The CW Renews 'The Vampire Diaries,' '90210' and 'Supernatural'

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May 3rd, 2012

Ok, it's official, The CW has renewed Supernatural, 90210 and The Vampire Diaries. Supernatural for an 8th season, The Vampire Diaries for a fourth season and 90210 for a fifth season.

here's the release:


May 3, 2012 (Burbank, California) - The CW Network has given early pickups to the network's top-rated show, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, fan favorite SUPERNATURAL, and the world's most-famous zip code, 90210, with all three series to return for the 2012-2013 season.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will return for a fourth season of bloody good drama this fall, SUPERNATURAL will mark its eighth season with the monster-hunting Winchester brothers on The CW, and on 90210, the gang from West Beverly will return for season five.

Based on the series of books by L. J. Smith, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is from Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Williamson ("Scream," "Dawson's Creek"), Julie Plec ("Kyle XY," "Wasteland"), Leslie Morgenstein ("Gossip Girl," "Private") and Bob Levy ("Gossip Girl," "Privileged").

SUPERNATURAL is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, with executive producers McG ("Charlie's Angels," "The O.C."), Robert Singer ("Midnight Caller"), Jeremy Carver ("Being Human") and Phil Sgriccia.

90210 is produced by CBS Productions with executive producers Patti Carr ("Life Unexpected," "Private Practice") and Lara Olsen ("Life Unexpected," "Private Practice").

  • Mickey 1.0

    When I was on here late last night I was trying to think of a good analogy to explain to the people who think you can transpose CW ratings onto other networks why that’s just not how things work. And I couldn’t come up with anything and then of course one occurred to me once I had gone to bed.

    If you have a big-league baseball team in a city of one million and it gets an attendance average of 5,000, it’s like thinking it will still get 5,000 if you move it to a city of 10 million people. In the much bigger city, it would have a pool of spectators ten times bigger and would have the potential of getting 50,000 spectators.

    Those figures are of course not to be taken literally. They’re just to illustrate the concept of the big four networks having a much bigger audience, a bigger pool of viewers, than the CW.

    There are of course other factors. Like a really young-skewing show like TSC would probably not fare well on a very old-skewing network like CBS. And CW shows would have bigger budgets and attract more experienced big talent names were they on a bigger network and thus have more resources with which to put out a better quality show. As well as have more famous names to attract more attention, better promotion, network brand with a much better image, etc. But all this is just speculation anyway, we can’t ever know how well they’d do. All we do know for sure is that you can’t just transpose CW ratings onto bigger networks.

    And there of course will be people who would say, yeah but that baseball team is crappy so it would crash and fail in the big city. To which I would reply that a lot of people proportionate to its audience size would disagree but you’re entitled to your petty opinion and my show was renewed for an eighth season so, to quote Jensen, “suck it.”

    “Peace out, bitches!” *

    * That’s just a line from Supernatural, lest anyone think I am calling you bitches for realz.

    Also, to all those still waiting for news on your favourite shows, good luck!

  • Hades


    Ringer airs on Living TV in the UK and its ratings were around the same as all the other US shows the net has inc, SPN, ANTM, TCS, Nikita, Greys, Criminal Minds, Cougar Town, Private Practice there isnt really enough of a difference between any of these shows to suggest that Living are unhappy with the way it has performed and so wouldnt be pcking it up if it were renewed.

  • Dennis

    If Supernatural aired on one of the bigger networks, it would NOT have lasted this long!

    There hasn’t been a genre show in years to make that many seasons on the big 4.
    Ratings would have kept going down,and I think it would have been cancelled after season 4

    @KS comparing Supernatural to Lost is ridiculous

  • Raz

    Happy Happy!! Joy Joy!!! Fangirls, the Winchesters are back!

  • KS

    There hasn’t been a genre show in years to make that many seasons on the big 4.
    Ratings would have kept going down,and I think it would have been cancelled after season 4

    Give me some examples.

  • Justin121

    Some speculation of Deadline
    Likely Cancelled: Rinder, Secret Circle
    Bubble: Nikita
    Likely renewal: House of Dixie, Gossip Girl

    I’ve been saying this forever. Esp re: Hart of Dixie. It was never less than a Likely Renewal.

  • Michael

    @KS – you are an idiot!

    @Justin121 – guess you were right all time. I’m so glad, because i adore HoD:

  • Dennis

    @KS Examples of what??

  • Tabitha

    No surprise for TVD and SPN.:)

  • KS

    Examples of unsuccessful genre shows that didn’t last beyond season 4.

  • Hades

    Who cares how SPN would have done on one of the other networks, it is a CW show and thank god because its about to enter its 8th season and how many shows actually make it to 8 seasons now days?!

  • Dennis

    This is what I said:
    “There hasn’t been a genre show in years to make that many seasons on the big 4.
    Ratings would have kept going down,and I think it would have been cancelled after season 4″

    The big 4 refers to the 4 big networks,
    Supernatural will have at least 8 seasons, there has not been any genre shows to last that long on ABC,FOX,NBC,CBS in a very long time…. and had Supernatural aired on one of those, imo, it would have been cancelled after its 3rd or 4th season…. it would have been lucky to make it to 5

  • KS


    I am not trying to fight with you. I came to know all about this American TV just 8 months back. I want to know more details, in order to come to a conclusion how SPN would do on an other network.

    I am asking names(Examples) of the genre shows that have failed on major networks.

  • Dennis

    How do you not understand???
    I said there have been no genre shows in a long time to make it to 8 seasons, they were either wrapped up or cancelled…
    Some examples,

    Heroes cancelled after 4 seasons
    Fringe renewed for a shorter 5th and final season
    Lost finished after 6 seasons
    Ghost Whisperer cancelled after 5 seasons
    The 4400 cancelled after 4 seasons
    Dollhouse cancelled after 2 seasons
    Terminator TSCC cancelled after 2 seasons
    V cancelled after 2 seasons

  • JJJ

    Deadline updated their CW pilot section JUST A LITTLE–it moved Beauty and the Beast UP to “strong” in the same category as Cult and First Cut. And in doing so NOW puts it above The Selection.

    I am really getting the vibe B+B will be picked up along with Arrow, Carrie Diaries, First Cut and Cult.

    Get the feeling The Selection will not make it. That gives 5 pick-ups.

  • billy martins

    here shall be 2012/13 shecdCule for this coming fall season starting with

    8PM 90210(NEW NITE)

  • Rachel

    @hades that’s what I thought. I don’t see why they wouldn’t pick it up if it was renewed for a season 2, which is why I thought the announcement before the finale that said it was the final ever episode may indicate they’ve been told the show is done. When shows have finished for their season finales in the past, the announcements have reflected that, they’ve said ‘and now, the season finale of…’ but this isn’t what they said about ringer. They didn’t call it it’s season finale, they called it ‘the last ever episode’ so it seemed like they were trying to make it noticeable it was finishing for good, which I found interesting because it hasn’t actually been officially cancelled yet, although it seems pretty certain. So either sky living have already been told the show is ending, the announcer was jumping the gun and saying its the last ever ep before its been confirmed, or sky living have decided its the last ep they’re going to show regardless of if it gets picked up for season 2.

  • Guardian Owl

    Last sci-fi genre show to last past 7 season on the big 4 networks is probably the x-files, ending in 2002.

  • Rachel

    My predictions again…
    Cancelled: HOD, Ringer, Nikita, possibly TSC
    New Shows: Arrow, TCD, B&tB, First Cut, Cult and Shelter(If it screens better than the Selection)

  • Dennis

    @Rachel…exactly…..ten years ago, tv shows don’t last as long as they used too.

    and I’m not saying its a bad show because I am a fan…
    But realistically even if it was a big success in the ratings it still wouldn’t have gone past season 5

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