The CW Hands Early Renewals To 13 Shows Including ‘The Flash’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, ‘Batwoman’, ‘Riverdale’, ‘Charmed’, & ‘Black Lightning’
The CW is known for being lovely to the shows on its network when it comes to renewals, and it seems this year is no exception, as it hands out ridiculously early new season orders to 13 its current scripted series. That means ‘All American’, ‘Batwoman’, ‘Black Lightning’, ‘Charmed’, ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’, ‘Dynasty’, ‘The Flash’, ‘In The Dark’, ‘Legacies’, ‘Nancy Drew’, ‘Riverdale’, ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ and ‘Supergirl’ will all be back for another season.
In addition to ordering new seasons of those shows, they have also handed an additional 13 episodes to ‘Katy Keene’, the upcoming ‘Riverdale’ spin-off(ish) series, which doesn’t even air on the network until February 6, 2020. It also means the renews for ‘In the Dark’, ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ come before their latest seasons have aired.
“These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favourite CW shows to build on for next season,” commented Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW Network. “We’ve been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full-stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we’re already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for ‘Nancy Drew’ and ‘Batwoman’.”
Whilst I’m happy for Pedowitz that the “multiplatform viewership” for these shows is “incredibly positive” for viewers in the US, I do wish they could have a word with their WarnerMedia overlords and sort out the car crash of acquisitions they have caused for their shows in the UK… As most of you probably know by now, ‘Batwoman’, which is a vital part of the ‘Crisis’ event crossover, is currently MIA from UK tv screens. ‘Black Lightning’ Season 3, which had previously aired within days of the US on Netflix currently has no UK broadcaster. ‘Dynasty’ is supposed to be coming to Netflix UK, however, it is going to be dropped as a boxset once the season has ended in the US… Not to mention the whole being two seasons behind on ‘Supernatural’ thing (although we think E4 finally has got the rights to Season 14), plus no sign of ‘Legacies’, ‘Nancy Drew’ or ‘Roswell, New Mexico’…
‘Supergirl’, ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’, and ‘The Flash’ are all set to return “soon” (along with ‘Arrow’) to Sky One for the Crisis episodes. ‘Riverdale’ returns for Season 4 part 2, Thursday, 23 January 2020 on Netflix UK. ‘Charmed’ Season 2 we are expecting back on E4 at some point, but we don’t have a date yet.
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