that was rumored to be in development is officially dead, with Pedowitz insisting it was never more than an idea from a phone call. Finally, the CW will be doing an animated web series starring Justin Hartley and Misha Collins.