Fresh on the heels of The CW announcing it would resurrect the failed NBC drama Constantine as an animated series, the network went ahead and issued early renewals for seven of its current series.
That means part of The CW’s 2017-18 television season already is set with the 13th season of Supernatural, the sixth season of Arrow, the fourth season of both The Flash and Jane the Virgin, and third seasons of Supergirl and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
The CW president Mark Pedowitz said in a release that giving early renewals is not just a confidence booster for its programming lineup. There are practical reasons as well.
“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. 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.”
Most of the renewals were not surprises, except for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the comedy from Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna.
Pedowitz defended the move, telling Television Critics Association members (according to TV Guide) that decisions are not always just about ratings.
“When you have great critical work and a critically acclaimed and (award)-nominated show like (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), it deserves to be picked up. It has nothing to do with numbers. It has everything to do with (how) Crazy Ex, Jane the Virgin and the DC franchises have helped alter the perception of what The CW has become.”
Supernatural is actually older than The CW itself, getting its start in 2005 on one of the network’s predecessors, The WB. It stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as a pair of brothers who keep the world we know and love safe from the underworld.
The show has continued on for nearly 250 episodes, and has not included its creator Eric Kripke since Season 5.
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