Greg Berlanti Scores Again This Time With DOOM PATROL

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It is no secret that Greg Berlanti is the King of the DC tv universe. With 5 shows currently on the CW renewed for new seasons and Titans heading to the DC Universe streaming platform why by any means would he ever slow down. This news proves that he definitely is not losing any steam.

Berlanti has partnered once again with Warner Bros and DC entertainment have been given a 13-episode direct-to-series order to hour long live-action drama Doom Patrol. It is set to go into production this year with its release in 2019 on the DC streaming platform.

The synopsis of the series Doom Patrol is going to be a re-imagining of the beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief).  For those who do who the Partol are, The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities — but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence — and to protect Earth from what they find. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

The series is set to pick up after the events of the Titans series and the heroes are going to be “united” by Cyborg. Now that doesn’t mean if we will or won’t see Cyborg in the Titans series.

Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) will pen the series based on the DC characters originally written and drawn by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani.

Are you excited for this or what?!?! Let us know what you think.

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‘Arrow’ Gets A New Showrunner Heading Into Season Seven

Now we officially have word that all of the CW-DC television shows have officially been renewed for new seasons.  There is now a bit of a shake up happening at the helm of the eldest show, Arrow as well throughout a few of the other show.

Co-executive producer Beth Schwartz has been promoted to executive producer and sole showrunner for the upcoming seventh season. Now, current Arrow executive producer/co-showrunner Wendy Mericle is departing at the end of the current Season 6. Marc Guggenheim is taking a back seat on the two series he co-created and has been executive producing/co-showrunning, Arrow (alongside Mericle) and Legends of Tomorrow (alongside Phil Klemmer). He is transitioning to an executive consultant role on both shows. Current Legends co-showrunner Klemmer will become the sole showrunner in the upcoming fourth season.driving force behind all of the CW’s DC tv shows. Mericle has been on Arrow since after the pilot and a co-showrunner since Season 4.
“We are all so incredibly thrilled to announce Beth Schwartz as the new showrunner of Arrow,” Berlanti said. “She has been a source of some of the show’s most exciting and memorable moments from the beginning. Beth is a true leader and a captivating storyteller, and we all can’t wait for the audience to see what she and her team dream up as they take Arrow into its next big chapter.” Berlanti is the driving force behind the DC shows on the CW.

Guggenheim co-created Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow with Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV tweaked the leadership of two other DC series, co-created/co-showrun by Kreisberg, The Flash and Supergirl, earlier this season when he was fired over sexual harassment allegations. Berlanti stepped in for him, assuming additional responsibilities on both The Flash, where he worked closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and Supergirl, where he partnered with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller.  Helbing will continue as showrunner on The Flash and Rovner and Queller as showrunners on Supergirl. Salim Akil is the showrunner of freshman Black Lightning, renewed for Season 2.

 

The CW Invites Everyone Back For Another Year

 

One of the things that was just discussed on the most recent episode of the podcast, released this morning (available here,) was that up until last night, Black Lightning had been the only CW superhero show that had been renewed. It’s been one of the best on television and deserved it, and with the ongoing struggles of all but one of the other shows, (thank you, Legends,) and pilot season just passing, hesitation made sense.

Everything was resolved this morning, as The CW has announced the return of the entire Arrowverse for another go, next season. Arrow will return for it’s seventh season, Flash for it’s fifth, Legends and Supergirl will get their fourth, along with the aforementioned second season of Black Lightning. Flash will officially hit 100 episodes thanks to it’s additional season. Amazingly, Supergirl, a show that started on another network, and Legends of Tomorrow, a show about “valueless” characters, thrown together (to often needle the Marvel universe – listen to our pod!) are a season away from also reaching the magic milestone of 100 episodes, themselves. Maybe this is the benefit of the network moving to 6 nights of programming, but we’re not complaining.

With this, we’re hoping each series ups the quality of show they’re putting out. We’ve had major issues with the paths that the longest running shows have taken (Ollie and Barry, we’re looking at you.) It would be great to see all of the series hit a stride that apes what their newest sibling has hit – or maybe having a series that’s sharp for a year or two and then fizzles is the Berlanti way. Either way, we’re excited to see what’s next. What do you think? Let us know!

Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow To Give Us A Break In 2018!

All of the CW Arrowverse shows are currently on their winter break, and when they come back, expect some changes to scheduling, as Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow will fill the 8pm time slot on Mondays from January 15 through June 18, thus giving Black Lightning (which premieres on January 16th) room to shine on Tuesdays after The Flash, and giving us one less CW show to have to cover every week (whew!) The schedule is a little janky, but we break it down below.

From Monday, January 15 to February 5th, we’ll get 4 new episodes of Supergirl. Then from February 12th to April 9th, we’ll get 9(!) episodes of Legends, concluding with it’s season finale on the 9th. Finally, Supergirl returns for 10 episodes, culminating in the season finale on June 18th. From the way that lineup works, I expect Kara to see more trouble than success over the next 4 episodes. What do you think? Let us know!

Crisis On Earth-X! The Trailer For The CW DC Crossover Arrives!

Since the first CW superhero crossover, each one has gotten better and better. Last year’s Dominators storyline was solid, but the trailer for this year’s looks incredible!

Already slated to have upwards of 20 characters on-screen at a time, the 2-night, 4 show event will be covering the famed Barry-Iris wedding, one of the most famous in all of comic book history. The core story for this year revolves around an attack from the 53rd universe in the known DC world, Earth-X. Iris and Barry’s wedding is interrupted by an assault from Nazi’s and anti-heroes – including evil versions of Arrow, Flash and Supergirl, and it will take the full onslaught of CW’s full catalog, plus newcomer, The Ray, to save the day.

Supergirl kicks everything off on Monday, November 27th at it’s normal time slot, followed by a special Monday edition of Arrow. Flash and Legends will follow on Tuesday at their normal times, and we can’t wait!

 

Berlanti-verse Not Immune: Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg Suspended Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

In a span of a few short months that has delivered a seemingly endless stream of people coming forward to name names of Hollywood harassers, abusers and rapists, the scope has not escaped the world of live-action superheroes without issue. Andrew Kreisberg, the executive producer of CW shows, “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” has been suspended by Warner Bros. TV Group, pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. At the moment there are 19 allegations being made against him (15 women and 4 men,) with claims including a range of sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a number of years.

In a statement to Variety, who broke the original story, Warner Bros. TV Group said, “We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation. We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”

The stories, as told to Variety, are plentiful and very in-depth. They come from individuals who have and currently work with Kreisberg, they match up, corroborate each other and detail similar incidents. They range from tails of him hiring staffers based on looks, requesting massages, kissing women without consent, sexualized comments about women’s appearances and dress, weird in-office requests and contact with both men and women, all the way to an obsessive crush over a staff member that led to her quitting – a story confirmed by 12 different sources.

Which brings up the even larger issue: one of the inappropriate questions often asked of victims in these situations is, “why didn’t you tell anyone?” However, in this case, people did tell someone. A lot of someones, all the way up the ladder. At least one female colleague said she went to a senior executive at Berlanti Productions, the company that makes the CW shows for the DC and the network, with no response. A male colleague claims to have tried multiple times to correct his behavior, but with him being a show runner, it didn’t go anywhere. The show runner on a TV show is essentially THE power position. It’s similar to a producer on a movie. No one has offered to identify themselves for fear of putting their careers at risk.

Andrew Kreisberg currently denies every allegation. According to him, he’s mentored men and women over the years, but never inappropriate, and he made attempts to explain away or deny that any of the allegations actually happened. Sources close to Berlanti Productions say that owner, Greg Berlanti, the man behind 6 shows currently on television and another 3 in production, was never made personally aware of the accusations, and definitely would have acted, if so. Overall, the colleagues that contributed, spoke largely about the level of uncomfortability that Kreisberg has brought to the office, with multiple women saying they avoided sitting next to him, and felt under constant pressure to not speak or dress in any way that would subject them to harassment, not that it necessarily did any good.

Look, TV shows are fun and being able to see live-action versions of our comic book heroes is entertaining, but no one should have to deal with being sexually harassed, touched inappropriately, or otherwise made to feel sexualized or uncomfortable in the workplace. It’s truly a shame that a production company that is usually know for such progressive storylines, has such an internal failure going on. Kreisberg certainly comes off as a supervillain, here. Making sure that is handled is far more important than this week’s Flash bad guy or wondering whether Mon-El is going to come back to ruin more Supergirl episodes. Let’s hope Warner Bros. TV Group and Berlanti Productions move swiftly and do the right thing.

 

Brenton Thwaites To Be The Titans’ Robin!

Looking probably a little more swarthy in this picture than he will as the other half of the Dynamic Duo, Brenton Thwaites has signed on to play Robin in the DC  series, Titans, coming to the Warner Brothers new DC-branded streaming service, in 2018.

Thwaites may be recognized from his roles in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales or Gods Of Egypt, where he had smaller roles, but will definitely be taking the lead here, in his first U.S.-based series. The series is another Berlanti project with Sarah Schecter, this time written by Akiva Goldsman, and of course, with Geoff Johns involved in producing.

Of course, as previously posted, Thwaites’ Robin will be joined by Teagan Croft as Raven and Anna Diop as Starfire. This is starting to look better and better!