The CW wants to see more of The 100.
The network has ordered a fifth season of the series, based on the books by Kass Morgan. It becomes the second mid-season series to score such a pickup, according to The Hollywood Reporter, following The CW’s renewal of its Archie comics series Riverdale.
The early pickup comes more than a month after the new season of the Jason Rothenberg-produced post-apocalyptic series debuted. Through five episodes, The 100 is a strong performer on digital and delayer viewing, posting a 70 percent increase among total viewers.
Bringing back The 100 makes The CW’s schedule for next year even more crowded. In fact, there are now nine shows already on the network’s plate, and it hasn’t even started looking at full pilots yet. The only shows truly on the bubble now are iZombie and The Originals.
Two other shows, Frequency and No Tomorrow, are expected to get the axe.
The 100 is one of the few successful future-based science-fiction shows to make it on network television, starring a cast that includes Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell and Eli Goree. The name is derived from 100 teenagers who were sent from an aging space station back to the surface of the Earth to see if the planet was able to sustain life after a major nuclear holocaust many years before.
The time in space allowed these group of humans to actually withstand the radiation, but all of them have been forced into the dystopian politics that has engulfed those who were left behind.
The 100 earned one Emmy nomination in 2014 for outstanding special and visual effects, losing to the team from Game of Thrones.
The 100 airs Wednesdays on The CW.
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