Yesterday, The CW announced early renewals for five of its series. Screen Rant favorite Supernatural along with The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, 90210 and America's Next Top Model will all be returning this fall, but with all these shows being renewed there seems to be no news as to what’s going on with the fate of Smallville.
What’s going on CW?
The CW Network has given early pickups to five series for next season, including four signature dramas and the reality hit AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL. All five shows will return in Fall 2010.
The series receiving early renewals include this season's breakout hit THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, The CW's most-watched show (4.6 million viewers) and the network's number one show among adults 18-34 (2.5/8). THE VAMPIRE DIARIES premiere generated the largest audience in network history for a series debut (5.7 million total viewers). THE VAMPIRE DIARIES has improved The CW's performance Thursday at 8:00 p.m. by 114% among women 18-34 this season. The network also renewed fan favorite SUPERNATURAL, which will enter its sixth season next year. SUPERNATURAL has one of the most loyal audiences of any show on television and does heroic work in a perennially tough time period. It has improved over last season among women and adults 18-34 (29% and 8%, respectively) this season, a remarkable accomplishment for a fifth-year show.
Also given early pickups for next season are The CW's Monday night sensation GOSSIP GIRL, which is The CW's number one show among its target demographic of women 18-34, and Tuesday's trend-setting drama, 90210, which sees some of TV's largest percent increases from DVR playback, nearly doubling its women 18-34 live-only ratings once live+7 data is included. Wednesday anchor AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL will also be back for cycles 15 and 16 with superstar Tyra Banks and new groups of aspiring models. TOP MODEL continues to rank second in the competitive Wednesday 8:00 p.m. hour among young women 18-34 (3.4/10).
While I’m glad that The CW thinks Tyra Banks is a “superstar,” people are wondering what’s going on their favorite red-blue-blur themed series. Are things looking bleak for the Friday night drama?
Well, not exactly. Word is that The CW is holding off on any announcement regarding Smallville because they’re still in the middle of negotiating the actors' contracts and when they do finally come to a decision they would like to make the announcement separately, as they may be setting up an end date to make the tenth season the show's last.
Hmmm… hopefully if they’re looking to put an end to Smallville they’re going to bring back Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luther because there’s no way the series could end without a true conclusion to his story… but maybe that’s just me.
So, what say you fans of Supernatural and Smallville? Excited about another season? Ready for Smallville to end? Any chance Michael Rosenbaum will be returning?
Don’t forget to catch Smallville this Friday as Clark gets infected with gemstone kryptonite and watch the Winchester brothers battle zombies when Supernatural return on March 25.
Source: The Futon Critic & E! Online
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