Ready to talk spin-off? Well, that is something that The CW certainly seems to be interested in these days. Many months after launching “The Originals” to a great deal of success, they are looking at doing the same sort of thing with both “Arrow” and “Supernatural,” as you may have heard already.
While at the network’s TCA panel this week, president / puppetmaster of vampires and characters with abs Mark Pedowitz proclaimed that they were “bullish” about the prospects for “The Flash,” the “Arrow” spin-off that would feature Grant Gustin’s character of Barry Allen. The fact that Gustin has already appeared in two episodes of the flagship show without there being any problems or negative reviews, and the actual pilot is going to be filmed this spring with David Nutter (who did the “Arrow” pilot) returning to direct.
Also, Pedowitz is getting set now to read the script for the proposed “Supernatural” spin-off show, which is going to feature some new characters in a different and much more urban setting than the original show. There will be a backdoor pilot for it later this spring, and at that point, it will be up to the network as to whether or not they move forward. This is the pilot that has the gargantuan challenge of actually trying to capture the same sort of appeal of the original show, which found so much of its success thanks mostly to the performances of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.
So why the spin-0ffs? The simplest reason is that The CW loves properties, and most of their standalone shows these days (“Hart of Dixie,” “Reign”) have only drawn average ratings. Sometimes, you want to understandably swing for the fences a little bit and try to capture lightning in a bottle twice!
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