Saturday, 12 March 2016

The CW renews ALL 11 shows!

A few seasons ago, this would have been an unthinkable move from the little network no one seemed to take seriously, but the CW has proved it is in the business for the long run. The network has renewed a whopping 11 shows!
Including all 10 shows which are currently airing new episodes on their schedule, plus Reign, which has yet to return to the schedule.

The surprise renewal, which will take away all the tension leading up to upfronts in May, does not include Beauty and the Beast. The series will return this summer for a fourth and final season. Additionally, the renewal does not include upcoming midseason drama Containment, which premieres April 19. The network will most likely go the traditional route and wait until May once the series has aired several episodes before making a decision on the show's future.

The series renewed for next season include freshmen Legends of Tomorrow and critically acclaimed albeit low rated Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The Flash (Season 3), Arrow (Season 5), long running veterans The Vampire Diaries (Season 8),  and Supernatural (Season 12), new Friday staple The Originals (Season 4), iZombie (Season 3), dramedy Jane the Virgin (Season 3), cult following limited series The 100 (Season 4) and Reign (Season 4). Three of the renewed series: Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Reign, come from CBS TV Studios with the rest being produced by Warner Bros. TV. Both production companies are owned by the CW's parent companies CBS and Warner Bros.

According to reports, the colossal renewal will not lead to the network picking up less new series for next season. This season, only three new series were ordered - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Legends of Tomorrow and Containment. The CW is likely to add a similar number to the schedule next season.

Some of the renewed shows will be aired during midseason and/or summer and not all will receive a full 22 episode order. For example, both The 100 and iZombie have yet to air full seasons while Beauty & the Beast has become a summer staple for the network. Furthermore, not all of the series have garnered successful ratings. Many analysts predicted Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to be cancelled due to its slow start and The Vampire Diaries has posted year-to-year declines. Out of all the networks, the CW seems to serve it's series fans the best.

On the other hand, the DC Comics adaptations have been outstanding successes for the CW. The Flash (5.67 million, 2.3 in 18-49) is the network's highest rated series, a title it has managed to uphold since the show's premiere in 2014. Legends of Tomorrow (4.26 million, 1.7) and Arrow (3.99 million, 1.6) have also been successful with viewers and have helped to transform the CW from the melodramatic teen-drama network into the home of genre, superhero and comic book fare.

“The CW has become home to some of the most critically-acclaimed shows on broadcast television, with a wide array of fantastic scripted series across the week, ranging from musical comedy, to superhero action, to gritty sci-fi dramas,” said Pedowitz. “As we continue to further our strategy of more year-round original programming, picking up these 11 series for the 2016-2017 season puts us in a great position of having proven, high-quality shows to launch in the fall as well as midseason and summer of 2017.”

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