February 13, 2014

THE SKED: CW Kicks Off Renewal Season


The Upfronts are still 3 months away, but CW has charged ahead and issued renewals for–mostly–its hit series, with new seasons ordered for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE ORIGINALS, SUPERNATURAL, ARROW and REIGN.  The first quartet of those were no-brainers, the spine of the network’s line-up.  Reign is a bit more of a surprise–it’s been getting OK numbers, but that’s with the benefit of a Vampire lead-in, and the last 2 episodes have been at series low 0.6s.  One might have thought CW would want to take a look at its pilots before committing to another year.  But the network has always believed in Reign (which, it should be noted, has been quite good in quality), and now the show will have a chance to enjoy some long-term planning… although it’s not guaranteed to retain its plum timeslot next season.  (Technically, FOX issued the first 2014-15 renewal by ordering a 2d season of Sleepy Hollow, but that’s a fall-only show, so the network already had its full season numbers.)

Still on the bubble:  BEAUTY & THE BEAST (which had the post-Vampire slot last season), HART OF DIXIE, THE CARRIE DIARIES, and THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, whose fates will depend in part on how the network’s midseason STAR-CROSSED and THE 100 do in the next several months.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."