The first attempt to spin off The CW's long-running drama Supernatural did not succeed, but network president Mark Pedowitz is game to try, try again.
"The Supernatural spin-off that came in, creatively, did not quite get to where we wanted it to go," Pedowitz told reporters at Television Critics' Association fall previews on Friday. "We have told [executive producers] Jeremy [Carver] and Eric [Kripke] and Bob Singer that we are very open to do another spin-off. We are waiting for them to come in with whatever their new idea or concept is. I would love to get a Supernatural spin-off done. I think it's a great franchise and has a lot of legs."
(To that end, Pedowitz told reporters after the panel that he doesn't see Supernatural going off the air anytime soon. "I would love to see Supernatural go beyond Season 10. I'm a big fan of the show," he said. "If the show continues the way it's doing, and the boys want to do it, we're in.")
When it comes to The CW's other new spin-off, The Flash, Pedowitz said there will be lots of crossover between the upcoming series and flagship show Arrow. "You will see, organically, characters shifting over and villains shifting over back and forth," said Pedowitz, who also teased that the shows "are introducing more and more villains that do appear in the DC universe."
Additionally, Pedowitz is open to picking up another show centered on a DC Comics character. "If there's one there, we will do it," he said. "At the moment, there's no development on Wonder Woman. We do know that Wonder Woman will appear in the Justice League movie. We do not know whether or not she'll become a TV character again. If she is, and we can get the rights, we will do it."
But Pedowitz was less certain whether either Arrow or The Flash will make the shift to the big screen alongside Wonder Woman in the upcoming Justice League film. "We occasionally speak to the studio. What will happen in the universes between all these different shows is the studio's call," he said. "That's up to the studio and whether they want to do it."
Other highlights from Pedowitz's executive session:
Beauty and the Beast's renewal: Although the sophomore drama was pushed off the schedule for several months before its June return, it still earned a Season 3 renewal. "Beauty and the Beast had a very engaged fan base, very big international following," Pedowitz said. "It's a very profitable show for everybody." He also teased what's to come in Season 3, which picks up a "couple" of months later. "They're out in public. They're a couple. They have to find a life together," he said. "[Executive producer Brad Kern] has a really good place to go in terms of their discovering cases, working together as they go forward. He is a medical doctor in the show. And you know what? He'll get his license back."
More Whose Line: The network announced Friday that Whose Line Is It Anyway has been picked up for another 24 episodes set to air next year.
Hart still has a pulse: Hart of Dixie was only picked up for a 10-episode fourth season and is being held for midseason, but Pedowitz rebuffed assumptions that Season 4 would be its last. "We're excited to see what happens," Pedowitz said. "We have not quite planned where we are putting it yet." So will star Rachel Bilson's pregnancy be written into the upcoming season? Pedowitz played coy. "[Executive producer] Leila Gerstein is planning to have a pregnancy eventually happen, but not for the character of Zoe Hart," he said.
Carrie Diaries cancellation: Among the several shows that got the axe this past May — RIP Star-Crossed and The Tomorrow People, The Carrie Diaries' cancellation seemed to hit the hardest. "I wish it came back. I was proud of the show. Again, an incredibly engaged fan base," Pedowitz said. "It wasn't economically feasible [to renew it.]"
Going against the grain with Jane the Virgin: After finding success in recent years with female-centric dramas like Gossip Girl and 90210, Pedowitz said he was happy that The CW is bringing back men to the network years after losing that demographic with the departure of Smallville. "We're no longer a teenage girl audience," said Pedowitz, who is optimistic that new series The Flash and Jane the Virgin will "fully broadens out the audience base" of the network. "We now know as we go forward that we don't want to slip completely down a genre hole," he said. Although Jane the Virgin is a departure for the network, Pedowitz also said he hoped that the show's lead-in, The Originals, would bring a strong female audience to the hour-long family comedy.
Additional reporting by Natalie Abrams
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