The CW Renews All Its DC TV Shows and More

The Television Critics Association Winter press tour is underway in Pasadena, California and as ever exciting news is pouring from the event. Amongst this was the announcement by The CW that they are giving early renewals to no less than seven of the series that air on the network. Amongst these are all four of the interconnected DC shows-The Flash (Season 4), Arrow (Season 6), Legends of Tomorrow (Season 3) and Supergirl (Season 3)– as well as Jane the Virgin (Season 4), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 3) and finally Supernatural (Season 13)!

All the series given renewals are ones returning to the network, meaning the outlook for freshman series Frequency and No Tomorrow is grim indeed. Neither has managed to live up to the success of their fellows on The CW, with ratings at a dismal low and general reception to the shows fairly indifferent. To make matters worse for the series, at this same point last year The CW renewed all 11 shows that aired during the Autumn (Fall for you American readers) and the two shows haven’t received any additional episode orders past the original 13.

Whilst things clearly aren’t looking great for Frequency and No Tomorrow, we can all agree that the rest of The CW’s Autumn lineup is going strong. Supernatural feels like it’s never going away at this point, whilst the critical success and general uniqueness of both Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have spurred the two shows onto new heights. On the DC side of things meanwhile, it looks like the shows are more popular than ever. Arrow seems to have seen somewhat of a resurgence following several shaky seasons, though it still has a ways to go to live up to itself. The Flash has suffered from some repetitive ideas and themes this season, however, a quick trip to the future might have been enough to jolt the series back to the highs of Season 1. Supergirl, on the other hand, seems to improve with each passing episode. Whilst Legends of Tomorrow has taken The Flash’s place as the fun, adventurous one, having treated us to some very entertaining episodes in the first half of Season 2.

The CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, said “Over the past several seasons, The CW has built a schedule of proven performers, from our lineup of DC superheroes, to critically acclaimed comedies, to sci-fi dramas. Early pickups of these seven series now allow our producers to plan ahead for next season, and gives us a solid base to build on for next season, with original scripted series to roll out all year long.”

All told, The CW’s lineup has never been stronger and with The 100, iZombie and The Originals all returning midseason, we can hope to see more renewals for them follow soon after. It remains to be seen whether new series Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, will fare any better than the other new shows this season, but if it does we can hope it will be another entertaining addition to The CW’s schedule.


This news has Joe very much excited, but non too surprised. Each of the shows renewed has been a hit for the network, so now he’s just hoping that The 100 will nab a renewal too. To see his thoughts on most of these shows, be sure to check him out @resonantrevs over on Twitter. 

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