TCA Winter Press Tour 2019
January 31, 2019
This is the time of the year when all the networks makes their pilgrimage to the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California. Yesterday, it was The CW’s turn to give us the lowdown on things to come (all of the CBS-related network went I, believe) and we got some very interesting news.
The highlight of The CW TCA Winter Press Tour was the early renewal announcement for 10 of its shows:
CHARMED (Freshman Series, renewed for Season 2)
LEGACIES (Freshman Series, renewed for Season 2)
DYNASTY (Renewed for Season 3)
BLACK LIGHTNING (Renewed for Season 3)
RIVERDALE (Renewed for Season 4)
SUPERGIRL (Renewed for Season 5)
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Renewed for Season 5)
THE FLASH (Renewed for Season 6)
ARROW (Renewed for Season 8)
SUPERNATURAL (Renewed for Season 15)
The CW has a proven track record of sticking with shows unless it really, really needs to pull the trigger, and yesterday, they renewed that faith again. Notably absent from this list are two more of the channel’s freshmen series, All American and Roswell, New Mexico.
The renewal of all of the Arrow-verse shows, in particular, is a bit surprising with Black Lightning and Supergirl flagging in fan support and Arrow showing some age at year 7. I had long thought Arrow would get a Season 8 renewal but I feel like Season 8 will be it’s swan song. No official word on when that show or the grand father of all of The CW shows, Supernatural, will take their final bows. All of these pick-ups also raises the question of how Batwoman, the next Arrow-spinoff (which will star Ruby Rose), will fit into the family if it is picked up from Pilot season.
From the official press release, “This season, we expanded our primetime schedule to six nights with the addition of Sunday — which has been an unqualified success for the network, our affiliates and our advertisers. In addition to growing our schedule across the week, we also continue to add more year-round programming. The early renewal of these signature CW series gives us a head start on laying out the 2019-2020 season, and this is just the beginning,” said Mark Pedowitz, President of The CW. “These shows provide a strong foundation for our multiplatform programming strategy, and we look forward to building on this with even more returning and new shows as we approach the May upfront.”
2019-20 premiere dates will be announced at a later time.