The CW is showing huge confidence in one of its newer DC Comics properties, extending the second season of Legends of Tomorrow from 13 episodes to 17.
That will put it in line with the show’s first season, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which aired 16 episodes in 2015-16.
One of four series on the broadcast network that’s based on a DC Comics property and comes from mega-producer Greg Berlanti, Legends’ extra episodes join a very tight CW schedule. It’s also worth noting that the series is more than doubling the ratings of fall newcomers No Tomorrow and Frequency.
That’s a big turnaround for the series that stars Victor Garber, Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz. Executive producer Phil Klemmer told Slashfilm last month the writing room had to change gears in order to get the show on the right path.
“I think what we felt, after having done a pilot that went straight into series, was that we showed too many of our cards. We established the bad guy, what he does, how he does it, when he does it.
“We wanted Season 2 to be much more of a mystery, much more amorphous, and having a Legion of Doom, which is obviously a misnomer because they’re not necessarily on the same page about what their dastardly agendas are.”
The time travel series is a spin-off of Arrow, which also airs on The CW. It forces both heroes and villains to work together against a common enemy hell-bent on destroying the world.
Although it finishes behind The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow in the ratings, it is pulling in a quite respectable 2.4 million viewers, the trade publication said.
The CW is adding Legends episodes in what will be a busy mid-season schedule for The CW. While it will return some shows like The Originals and The 100, it also will debut a new series, Riverdale from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the producer behind shows like former Fox series Glee and HBO series Looking.
Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays on The CW. It’s next episode this week is timely following the American election, where the team heads to the White House in the 1980s during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.
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