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.








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.)


  • Danielle

    Batb fans and their overseas excuse lmao. I wonder where the source is. Fan Excuse Bingo for sure.

  • Dan

    Also last year HOD was renewed over Secret Circle because it did better for a night. I dont see Nikita and Hart of Dixie as “bubble” shows at all. They are certain syndicatable shows which will reach syndication after next season for Nikita and 2014-1025 for Hart of Dixie. So both will return.

    Now that 90210 is axed, Carrie Diaries and BATB are bubble series, and while I think its likely 1 will be cancelled, its more unlikely both will be. CW will choose one because they would rather have 6 returning dramas, 3 new series and 1 slot for ANTM or encores on Friday. Plus 1 or 2 midseason dramas so 4-5 dramas total.

    Nothing on the CW makes money, besides SPN, VD, and Arrow everything is terribly low rated but CW has to pick and choose to build a suitable schedule.

  • Dan

    Its useless guessing at this point and with Cult being shipped to fridays and defacto cancelled, and 90210 now in its final season its unlikely we will get anymore cancellation news from CW. Its up to them to decide how what bubble show would be a better returnee.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Dan: “New pilots arent guaranteed to do amazing.”

    Who said they were? What they are is an INVESTMENT which MAY pay off better than whatever DISASTER is currently on this season. That’s WHY new pilots are produced to replace shows. Is this Network 101 lost on you?

    “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.”

    I got no problem with that concept.

    “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?”

    Very simple. Put two new shows on Monday to replace the DISASTER that is TCD and 90210. I don’t care how it’s done. That’s the CW’s problem. As Robert or Bill have said, they have options. Put a reality show there and a repeat. Whatever.

    The point is you don’t renew two disaster shows just because you have nothing to put there UNLESS that’s REALLY true. And we don’t know that. The scheduling for next season is ENTIRELY SPECULATIVE. All these guys here making up their own schedules are just wanking off! :-)

    “soemtiems its better to keep a show like Carrie Diaries as a schedule filler and then premiere a drama in its place midseason.”

    I got no problem with the CONCEPT. What I have a problem with is keeping a DISASTER like TCD as the spackle. Pedowitz is not going to do that. If he keeps ANY show as spackle for next season, it will be BATB which is doing much better than TCD. Whether BATB is keeping its TVD lead-in is IRRELEVANT to that.

    Personally I would NOT use BATB as spackle. I’d cancel it and roll the dice on a new show. How much WORSE can a new show do then TCD – except Cult, of course. :-)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Dan: “Also last year HOD was renewed over Secret Circle because it did better for a night.”

    Nope. HoD was renewed because it was stable whereas TSC was dropping like a stone in the spring. Now it’s likely to be renewed due to syndication – we agree on that.

    “Carrie Diaries and BATB are bubble series”

    Nope. On this site they are considered “likely cancellation” or “certain cancellation”. And that’s what they are.

    “its more unlikely both will be.”

    You can say that. I can say that both will be. Neither of us knows for sure.

    “CW will choose one because they would rather have 6 returning dramas,”

    You keep harping on “returning dramas” and I keep harping on “only if they make money.” Again, neither of us knows for sure.

    What I KNOW for sure is that TCD is a ratings disaster and will be more so next season no matter it airs. The CW is not that stupid.

    “Nothing on the CW makes money”

    Not necessarily true. The network would NOT be airing ANY show unless it makes money or at least breaks even. Nikita is undoubtedly either making money or breaking even because WB gave the CW a decent deal. HoD is probably going to be in the same point.

    All the freshmen series except Arrow are definitely NOT making money because they were sold to the network at full rates and they are ALL DISASTERS.

  • herpderp
  • class of fitness

    Wow 15 years of 90210?

  • class of fitness

    oh, yeah Warner Bros. owns 50% of The CW. so all this deal talk in nonsense?

  • R

    @Richard Steven Hack

    The CW runs at a loss. The operational cost of the network is written off by its parent companies because of the money they make from syndication, DVD sales, international sales and everything else:

    That is what has kept Nikita and Hart of Dixie on air. If The Carrie Diaries and Beauty and the Beast remain on air, it will be for the reason. The main reason why they cancel some of their poorly rated shows, like Emily Owens, M.D., is because they have to keep their affiliates happy. It’s a balancing act between keeping those affiliates happy and trying to get their shows to 88 episodes.

    My guess is that both shows will be renewed. Carrie Diaries and Hart of Dixie will be paired on Mondays. Beauty and the Beast and a new series will form Tuesdays’ lineup. Wednesdays and Fridays will remain the same while a new series, probably The Originals, will join The Vampire Diaries. I would not, however, be surprised if either or both series is axed either. I’m not ruling anything out.

  • Tom

    @ R

    Your theory is pretty sinister, but not implausible. The CBS/WB joint venture is the perfect vehicle for making a lot of cash by producing and marketing cheap productions through syndication and overseas licensing. That type of slash and burn philosophy of business hearkens back to the B Movie producers of the 1950’s and 60’s who could turn a profit just by getting their films played in a lot of drive ins.

    The problem though is twofold: First, they’re ripping off the CW affiliates they don’t control by by dumping a bunch of low rated programming on them. Ratings push ad revenue and I doubt if the affiliates would appreciate taking a haircut just so that the BS/WB joint venture can prosper overseas. Second, by continually airing low rated productions, the CBS/WB joint venture is constantly diminishing its own brand and that of the CW. IMO, its more successful shows like Arrow and TVD are suffering a ratings penalty merely by being broadcast on the CW affiliates. They’d probably do better on another network although I obviously can’t prove it.

    Getting back to your main point, if the CBS/WB joint venture intends to break up the CW Network in a few years, there’s no reason for them to stop making minimal investments to produce shows that are unsuccessful domestically. On the other hand, if there’s any validity to this, the affiliates might just resort to the courts and file suit for contractual bad faith.

    Anyway, I appreciate your bringing this subject up. It’s interesting to contemplate.

  • mat

    Gossip Girl como siempre fue mejor =)

  • Meliwa

    And the Cancellation Bear says, ‘Mmmmm….tasty….’

  • jackieO

    I’m surprised this show lasted this long.
    It’s one of the WORST shows ever.

  • herpderp


    I showed Richard Steven Hack that very same article earlier today. He doesn’t buy it.

  • DougF


    Batb is the 5th rated W18-34 on the network. Behind VD, SPN, Arrow and HOD

  • Brad


    Can we see these “over seas numbers” for BatB? I love these random comments that people throw out with no proof.

  • Brad


    My super-secret source told me BatB does horrible overseas. I can’t show you the number, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

  • jessica

    “CW Cancels ‘90210’; Announces It Will End After this Season”

    So the finale comes sometime AFTER season 5? So it is getting a small season 6 like Gossip Girl did. That is what the title is saying. If you read the press release it says there is no season 6. Robert, you might want to re-read what you wrote because it isn’t exactly as accurate as your work usually is. I saw the title in the recent posts and honestly thought it was saying there was to be a 6th season.

  • herpderp


    I just posted it above.

  • DougF


    Besides it is in their best interest to keep shows going as it means more money from the close to billion dollar Netflix deal.

    If it was up to the CW a show like Supernatural would keep going after the 10th season which is more than likely going to be the final season due to producers and cast deciding to end it.

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