Praise the TV gods that The CW network chose to renew all of its fall TV shows: Jane the Virgin (season 2), The Flash (season 2), Reign (season 3), The 100 (season 3), The Originals (season 3), Arrow (season 4), The Vampire Diaries (season 7), and Supernatural (season 11).
Today, at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Mark Pedowitz, the President of the CW, gave the announcement for early renewal for all of these shows:
Each of these series have helped define what The CW is today, a network that is home to smart, provocative, quality programming, targeting a savvy adult audience. By picking up these shows now, our executive producers can start planning next season’s storylines, and rolling these shows out throughout next season guarantees The CW will have more proven original series for our fall, midseason and summer 2016 line-ups.
As a big fan of The 100, I was very (gratefully) surprised to find that they renewed it and Reign so quickly despite their not-so-great ratings. As for the other shows, they were expected to get renewed fairly quickly. Even Jane the Virgin with its low ratings has gotten a lot of media recognition with a People’s Choice Award win and its Golden Globe nominations.
Two shows actually didn’t make the renewal list, Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast, but it does “not necessarily” mean they’re cancelled, as Pedowitz clarifies. Once they see how Jane the Virgin continues to do in the spring season, they’ll make the decision to either axe or keep Hart of Dixie. Beauty and the Beast will return sometime in May or June.
The CW’s decision to keep so many of its shows gives me hope that their trust in original, quality shows will pay off. It’s been awhile since I could think of The CW as a channel that was more than just attractive actors and sub-par shows, but their current line-up is one of the strongest and most entertaining in years.