With its roster of shows in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres, the CW has become a popular choice among geeks and young adult viewers. The network’s monster-hunting drama with the simple but descriptive title Supernatural has acquired a strong and dedicated fanbase since its 2005 debut, and much of the CW’s drama programming is dominated by sci-fi like The Tomorrow People and dark fantasy series like The Vampire Diaries.
The CW also has its own graveyard of cancelled shows, including the long-running superhero show Smallville, which was cancelled after 10 seasons, and private detective drama Veronica Mars, which ended after three seasons, but is now getting a crowd-funded movie and an online spin-off series. The threat of shows being placed on the chopping block is enough to keep many fans feeling a little nervous in the days and weeks preceding the announcement of renewals.
Luckily for fans of Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Supernatural and/or historical drama Reign, all of these series will be around for at least one additional season. The CW announced the renewals via The Wrap, with a note that other series are still eligible for season renewals with decisions being made later in the spring.
The renewals represent shows of all different ages. Supernatural is currently in its ninth season, The Vampire Diaries is in its fifth while spin-off The Originals is still in its first season, as is Reign. DC comics adaptation Arrow is only in its second second season but is currently The CW’s most-watched show, with an average of 3.9 million total viewers.
Lead actor Stephen Amell celebrated Arrow‘s renewal on his Facebook page with the joyful status, “FACEBOOK! ‘Arrow’ Season 3 is happening. I LOVE EVERYBODY!!!” For those wondering if that includes you, the answer is yes: Stephen Amell loves you.
Arrow will also be getting its own spin-off show in The Flash, which was ordered to pilot last year and has already acquired most of its principal cast. Grant Gustin, who originally appeared in the role of Barry Allen as a guest star on Arrow, will play the main character as he adjusts to his newfound power of super-speed. There’s definitely a lot to look forward to this fall.
Source: The Wrap