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The CW Announces Seven Early Series Renewals

'Supernatural' Heads Into Season 13

The CW has greenlit new seasons of scripted hours “Arrow,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Supergirl” and “Supernatural,” which will all be present in the 2017-18 season. For “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgins” the pick-ups are a result of the ongoing critical acclaim. Neither one-hour comedy has generated much interest a la the traditional Nielsen ratings. And “Supernatural,” which is heading into season 13, will become the ninth longest-running scripted drama in television history (behind “Gunsmoke” and “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Lassie,” “CSI” and “ER,” “NCIS” and “Bonanza”). The original “Hawaii Five-O” and “NYPD Blue,” at 12 seasons each, are now tied at No. 10 overall.

Of the three new CW dramas this season, “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow” have been canceled and “Riverdale,” based on the iconic characters from the “Archie” comic book franchise, debuts on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

Programming Insider‘s Douglas Pucci was a guest on “The Morning Fix” with JJ and Scott on Northern Iowa’s Y100.1 FM to discuss The CW’s series pickups.

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  1. Terrible news!!!

    The ongoing sad joke that is CW continues…

    What to say about the ongoing disaster Crazy Ex-Girlfiriend, a show with no audience (except apparently critics…)?

    And of course the record-run of Supernatural, a show with so little audience it has made all those longevity records entirely meaningless.

    Hollywood stick with what loses…

    But seriously…? When has renewing a show with under a million overnight viewers not been cause for immediate firing?

    • When said show is a CBS show on a network jointly owned by CBS and WB and WB shows otherwise dominate the network. Otherwise the network would be all WB shows.

      • You made a fine illustration of my point which is that shows are renewed because of internal politics, not merit.

        CW needs someone objective to clean house.

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