Until Warner Bros and their fan-nicknamed DCEU execs can figure out what to do with Superman, the Boy in Blue will return to TV. According to Entertainment Weekly, pilot pickup season has come early on The CW. The network just announced that it has ordered two pilot scripts directly to series, including Arrowverse spin-off Superman & Lois and the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot starring Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki.
Superman & Lois stars Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) and Elizabeth Tulloch (Grimm) as they reprise their roles of Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane, based on the DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
The series follows the super modern family as they “deal with all the stress, pressures, and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.”
They have a super baby.
Hoechlin first appeared on Supergirl in the season 2 premiere, debuting his version of Superman. He has since popped up in three additional episodes of Supergirl, along with the most recent two Arrowverse crossover events: Elseworlds and Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Tulloch made her Arrowverse debut in Elseworlds and returned in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Superman & Lois is written and executive produced by Todd Helbing (The Flash) and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns.
Meanwhile, Walker ensures Padalecki stays on The CW after his long-running staple Supernatural ends this spring after 15 years. The reimagining of Walker, Texas Ranger, which originally aired from 1993 to 2001 on CBS, stars Padalecki in the role originated by Chuck Norris: Cordell Walker, a member of the elite Texas Ranger Division.
Described as “a widower and father of two with his own moral code,” Cordell “returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He’ll 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.”
Written and executive produced by Anna Fricke (Being Human, Valor), Walker is also executive produced by Padalecki along with Dan Lin and Lindsay Liberatore.
Both Superman & Lois (from Warner Bros. TV) and Walker (from CBS TV Studios) have not filmed their pilot episodes yet. The first episodes for both new series will be filmed this spring and additional pilot orders for the next TV season will be announced in the next few weeks.
TV has been good, very good, for the boy scout. Superman’s last run on TV was in the Tom Welling classic, Smallville. This move by CW does make the Geek wonder if Supergirl is possibly looking at her last upcoming season with a film deep in development at the studio. We do hope that Superman in his own series will not have his powers weakened as they appear to be on Supergirl.
The Geek will now meditate even harder to manifest a staff job in the writers room.
The Geek is a working screenwriter, director and screenwriting instructor.
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly