CW President Explains Passing on SUPERGIRL

One of the biggest questions that came from the announcement of CBS picking up Supergirl for their fall season has been: “Wait, it’s not going to be on CW?”  It’s a valid question, the series is produced by Flash and Arrow’s Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and CW has found a lot of success with those series.  CW President Mark Pedowitz spoke to the Television Critics Association today about why they passed on Supergirl.

Pedowitz said, “Last summer Flash had not been on the air yet.  We had Arrow and Flash and we were not planning to do another DC character. Supergirl was talked about by Warner Brothers to us. Because we weren’t planning to do another DC character at that time, they took it out and did the right thing. I hope they’re a great success.

The obvious question this begs is why they felt to the need to add Legends of Tomorrow if that was the case?  Pedowitz explained, “Last year at this time we had no intention of doing another DC project,” he said. “What happened was as characters were introduced; Peter Roth, myself and Greg Berlanti started having conversation [about how] this is a great opportunity and DC agreed to create the third leg of the stool.

When the subject of crossing over with Supergirl and CBS’ President, Nina Tassler statement that she was not interested in crossovers at present, he was similarly cautious.  I leave that to Greg Berlanti and his team; if they can make it work, great. If they cannot, that’s fine. As you know we are going to do some cross promotion together, but that’s Greg’s call because he understands his shows better than I do in some ways because he’s there.

Source - Slashfilm

Supergirl airs Monday Nights at 8E on CBS starting October 26th, 2015.

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