By: John M Jerva
Well it looks like Jared Padalacki’s recent real life run in with the law didn’t affect his new TV series as The CW announced today that it has given a straight to series order for his reimagining of the classic Walker: Texas Ranger. The CW also announced the the Arrowverse crossover series Superman and Lois will get one as well. The news comes via The Hollywood Reporter.
A straight to series order means that the station has hope for both shows and will definitely get a season on The CW. Normally The CW needs a pilot first to come to that decision but it looks like they are more than happy with these two properties.
Per THR: 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 on The CW this season. The new take follows Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who 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. The series is written and produced by Anna Fricke (Being Human, Valor) and exec produced by Dan Lin and Lindsay Liberatore as well as Padalecki. CBS TV Studios is the studio.
Superman & Lois stars 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 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 series, like all Arrow-verse programming, is 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.
I have been a huge fan of Chuck Norris’ iconic Walker: Texas Ranger and this newer version has received a lot of backlash from fans but I’m eager to see what Padalacki, whom I enjoyed on Supernatural, brings to this. The best way to look at it is that it’s a reimagining and not trying to outdo the original. I know it’s not the popular opinion but oh well. In regards to Superman, well if you know me then I don’t need to elaborate on that as I’m excited to see The Man of Steel on a weekly basis.
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