The CW has dropped the axe on two freshman series that premiered during the 2016-17 TV season. Right now, The CW is the home for much of television’s available superhero television drama, thanks to its DC Comics-based ‘Arrowverse’, made up of Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. However, that's far from where the network's well-received content ends.
This year saw the successful launch of another comic book TV series on The CW in the form of Riverdale, based on the long-running Archie Comics franchise (a show that airs its season one finale this upcoming Thursday). With all of that success however, of course comes a couple of shows that don’t make it through to sophomore seasons. Now it’s been confirmed that two new series on The CW in particular have been given the chop.
Frequency and No Tomorrow are those shows (as reported by TVLine), but this news doesn’t come as a huge surprise to their fans. Neither were given an additional episode order late last year as would be expected if they were to continue, and so both enjoyed a shorter first season than usual, with just 13 episodes each. Having wrapped their first runs in January, it would seem that viewers have had their fill of both shows.
Based on the 2000 movie of the same name, Frequency brought Peyton List back to the small screen as a cop who makes a reconnection with her dead father through a radio. Meanwhile, No Tomorrow saw Tori Anderson’s character Evie Covington fall for a man named Xavier Holliday (Joshua Sasse), who had an unusual obsession with what he thought was an impending apocalypse.
With both shows being cancelled, Riverdale is the only surviving freshman drama for the network this year. It’s easy to see how The CW came to their decision when you look at the ratings. Both Frequency and No Tomorrow failed to get off the ground despite strong lead-ins, averaging just 0.26-0.27 for adults 18-49 Live + same day figures for their seasons.
Now talk will turn to what will replace the shows, along with the ending Reign and The Vampire Diaries. Four slots are available, with bosses at The CW said to be impressed by six strong pilots they’ve seen so far. They include Greg Berlanti’s planned new superhero series Black Lightning, as well as the Dynasty reboot and Insatiable. Valor is also battling out for a spot, with Life Sentence and another Berlanti-produced drama named Searchers.