Some of The CW’s comic book shows will carry on.
The network announced Tuesday afternoon that The Flash, Riverdale, and Superman & Lois are among the programs guaranteed to return for the 2022-2023 broadcast season. “These scripted series, along with the alternative series we renewed earlier, will serve as the start of a solid foundation utilizing some of our most-watched series for us to build on for next year and beyond,” CW president Mark Pedowitz said in a statement. “These dramas are also important to our overall digital strategy, as they are some of our most-streamed and socially-engaged programming, and we look forward to adding more new and returning series to help strengthen and expand our multiplatform footprint.”
Besides the three shows above, Kung Fu, All American, Nancy Drew, Walker, and the unscripted programs Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion, and World’s Funniest Animals will also return.
The renewal of The Flash for a record ninth year is not a surprise thanks to earlier reports indicating star Grant Gustin signed for an additional ten episodes beyond his Season 8 contract. It is unclear if the program itself will be reduced to that length or if it will double down on a recent episode starring Jordan Fisher and Jessica Parker Kennedy as Barry’s (Gustin) time-traveling speedster children. Meanwhile, the lack of an early renewal for Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman is worrying. The newest CW superhero show, Naomi is only entering the second half of its first season, so a renewal is more like in May should it prove to aid the network’s strategy.
Also, it should be noted, that strategy may change drastically by this time next year, when the network will presumably be operated by a new owner with very different objectives than WarnerMedia and Paramount, its current owners.
In the meantime, though, fans of the renewed shows can rest assured that they will get at least one more season with their favorite characters.