Arrow viewers who find the currently storyline a little lacking may be relieved to hear a change is about to occur in its creative direction.
Entertainment Weekly reports that co-executive producer Beth Schwartz has been promoted to executive producer and showrunner for the program’s seventh season. Current EP and co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim will take on an executive consultant role while co-showrunner Wendy Mericle will leave the series entirely.
In the short term, this means nothing for the current struggle between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and uninspired villain Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo). But as showrunner, Schwartz will be the ultimate creative authority as she guides the storylines of the next season and the writers room. Which means she will oversea whatever troubles befall Ollie next year and precipitate the return of Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), who was previously announced as returning to the show.
“Beth is a true leader and a captivating storyteller,” executive producer Greg Berlanti told the site. “And we all can’t wait for the audience to see what she and her team dream up as they take Arrow into its next big chapter.”
Guggenheim has been involved with Arrow since its inception as a showrunner and executive producer. Mericle was named co-showrunner in season four as Guggenheim’s attention was spread to Legends of Tomorrow; though executive producer Phil Klemmer was always the public face of that show. He will continue to serve in that role as sole showrunner of Legends‘ fourth season while Guggenheim takes on a consultant role on that program as well.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that the executive positions will remain the same on the other Berlanti superhero shows with Flash showrunner Todd Hellbing staying put, Supergirl showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller keeping the Girl of Steel on her toes, and Salim Akil continuing his Black Lightning master plan.
Earlier this year, key Berlanti collaborator Andrew Kreisberg was fired from his executive producer role on The Flash and Supergirl after Berlanti Production and Warner Bros. Television conducted an investigation into reports of his sexual misconduct in the office. He was also involved in the development of Arrow and will apparently continue to receive that credit.