Stephen Amell in Arrow, a bona fide hit for The CW.
© Jack Rowand/The CW
The hit series Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural all gained easy and expected renewal for a second, fifth, and ninth season, respectively. Arrow was, especially, a shoo-in: it had the network's best series debut in four years and quickly became its most-watched series, garnering 4.3 million weekly viewers--huge numbers for the small network. Vampire Diaries is as strong as ever (it's even getting a spin-off), and the only question about Supernatural--and it wasn't posed very seriously--was whether it would retire to rest on its laurels, having long outlived its original premise.
"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," said CW president Mark Pedowitz. "Not only do [all three] perform well on-air, they're also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I'm thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season."
But there's a series that is conspicuously absent from that enthusiastic statement. The same series that's been dropping a large chunk of its lead-in from The Vampire Diaries, just like the previous occupant of that slot did last season.
Beauty and the Beast did get picked up for a full season despite its weaker position compared to the big three CW fantasy series, and while that announcement was made after the pick-up for Arrow, it was made.
Still, as we keep learning, when it comes to shows that are on the bubble no news is often bad news. In this case, The CW has a number of sci-fi/fantasy pilots pending, and it will probably wait to decide on Beauty and the Beast until after it's seen them--potentially putting the sitting series in contention with The Tomorrow People, Oxygen, The Selection, et al. for the small number of slots on the CW's schedule (which, remember, has fewer spaces than the original big three broadcasters).
That means that word on Beauty and the Beast may be delayed until April or May, unless the show's ratings deteriorate enough to present a fait accompli. Stay tuned.
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