CW Chief Reveals ‘Notebook’ Series Details, Talks Emmy Snub: ‘I Was Disappointed’

TCA 2015: Mark Pedowitz also explains how ‘Supergirl’ flew to CBS

The CW President Mark Pedowitz, TCA 2015
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“Jane the Virgin” became the first show on the CW to take home a Golden Globe Award in January, with Gina Rodriguez winning for best actress in a comedy. But in July, the show was shut out of the Primetime Emmy Award nominations. The snub did not please CW president Mark Pedowitz.

“I was disappointed,” Pedowitz said Tuesday in Beverly Hills during his Television Critics Association press tour executive session. “That’s the politically correct way of saying it. I was disappointed for the CW.” He added that he was “more disappointed” for Rodriguez and the show’s creative team. “They deserved it this year.”

Prior to Pedowitz’s session, the CW announced that it is developing an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel “The Notebook.” The novel was adapted into a feature film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple in the past and James Garner and Gena Rowlands as their older selves. Asked Tuesday about details of the TV adaptation, Pedowitz said, “I do not believe we’re going to see the older couple” in the series.

He also discussed how new drama “Supergirl” ended up at the CW’s corporate cousin, CBS, after studio Warner Bros. — which along with CBS is a co-owner of the CW–approached Pedowitz about the property.

“The Flash,” another Warner Bros.-owned DC superhero property, Pedowitz explained, had yet to premiere on the CW at the time. That series went on to have the most watched premiere in the network’s history and was its highest rated series last year.

“At that time we weren’t looking to do another DC project,” he said. Warner Bros., he added, “did the right thing, they took it out, they found another network.”

The CW went on to order another DC show, “Legends of Tomorrow,” for the 2015-16 season. Pedowitz left open the possibility that “Supergirl” could cross over with one of the CW’s superhero series, saying that decision would be up to producer Greg Berlanti.