The headline says it all, folks: If you’re a fan of the CW Network – the hovel of busy gremlins that has brought us such shows as 7th Heaven, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Beauty and the Beast and Cult – then this news article is dedicated to you, Dear and semi-Constant Readers: Per those fingers on the pulse of anything and everything pop culture The Hollywood Reporter comes news this very day of the CW renewing not one, not two, not…Oh, the heck with it! The CW is renewing twelve fan-favorite shows. See, that’s much easier than keeping the drum roll going until I count down to the number twelve (easier on my typing finger, too!)…
If you’re curious to know if your fave show made the CW cut, then look no further, anxious friends, Romans and countrymen. We’ve got the answers you seek in this article, starting with – ahem –
- The Flash: Barry Allen gets another lap around the track, thanks to superior scripting, acting, etc. The moral of the story is to always bet on the character who has endured for over eighty years.
- Walker (Texas Ranger): Don’t call it a comeback (or a reboot). This “reimagining” starring former Friday the 13th alum Jared Padalecki has endured the Chuck Norris comparisons to survive for a full order of its very first season.
- All American: Three seasons in and still going strong! This perennial fish out of water story has a strong fan base and its renewal comes as no real surprise. Excelsior, All American fans!
- Batwoman: Yet another fan fave based off of a DC Comics character that gets another season. The show did the impossible by surviving a cast shakeup in the form of its former leading lady Ruby Rose. Welcome aboard the Gotham Express, Javicia Leslie!
- Charmed: No Shannen Doherty, no Alyssa Milano, no Holly Marie Combs, no Rose McGowan? No el problemo! This reboot has fared just fine, thank you very much! Onward to new spells and wizardry, I say!
- Dynasty: I prefer my Carringtons and Colbys with a twist of 1980s, but this remake of the classic show does it for me in a pinch, I suppose. Welcome back for another season of cat fights and company embezzlements!
- In the Dark: This crime drama has captured the imaginations of enough fans for the CW to push forward with new mysteries and intrigue.
- Legacies: The Vampire Diaries and The Originals live on via this clever extension/reinvention of those two cult favorites. Buckle up for a fourth season strangeness, campers!
- Legends of Tomorrow: Rip Hunter and crew, courtesy of DC Comics, continue their time-bending trips.
- Nancy Drew: Everyone’s favorite amateur sleuth had better get her deerskin cap and Meerschaum pipe ready, because more mysteries are winging their way towards her!
- Riverdale: There was a time that if you had told me that Archie Andrews and the Riverdale Gang would successfully support an ongoing live-action show I would have been convinced you were sniffing the newsprint the Archie comics are printed on. I’ve rarely been so happy to be so wrong!
- Roswell, New Mexico: Yet another revival of a fan-fave. Seriously, have we all been drinking the same nostalgia waters?
New DC show Superman & Lois also received plaudits in the form of a complete first season pick-up.
Commenting on the lengthy spate of renewals, the Dean of Cool himself, CW head honcho Mark Pedowitz (and a canny player of Milton Bradley’s Battleship), issued a press release: “Though we’re just a few weeks into the new season, we wanted to get a strategic head start on next season with these early renewals, which allows our production teams to start laying out story arcs and hiring staff, and at the same time, continues to provide us with a strong, stable schedule to build on for next season. As the CW’s 2020-2021 season kicks into high gear, we are thrilled creatively with the direction of our first new shows out of the gate, Walker and Superman & Lois, that we wanted to order the additional episodes to complete their first seasons, and we are particularly pleased with the huge success of the launch of Walker, which debuted as our most watched series premiere in five years.”