The CW Renews All of Their Shows, Including The Flash, Arrow, The 100, and More

Friday, 11 March 2016 - 2:25PM
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Friday, 11 March 2016 - 2:25PM
The CW Renews All of Their Shows, Including The Flash, Arrow, The 100, and More
In an unprecedented move, The CW has renewed every single one of their current series for next year, including the entire Flarrow universe, critically acclaimed favorite The 100, and more. 

The CW has become increasingly dominated by geeky genre shows, which means there's lots of exciting news. Among the renewed shows are The Flash (season 3), iZombie (season 3), Arrow (season 5), Supernatural (season 12), DC's Legends of Tomorrow (season 2), The 100 (season 4), The Vampire Diaries (season 8), and The Originals (season 4). In addition, Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Reign will all be returning for another season. 

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"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 said CW president Mark Pedowitz. "As we continue to further our strategy of more year-round original programming, picking up these 11 series for the 2016-17 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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This is somewhat surprising, since the ratings haven't been all that great for several CW shows. We expected mainstays like The Flash and Arrow to get renewed, and Supernatural will, of course, outlive us all, but shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and even Jane the Virgin seemed to be on the bubble. However, the shows with relatively low ratings make up for it by bringing the network critical acclaim, particularly Jane the Virgin, which has seen lots of awards attention for the show and star Gina Rodriguez. 

The 100 is an interesting case, because its ratings have steadily climbed as the buzz surrounding the show reached a fever pitch, but they may have lost a good number of viewers with last week's controversial episode. It seemed precarious enough that it might get canceled if the ratings went down, but luckily, it looks like the prestige it brings as a reliably well-reviewed "gritty sci-fi drama" outweighs any potential problems with the ratings.

The CW has many new pilots slated for next year, including that intriguing Roanoke-on-Mars series, but this news doesn't mean that they're on hold. The network will likely spread out the pilots and renewed series among the summer, fall, and midseason, so it will be interesting to see if there are any big schedule shake-ups.

And just for fun, here's a reminder that the CW casts are adorable, and why we're so happy they're all coming back:




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