The CW got busy today, announcing early pick-ups to three of their top-rated series: the action-dramas 'Supernatural' and 'Arrow,' as well with the series responsible for an upcoming CW spin-off, 'The Vampire Diaries.'
The early renew is a huge vote of confidence for all three of these series, allowing their creative teams to plan ahead and work towards a finale with full confidence that they will be able to pick up where they left off come the fall. Mark Pedowitz, president of the CW, recently spoke of how he is a believer in allowing television shows to end the way they want to end, without cutting them off early; while there is no end in sight for the freshman series 'Arrow,' 'Vampire Diaries' will be entering its fifth season while veteran 'Supernatural' will be heading into its impressive ninth.
Regarding the renewals, Pedowitz went on record with the following: "We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit 'Arrow' and fan favorite 'Supernatural' on Wednesday night, and the continued success of 'The Vampire Diaries' on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that." A ninth season of 'Supernatural' became possible last year, when series stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki both signed new lucrative contracts.
"Not only do 'Arrow,' 'Supernatural' and 'The Vampire Diaries' perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially," Pedowitz continued. All three series are produced by Warner Bros. Television.
'Arrow' garnered CW's best series premiere rating since 2009, sparking very early speculation of a bright future for the action superhero drama. 'Arrow' presently sits as the CW's highest rated and most-watched show overall, averaging 4.3 million viewers
'Arrow' stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, and David Ramsey as Diggle, all pictured above. So far throughout the first season of 'Arrow' there is a sense of long-term planning, given the slow-burn of the background storyline revolving around the main character's mysterious list of targets. It would seem that the CW is the network of choice for any creators that wish to draw out a storyline at length.
'The Vampire Diaries,' presently amidst its fourth season, remains the CW's highest rated series in particular target demographics, including women aged eighteen to thirty-four. Recently announced by the CW is a 'Vampire Diaries' spin-off entitled 'The Originals.'
Which of these three renewals are you most excited about?