CW Cancels '90210'; Announces It Will End After this Season

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February 28th, 2013

90210 100The CW has announced that this season of 90210, its fifth will be at last and that this season's season finale in May will also be its series finale.

Here's the release.

AFTER FIVE SEASONS,

“90210” BIDS FAREWELL

WITH A SERIES FINALE ON MAY 13

 

THE CW ANNOUNCES SEASON FINALE DATES

FOR ITS PRIMETIME SERIES

 

February 28, 2013 (Burbank, CA) ? After five seasons of new loves, old flames and shocking betrayals, the stars of 90210 will bid farewell to the world-famous zip code, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President of The CW.   With seven original episodes left to air, the show will sign off with a series finale on Monday, May 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET). 

 

“The CW has had five great seasons with America’s favorite zip code, 90210,” said Pedowitz.  “I’d like to thank the talented cast, producers, and crew for all their hard work and dedication to the series. We are very proud of the West Beverly High alumni.”

 

During this final season, the characters put their relatively carefree days at West Beverly High behind them and launched into adulthood, with only their friendships to lean on.  The series stars Shenae Grimes as Annie Wilson, Tristan Wilds as Dixon Wilson, AnnaLynne McCord as Naomi Clark, Jessica Stroup as Silver, Michael Steger as Navid Shirazi, Jessica Lowndes as Adrianna Tate-Duncan and Matt Lanter as Liam Court.

 

90210 is produced by CBS Television Studios with executive producers Patti Carr (“Life Unexpected,” “Private Practice”) and Lara Olsen (“Life Unexpected,” “Private Practice”).

 

Additionally, The CW announced the dates for its upcoming season finales:

 

The Carrie Diaries                   Monday, April 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Hart Of Dixie                              Tuesday, May 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

90210 (SERIES FINALE)                 Monday, May 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Arrow                                             Wednesday, May 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Supernatural                            Wednesday, May 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

THE Vampire Diaries               Thursday, May 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Beauty And The Beast           Thursday, May 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Nikita                                              Friday, May 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

CULT                                                  Friday, May 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

 

 
  • thesnowleopard

    And that ends the speculation. I wonder if anybody else is going to get spiked before May.

  • Ram510

    Yes finally that 90crap is over

    Clearly CW doesn’t want to do the high school dramas anymore. If you look at their schedule Wednesday – Friday they have a much edgier line up as opposed to teen dramas like 90210, GG, Carries diaries. I would think they would keep one night (my guess is Monday) still with the teen dramas for one more season but it looks like the CW want to try and grow up a little.

  • Tom

    I’ve looked at the sample schedules that have been presented and it looks to me like the CW is going to have to do a SyFy and license some independent productions. Something like they did with the LA Complex, but with actual entertainment value. Carrie and B&B are doing nothing in the ratings that a decent indy couldn’t do at least as well with a lower investment. Even if the CW opts to pick up four pilots (which it won’t because of cost) at least one or two of those will flop, creating the need to find substitute programs. So, unless the CW development budget is larger than I think, I foresee the suits at the CW spending a lot of time next season hunting for outside productions to plug holes in their schedule.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Dan: “BATB’s retention isn’t great but TCD can hold a troubled night.”

    Again: TCD’s season average is .51 a mere seven episodes into its first season. That is not “holding” anything. That’s a disaster. The CW would have to be insane to renew it and get .3-.4 ratings in season two just to renew another freshman show.

    “I don’t think CW will cancel both. Most people assume that CW will premiere 4 dramas next fall, while its possible I think its unlikely.”

    This is where I differ from most people here. I contend Pedowitz will clean house this season and cancel all four of Cult, TCD, 90210 and BATB. He’s got plenty of pilots to choose from and as mentioned in one of the other posts by Robert or Bill he has other options that could enable him to kill four shows. I think he’s going to exercise those options this season.

    People need to face facts because I think Pedowitz will: ALL the freshman shows except Arrow this year were DISASTERS. ALL of them. Holding on to any of them to save face is just bad business. None of them will ever be syndicated, none of them will make to season three. So why bother giving them a season two to do even worse ratings? Blow them off, pick some new pilots, fudge the schedule with repeats of shows that DO perform to fill in any problem spots. REPEATS of the shows the DO perform are outperforming the freshman shows!

  • Dan

    @Ram510 – I believe that for next season its possible that The Carrie Diaries and Hart of Dixie the networks only 2 non superhero/action/supernatural type dramas left will be put together on Mondays and they will see how they perform. Even thought CW is clearly moving in a different direction genre wise, I dont think they will get rid of ALL of their non supernatural dramas.

    I also think that CW will use Tuesday-Thursday as a launch pad for new dramas. My prediction is well performing dramas like Supernatural (Tues), Arrow (Wed), and Vampire Diaries (Thurs) will lead into new shows at 9:00 on those respective nights and Nikita will stay Fridays at 9 with repeats at 9 on Fridays.

    @Richard Steven Hack – TCD doesn’t hold anything, it leads off the night. The fact is, GG and 90210 did much worse on that night. Plus even Pedowitz knows that you cant just rely on 5 returning dramas and potentially 4 or 5 new shows, what if they all flop? Its better to have 1 more returning series even if its a show like TCD.

    Since Arrow was the only breakout hit this season and in gerenal for The CW, the network doesnt have enough well performing shows to justify canceling 4 shows (Cult, 90210, BATB, and TCD). Cult is dead once it got the friday burnoff and 90210 wont get its final season. However Until CW finds there 2 hits next season they will need that one more returning freshman dramato air as a filler, even for just 13 eps. I thought until today it would be 90210 but now that 90210 is axed its likely that CW tries out CD again in its slot, where the show is working* (at least better then any other series this year) along with Hart of Dixie mondays at 9 and if TCD fops then no big deal, a midseason show can replace it. CW has 3 new dramas spreading Tues-Thurs at 9 to work on.

  • Austin

    Because of this news here is my prediction for the fall schedule:

    The Carrie Diaries—Monday
    Hart of Dixie—Monday

    Supernatural or Arrow—Tuesday
    New Show—Tuesday

    Supernatural or Arrow—Wednesday
    New Show—Wednesday

    Vampire Diaries—Thursday
    The Originals—Thursday

    ANTM (finishing from summer)—Friday
    Nikita—Friday

    *Sorry BATB fans i just dont think it will pull a renewal from its declining ratings and since CW’s number one show is its lead in… (It pulled a Secret Circle) and speaking of…
    BRING BACK SECRET CIRCLE!! Haha (one can dream)

  • Dghm90.26

    FINALLY..THANK GOD! ENOUGHT suffering

  • Dan

    @Austin – Your schedule is exactly what I was thinking. I think its more likely Arrow stay put on Wednesday at 8 and Supernatural airs Tuesday at 8. But all 3 “high” rated shows work as launch pads. I also think that Nikita would air at 8 where the show works and ANTM would air at 9 on Fridays. However if Pedowitz wants to rebuild a schedule, that one is the right way to do it. CBS can “clean house” because they have all high rated shows, other networks can do it because they have more time and replacement shows, CW barely has anything, so until they get hits, they need to work with what they have.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Dan: “TCD doesn’t hold anything, it leads off the night.”

    And leads it right into disaster! LOL

    “The fact is, GG and 90210 did much worse on that night.”

    Those are ANCIENT SHOWS! TCD is in its FIRST SEASON! LOL

    “Plus even Pedowitz knows that you cant just rely on 5 returning dramas and potentially 4 or 5 new shows, what if they all flop? ”

    Like ALL THE FRESHMEN SHOWS EXCEPT ARROW DID THIS YEAR? LOL! That’s WHY you dump them and get new pilots!

    “Its better to have 1 more returning series even if its a show like TCD.”

    Not if the returning show does NOT MAKE MONEY!

    Your argument is completely delusional and puts the cart before the horse. Networks do not renew shows just to be renewing them. They renew them if they will MAKE MONEY.

    “However Until CW finds there 2 hits next season they will need that one more returning freshman dramato air as a filler, even for just 13 eps.”

    Utter nonsense.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I will repeat over and over until people get it: The Carrie Diaries in its first season and a mere seven episodes in is pulling a .51 seasonal average.

    That is a DISASTER even by CW standards! There is no possible way that show gets renewed even over BATB (which of course I also think will be canceled.)

    People like Dan are grasping at straws to try to save TCD. It’s not going to happen.

  • Danielle

    Great newa for tcd! They wont cancel their entire monday lineup! And this certainly soells bad news for batb lol.

  • Danielle

    Richard everything is down for the cw this year, so maybe yeae to year comparisons arent the best

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Tom: If, as people claim, the CW can’t afford to develop enough new shows, then I think you’re right and they should start licensing properties – especially properties that are doing well in other markets, such as SyFy did with Lost Girl and Continuum.

  • R

    The CW probably makes their parent companies more money by getting below average rated shows to syndication than it would if it kept trying to chase hits. It’s the only reason why Hart of Dixie was renewed, they’re unlikely to be making much money at all from that show but getting it to syndication will probably make it all worth it for CBS and WB.

    There’s nothing to say their next pilots will rate any better than The Carrie Diaries or Beauty and the Beast but if the international sales and syndication potential is good enough, those shows will probably remain on air in the hopes their ratings don’t completely nosedive in the next three years or so and the parent companies can cash in at the end.

  • Dan

    @Richard Steven Hack – New pilots arent guaranteed to do amazing. All 3 pilots in the 2011-2012 season were buzzed but never got anywhere. The Secret Circle and Ringer were expected to both be ratings gold and look what happened to them.

    And The Carrie Diaries led into low rated 90210, but again its a hard night for the CW but they cant just put an Arrow Mondays at 8 and Wednesdays at 8. They only have 3 well rated shows, so put 1 on Tues at 8 (SPN), 1 on Wed at 8 (Arrow), and one on Thurs at 8 (VD) leading into 3 new dramas. What about Monday then? Do you suggest pairing guaranteed returnees Nikita and Hart of Dixie on Monday and leave fridays to repeats or put another new drama pilot Mondays at 9 after Hart of Dixie? What if that show flops worse then Carrie Diaries?

    Its up to the CW to figure if the shows do make money, again its a gamble but one CW has to make for next season. If a network is struggling, soemtiems its better to keep a show like Carrie Diaries as a schedule filler and then premiere a drama in its place midseason.

  • brent

    the schedule i think the cw should have next year. In my opinion they should just clear their docks and start all over (except for the 3 that have been renewed).

    MONDAY
    8- Supernatural
    9- The Hundred

    Tuesday
    8- The Selection
    9- Oxygen

    Wednesday
    8- Arrow
    9- The Tomorrow People

    Thursday
    8- The Vampire Diaries
    9- The Originals

    Friday
    8- Nikita
    9- Top Model

    (maybe HOD can stay and either take oxygen’s place or top model when it goes off the air)

  • Austin

    I also have to throw in that I am proud of TCD for pulling off ok ratings, even a 0.7 on the fourth episode! What people beed to realize is this, really think about this: The Carrie Diaries is on mondays right (up against the biggest loser and comedies like 2 broke girls and mike and molly), not to mention it started mid-season, and also it didnt have a good lead in show! I think as a freshman show this is quite impressive compared to the other shows CW premiered this year. I really hope CW will rework the format of the show so it ties in more with Sex and the City, have carrie move permanently to NYC, introduce miranda, charlotte and samantha (and get some well known actresses for the roles) this way Sex and the City fans will want to see the TRUE beginnings of Carrie Bradshaw! :) I will keep watching the show because I love it and it has the potential to be really great!

  • pinkie

    RINGER should be uncancelled.it is so much better in quality than TCD,Cult,EmilyOwens,90210.

  • BPKK

    @Jerry “BATB financial numbers were looking good overseas so expect that show to be back unlike TSC. Not sure about Carrie Diaries or Cult just yet since those two shows weren’t in the reports.”

    “BatB is definitely coming back its overseas numbers are really strong right now.”

    What did BATB’s figures look like compared to TSC? The only thing I’ve seen with regards to international sales figures for BATB was the transcript of CBS’s third quarter report to its investors touting VEGAS, ELEMENTARY, & BEAUTY’s strong international sales — Vegas and Elementary at $2 mil per episode and over $1.5 million per episode for Beauty. I assume that $1.5 mil figure doesn’t even include the $$ received when Beauty was bought with a multi-season commitment by UK’s Watch after a bidding war.

    So between the strong overseas $$, its being the 2nd or 3rd in W18-34 for the CW, and the fact that 90210 leaves Beauty as the only sole CBS Studios produced show currently on the CW, I think Beauty will be renewed.

    I think TCD not getting any additional episodes ordered after its premiere even though it is still in production and not having any episodes airing during May sweeps means its not getting renewed.

    And if you are looking at pilots, I would say the chances are good that at least two of the CBS Studio produced ones will go to series.

    And I thought Cult was supposed to run straight through. If that’s the case, shouldn’t its final episode be on May 17th along with Nikita’s?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    R: “The CW probably makes their parent companies more money by getting below average rated shows to syndication than it would if it kept trying to chase hits.”

    I agree.

    Now where we disagree…

    “There’s nothing to say their next pilots will rate any better than The Carrie Diaries or Beauty and the Beast but if the international sales and syndication potential is good enough, those shows will probably remain on air in the hopes their ratings don’t completely nosedive in the next three years or so and the parent companies can cash in at the end.”

    No, no, no. That’s not how it works. A show has to last for four seasons (at 22 episodes per) to make syndication. The STUDIO can NOT afford to be giving the show away to the network for FOUR SEASONS because syndication will not make up for the revenue loss. If that were the case, ALL shows would be renewed for four seasons!

    Therefore the studio MUST make money on at least TWO seasons before offering season three and four at a discount to the network.

    Therefore the NETWORK must make money in season one and two to pay the studio for the show before negotiating a cheaper deal with the studio for season three and four.

    Therefore the SHOW must make the network MONEY in seasons and two – especially season one to justify renewal to season two.

    Shows in season one that do NOT make good ratings DO NOT make it to syndication because there is no rational reason for the network to renew them for season two.

    Carrie Diaries is a DISASTER. BATB will become a DISASTER by end of its run.

    There is no way TCD will be renewed for syndication or any other purpose. There is only a very slim chance BATB will be renewed and it won’t be for syndication purposes because it will do much worse in season two than it does in season one and therefore will not be renewed for season three even at a discount.

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