It has just been announced that “Jane the Virgin” has been renewed for a third season. We cannot wait to see what the rest of season 2 and season 3 will have in store.
The CW is sticking with what works: It’s entire scripted lineup.
The younger-skewing network has handed out early renewals for 11 of its series. They are: Arrow (season five), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (season two), Legends of Tomorrow (season two), The Flash (season three), iZombie (season three), Jane the Virgin (season three), The Originals (season four), Reign (season four), Supernatural (season 12), The Vampire Diaries (season eight) and The 100 (season four).
That is all 10 of the series currently on the air and Reign, which returns next month. The network is not revealing episode counts — or when each of the series would be slated as its president Mark Pedowitz remains committed to a year-round schedule that includes making a bolder push with originals in the typically lower-rated summer period.
“The CW has become home to some of the most critically acclaimed shows on broadcast television, with a wide array of fantastic scripted series across the week, ranging from musical comedy, to superhero action, to gritty sci-fi dramas,” Pedowitz said in making the announcement Friday. “As we continue to further our strategy of more year-round original programming, picking up these 11 series for the 2016-2017 season puts us in a great position of having proven, high-quality shows to launch in the fall as well as midseason and summer of 2017.”
For their part, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin may lack ratings but make up for it with critical appeal. The Monday dramedies have netted stars Rachel Bloom and Gina Rodriguez back-to-back Golden Globes. While Crazy may be broadcast television’s lowest-rated show, Pedowitz — in a rare move for a broadcaster — has preached patience with the series and remains committed to allowing both shows time to find a larger audience.
While the CW’s lineup may leave little room for new series, insiders say the network will follow a similar pickup strategy from the 2015-16 season when it added three new series (including two for midseason). This season, the network picked up six pilots — including Berlanti’s Archie Comics take Riverdale, a sci-fi entry from Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson and another hourlong dramedy (No Tomorrow) from Jane the Virgin producers. That’s up two year-over-year.
The CW joins ABC, Fox and NBC in handing out early renewals for its series. ABC recently renewed 15 series under new network president Channing Dungey, while NBC is returning all of its Dick Wolf series as well as The Blacklist and Blindspot; Fox, meanwhile, has already announced the final season for Bones and granted early pickups to Empire, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons and Scream Queens. CBS, which has yet to renew the bulk of its lineup, recently picked up NCIS and has comedyBig Bang Theory set for its 10th season. Keep up with all the broadcast renewals and new series orders with THR’s handy guide.