CW boss Mark Pedowitz is nicely conscious that the community’s unprecedented cancellation spree — which included Arrowverse sequence Batwoman (after three seasons) and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (after seven seasons) — got here as “a little bit of a shock.” (Yeah, that’s an understatement.)
The younger-skewing community — which on Thursday confirmed that Riverdale would end after a proper seventh and final season — axed an extra seven sequence on Could 12, together with Charmed, Dynasty, 4400, Within the Darkish, Legacies, Naomi and Roswell, New Mexico.
“I understand the sample is totally different from what we’ve completed in years previous, so I can see why this got here as a little bit of shock to you and to the followers,” Pedowitz advised reporters throughout an government name Thursday. “Look, none of those have been straightforward selections. We had lengthy conversations with our studios and dad or mum firms, and everybody acknowledged that this was a time of transition for The CW. So sadly, some tough monetary and strategic selections wanted to be made at each degree.
“Regardless of among the rumors on the market, I wish to be very clear: Content material was by no means a consider deciding to not transfer ahead with a present,” Pedowitz maintained. “We’re very happy with the tales we advised, the producers and writers who created these reveals, and all of the expertise that we’re lucky to have had on this community…. I’ve all the time been a bastion of giving a long-running sequence a correct ending, so our creatives can end telling the story on their very own phrases, and the followers who’ve invested all of this time are hopefully glad. We additionally tried to do this this 12 months.”
Pedowitz went on to clarify that The CW went into this 12 months with “a common thought” of “what reveals may very well be bubble reveals.” Amid the community’s rumored sale, and thus its unsure future, “We didn’t know 100% what was going to occur, so we inspired all of these producers to deal with their finales as in the event that they may very well be sequence finales,” he stated. “We needed to do the fitting factor by the sequence and by the followers. In the end, the producers are stewards of their very own artistic visions; they’re the storytellers. We, at The CW, all the time try to be collaborative and supply steerage and route. Sadly, generally there are followers that lose out by these selections, and that, I emphasize, isn’t anybody’s intention.”
Of the community’s cancelled sequence, Pedowitz reaffirmed Legacies creator Julie Plec’s previous promise that the Vampire Diaries/Originals offshoot would have “a superbly correct sequence finale.”
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