Dawn Ostroff is the President for Entertainment for The CW Television Network. I love hearing the insights of these big time executives because it gives you a look on how they think. Might be useful for me someday haha :)
Excerpts from the interview:
How will the new shows fit in with the current programming slate?
As The CW enters its fifth year, we are well positioned for growth. For the first time in our history, we now have original programming across the entire fall schedule, on every night and in every time period. We’ve made some strategic moves with our returning shows, and we are introducing two new shows this season, in Hellcats and Nikita, which we are very excited about.
What prompted you to put Nikita and Hellcats on your schedule?
Well, we have been trying to develop a female-empowering action-adventure show for a couple of seasons. When we received the Nikita script, we were thrilled because it was a show that we felt more realistic than a lot of the scripts that we had read. It had a female character who had a real passion and a reason why she was being driven. We also liked the idea that it was set in the world of spies, and the writing was very strong. Danny Cannon did an amazing job directing the show, and McG is one of the producers. It just was an incredible package. And then, when we set out to cast it and we heard Maggie Q was interested in the role and we saw her in a screen test, we knew it was going to be pretty special.
Just posting Nikita-related answers. The rest of interview she discussed about Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, etc. You can read it here.
Dawn Ostroff TCA Interview: The President of Entertainment for The CW Television Network talks SMALLVILLE, SUPERNATURAL, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, NIKITA, HELLCATS, More
by Christina Radish