The CW chose not to make fans wait when it came to seven of its shows.
On Sunday, January 8, CW president Mark Pedowitz announced the renewals during the Television Critics Association press tour. Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Jane the Virgin were all renewed for the 2017-2018 season.
All are veteran shows. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow will be coming back for their third seasons. The Flash and Jane the Virgin, meanwhile, will return for season 4 next year. Arrow, which started the network’s superhero trend, was renewed for season 6, while perennial favorite Supernatural will return for an incredible 13th season in the fall.
Not every CW program got the good news. None of the network’s new shows from 2016-2017 — Frequency, No Tomorrow, Riverdale — have scored renewals yet, while the spring’s returning programs — The 100, iZombie, The Originals — will have to wait as well.
“Early pickups of these seven series now allow our producers to plan ahead for next season and gives us a solid base to build on for next season, with original scripted series to roll out all year long,” Pedowitz told television critics of the choice to renew so many shows so early.
Well, you’d better be because it’s Upfronts time. Every May, networks meet and plot and make decisions about all of their shows, renewing some and cancelling others. It’s a bit of a bloodbath. But at the end of it, we at least know what’s coming back next year and what new shows may fill the voids left behind by particularly painful cancellations.
The end results? Check out the list of shows coming (or not) for the 2016-2017 season below — it will be updated as news comes in over the next few days.
Agents of SHIELD
Fresh Off the Boat
How to Get Away with Murder
Last Man Standing
Once Upon a Time
The Real O’Neals
Blood and Oil
Of Kings and Prophets
Time After Time
Untitled Katy Mixon sitcom
The Carmichael Show
Law & Order: SVU
Shades of Blue
Game of Silence
Mysteries of Laura
The Blacklist: Redemption
The Good Place
This Is Us
Trial & Error
Untitled Mike Schur comedy
2 Broke Girls
The Big Bang Theory
Life in Pieces
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: New Orleans
Angel from Hell
The Good Wife
Mike and Molly
Person of Interest
The Great Indoors
Kevin Can Wait
Man with a Plan
Bones (for a final season 12)
The Last Man on Earth
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life
Son of Zorn
Jane the Virgin
Legends of Tomorrow
The Vampire Diaries
Beauty and the Beast (final season airing this summer)
Supergirl (moving from CBS for season 2)
Faking It (MTV)
House of Lies (Showtime)
Recovery Road (Freeform)
* Not all cancellations, renewals, and pick-ups are listed here, simply because it’s way too hard to keep track of them. I am adding information as I see it though.
One network has just made a lot of fans of all of their currently airing shows very, very happy. That’s what happens when The CW renews just about everything airing for a new season.
Which shows were renewed?
Arrow – season 5
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – season 2
The Flash – season 3
iZombie – season 3
Jane the Virgin – season 3
Legends of Tomorrow – season 2
The Originals – season 4
Reign – season 4
Supernatural – season 12 (yes 12… this show will out live us all)
The Vampire Diaries – season 8
The 100 – season 4
Impressively, it’s a much shorter list of shows not renewed at this point — Beauty and the Beast (which already was announced to be going into its final season) and Containment (which hasn’t premiered yet).
So sit back and relax, CW fans! Your shows aren’t going anywhere!
2015 may be done, but it is not yet forgotten. Before we can truly embrace 2016, it’s time for the writers at DocBrownTV to take one last look back at what they liked on TV. Enjoy the following 10 (or so) Best TV Shows as determined by Tanya Chetty, Kyara Roberson, Danielle Florio, and Laurel Brown.
May 2016 live up to what came before!
Tanya Chetty’s Top 7!
If you only watch one show from 2015, let it be unREAL. Lifetime’s risky portrayal of the behind-the-scenes action on a Bachelor-like reality show is dark, twisted, and incredibly funny. Roswell fans will appreciate Shiri Appleby as series lead Rachel, but, be warned, this is Appleby like you’ve never seen her before. In my books, her unREAL turn is one of the best performances of the year.
2. Mr Robot
Whether you’re into tech or not, Mr Robot is worth a look if only to watch Remi Malek light up the screen. He deserves all the glory of 2015.
3. How to Get Away with Murder
Second seasons are often tough but the Viola Davis-led How to Get Away with Murder has succeeded in creating a season that is as mind-boggling and excellent as the first season was. Every episode was gold and every performance memorable.
4. Master of None
I’ve been watching Aziz Anzari kill it on multiple shows over the years, so it was no surprise that I loved Master of None as much as I did. Witty, relatable, and hilariously honest are just some of the terms that have been used to describe Master of None, and I couldn’t agree more.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Limitless is the best show that you’re not watching. Led by instantly likable Jake McDorman and the brilliant Jennifer Carpenter, it’s the most fun you’ll have in front of your TV.
The often-overlooked big brother, and now in its fourth season, Arrow has come a long way from its first season (which we sometimes like to pretend never happened). It doesn’t hurt that series leads Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards are a TV match made in heaven.
I know it’s been done before but I’ve got to give kudos to Quantico, which has managed to worm its way onto my must-watch list with its insanely likable cast and a long line of unpredictable twists and turns.
Kyara Roberson’s Top 10!
1. The 100
Who doesn’t love a show that is post-apocalyptic and features strong, three-dimensional characters? The 100 is different than any show that I’ve seen and isn’t afraid to inflict pain on both the characters and viewers.
2. Jessica Jones Jessica Jones has strong female characters and is not afraid to break barriers. The show never ceases to amaze me with its outstanding writing and plot. This isn’t just a show about a former superhero.
There’s something about Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl that makes you want to watch. Supergirl is a great show and sends a powerful message to young girls everywhere.
After a disappointing predecessor, season 4 of Arrow is rediscovering its roots and getting back to great storytelling.
5. Gotham Gotham has great storytelling and always leaves me wanting more.
6. The Originals
Julie Plec manages to keep the show entertaining and not cliche. The Mikaelsons’ family drama is never boring.
7. Grey’s Anatomy
I was afraid that the show was going to go downhill after the death of McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey); however, the medical drama stayed strong. Props to characters like Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone), and Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) for keeping the show magical.
8. Orphan Black
I’ve only seen a couple of episodes, but this show deserves to be on the list. It amazes me that one person can play so many distinctive characters. Where’s Tatiana Maslany’s Emmy?!
9. Finding Carter
Even though the show can be a little over-dramatic, it has an interesting concept and amazing characters — like Max (Alex Saxon) and Grant Wilson (Zac Pullam) — make it worth watching. The main character, Carter Stevens (Kathryn Prescott), is flawed but you can’t help but root for her.
10. Red Band Society
The show was cancelled, but will forever live in my heart. Red Band Society was an inspiring show and deserved to have a second season. Octavia Spencer and Dave Annabel gave the show a little extra something special.
Danielle Florio’s Top 10!
In its fourth season, the show is the strongest it has ever been. As the first DC comics-themed show to appear in the CW-WB universe, Arrow has leaped to stardom (launching its predecessors with it). It’s hard to maintain that level of excitement for a show after four years but Arrow seems to manage it. This season, the show balanced comic cannon, new romance (Olicity, anyone?), and amazing action sequences. I can’t imagine any other show being my number one for 2015.
2. The Flash
In its sophomore season, the show is getting better and better. The cast is tighter, the action sequences better, and the story arcs more intense. All of this, combined with the light and fun feel of the show, provides audiences with every reason to tune in every week.
3. Jessica Jones
Netflix and Marvel teamed up to come up with something really amazing here. This show walked a very bold line, managing to address some extremely serious issues. The narrative of abuse is very present and very real. However, due to the superb delivery of the all-star cast, and the excellent writing team, the show educates as it entertains. Though some of the themes may be hard to swallow, it is an absolute must-watch.
The other lovechild of Netflix and Marvel. The show is gritty and realistic (dealing with some very dark themes), yet still manages to stay true to comic canon. The combination of the two manages to reach old and new audiences, providing a superhero show that keeps the heroics, but doesn’t isolate.
This show captivates you from the pilot and never lets you go. The cast is bright and fresh (as well as full of different genders and races!) and it excites the viewer with the format of alternating present day and flash-forward sequences. Plus, it never ceases to keep you guessing.
The show has only gotten better in its sophomore season. This year, we saw a lot of classic DC comic villains surface, providing the show with the perfect mix of realistic and campy elements. And we’re finally seeing young Bruce Wayne start to develop into the billionaire playboy we all know and love.
7. Agent Carter
Any show that has an amazing, kickass, female lead is a win in my book. Agent Carter manages to balance some great banter among the main characters, while staying true to Marvel comic roots and giving everyone a little something to love.
8. How to Get Away with Murder
Somehow, even in its second season, this show still manages to shock me. With the introduction of an entirely new murder arc this season, the show maintains its freshness. It forces viewers to never look away for fear of missing something. I know I can’t miss a week!
9. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The show had me cackling uncontrollably with every episode. The seasoned, all-star cast is full of perfectly timed one-liners and side-splitting delight. It’s impossible to not watch it all at once. My ultimate feel-good show of the season.
10. Jane the Virgin
The fun soap opera parody has proved itself to be more than just a few laughs. In its sophomore season, the show manages to touch upon real-life issues amidst all the crazy, all while maintaining its zesty and spirited nature.
BONUS: (My most anticipated show for 2016?) Legends of Tomorrow
Laurel Brown’s Top 10!
1. Jane the Virgin
Always crazy, always charming, always perfect.
2. The Flash
If you ever needed proof that a superhero show didn’t need to be dark and brooding, this is it.
You don’t have to be a Bachelor fan to enjoy this beautiful nightmare of a drama.
4. Parks and Recreation
It’s rare for a show — especially a long-running comedy — to have a kickass finale. It’s rarer for the entire final season to set up that finale perfectly. Parks and Recreation did both.
5. The Americans
Telling their daughter they were super-secret Soviet spies should have spelled doom for Philip and Elizabeth. Maybe it will next season…
6. How to Get Away with Murder
Implosion is imminent as the crimes and secrets mount… But oh the ride is amazing!
7. Playing House
I don’t just want to watch the antics of Maggie and Emma — I want to hang out with them.
Movie adaptations are iffy at best, but Limitless seems to have found the formula. Funnier and far more philosophical than the original film, Limitless the series was a happy surprise this fall. Plus, they managed to get Bradley Cooper to cameo!
9. Inside Amy Schumer
Yes, Amy Schumer has been hilarious for a few years now. But 2015 was the year that the world noticed. So she makes the list.
Perfectly imperfect, this sprawling bit of insanity was the one true Netflix binge I indulged in this year.
Plus five runners-up that couldn’t be left behind…
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend You’re the Worst The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt iZombie Empire
4-5pm – Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy with EPs Loren Bouchard and Jim Dauterive – Indigo Ballroom
4:30-5:30pm – The Originals (The CW) – Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Leah Pipes, Danielle Campbell, Charles Michael Davis with EPs Julie Plec and Michael Narducci – Ballroom 20
4:45-5:45pm – Sleepy Hollow (FOX) – Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood with EPs – Room 6A
5:45-6:45pm – iZombie (The CW) – Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders with EPs Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright – Ballroom 20
6-7pm – Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz) – Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless with EPs Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert – Room 6A
TBD – Mike Tyson Mysteries (Adult Swim) – Mike Tyson, Rachel Ramras with producer Hugh Davidson
SATURDAY, JULY 11
10-11am – The Last Man on Earth (FOX) – Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones with EP Chris Miller – Indigo Ballroom
11:15am-12:15pm – Blindspot (NBC) – Screening and Jaimie Alexander with EPs Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Martin Gero – Room 6A
12-12:45pm – The Simpsons (FOX) – “Treehouse of Horror XXVI” preview and Nancy Cartwright with creator Matt Groening, EPs Al Jean and Matt Selman, directors Mike Anderson and David Silverman – Ballroom 20
1-2:45pm – Family Guy/American Dad/Bordertown (FOX, TBS) – Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Mike Henry, Scott Grimes, Dee Bradley Baker, Wendy Schaal, Rich Appel, Steve Callaghan, Matt Weitzman, Brian Boyle, Missi Pyle, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mark Hentemann with creator/EP Seth MacFarlane – Ballroom 20
4-4:45pm – Outlander (Starz) – Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan with writer Diana Gabaldon and EP Ronald D. Moore – Ballroom 20
5:15-6:15pm – Person of Interest (CBS) – Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman, Amy Acker with EPs Jonathan Nolan, Greg Plageman, Denise The – Room 6BCF
5:30-6:30pm – Salem (WGN America) – Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Iddo Goldberg with EPs Brannon Braga and Adam Simon – Room 6A
6:15-7:15pm – Containment (The CW) – David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Claudia Black, Kristen Gutoskie with EPs Julie Plec, Matt Corman, Chris Ord – Room 6BCF
8-11pm – DC Comics TV: Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, FOX, CBS) – Supergirl pilot screening with show casts and producers – Hall H
10-11am – The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Kat Graham, Candice Accola, Michael Malarkey with EPs Julie Plec, Caroline Dries – Hall H
11:15am-12:15pm – Supernatural (The CW) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard with EP Jeremy Carver – Hall H
12:30-1:30pm – American Horror Story, Scream Queens (FX, FOX) – Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Matt Bomer – Hall H
1-2pm – Children’s Hospital (Adult Swim) – Rob Corddry and EP David Wain – Room 25ABC
3-4:30pm – Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The Strain, Bastard Executioner (FX) – Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll pilot screening and Denis Leary, Elizabeth Gillies, John Corbett, Elaine Hendrix, Robert Kelly, John Ales, Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown with EPs Carlton Cuse, Guillermo de Toro, Chuck Hogan – Hall H
The CW has announced its slate of shows for the 2015-2016 — and the Arrow/The Flash spinoff series is (not surprisingly) on it. In addition to that show, which is now officially called DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the network has ordered Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — a show originally meant for Showtime — and Cordon — an adaptation of a Belgian series from Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) and David Nutter.
New shows unfortunately mean that something has to go. Thus, The CW has canceled two of its series — Hart of Dixie and The Messengers. All of the network’s other shows have gotten renewals: Arrow, The Flash, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Jane the Virgin, The 100, iZombie, Reign, Beauty and the Beast, and Supernatural. Check out the show descriptions below (first posted on TVLine).
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? The cast includes Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Dominic Purcell, and Wentworth Miller. Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schechter are EPs.
Rebecca Bloom is a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything — her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan — in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, Calif. (it’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic). The cast includes Rachel Bloom, who also serves as executive producer along with Aline Brosh McKenna and Marc Webb.
When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD. But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area. Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17-year-old Teresa, who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank, an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts, the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus. On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak, and has asked for Lex’s help in enforcing the cordon — which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn’t add up in the official story being told. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. Cordon stars David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Kristen Gutoskie, Claudia Black, George Young, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, and Trevor St. John. Based on an original Belgian series, Cordon is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Julie Plec and David Nutter.
If you like The CW, today is a good day. At the 2015 Winter TCA tour, the network announced that every single show that aired in the fall — all eight of them — had been renewed for next season. Yes, Arrow, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The 100, and Reign are coming back.
Season 2 Renewals
Jane the Virgin
Season 3 Renewals
Season 4 Renewal Arrow
Season 7 Renewal The VampireDiaries
Season 11 (yes, 11) Renewal Supernatural
Decisions will be made about remainder of The CW’s series — Hart of Dixie, iZombie, The Messengers, and Beauty and the Beast — after enough episodes of those shows air.
Just as quickly as it gets going, the fall season comes to an end. One network, The CW, has released the fall finale dates for all of its programs. Find out below when you’re going to lose Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural, Jane the Virgin, The 100, The Vampire Diaries, Reign, and The Orignals.
The Originals — Monday, Dec. 8 at 8pm
The Flash — Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 8pm
Supernatural — Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 9pm
Arrow — Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8pm
The Vampire Diaries — Thursday, Dec. 11 at 8pm
Reign — Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9pm
Jane the Virgin — Monday, Dec. 15 at 9pm
The 100 — Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 9pm
There is no word yet on when the shows will be back with new episodes in the winter.
There are a lot of villains on The CW. It probably helps that several of the network’s shows — like The Originals and The Vampire Diaries — have villains in central roles. Even the more heroic of shows like The Flash and Arrow keep their villains close.
Another standard feature of CW villains? They’re awfully good looking. That may explain why the first descriptor used in the CW Villains video is “lecherous.”
Fans will have to wait a few more weeks for The 100 season 2 premiere, but The CW has released the first few minutes of the episode already. Watch the video to see what happens after Clarke wakes up in the mysterious base hidden under Mount Weather.
Her stress and quick action might be expected, but the facility is more of a shock. What sort of place has security cameras, hazmat suits and famous works of art? Speaking of the art, did someone raid the museums of Paris before the nuclear holocaust?
Answers will hopefully come when The 100 season 2 begins on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 9pm on The CW.