If you’ve followed The CW for the last few years like I have, you’ll know that they’re much more … generous when it comes to renewing their slate of TV shows than other networks are. NBC, for example, has a reputation for axing its shows fairly early in the fall season, most recently with the sitcom Sunnyside.
So, to no one’s surprise, The CW has announced that they’ve renewed every one of their shows — the ones that aren’t already ending anyway, like Supernatural and Arrow — for the 2020-2021 season, including the Arrowverse offerings of The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman, Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning. Then there’s also Riverdale, Dynasty, Charmed, All American, Roswell, New Mexico, and newcomer Nancy Drew. Whew! Got all that? Good.
The biggest surprise wasn’t even the renewals, it was the fact that they came so early in the year. None of the shows are back from winter hiatus just yet and here we are, gearing up for the next TV season. Riverdale spinoff, Katey Keene hasn’t even aired a single episode and it got an expanded order of 13 more episodes.
The word on the street is that the renewals were announced early in case a writer’s strike happens in the spring. Yikes, but it’s always good to think ahead. Not like any of these shows were on the brink of cancellation, really, despite some of their ratings tanking really badly. I, a semi CW historian, know better than to think ratings matter to the network as much as it does to others, so at least fans rarely have to worry about any of their favorite shows getting cit so swiftly.
Here’s what CW president Mark Pedowitz (via Deadline) had to say about the renewals:
“These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season. We’ve been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we’re already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for Nancy Drew and Batwoman.”
Guess there’s no better way to ring in the new year than with the confirmation that these fan-favorite shows will be back next year. Less stress.
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