Good ol’ CW. Their shows may not be the best on television, but among our endless choices for entertainment these days, they’re the only place in the whole world where you can start a show and feel confident that it won’t be abruptly cancelled with no warning. Every year The CW is the first to announce its renewals, and every year they renew EVERYTHING, with the exception of shows that are leaving on their own terms. If only they could all be like this (Netflix, I’m glaring at you).
Today the network cleared room in its distant 2021-2022 season for The Flash (Season 8), Riverdale (Season 6), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 7), All American (Season 4), Charmed (Season 4), Legacies (Season 4), In the Dark (Season 4), Roswell, New Mexico (Season 4), Batwoman (Season 3) Nancy Drew (Season 3) and Dynasty (Season 5).
Some of these shows get the lowest ratings of any prime-time TV series on the air, but that never seems to matter. I can’t think of one other person I know besides myself who watches In The Dark, and I can’t think of anyone I DON’T know who does either. And it’ll be hilarious if the version of Dynasty no one watches winds up lasting longer than the megahit original version.
In addition to all these renewals, The CW gave boosters to its fledgling newborns: Superman and Lois now has two additional episodes in its first season (it would have had 13), and Jared Padalecki’s Walker was given five more episodes this season for a total of 18.
“Though we’re just a few weeks into the new season, we wanted to get a strategic head start on next season with these early renewals, which allows our production teams to start laying out story arcs and hiring staff, and at the same time, continues to provide us with a strong, stable schedule to build on for next season,” says CW CEO Mark Pedowitz. “As The CW’s 2020-2021 season kicks into high gear, we are thrilled creatively with the direction of our first new shows out of the gate, Walker and Superman & Lois, that we wanted to order the additional episodes to complete their first seasons, and we are particularly pleased with the huge success of the launch of Walker, which debuted as our most watched series premiere in 5 years.”
The only established shows that won’t return after this season are Supergirl and Black Lightning, both of which already announced they were bowing out months ago.