A week ago we reported that the producers of Legends of Tomorrow wanted to put Constantine in every episode next season, but that depended on there being a next season. In fact, none of the network’s shows had gotten word of a fall renewal yet and it was already April. Typical for any other network, but unusual for The CW.
Maybe the envelope got lost in the mail, but it’s been found now. The CW confirmed today its entire superhero lineup — Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and NEW Black Lightning — has been renewed for the 2018-2019 season. That’s at least 22 (in some cases 18) more episodes of Kara’s sunny personality, Cisco’s kitschy T-shirts, and the sheer concentrated candy rush that is Legends. Oh yeah, and dull mopey angst from Oliver Queen and company, but you can’t win ’em all.
Other renewals announced today: the campy and trashy Riverdale will be back once again, as well as Jane the Virgin (the producers say its fifth season will be its last) and Supernatural, which has a supernatural ability to never get cancelled (think about this: when it ran its first season, the logo in the right corner said ‘THE WB” on it).
These were all expected renewals. What about the network’s perpetual bubble shows that only come on for 13 episodes a year, sometimes in the middle of summer, and have their fans constantly sweating over their continued life? Traditionally The CW waits until the May upfronts to reveal the fate of those; we expect them to do the same this year. The good news is that the chances are better than they were last time: The CW is expanding to Sunday evenings this fall.
UPDATE: At least one of those bubble shows will live another year; Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been confirmed for Season Four. And for reasons completely unclear to me, Dynasty has been given a Season 2.