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The CW has passed along some good news for some of their current series, including freshman dramas The Originals and Reign. Both were among the series given early renewals ahead of this Spring's up fronts. Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries also made the cut. There's no word yet on Hart of Dixie, The Carrie Diaries or Beauty and the Beast and it's looking like fans will have to wait until May to learn the fate of those shows.
THR posted the news, stating that Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, The Originals and Reign will return for the 2014-2015 season. For Vampire Diaries will return for Season 6, Supernatural will return for Season 10, Reign and The Originals will return for second seasons. And Arrow will be back for Season 3. Of the news, Arrow star Stephen Amell reached out to his (nearly a million!) Facebook fans to celebrate:
News of Arrow's renewal hopefully bodes well for the Flash spinoff that's in the works. The same could be said for The Originals' renewal, as the vampire series was a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Arrow success and spinoff success at the CW are good signs, at the very least. But we'll have to wait and see if CW likes the Flash pilot enough to send it to series. The jury is also still out on veteran dramas Hart of Dixie, The Carrie Diaries and Beauty and the Beast, along with new dramas The Tomorrow People, The 100 and Star-Crossed. The latter two haven't even aired yet, so they're more or less wild-cards for the time being. But it's evident already from the network's slate that they're happy with the genre programming, as well they should be. Vampire Diaries continues to pull in solid ratings, and its spinoff was well received. And Arrow has proven to be a favorite, even among those of us who don't tend to watch a lot of CW programming. Now it's a matter of figuring out whether to renew the veteran shows or cut them lose and move ahead with new projects.
As is the case with all the networks, there are only so many slots available, and the network will need to decide if they want to push forward with established series or take a chance on some of their pilots. For CW, that includes Flash, Rob Thomas' iZombie, Kurtzman and Orci's Identity, Jane the Virgin and the Supernatural spinoff, Supernatural: Tribes. These are all pilots in development for the network and the CW is expected to make decisions on them in time for the May upfronts. Out of contention is the Wonder Woman project, which isn't going forward.
UPDATE: Stephen Amell just posted this photo on his Facebook page celebrating Season 3 for Arrow: