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CW Boss Talks Supernatural's Fate, Gossip Girl Cast Erosion, One Tree Hill Reprieve and More!

Supernatural is not heading into its final season — at least not if new CW president Mark Pedowitz has anything to say about it.

“It is not intended to be the last season,” the exec told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday. “We’ll see how the ratings go. We hope it keeps going. We’ll take it one step at a time.”

What’s the key to the show’s longevity? “It’s about the love of two brothers and two really good-looking guys,” Pedowitz offered. “And I think that transcends the supernatural [element].”

Other highlights from The CW’s exec session…

* Asked if Gossip Girl can live on beyond its current cast — namely burgeoning movie stars Blake Lively and Leighton Meester — Pedowitz said, “I’m a big believer in casts staying together. We hope they stay together as long as possible. When we have to cross that bridge… we’ll see [what happens].”

* Pedowitz didn’t rule out the possibility of One Tree Hill‘s 13-episode final season being extended, but “at this point it’s the final 13.” He also confirmed that James Lafferty will be back for “multiple episodes.”

* The CW is entering a TV season without a superhero franchise for the first time in its history. It’s a void Pedowitz hopes to fill very soon. “We’re looking next year at doing superheroes,” he said, “if the right superhero [project comes along].”