The CW is getting down to business with its upcoming slate. Instead of waiting until May to announce its 2014-2015 renewals, it's giving us a heads-up. Five shows will be back next season, and two of them include freshman dramas The Originals and Reign.
The least surprising returns are Arrow and The Vampire Diaries. Arrow is actually the network's most-watched series, with 3.9 million viewers. It's also thriving creatively, so much so the network is producing a spinoff based on another DC Comics character, the Flash. Arrow will return in the fall for its third season, while The Vampire Diaries will begin its sixth.
When it comes to oldies but goodies, no one can deny the staying power of Supernatural. A show that originally aired on the defunct WB Network (R.I.P.) has stood the test of time. The CW has officially renewed the series for a 10th season, putting it in league with another genre favorite, Smallville.
"This season we've had great success with our new hit series The Originals paired with Supernatural, giving us our best Tuesday nights in years," CW president Mark Pedowitz said. "The Vampire Diaries is No. 2 in its time period in the young adult demos, and with Arrow continuing to gain among young men, and Reign growing its time period, we now have strong nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I'm very pleased to announce early pickups for all five series, and let our fans know they’ll have more great drama to look forward to next season."
So far, there's no word on the fate of Beauty and the Beast or The Tomorrow People.