Just a month out from upfronts, The CW has given renewals to the majority of their schedule. Freshman series Black Lightning and Dynasty, as well as DC series The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow are all returning for the 2018-2019 season. Joining them are critical darlings Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and fan favorites Riverdale and Supernatural. As for new series, the network has ordered more pilots than previous years as they expand their weekly schedule.
“As The CW expands to a six-night, Sunday through Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have such a deep bench of great returning series for 2018-19. By picking these ten series up for next season, we have a terrific selection of programming to choose from when we set our fall schedule in May, with more still to come,” said CW President Mark Pedowitz. “And I’m happy that we’ll continue to work with the incredibly talented casts, producers, and writers who create the series our fans are so passionate about.”
Dynasty had high hopes for success but the series has found itself struggling a bit and was even moved to Friday nights. The show also has a big distribution deal with Netflix and many CW shows have found their audiences on the streaming giant. The show is also hoping the addition of Desperate Housewives alum Nicollette Sheridan as Alex Carrington, a breakout role that was played by Joan Collins in the original series, will bring some eyeballs to the soap reboot. Fellow newbie series Valor is likely to be canceled, as is recently premiered Life Sentence.
Though iZombie and The 100 have strong fanbases, both are unclear on whether or not they’ll return and final decisions will probably be announced just before upfronts. And while Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are set to return, their next seasons will likely be their last. In the case of Crazy Ex, this was always the plan with executive producers Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna discussing the topic at the TCA press tour last fall.
“We worked out four chapters. It’s a story told in four chapters, whether that’s four seasons … ? We knew the last sentence of every chapter. One of the things that everyone on the show likes, we do know where the story is going. We like to know things way in advance and we do have four distinct chapters planned out,” said McKenna.
This year the network has also ordered more pilots than ever including Roswell and Charmed reboots, the Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters, and Spencer from The Flash and Riverdale executive producer Greg Berlanti.
Emily J | Managing Editor