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The Flash, quite fittingly, is on the fast track at The CW.

Network president Mark Pedowitz told reporters at the TV critics press tour on Tuesday that The CW is developing a drama based on the super-swift DC Comics hero and member of the Justice League of America.

The character, Dr. Barry Allen, said Pedowitz, will be introduced sometime during Season 2 of "Arrow."

"We're planning an origin story and we'll see how it goes. We do want to expand on DC Universe, and we felt this is a very organic way to get there," he said.

But The CW apparently isn't being taken totally over by superheroes. Pedowitz said a planned Wonder Woman project is "on pause right now" because "the script isn't where we want it."

Other CW highlights from the press tour:

-- The network is in the early stages of developing a spin-off to "Supernatural," which is heading into its ninth season.

The potential new show would be set in Chicago and include "hunters and monsters," Pedowitz said.

But a spin-off wouldn't necessarily mean the end for the original series.

"I would love 'Supernatural' to continue as long as it could continue," Pedowitz said. "... As long as the fan base is there, there's no reason it couldn't continue."

"Supernatural" returns at 9 p.m. Oct. 8

-- Pedowitz dismissed a rumor that the final six episodes of "Nikita" will be burned off in three two-hour chunks.

"The game plan is for individual episodes, though we may end up doing a two-hour finale," he said.

"Nikita" is tentatively set to return in November.

-- The CW earlier this week renewed the improv-comedy reboot, "Whose Line Is It Anyway" for a second season of 24 episodes.