iFeature | CW’s THE FLASH Gets a New Showrunner
Changes are in full-speed as The Flash welcomes Eric Wallace as the series new showrunner in Season 6, and Todd Helbing moves out of the multiverse he’s navigated for the last two years!
Amidst the recent announcement that Arrow will be culminating its series run with a 10-episode Eighth Season next fall, an all-new showrunner has moved into the reigns of another Arrowverse hit! It appears that next season The Flash starring Grant Gustin in the title role of Central City’s Scarlet Speedster, will be signing off Todd Helbing and elevating Eric Wallace to the new role of the show’s new showrunner. It’s a monumental move as the Fastest Man Alive moves into the lead pole position on The CW primetime play of DC properties.
Todd Helbing came up in the ranks and has helmed The Flash for two seasons, undoubtedly moving the story arc and action on the show to more embody and capitalize on it super-powered centric motifs. Of all the shows on The CW’s line-up, The Flash has most closely followed the comic book story and benefitted from introducing elements like the “multiverse” to the television audience, as well as exploiting menaces like Gorilla Grodd and King Shark, characters that have been realized in full CGI for the series.
No stranger to primetime producing, Helbing is known for his other television credits including Black Sails and Spartacus. Greg Berlanti was quoted in Variety as commenting, “From his first day on The Flash, Todd Helbing has been a leader on the show, beloved by the cast and crew for his exceptional talent, vision and wonderful attitude.” Wallace came onboard in Season 4 as a co-executive producer, most recently working alongside Helbing in Season 5. Wallace is credited with contributing a great deal to the voice of the series in Season 4, and will be shaping its future.
For fans of the show who want to get more familiar with Eric Wallace, he can be seen participating as one of the commentators on the Season 4 bonus feature “Flash Time on Amunet Black with Katee, Eric and Sterling”. The 13-minute featurette took a deep-dive at the backstory of Season 4 villain Amunet Black played by fan-favorite Katee Sackhoff. Wallace and series writer Sterling Gates provide insight into the story arc that pitted this new adversary against Killer Frost (series regular Danielle Panabaker).
The Flash is currently airing in its Fifth Season on The CW | Tuesday nights @ 8pm