Tue. Jul 7th, 2020

Jared Padalecki’s ‘Walker: Texas Range’ And ‘Superman & Lois’ Both Ordered Straight to Series at The CW

The CW is getting a very early jump on its 2020-21 season.

Mark Pedowitz’s younger-skewing network has handed out straight-to-series orders for Arrow-verse spinoff Superman and Lois as well as Jared Padalecki’s Walker: Texas Ranger reimagining. Both script-to-series pickups will be for the network’s 2020-21 broadcast season, a rare move for The CW, which traditionally produces a pilot before handing out series orders in May. The early orders will likely help the network get a jump on hiring writers, casting, directors and producing scripts and episodes before a potential writers strike. The first episodes will be filmed in the spring in advance of The CW’s upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers in May. Additional pilot orders are expected to come from the network in the next few weeks.

Superman & Lois willstar Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as they reprise their Arrow-verse roles, Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Both feature prominently in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event, which wraps Tuesday on The CW. The series, which follows the iconic characters as they deal with stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society, is being written by former The Flash showrunner Todd Helbing, who stepped down last season in order to focus on development via his overall deal with Superman & Lois producers Warner Bros. TV. The project, like all Arrow-verse programming, is being produced by studio-based Greg Berlanti Productions and his company topper Sarah Schechter. Geoff Johns will also exec produce. A premiere date has not been determined.

Walker, meanwhile, is described as a reimagining of the former Chuck Norris show Walker, Texas Ranger. It keeps fan favorite Padalecki on The CW following his 15-year run on Supernatural. That series, like Arrow, wraps its run this season. The new take follows Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who returns to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He will attempt to reconnect with his children, navigate clashes with his family and find unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history), while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death. The project is being written and produced by Anna Fricke (Being Human, Valor) and executive produced by Dan Lin and Lindsay Liberatore, as well as Padalecki. Walker hails from CBS TV Studios.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

Photographs are Courtesy:  CW

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