It was The CW’s turn on the Winter TCA Press Tour over the weekend, the network riding high on their successes like “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Jane the Virgin” and long-running performers like “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries”.
Things got underway with word that the network has given early renewals to eight of its shows. This means “The Flash” and “Jane the Virgin” get second seasons; “The 100,” “The Originals” and “Reign” get third seasons; “Arrow” gets a fourth season; “The Vampire Diaries” gets a seventh season; and “Supernatural” gets an eleventh season.
The one key exception is “Hart of Dixie,” which has only just begun its new season. A decision about its status hasn’t been decided yet. The network is also still keen on the idea of a “Supernatural” spin-off, but nothing is in the works at the moment.
The network also announced its mid-season premiere dates with a March 17th debut for “iZombie” and a April 10th debut for “The Messengers”.
Naturally it was the “The Flash” and “Arrow” producing team of Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim who were front and center at the presentation where the topic of crossovers and another spin-off came up.
They say there are “very early talks” and a “very general idea” of a TV series based on Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer character and his superhero alter ego The Atom from the current third season of “Arrow”. Should it go ahead, it would share the same on screen universe as “The Flash” and “Arrow”.
The Atom is essentially the DC equivalent of “Ant-Man,” a character with a suit that allows him to shrink and expand himself – in the Atom’s case he can do the same to other objects too.
CW President Mark Pedowitz admits it’s still only early talk and advises caution: “Could there be another hour in that universe? Possibly. As long as there’s no audience fatigue.”
One thing he is keen on though is another “Flash”/”Arrow” crossover event and he says the plan is for an annual one each Fall/Winter.
Finally, “FLASH” SPOILER AHEAD …. the cast of “The Flash” were on hand to discuss the show and Tom Cavanagh confirmed that he is indeed Reverse-Flash as suggested in the final minutes of the mid-season finale. Some confusion arose as to whether he was the character, or Dr. Wells had found/was building the suit which someone else was using.