The news comes as ‘Supergirl’ showrunner Andrew Kreisberg was fired amid sexual harassment allegations and as ‘iZombie’ actor Robert Knepper is facing similar complaints.
The CW president Mark Pedowitz, a staple at the Television Critics Association’s winter and summer press tours, has opted to skip his time before press during the network’s morning Sunday.
The news, confirmed Friday when The CW sent their schedule to press. Instead, The CW will only panel midseason shows Black Lightning and Life Sentence. Pedowitz will still be in attendance but will not take the stage for his standard time before reporters.
The executive’s decision to pull out of TCA comes as producers Warner Bros. Television fired Andrew Kreisberg — the showrunner on The CW’s top shows Supergirl and The Flash — following multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The studio, meanwhile, found no wrongdoing on the part of iZombie actor Robert Knepper, who has been accused of sexual assault and sexual misconduct by multiple women.
Pedowitz becomes the first broadcast exec to skip TCA this tour; NBC typically skips the winter press tour, while Fox’s Gary Newman and Dana Walden held court Thursday. ABC’s Channing Dungey is scheduled for Monday. CBS was never slated to have an exec session this tour. On Friday, FX CEO John Landgraf fielded multiple questions about how much his network knew about Louis C.K.’s harassment behavior.
Pedowitz recently earned a contract extension to remain as president of the younger-skewing broadcast network, which is a joint venture between Warner Bros. Television and CBS.