Although The CW delayed its Fall 2020 schedule to January, its now-customary early renewals for certain shows continues without interruption.
The network announced Wednesday that it is extending the life of 12 programs — some not set to air their upcoming seasons until late Spring or early summer. These include the Arrowverse programs The Flash, Batwoman, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and the Archies-derived series Riverdale. Shows outside the comic book section of The CW’s schedule include In The Dark, Charmed, Legacies, Nancy Drew, Roswell New Mexico, and the recently premiered Walker.
“Though we’re just a few weeks into the new season, we wanted to get a strategic head start on next season with these early renewals, which allows our production teams to start laying out story arcs and hiring staff, and at the same time, continues to provide us with a strong, stable schedule to build on for next season,” CW president Mark Pedowitz said in a statement. Presumably, the 2021-2022 season will start this October and, consequently, will need a few shows to essentially stay in production through the summer. This allows those programs to do so.
One show not yet renewed is Superman & Lois. Set to premiere on February 23rd, the network did announce it ordered two additional episodes for the current season. It is a good sign the program will likely get a second year. Though the Arrowverse is still a strong performer for The CW, two of its shows — Black Lightning and Supergirl, are planning to end their runs with their upcoming seasons. To fill the gap, the network is developing series based on DC Comics characters Painkiller — a Black Lightning spinoff — the Future State Wonder Woman, and Naomi. It remains to be seen which will join the roster.
In the meantime, though, fans of Legends, The Flash, and Riverdale — to say nothing of the other shows in the lineup — can rest easy in the knowledge that their favorite shows will continue into 2022.