Most networks mete out renewal announcements for their programming slate in small doses, comparing ratings and juggling decisions over the course of weeks or months. Then again, The CW has never really been like most networks, and it's proven its originality once again by announcing that it's renewed its entire slate of fall 2014 TV programming -- eight series in total -- for the 2015-2016 season.
The network made the announcement at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this weekend, handing out early renewals to "Arrow," "The Flash," "Jane the Virgin," "The Originals," "Reign," "Supernatural," " The Vampire Diaries," and "The 100." CW president Mark Pedowitz praised the lineup in a statement.
"Each of these series have helped define what The CW is today, a network that is home to smart, provocative, quality programming, targeting a savvy adult audience," Pedowitz said in his statement. "By picking up these shows now, our executive producers can start planning next season's storylines, and rolling these shows out throughout next season guarantees The CW will have more proven original series for our fall, midseason and summer 2016 lineups."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CW's bold move makes sense for the perennially-in-fifth-place network, which saw its ratings climb a staggering 14 percent versus the previous season's numbers, and .9 percent in the coveted 18-49 demographic. And freshman shows like "Jane" -- starring newly-minted Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez -- and "The Flash" have also performed well, in addition to generating lots of social media buzz.
We'll have to wait to see if midseason shows like "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast" make the cut, but considering the network's track record, we're betting they'll be back next year, too.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]
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