There are more changes underway at The CW, following the network’s recent acquisition from Nexstar. On Thursday, an update of The Hollywood Reporter indicated that Gaye Hirsch, the network’s EVP of Development, and Michael Roberts, EVP of Current Programming, are among the latest to be fired. Hirsch was in her role for 15 years, while Roberts was with the network for 21 years. While the details are unclear, other employees are reported to have been laid off in this new round.
In recent months, former President Mark Pedowitz, Chief Financial Officer Mitch Nedick, and Chief Branding Officer and President of Streaming Rick Haskins were among the high-profile employees laid off. These changes represent Nexstar’s overall commitment to expand The CW’s reach and variety of programming, and hopefully reverse the network’s reported losses of more than $100 million. The network already made headlines last spring when it canceled more than half a dozen of its new or veteran shows – DC Entries Naomi, Batwoman, and legends of tomorrow, like In the darkthe Vampire Diaries spinoff legaciesand the network will restart Charmed, Dynasty, 4400, and Roswell, New Mexico.
Which shows from The CW are being renewed?
The CW’s roster of shows for the 2022-2023 season includes the final season of River valleyas well as new seasons of The Flash, Superman & Lois, All American, Nancy Drew, Stargirl, Walker, Kung Fu, and All American: Coming home. The network also has a trio of new shows – The Winchestersthe DC-inspired Gotham knightsand the hiker precursor Walker: Independence. Currently, All American is the only series renewed for the 2023-2024 season, with the fate of many of the network’s other scripted shows remaining unclear, as reports indicate Nexstar wants to focus on low-cost reality programming and foreign-scripted acquisitions. Still, recent comments from current DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn indicated that Superman & Lois could potentially stick around.
“[Superman & Lois is] a show that everyone likes, so it will continue for a while,” Gunn said during a presentation to the media on Monday.
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