Television production is a funny thing. Because as invested as the actors, crew, and audience might be in a particular small screen story, it's ultimately up to the higher ups to decide if a show lives or dies. Impending renewals should be announced in the next few months, after networks decide how valuable their properties are. The CW has already started this process, and has announced the renewal of seven different series, to the joy of the many fans who watch the shows.
The CW has already ordered new seasons for seven of their most popular shows. Those shows are the following:
Legends of Tomorrow
Jane the Virgin
It should come to no surprise that The CW has renewed all four of its DCTV properties. These interconnected comic book shows have accrued some serious viewership over the past year, especially in the wake of its four-part crossover event this past fall. The CW essentially has its own TV universe, with its only competition coming from Netflix's Marvel shows.
Supernatural was also renewed, which is The CW's longest running show. On par with ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural has been renewed for another season, which will be its 13th. It's no small feat to run for that long, and The CW is no doubt proud to have such a profitable series on the network.
The renewals are rounded out by Golden Globe winners Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Jane the Virgin has been a critical darling since its premiere in 2014. Gina Rodriguez won the Golden Globe for Best Actress, cementing its place in primetime. Next year the show will air its fourth season.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one show that wasn't guaranteed to make it past another season. Despite its positive critical reception, the musical comedy series doesn't rake in the viewership that The CW probably wants. It's no doubt expensive to film lavish musical numbers, so Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's fate has always felt unknown. Luckily for us, Rachel Bloom's dark musical comedy will be back for Season 3 next fall.
There are still quite a few CW titles missing from this list. Two of the networks' longer running shows have been announced to be ending this year. The Vampire Diaries will conclude after its eighth season, while historical fantasy drama Reign will end after Season 4.
Additionally, a bunch of new shows' fates are up in the air. Newcomers Frequency and No Tomorrow have been struggling with ratings, while midseason shows like iZombie, The 100, and Riverdale need to perform in the spring in order to be granted new seasons.
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