The CW has given early renewals to 12 different series including “The Flash” for season 8, “Batwoman” for season 3 and “Riverdale” for season 6…
The CW has earned a reputation for handing out early renewals every years and it seems 2021 will be no different.
On Wednesday, the network officially renewed 12 different series including several as part of the larger “Arrow-verse” as well as numerous popular returning shows.
Here’s a full list of the renewals handed out:
The Flash (Season 8)
Riverdale (Season 6)
Batwoman (Season 3)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 7)
All American (Season 4)
Charmed (Season 4)
Legacies (Season 4)
In the Dark (Season 4)
Roswell, New Mexico (Season 4)
Nancy Drew (Season 3)
Dynasty (Season 5)
Walker (Season 2)
While it’s not exactly a surprise that the CW handed out these particular renewals, it’s still great news for the series involved, especially as “The Flash” now anchors the network’s superhero slate following the conclusion of “Arrow” more than a year ago.
“The Flash” has been the highest rated series on the CW and it doesn’t appear the show featuring the Scarlet Speedster will be slowing down any time soon.
“Batwoman” also received an early season 3 renewal on the heels of the show being revamped with the addition of Javicia Leslie in the lead role after original star Ruby Rose exited the series after the first season. Leslie has been well received as new character Ryan Wilder, who takes over the mantle of Batwoman following Kate Kane’s mysterious disappearance from Gotham City.
“Riverdale” has also been renewed for season 6 as that show prepares to undergo a major change starting with the fourth episode of season 5 next week. The latest episode featured the high school graduation from Riverdale high and when the show returns there will be a seven year time jump as the majority of the actors on the series will now be playing roles closer to their actual ages.
Conspicuously absent from the renewal list is the new series “Superman & Lois,” which is set to debut on Feb. 23 with a super-sized double episode. Assuming that new series is well received, it seems likely that the CW would order another season but that decision has not been made just yet.
Of course, the 12 series renewed also comes at a time when the CW will be losing a couple of shows including “Supergirl,” which will debut its final season later this year as well as “Black Lightning,” which is slated to come to an end in 2021 as well.