Magazine article Variety

Marc Guggenheim: 'The Idea That Things Are Going to Be Binge-Watched Is Freeing.'

Magazine article Variety

Marc Guggenheim: 'The Idea That Things Are Going to Be Binge-Watched Is Freeing.'

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This month, the CW is planning a four-way crossover of its superhero shows. Marc Guggenheim, executive producer of two of those shows - "Arrow" and "Legends of Tomorrow" - might need to take a breath or two as he juggles those responsibilities with Netflix's upcoming animated series "Trollhunters."

How many series can you have on the air at one time?

I think Greg Berlanti is more determined to find that out than I am. The funny thing is, I like taking on a lot of work. But the one thing I've never aspired to is having multiple shows on the air. I know that's a benchmark for a lot of showrunners, but my goal has always to been to diversify across as many mediums as possible. But because "Legends" spun offof "Arrow" - and because "Trollhunters" started out as a feature - I find myself in this wonderful but not predictive position of having three shows. That wasn't my master plan.

"Arrow" kicked offthe superhero TV trend. What was it about the series?

The goal wasn't to kick offanything; it was simply to make a good show. We went into "Arrow" with a lot of challenges. For one thing, adapting a comic book into a live-action TV show presents its own challenges. There wasn't a modern-day equivalent to base ourselves offof. We had to learn a lot of lessons. …

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