Mark Pedowitz Remains A Pilot Believer As The CW Eyes Another Season With Only Straight-To-Series Orders Amid Pandemic

Mark Pedowitz Remains A Pilot Believer As The CW Eyes Another Season With Only Straight-To-Series Orders Amid Pandemic
Last January, long before the coronavirus pandemic crippled the country — and Hollywood — the CW gave straight-to-series orders to its two strongest contenders for a pilot pickup, Superman & Lois and Walker. Four months later, the CW handed straight-to-series orders to two more projects, Kung Fu, which had shot some pilot footage before the March industrywide production shutdown, and The Republic of Sarah.

This January, with the pandemic still raging amid another deadly wave of infections, the CW is seriously considering not doing pilots and instead going with straight-to-series orders, about 3-4, the network’s chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz told Deadline. But that won’t signal a seismic change in the broadcast network model at the CW, the veteran TV executive noted.

“First part of the answer is, I believe in pilots, I believe you see things in pilots,” he said. “Second part of the answer — we are faced with a production issue,
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