As characters on Arrow have been leaving, so too are some of the show’s executives. THR reports that Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim will be moving over to a consulting position for that series and Legends of Tomorrow, while Wendy Mericle will be exiting the Arrowverse altogether. Beth Schwartz is being promoted to Arrow showrunner, while Phil Klemmer will become the sole showrunner of Legends (which he co-executive produced with Guggenheim in the past).
Neither Guggenheim nor Mericle have yet released statements about the changes (though Guggenheim did Tweet “Going out with a bang,” as the show concludes shooting its season finale), but these changes come just several months after the other major Arrowverse shakeup when Andrew Kreisberg (EP of The Flash and Supergirl) was fired following sexual harassment allegations. In the wake of his removal, Todd Helbing became the showrunner for The Flash, while Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller became co-showrunners of Supergirl. Black Lightning, which has yet to become part of the connected universe (and maybe it should stay that way), is still part of these Greg Berlanti group of shows, but also won’t see a change, as Salim Akil will remain showrunner there.
Super-producer Berlanti said in a statement about Schwartz (who started off as his assistant during Everwood):
“We are all so incredibly thrilled to announce Beth Schwartz as the new showrunner of Arrow. She has been a source of some of the show’s most exciting and memorable moments from the beginning. Beth is a true leader and a captivating storyteller, 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.”
The change in showrunner here could also really help infuse some new life into Arrow, which has been lagging in its sixth season — something that Guggenheim recently admitted. As for Legends of Tomorrow, well, in Klemmer we trust! He’s been with it since the beginning and hasn’t been afraid to change things up year to year for the good of the show.
Let us know your thoughts on the shakeup, and what you think it could mean for Arrow‘s future; Arrow currently airs Thursday nights on The CW.