CW’s ‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Arrow,’ ‘Supernatural’ Get Early Renewals

by | February 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM | Arrow, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries

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The CW has renewed “The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural” and “Arrow,” giving its buzziest shows early pick-ups for next season.

All three supernatural dramas are high-profile for the network: the addictive “Vampire Diaries” will be heading into its fifth season; The CW’s longest-running series, “Supernatural,” is getting an impressive ninth season; and last fall’s breakout hit “Arrow,” which averages 4.3 million viewers and is the network’s most-watched show, easily targeting a second season.

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“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 Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, in a statement. “Not only do Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries 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.”

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It’s interesting that the early renewals have gone to The CW’s genre shows, while the status of the network’s more soapy female-targeted drama, including “90210,” “Hart of Dixie,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Carrie Diaries” remain Decisions on those series, as well as “Nikita,” which is likely kaput, have not yet been made.

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