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The CW Renews Everything For Another Season

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It’s a volatile time to be in the TV business. All the networks will cancel you within the drop of half a ratings point. Cable shows are finding it difficult to last past two seasons. Gigs in the streaming business are plentiful, but you’ll be lucky to get to make thirty episodes before the axe falls in favor of something else.

However, there’s one reliable place if job security is what you’re after: knock on the doors of The CW, because they NEVER. CANCEL. ANYTHING.

The network announced today it has already renewed the following shows for the 2020-2021 season: The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Batwoman, Riverdale, Legacies, Dynasty, All American, Charmed, Roswell New Mexico, In the Dark, and Nancy Drew. If you’re counting, that’s everything. They made the same move around this time last year.

“These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season,” said CW boss Mark Pedowitz in a public statement. “We’ve been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we’re already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for Nancy Drew and Batwoman.”

The only shows not on the list were those who voluntarily chose to end their runs this season: Arrow, Supernatural and The 100 (which airs its final season next spring). Other shows not mentioned are Canadian imports like The Outpost that The CW only has half a stake in. The Outpost already has another season confirmed, though, and so does the completely ignored Pandora, despite registering some of the lowest ratings in all of broadcast history (only The CW’s own Dynasty comes close).