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CW Renews Arrowverse Shows, Black Lightning & Riverdale

Bringing the seemingly interminable wait to an end, The CW has renewed nearly all of its lineup, including Arrow, Black Lightning, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale and Supernatural.

They're joined in the 2018-19 season by returning shows Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Dynasty and Jane the Virgin. Decisions about the remaining for series, The 100, iZombie, Life Sentence and Valor, are expected sometime next month.

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The spate of renewals follows the announcement in February that the network will expand its slate of original programming to six nights this fall with a return to Sundays. That means an increase from 10 hours a week to 12.

The CW has ordered a record nine pilots, including the planned Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters, and reboots of Charmed and Roswell, leading to some hand-wringing among fans -- and undoubtedly producers -- of the Arrowverse dramas. Presumably we'll learn next month which pilots will be picked up, as the network's 2018-19 schedule begins to take shape.

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This season saw abbreviated episode orders for Legends of Tomorrow, iZombie, The Originals and The 100, primarily due to limited space on the network's lineup. However, concerns about a glut has also led The CW President Mark Pedowitz to decide not to air more than four superhero shows at one time, which explains why Supergirl took a nine-week hiatus to make room for the midseason return of Legends of Tomorrow.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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