The CW has had lots of good show pitches crossing its doorstep in recent months, and the network is preparing to show them all off with its fall lineup, which will see a new night added on. While a slew of new shows is potentially good news for viewers waiting for great television, it's never great for fans of shows that are only skating by in the ratings, since they're the first in line to get replaced. Such is the case for fan-favorites iZombie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Jane The Virgin, which are all confirmed to be ending after their upcoming seasons.
The announcement (via Deadline) is not entirely unexpected for iZombie, as the show had long been on the bubble, ratings-wise, and could've seen either resolution. Even show creator Rob Thomas had his doubts that the show would survive beyond an outright cancellation, tweeting his relief the series is returning for one last season. While final season news probably isn't what fans want to hear, the good news is the show will get a chance to wrap up the sordid story of Olivia Moore, as well as the rest of the characters. Series star Rose McIver seems to have made peace with the news and is already hard at work tweeting fans and asking them how they'd like the series to end.
The iZombie staff have been in the dark regarding the fate of their show, which is weird considering the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend crew seemed to know exactly what was happening long before the official announcement. Rachel Bloom tweeted that Crazy Ex was renewed for its "final" season over a month ago, leaving some to wonder if that decision was made by The CW or the creative team itself. Regardless of who made the call, the musical riot set itself up for a big final season finish with a pretty crazy cliffhanger at the end of Season 3.
Rachel Bloom had no concrete details on what dark hilarity is coming for the show's final season, but did tweet that the show's move back to 9 p.m. means the content might get to be a bit filthier than what fans usually see. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend might already be one of the raunchiest shows on broadcast TV currently, so it'll be interesting to see what they could have in store for Season 4. (And anyone in need of something raunchier needs only to visit the show's YouTube page for uncensored musical numbers.)
Gina Rodriguez also seemed to know the writing was on the wall for Jane The Virgin, as she had previously referred to the upcoming Season 5 as the "final season" of the Americanized telenovela. The CW's president Mark Pedowitz had kind words for all three departing shows and mentioned during CW's upfront announcements (via THR) he would love to see new shows from each series' talent groups as early as the 2019-2020 season. So while Jane herself might be going away, it's possible Rodriguez and others may stick around on the network after their shows end.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane The Virgin are currently in their respective offseasons, but iZombie is currently airing Season 4 on The CW on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET. For a list of upcoming shows to binge this summer, visit our summer premiere guide.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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