The future of The CW’s original series lineup next year has now become, at least, a little bit more clear.
Sunday at the TV winter press tour, the network announced the official renewals for all of its current DC TV shows — “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin” will also be back in 2017-18. The network also renewed, predictably, its longest-running original series, “Supernatural,” for yet another season.
Missing from the list of renewals are midseason veterans “iZombie,” “The 100,” and “The Originals,” though that’s not necessarily surprising since none of the series have premiered their new seasons yet. The fate of freshman series “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow” continue to remain unknown for the time being though, after both shows were passed over for back-orders earlier in their seasons.
“Over the past several seasons, The CW has built a schedule of proven performers, from our lineup of DC superheroes, to critically acclaimed comedies, to sci-fi dramas,” CW president Mark Pedowitz says in a statement. “Early pickups of these seven series now allow our producers to plan ahead for next season, and gives us a solid base to build on for next season, with original scripted series to roll out all year long.”
The series that were renewed don’t come as much of a surprise, since all of the DC TV shows have brought in good ratings for the network, with “The Flash” being the highest-rated original series on the network. “Jane the Virgin” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” have brought some awards recognition to the network, despite the latter’s consistently low ratings.
The fates of both “iZombie” and “The 100” aren’t particularly bleak right now either, despite not being renewed today. Both are cult favorites for the network and offer refreshingly different dynamics and tones compared to all of the rest of the network’s series. Viewers should expect more news regarding them after their new seasons premiere later this year.