How DC Comics Superheroes Transformed The CW

Network once known for “Gossip Girl” has built the TV equivalent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

At the beginning of this decade, The CW was facing a very different crisis.

As “Gossip Girl” was ending its run in 2012, the primarily female-skewing network was searching for its successor. These included unsuccessful attempts at reviving “Melrose Place,” a “Sex in the City” prequel and the Sarah Michelle Geller-led “The Ringer,” an attempt to cater to “Buffy” fans from the WB era.

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Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger

TV Reporter • tim.baysinger@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tim_bays