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").

  • lana

    Ok, Im confused. A few days ago Deadline or some source said Selection was underwhelming and now last night they updated saying it’s still in the running… So what is then? is it strong or not? or are Deadline as confused as us lol

    did they even screen Shelter yet?

  • rehabber

    I could only be happier if they would renew Hart of Dixie, SPN & TVD are my 2 favorite shows on TV.

  • lana

    I think it will go like this based on insiders/spoilers:

    Arrow, Carrie and First Cut full season pickups.
    Beast/Cult as midseasons(half+half= one full show technically)

    Now, that’s four shows. Excluding OTH, three more need to go.
    Realistically it’s: Ringer, Nikita and HOD.
    If Selection or Shelter is picked up: TSC gone too.

    No way is GG getting cancelled. CW will do whatever they have to to get that final season. Imagine the press hype for the Fall season because of GG finale season.

  • TSCS


  • lana

    The Deadline “betting” on Hart, Nikita, and Gossip Girl renewal is a bit wierd. One they said they are “betting” on it- so it’s their opinion. Plus, there are some major inconsistencies in the prediction: Gossip Girl a major DVR gainer? doesn’t it get the same as Circle? Either way it’s getting renewed but to use DVR is a stupid excuse.
    Two: Nikita has good international sales. Well Circle is doing well in many countries too so that gives it the edge over Hart.
    Three: Why didn’t they mention Circle at all?

    There are some major inconsistencies in that statement. I’m not sure if we should take it seriously.
    But they honestly need to cancel all new shows and Nikita. Sorry, but those shows have no future so why put fans under stress again when ratings will come out next year- the ratings will be worse then they are now and the fans will be even more sad. So just put everyone out of their misery already

  • lana

    Hmmmmm, I remember when that Mickey guy was always talking about Nikita’s international sales and everyone critized him. But Deadline are using it as an excuse for its possible renewal. Either Deadline don’t know what they are takling about or Mickey was right all along. ;)

  • Dan

    @Iana-I’ve come to the conclusion that Mickey actually runs Deadline haha.

  • David

    I do not see how anyone can think that TSC is getting renewed. It does not make any sense because they have nowhere to put it. That show was matched up perfectly TVD and it is only falling, so it will be a .3 and going to a .2 next season. If they put it on Friday it will lose the small target that it has now because SPN and Nikita fans are not the type that would watch a teen supernatural soap. It can’t go on a Monday, Tuesday, and it would also die on a Wednesday (actually think Hart of Dixie should get that spot if it returns). A freshman serialized show with a .5 behind its perfect match will do much worse at any other night, with Friday being the worst for it because that night focuses on a different type of audience.

    I love Nikita, but I only see it being renewed because anything else of Friday would probably do worse. That, and WB might actually be making their money back with the international sales that we have no numbers for.

  • KoolRebel

    I just care about Nikita & The Secret Circle, I hope they get renewed, I would be so happy. Everything else should be cancelled, but I am happy about The Vampire Diaries getting renewed. SAVE NIKITA & THE SECRET CIRCLE – The two best shows on TV.

  • Rachel


    The Hollywood Reporter said Selection isn’t screening as well as they were hoping. Like I said before, a lot of faux buzz for that show because of the Hunger Games success. And a few “sources” said Shelter started screening today. Not sure how reliable they are but I know the show was still being edited last weekend so it makes sense.

  • Kate

    90210 has a 24-episode order which will begin shooting in July.

    Jessica Lowndes just said in an interview.

    YES, awesome news! I figured that it would get 24 episodes again. This means that SPN will get 23, right? And TVD with the normal 22.

  • Kate

    TVLine isn’t that reliable for things like renewals and cancellations, sorry.

  • thesnowleopard

    It’s completely pointless to try to dismiss Supernatural (or any other show) by saying it wouldn’t have done well on a bigger network. All that matters is that it has done well where it is and now, anyone who wants to can buy six seasons of it on DVD, with another one out this fall and another season to come.

    That would be like trying to dismiss Game of Thrones because it “only” gets five million viewers due to being on a premium cable network. The same for The Walking Dead or American Horror Story or True Blood. Those shows would certainly have not been able to get away with what they do on CBS or FOX and it’s entirely possible they wouldn’t have done well there, either, even toned down. But it doesn’t matter because they’ve found their niches and are hits in them. It’s the same for SPN.

    And no, don’t tell me those shows are great just because they’re on premium cable. Premium networks put out far more dreck than they do good shows and it wasn’t that long ago that dreck was about all they *did* put out in terms of original programming.

  • Dennis

    I didn’t even start this argument, I just said Supernatural is lucky to be on the cw… otherwise it wouldn’t have lasted this long.

    For all we know it could have bombed, been cancelled after the first season, or been a success – but even if it was a success its highly doubtful if woulf have gone on to have 8, maybe more, seasons

  • cd

    thanks for keeping supernatural love that show

  • thesnowleopard

    This is your opinion, not a fact. There’s no way of telling how a show that has lasted so long might have done on another network. We only know that it beat the odds on this one.

    To put this into perspective, Jensen Ackles said after the SPN 100th episode party that one of their producers told him he’d worked on over 200 shows and of that number, only four or five had reached 100 episodes. Most new shows don’t even get past a single season. Many don’t get past 13 episodes.

    You sound like one of those people trying to build up their Olympics favourite by cutting down the folks who made it to the podium: “Oh, well, if My Guy hadn’t fallen, he’d have totally grabbed the medal from Your Guy.” Whatever. It doesn’t matter. What matters is what happened, which is that “My Guy” fell and “Your Guy” didn’t.

    You act as though getting even more than one season on the CW is easy, but if it were, SPN would have been replaced long ago and the network wouldn’t be in such trouble. The whole reason it’s in trouble is because a higher percentage of its shows fail than ones on other networks.

    Since its launch, SPN has had a number of factors against it. It came out at the same time as a show with a very similar premise, a remake of Kolchak, on FOX, which only produced 10 episodes. After its first season, SPN’s network tanked and merged with another failing network, both networks shedding a bunch of shows to fit their content onto one schedule. Its new network head showed blatant favouritism toward the shows she liked best and was public in her dislike of SPN. It endured network meddling and hovered near the bottom of the allegedly coveted W18-34 demo. It survived a major writers strike, coming out of it as the only genre show that was in better shape than before. It’s lost two showrunners, two network heads and many writers. It’s survived cast renegotiations after season six. All of these factors have killed other shows, both on and off the CW.

    So, “lucky to be on the CW”? Tell Reaper fans that one. I dare you.

  • coolioni

    Great News that SuperNatural got renewed !
    I love the show !

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