Wow: The CW has just renewed eight shows for next season.
The network picked up another round of Arrow (season 4) , Jane the Virgin (season 2), Reign (season 3), Supernatural (season 11), The 100 (season 3), The Flash (season 2), The Originals (season 3) and The Vampire Diaries (season 7). In other words: The CW just renewed every one of its fall shows.
“Each of these series have helped define what The CW is today, a network that is home to smart, provocative, quality programming, targeting a savvy adult audience,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “By picking up these shows now, our executive producers can start planning next season’s storylines, and rolling these shows out throughout next season guarantees The CW will have more proven original series for our fall, midseason and summer 2016 line-ups.”
Most of these shows were expected to get a renewal, though Reign and The 100 were looking a bit iffy due to their modest ratings. Jane the Virgin struggles in the ratings too, but given its Golden Globe nominations for comedy series and star Gina Rodriguez, the freshman dramedy was considered a lock for renewal. “[Jane is] a quality show. You guys have supported it as a quality show. Give it time,” Pedowitz said.
Overall, this represents the most series The CW has ever renewed, especially this early in the season, which raises the prospect of a more dynamic schedule for the network next season, once some new shows are added into the mix.
Reporters asked Pedowitz about two shows that did not make the above list: Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast. In both cases, the executive was noncommittal.
Hart of Dixie is “not necessarily” canceled, he said. “We’re going to look at the ratings. We’ll get an opportunity to see how it plays with Jane the Virgin. If it ends, [this season is] a great series finale; if it doesn’t end, it’s a great season finale. But we’re not committed one way or another.”
Beauty and the Beast will return in late May or early June, Pedowitz said, and the jury is still out on that show, too. Previously, The CW renewed America’s Top Model, which ranks as broadcast’s lowest-rated show, but the executive explained the series does “phenomenally well” via digital distribution channels.