The Runway – Your 2016 Pilot Survival Guide: CW Dramas



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It’s hard not to root for the underdog.

The CW’s current phase began in April 2011 when Mark Pedowitz took the reins, gradually broadening the CW’s palate and target demo. Under Pedowtiz’s watch, the CW has gone from being ignored and vilified by critics and audiences alike to finding its feet.


Viewership is firmly on the up. Arrow and The Flash are the CW’s biggest ratings successes, with the latter being the most-watched show in the CW’s history. Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have won the network some well-deserved critical attention.

So what’s next for the CW? This year’s lineup suggests that the network is willing to move beyond its comfort zone, but won’t let go of its safety net. It’s a small lineup, but an interesting one.

                Untitled Mars Project         Frequency      No Tomorrow      Riverdale

                  Transylvania          Untitled Kevin Williamson Paranormal Project      

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