As we get closer to the network upfront presentations during the week of May 14th, it's a bit unusual that CBS is the only network so far to grant their lineup early renewals. Or at least they were until today. EW.com has now confirmed that The CW has renewed two of their most popular drama series for the fall 2013 season.
First up, we have the current elder statesman of CW dramas, Supernatural. While it's well known that the original plan was for five seasons, things change and we're now headed into the show's eighth(!) year. This new order will bring the series to nearly 175 episodes, and I really don't see any end in sight. Supernatural is one of the CW's only "cross-over" shows, in that the heartthrob qualities of the two leads attract the network's usual female demographic, and the monsters, hot women, and general badassery of the characters attract the men. Why in the world wouldn't they want to hang onto it as long as they can? Although that's being superficial. The great writing and excellent characterization certainly help too. Can you tell that I'm a fan?
Next, The Vampire Diaries will continue to suck (blood) for another year. The new season will see the teen vampire soap based on the novels by L.J. Smith reach 88 episodes. While most certainly initially greenlit due to the runaway success of the Twilight franchise, VD (heh) has now made its own mark on youth pop culture. If the show reaches a fifth season of 22 episodes as well, it will have reached the magic number of 100 and earned itself an after life in syndication. Syndication is the ultimate goal for any network series, as rights deals regularly net any above the line talent (stars, directors, producers, writers) huge residuals checks. For instance, the stars of The Big Bang Theory are thought to have made huge bank off of its recent syndicated sale.
The network has also picked up another cycle of America's Next Top Model, but really, does anyone care anymore? I don't mean to pick on the show's fans, but the ANTM ship has long since sailed. Tyra Banks rode waterskis over a shark tank several seasons ago.
Are you happy about that Vampire Diaries and Supernatural are still alive and kicking? Do you disagree and actually give a damn about "Model"? Discuss.
Writer's note: TVaholic correctly pointed out that the source EW.com article says that they renewed 90210 for a fifth season as well. I completely missed that part, and I apologize for the oversight.