The CW has been known to renew its shows pretty early in the New Year and 2017 will be no different. The network has dished out early renewals to seven shows.
The series being ordered for the 2017-2018 season include:
Arrow (Season 6), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 3), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 3), The Flash (Season 4), Jane the Virgin (Season 4), Supergirl (Season 3), and Supernatural (Season 13).
Fun fact: Supernatural’s renewal for season 13 continues its streak as the longest-running show in CW (and The WB) history. Previously, 7th Heaven held the honor, ending after 11 seasons.
The President of The CW, Mark Pedowitz, said in an EW interview, “Over the past several seasons, The CW has built a schedule of proven performers, from our lineup of DC superheroes, to critically acclaimed comedies, to sci-fi dramas. 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.”
The DC TV superhero series have definitely resonated with viewers. They currently stand as the top four shows on the network, and their recent crossover sent all four’s ratings through the roof. There is no chance any of these shows will end up on the chopping block, especially with the rumors that a new show could be on the horizon to join them. No word as to which superhero (or villain? Could the new series focus Legion of Doom? It’s been hinted at before) the new series will center on, but stay tuned for developments.
The CW will also be resurrecting DC’s Constantine as an animated series starring the voice of Matt Ryan (who played Constantine in the original series) on digital outlet CW Seed, produced by Greg Berlanti.
Fall new comers Frequency and No Tomorrow were not on the early renewal list, but there still may be hope for fans of the series, especially with The CW’s Netflix deal. However, the fact that these shows weren’t picked up marks the first time in the network’s history that no new fall series has received a full season order. The fate of these two shows will be determined in May when final renewal decisions will be made.
The May renewals will also determine whether or not midseason series The 100, iZombie, The Originals and Riverdale will be renewed. These shows have yet to premiere, and, therefore, their fates will be determined after a few episodes air. The Originals has big shoes to fill when its sister show The Vampire Diaries goes off air in March. Will it be able to gain as much traction and fill the network’s vampire void? Only time will tell.
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