The CW Gives Early Renewals to ‘The Flash,’ Six Others

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The CW has renewed seven of its series for the 2017-18 season, Variety has learned.

The network has doled out early renewals to all its comic book franchises (“Arrow,” “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”) and to “Jane the Virgin,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and “Supernatural.” The CW will also resurrect DC’s “Constantine” as an animated series starring the voice of Matt Ryan on digital outlet CW Seed, produced by Greg Berlanti.

“Over the past several seasons, The CW has built a schedule of proven performers, from our lineup of DC superheroes, to critically acclaimed comedies, to sci-fi dramas,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “Early pickups of these seven series now allow our producers to plan ahead for next season, and gives us a solid base to build on for next season, with original scripted series to roll out all year long.”

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That the superhero shows will return is no surprise. The four have experienced some ratings erosion this season, but are still the net’s biggest draws and provide a good launch platform for new series, and perform well on streaming platforms. “Jane the Virgin” is a critical success, and “Supernatural” keeps chugging along with a stable fanbase in its 12th season (going into its 13th).

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is an interesting case. The series has of late been drawing just a 0.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, and a little more than half a million viewers total on the day it airs — even with delayed viewing lifts, it’s still a small audience. Yet the show is well-loved at the network, a critical darling, and now an awards-show veteran, pulling in a Golden Globe win last year and another nomination this year for star Rachel Bloom.

The key here is the CW’s massive streaming deal with Netflix inked in summer 2016, giving the streaming juggernaut full seasons of its shows a mere eight days after the close of their current seasons for a possible $1 billion price tag. That’ll buy you a few superheroes, a virgin or two, and, yes, even a crazy ex.

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  1. SuckItLib says:

    ‘Animated’ Constantine? Lame. Cancel Crazy Ex and make Constantine a live-action show.

  2. David Madison says:

    I watched Supernatural for the first three seasons. And, I admit I I enjoyed each and every episode. But, then….it began to get stale and repetitious. I actually find it hard to believe that the show has been on for 13 seasons. Sometimes tv shows need to realize when it is “time” to wrap it up and call it quits. I can’t remember the last time any person I know ever mentioned Supernatural as one of their favorite shows, or that it was even a show they actually watched.

    • Bethany says:

      I don’t watch the show, but I thought the two main actors stated a couple of years ago that they were going to quit.

  3. unknown says:

    no disrespect either but i dislike where constantine is going it deserves to be live action tv series but if it goes animated i will not be watching it

  4. Heather Polus says:

    No disrespect but Supernatural has been on the longest and (in my opinion) deserves top billing (13 seasons and counting) and has anyone heard anything about The Originals?!

    • robin says:

      I agree that Supernatural should have top billing. They say Supernatural keeps chugging along; what the hell does that mean?? Supernatural knocks them all out of the water. Get ur priorities straight CW. Supernatural is pretty much screwed on all advertising that the CW does for all the other shows. Why? They deserve to be promoted too, just because they’ve been around for 13 years, this family would love to see some promotions thru the week of the best show on ur channel. Come on CW, get behind ur winners!!!!!

      • Tom says:

        They don’t advertise because they fans will watch it no matter what at this. The show been trash for years and the fans just keep on watching and giving false praise. It’s really embarrassing.

      • Josh says:

        Why advertise heavily for your most popular show that has steady ratings. You know people will watch it you dont need to run promotions the way you need to run promotions for other shows that are still either trying to find an audience or losing an audience. It makes sense to push the shows that need to be pushed rather than push the show that kills it week after week.

  5. Ron says:

    I’m glad you made a deal with Netflix. I don’t get home in time to see the shows. But the 100 has quickly become my main show. Renew the 100. It is a kick ass show.

    • Dav says:

      I love The 100 so much, it’s one of my favourite shows but i’m not sure if i can see it getting renewed for a fifth season. I feel like season 4 is going to be the final season but I’ll be content with that if they end it in the dignified way it deserves.

  6. Andy Nystrom says:

    Due to the way syndication packages work, since Supergirl will be entering her third season in the fall, this all but guarantees that Supergirl will be renewed next season as well. It’s extremely rare for a network show to get cancelled after three seasons when by hanging on another season shows become more attractive for syndication.

  7. S says:

    Hope I, Zombie and The 100 are renewed.

  8. shalbhuber says:

    This is the greatest news ever
    So glad supernatural has been renewed
    And flash & super girl

  9. Anon says:

    *facepalm* It will be real interesting to see 80 year old Sam and Dean fighting evil.

  10. Devendra says:

    Constantine should be renewed too. Arrow and LOT is doing really good these days. (PS: Laurel is back, again, over and over again).

  11. Mason says:

    CBS & Warner Brothers have a winning combo going on the CW. I don’t see them trying to mess up something that isn’t broken.

  12. It looks like CW has averted death, by renewing its solid performers for the past few years, and getting a payoff by Netflix at the end of the season, assuring CW will be around for another year or two.

    What could happen is CW integrates into Netflix either on-air or online. If it’s the latter, you have a lot affiliates out there that’ll become independents.

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