When CW was launched in 2006 with the combined resources of WB and UPN, it aired five half-hour comedies, multi-camera. Reba, Girlfriends, The Game And We all And single camera Everyone hates famine. This trend quickly disappears as CW focuses on the coming-age drama and later adds a superhero series to the slate that is known today.
CW Chairman and CEO Mark Pedovits is hoping to bring back sitcoms to the network, which is close to being acquired by Nexster, the owner of its largest station group. While he refrained from directly predicting what the CW’s schedule would look like in 2-3 years due to the rapid pace at which the world is moving forward, he shared his views during a pre-upfront press call on the network on Thursday morning.
“I think you’ll always see a decent amount of scripted programming on the network, I think you’ll see – and we’ve already – started converting to more options, and we’ll come up with more acquired programming,” he said. “I hope we enter the world of half-hour sitcoms produced for the network and I hope there should be a sale and if there is a sale it will open the way for other producers and studios to come. To us besides Warners and CBS, that means more. Opportunity. “
In the current setup, CW is a joint venture between Warner Bros. and Paramount, their TV studio, Warner Bros. TV and CBS Studio, as the sole supplier of the network.