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.
Supergirl has been renewed for season 2… but not on CBS. Nope, the network that aired the first season of the Warner Bros.-produced superhero show decided to hand it off to The CW going forward.
It actually makes a lot of sense to go that route. Supergirl wasn’t really pulling in the kind of massive ratings that CBS likes, and the show didn’t exactly mesh with the procedurals and sitcoms surrounding it on CBS’ schedule. The CW, meanwhile, is crowded with superhero-fare, almost all of it from mega-producer Greg Berlanti (who is behind Supergirl, of course). Add in the fact that Supergirl already had a crossover episode with The Flash this year and the move makes perfect sense.
Because The CW couldn’t make just one announcement, there was pickup news as well on that network on Thursday. Three new shows — Riverdale (based on the Archie comic books), Frequency (based on the movie), and No Tomorrow (based on a Brazilian show) — will all air in the 2016-2017 season on The CW. They will join a host of already-renewed CW veterans in the crowded schedule — Arrow, The Flash, iZombie, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, The Originals, Reign, Jane the Virgin, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will all be back.
Alone on the CW’s chopping block is its self-described limited series, Containment, which will not return. Beauty and the Beast is also going into its previously planned final season.
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!
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.