Some of the big news coming out of the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today was The CW announcing it has ordered the renewal of seven series, including its four DC Comics superhero shows — Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow; the critically acclaimed but low rated series Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the long running Supernatural.
“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,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz in a statement. “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.”
Freshman offerings Frequency and No Tomorrow were missing from the renewals. The series didn’t receive additional episode orders (aka the “back nine”) outside of the initial 13. Pedowitz says no decision has been made about their future and waiting to see how the shows perform on Netflix.
The network still has four series in the wings, new drama Riverdale premieres later this month, and returning series The Originals, iZombie and The 100 return later this year.