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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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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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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.

  2. Marc:

    What’s with the 20 videos opening simultaneously on the page?

    It almost crashed my computer…