The CW has taken the suspense out of series renewals this season by picking up all 11 of its current scripted series — the 10 that
Renewed for next season are freshmen DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as well as The Flash (Season 3), Arrow (Season 5), veterans The Vampire Diaries (Season 8) and Supernatural (Season 12), The Originals (Season 4), iZombie (Season 3), Jane the Virgin (Season 3), The 100 (Season 4) and Reign (Season 4, sans departing co-star Torrance Coombs) .
Three of the renewed series — Jane, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Reign — come from CBS TV Studios, which is considered a threshold for the co-parent studio — with the rest being produced by the other CW sister studio, Warner Bros. TV.
Not all renewed series have done particularly well ratings-wise. While The Flash and Arrow have excelled, The Vampire Diaries has posted year-to-year declines, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend got off to a slow start. But the newbie has been a critical darling, winning awards for the network, and TVD, along with spinoff The Originals, has improved dramatically the CW’s performance on Friday.
“The CW has become home to some of the most critically-acclaimed shows on broadcast television, with a wide array of fantastic scripted series across the week, ranging from musical comedy, to superhero action, to gritty sci-fi dramas,” said Pedowitz. “As we continue to further our strategy of more year-round original programming, picking up these 11 series for the 2016-2017 season puts us in a great position of having proven, high-quality shows to launch in the fall as well as midseason and summer of 2017.”
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