We know that The CW is one of the most supportive networks out there in terms of its programming; today, they proved that further. The network formally opted today to renew a huge chunk of their primetime scripted programming, including Legends of Tomorrow (season 5), Arrow (season 8), The Flash (season 6), Supergirl (season 5), Black Lightning (season 3), Charmed (season 2), Legacies (season 2), Riverdale (season 4), Supernatural (season 15), and even Dynasty (season 3).
Of this group, we do think that Dynasty is going to be the biggest surprise, but this is actually something that we’ve written about before. One of the most appealing things about bringing the show back for The CW is that it sells well internationally, it has a rich streaming deal at Netflix, and it does actually have a super-loyal audience. Its ratings in the 18-49 demographic are more or less even than last season, so it’s not like it’s faring any worse than it did last year.
Meanwhile, we imagine that the other surprise here is simply that The CW may consider riding with SIX superhero shows over the next year — provided that Batwoman is ordered to series. Black Lightning was a show we considered to be on the bubble, and we were slightly worried about Legends Of Tomorrow just because they could have still done the Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover without it next year if that is something that they really wanted to do. The network had some options that they could have explored if they wanted to be ruthless to some shows, but likely, they weren’t.
What probably helped a lot of these shows stick around first and foremost is simply the fact that The CW is now programming six nights out of the week instead of the previous five. Meanwhile, they’re also ending this year Jane the Virgin, iZombie, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. That’s three timeslots that it will have to fill for the upcoming season so they likely did not want to cancel anything else.
What about The 100?
Whether it be this show, Roswell, New Mexico, or In the Dark, it’s far too early to tell. Two of these shows have yet to premiere, and the new Roswell is only a small handful of episodes into its season. Nothing can be locked in as of yet.
What do you think about all of these shows that The CW has officially renewed for another season? Be sure to share now in the comments, and stay tuned to get some other news. (Photo: The CW.)