Changes ahead for Arrow season seven as a new showrunner is announced
Like most of the DC superhero shows currently airing in The CW (and Sky One here in the UK), Arrow is heading towards its final run of episodes this season. And like its sister shows, the Stephen Amell-helmed series will be returning in the autumn for season seven. There will be run significant behind the scenes change though.
Deadline has reported that Beth Schwartz, who came on board as a writing assistant in season one and progressed to writer and then executive producer this season, will take the reigns as showrunner for Arrow's seventh season. Current executive producer and co-showrunner Wendy Mericle will depart this year, while Marc Guggenheim, who created all the 'Arrowverse' shows and currently serves as co-showrunner with Mericle, will be taking a step backwards next season too. He'll serve as executive consultant on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, which will see current co-showrunner Phil Klemmer step up as sole showrunner next season.
Greg Berlanti, who co-created Arrow with Guggenheim, made the following statement about Schwartz's promotion.
“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.”