Greg Berlanti's TV Record Grows to 18 Series Across Six Outlets

The Warner Bros. TV-based super-producer has shows on four of the five broadcast networks and two streaming platforms.
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Greg Berlanti's TV dominance continues.

The prolific (to say the least) producer currently holds the record for the most number of live-action scripted series on the air — a mark he set with 10 back in 2017. Now, two years later, that record has nearly doubled as the Warner Bros. TV-based super-producer has converted all three of his broadcast pilots to series orders. With pickups for Fox's Prodigal Son, The CW's Batwoman and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, Berlanti's total number of scripted series currently in the works sits at a jaw-dropping 18.

With Fox's pickup of Prodigal Son — a serial killer drama starring Michael Sheen and The Walking Dead grad Tom Payne from Berlanti's former Deception collaborators Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver — the busy producer now has shows on four of the five broadcast networks.  

On The CW front, Katy Keene and Batwoman — the latter of which makes history as the first live-action scripted drama series with an openly gay superhero (played by out actress Ruby Rose) — gives Berlanti nine shows on The CW, or more than half its schedule. Batwoman and Katy Keene join the abbreviated eighth and final season of Arrow, Black Lightning, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Supergirl and All American at The CW.

Meanwhile, Martin Gero-produced drama Blindspot will return for a fifth and final season on NBC as the bubble drama was considered a long shot to return after the network pulled it from the schedule for May's sweep period.

Those join CBS' God Friended Me, which scored an early season two renewal back in January; and limited series The Red Line, which could continue on after a late midseason debut. (Word on its future will most likely be determined after upfronts and the series has had enough DVR returns to examine after it launched April 28 to warm reviews.) 

On the streaming side, Berlanti is behind You, which became a breakout hit on Netflix after Lifetime bailed on plans for a previously announced second season. He also exec produces Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is already renewed through season four (or two depending on your math). Elsewhere, Berlanti is behind the bulk of scripted originals on Warners-backed streaming platform DC Universe with Titans (already renewed for season two), Doom Patrol and the upcoming Stargirl (due in 2020).

What's more, Berlanti shows no signs of slowing down. He and Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter recently recruited a pair of comedy executives as the company bulks up ahead of the coming development season, during which the mega-producer has multiple sales.

Berlanti addressed his good fortune with a heartfelt Twitter thread: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berlanti is also incentivized to continue his torrid pace. Under the terms of his $400 million overall deal with Warners — signed in June 2018 — Berlanti receives additional cash bonuses when he hits a specific number of series.

Meanwhile, Berlanti and husband (and All American producer) Robbie Rogers this month are also adding to their family with the birth of their second child, a daughter, Mia. They already have a three-year-old son, Caleb.

Keep track of all the renewals, cancellations and new show orders with THR's scorecards for ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW and with all the latest pilot pickups and passes with our handy guide. For complete coverage, bookmark THR.com/upfronts.