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– by Anthony Esteves

There will be a new captain leading the creative team in Star City next season.

As reported by Variety’s Joe Otterson, Beth Schwartz has been named the new, sole showrunner for the seventh season of the CW’s Arrow. The role had been previously filled by Marc Guggenheim since the very beginning of the series. Guggenheim will be stepping back and assume the position of executive consultant for the series as well as Legends of Tomorrow. With Guggenheim’s new position, Phil Klemmer will be the showrunner for Legends of Tomorrow in its fourth season.

Marc Guggenheim has been the creative force behind such shows as Law & Order, Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone and No Ordinary Family. He has also helped write such motion picture screenplays as Green Lantern and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters while also having a creative hand in some of Marvel’s television adventures, such as Agent Carter, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil.

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Schwartz is not new to the emerald archer. She was part of the very first writing team back in season one. Since that time, she has been involved in writing and editing fifty episodes throughout the six seasons of Arrow. In 2015, during season four, she was promoted to co-producer and eventually landed the co-executive producer for season five in 2016. With Wendy Mericle stepping back from her position, Schwartz will be the lead creative mind behind the trials and tribulations in the life of Oliver Queen. Schwartz’s past writing credits include What About Brian, Brothers & Sisters and Hart of Dixie. She has also written for Legends of Tomorrow.

Schwartz and the entire team behind Arrow will be in good company next season, as the CW renewed all five of its DC shows, including newcomer Black Lightning, which sits currently as one of the channel’s highest-rated original shows.

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