As is becoming a tradition for The CW, the network has announced the early renewal its shows for the 2020-2021 broadcast season. Newcomer Batwoman has joined its fellow Greg Berlanti-produced cousins The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in a guaranteed new season next Fall. Arrow, the show from which all the other CW superhero shows derive, will air its final episode in a matter of weeks while CW mainstay Supernatural will conclude its 15 year run later this Spring.
Riverdale has also been renewed for a fifth season, while the network has ordered additional scripts of its spinoff Katy Keene. Starring Lucy Hale, the series is set to debut in February, so it is unclear if the show will find an audience. Nevertheless, the network seems to have enough confidence to move forward with more episodes should it capture the imagination of viewers.
Other CW programs returning next Fall include All-American, Charmed, Legacies, Dynasty, and Nancy Drew. The mid-season program Roswell, New Mexico has also been renewed for a third season.
“These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz in a statement. “We’ve been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we’re already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for Nancy Drew and Batwoman.”
Buried in that statement is a reference to a new CW streaming offering. Hopefully, it will include a paid tier as we would love to never see a commercial for Eucrisa or Crystal Geyser ever again.