The CW’s Mark Pedowitz on ‘Amazon,’ ‘Arrow’ & The Future of ‘Supernatural’

The President of The CW gives out details on pre-production for his Wonder Woman series “Amazon,” plus updates on the network's top genre series.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

At The CW’s executive session for the Television Critics Association, CW President Mark Pedowitz spoke about his in development Wonder Woman series “Amazon.” The show would feature a young Wonder Woman; which caused a minor uproar late last year when the character was called "Iris" and not "Diana" in the casting breakdown.

After the panel we approached Pedowitz on stage for some more questions about “Amazon” and his other shows. According to Pedowitz, the star of “Amazon” could be either established or a newcomer.

“Television creates stars,” asserted Pedowitz. “It can go either way.”

We then asked if it was hard to get “Amazon” developed with Warner Brothers developing a Justice League movie, which would presumably include Wonder Woman, at the same time.

“We worked carefully with Warner Brothers and made sure that Warner Brothers theatrical was on board so we were able to get it done,” explained Pedowitz. “You want to work carefully with your studio to make sure that it works and that it doesn’t interfere with the project.”

And, we followed up, could “Amazon” exist in the same world as “Arrow?” “I think they all could exist in the same world," noted Pedowitz. "But whether they do or they don’t is depending on what the showrunner wants to do,”

We could see “Amazon” as soon as the fall, if all goes well. “If we get the right script and the right casting, we’ll go right forward to pilot,” Pedowitz told another reporter.

The Wonder Woman comic books began with Diana Prince in World War II era, and the original Lynda Carter TV series began in WWII, but was moved up to the then present era of the late ‘70s. As probably expected, the CW series will most likely be set in the modern day. “It is going to be set in the present I believe,” confirmed Pedowitz.

We asked, was World War II ever considered? “Not in the story that I’d heard but, you know, things change,” answered Pedowitz.

At one time, The CW was attempting a Batman related series called “The Graysons,” but that is still as dead as ever, Pedowitz said. “And to go to your next question which would have been is Batman going to make a trip to Starling City, they’re not in the same state,” joked Pedowitz.

As for the current hit “Arrow,” Pedowitz spoke about guest star John Barrowman, whom he’s open to adding as a regular. “John Barrowman I think is in for 7 episodes this year and it all depends on where the storylines go,”said Pedowitz. “I would love to see Captain Jack back on the air for a long period of time.”

Also a word on “Supernatural.” Pedowitz has not made a decision on another season, but the leads are contracted should he want one. “I would like to see our schedule come back on next week which we start on Monday and over the next couple of weeks we’ll make a determination what will come back next fall. The studio has locked [Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki] in.”