The Upfronts 2016: The CW

cwPoor CW, always the runt of the network channels, and I add insult to injury by leaving a big gap between postings. The CW plays to a very specific younger demographic and their fan enthusiasm and loyalty gives a tremendously stable line-up of shows, many of which interlink and feed off each other either directly or thematically. It’s cemented itself as the home of DC superheroes to the extent that wayward child Supergirl makes the very sensible move away from CBS to join the family.

What’s cancelled or retiring
Beauty and the Beast has rather incredibly been running for three seasons, however the fourth season which will be broadcast over the summer will be its last. Containment didn’t do anything like as well and will end after a very short 7 episode first season. It always looked rather out of place on The CW, looking like a more mainstream network show, but probably not good enough to make it on CBS or Fox.

What’s back
Supernatural - Season 5Good grief, Supernatural moves into season TWELVE. It’s old enough that it used to be on The WB! I keep saying, that when and if I know it’s got a happy ending, I’ll go back and catch up on all the seasons I missed since I judged it too depressing. I’m beginning to think it’s never actually going to end. The Vampire Diaries is rather surprisingly still going too (renewed for season 8) despite losing the lead actress. The contrarily named spin-off The Originals is renewed for season four, although possibly only as a half season conclusion.

Jane_the_Virgin_logo (1)The DC universe shows trundle onwards with Arrow renewed for a fifth season, The Flash for a third and Legends of Tomorrow for a second. As mentioned above, Supergirl’s second season will also come to The CW. Period piece Reign is renewed for a fourth season, The 100 for a third and iZombie for a second.

The CW has managed to find considerable critical success with its comedies, with both Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend garnering awards attention for the first time for the channel and therefore unsurprisingly renewed for third and second seasons respectively.

What’s New
Frequency – based on the Dennis Quaid film, it’s sort of time-travelly, with a daughter in 2016 talking to her soon-to-be dead father in 1996 via a ham radio. The trailer actually looks pretty good and the fact they’re both police officers working on a case spanning the decades looks to be an interesting hook.

No Tomorrow
– a bloke with a powerpoint is convinced that the world is ending in 8 months and he’s living like there’s no tomorrow. Then he meets a “risk-averse procurement manager” and he persuades her to start living the same way. I think it was supposed to be a comedy. I didn’t laugh.

Riverdale – based on the Archie comic strip which has been running since the 40s, it’s basically a teenager goring up in a small town. Sounds utterly unremarkable.


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