The CW is doing something that is pretty much unheard of anymore: renewing their entire lineup.
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The network has been making strides lately in visibility and viewers, so they decided to hand out 11 early renewals for its series: Arrow (season five), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (season two), Legends of Tomorrow (season two), The Flash (season three), iZombie (season three), Jane the Virgin (season three), The Originals (season four), Reign (season four), Supernatural (season 12), The Vampire Diaries (season eight) and The 100 (season four).
This is a renewal of all ten shows currently on the air, plus Reign, which hasn't even returned yet. The network isn't revealing episode counts or when the shows will air. However, the network has been known to work on a year round schedule, putting newer, more original shows on in the summer when there are usually lower ratings.
"The CW has become home to some of the most critically acclaimed shows on broadcast television, with a wide array of fantastic scripted series across the week, ranging from musical comedy, to superhero action, to gritty sci-fi dramas,” Pedowitz said in making the announcement Friday. "As we continue to further our strategy of more year-round original programming, picking up these 11 series for the 2016-2017 season puts us in a great position of having proven, high-quality shows to launch in the fall as well as midseason and summer of 2017."
The only show still hanging in limbo is Containment, which is a midseason drama that will premiere in April.
The renewals are DC Comics heavy, including The Flash and Arrow, both of which have exceedingly strong ratings.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is up 56% in total viewers and 30% among adults 18-49 demographic, the target advertising group for stations. The DC shows have helped broaden its viewership, taking the network from skewing 70% female down to 52% female. The Flash (2.3 million), Legends (1.7 million) and Arrow (1.6 million) rank as the network's top three shows among adults under 50 when look at the seven day ratings.
The Vampire Diaries, which is falling in the ratings, had a renewal hinging on the return of Ian Somerhalder.
Some of the shows come as a bit of a shock at renewal, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin. Those shows have been struggling in the ratings, but have made up for it with critical appeal. Gina Rodriquez and Rachel Bloom have earned back to back Golden Globes for their portrayals.
If you are worrying that the lineup leaves no room for new series, the network said they will have six pilots to fill their schedules, including Berlanti's Archie Comics take Riverdale, a sci-fi entry from Vampire Diaries' Kevin Williamson, and another hour long dramedy (No Tomorrow) from Jane the Virgin producers.
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The summer is open, with America's Next Top Model gone and the final season of Beauty and the Beast coming in June.