The CW has renewed its entire DC TV slate for the 2019-2020 season, in addition to popular series like Riverdale and Supernatural. It’s been a year of change for the network, which is saying something considering how long some of their TV shows go on for (or are still going on for). The CW expanded its original programming to Sunday evenings for the 2018-2019 season, in turn pairing the Charmed reboot with Supergirl to get the week going with some unapologetically feminist genre entertainment. They’ve since continued to change things up with the Arrowverse, as far as which shows air which nights (Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, in particular).
Beyond that, however, The CW’s weekly lineup has remained largely unchanged since this time last year. All four Arrowverse TV shows (The Flash included) are carrying on business as usual, along with the independent DC series Black Lightning. Meanwhile, the network’s Dynasty continues to serve up soapy drama on a weekly basis, even as their noir-flavored Archie Comics adaptation Riverdale finds news ways to be (delightfully) ridiculous with each passing episode. That will remain the case for the next twelve months, as all of these series are officially set to see another day.
TVLine is reporting that The CW has renewed ten series in total so far, including its five DC TV shows, Riverdale, Dynasty, Charmed, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries spinoff Legacies. For the time being, however, the future of the network’s freshman series All American and Roswell, New Mexico remains up in the air.
For starters, this means Supernatural will live on for a fifteenth season, thus cementing its status as the TV show that cannot die. The Arrowverse will also continue as usual for now, though it appears that big changes are on the horizon on DC’s small screen heroes. Last year’s Elseworlds crossover event introduced Kate Kane aka. Batwoman (Ruby Rose) to the Arrowverse and a pilot has since been ordered for the character’s TV series. It’s also been confirmed that 2019’s Arrowverse crossover is Crisis on Infinite Earths, which could end up altering the very fabric of the franchise in major (and permanent) ways, gauging by the comic book storyline it’s based on. Depending on how things shake out, there could be as many as five Arrowverse series running in the future (should Batwoman get picked up) or fewer than four, by the time the dust settles in the season to come.
Speaking of shows ending: The CW’s Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and iZombie will all have concluded by the time the 2019-2020 season gets underway. That’s good news for the incoming series still hoping to get picked up, despite the sheer number of series that’ve already been renewed on the network. In addition to Batwoman, the prospective newcomers next season include the Jane the Virgin and Riverdale spinoffs Jane the Novela and Katy Keene, in addition to a Nancy Drew TV show and a small screen reboot of The Lost Boys. Whatever happens, these shows would certainly feel at home on a network that’s already famous for its series about superheroes, crime-solving teenagers, vampires, and young adult soap opera.