For those who watch network TV, May is typically when we learn what new shows are arriving in the fall, what shows are coming back for a future season, and what’s getting canceled. If you’ve been watching anything on The CW, this May has been a particularly tough one, as the network behind the Arrowverse, Vampire Diaries franchise, and more has canceled ten shows — from new shows like The 4400 to old heads like Legends of Tomorrow — ahead of the 2022-23 season.
The CW cancellations come as the network’s two parent companies, Warner and CBS Studios, are trying to sell it as they have new opportunities to push their shows into HBO Max and Paramount+ forms, respectively. While the network is busy finding a potential buyer, shows are still being made: Both The Flash and Superman & Lois return this fall with new seasons, as do the constantly chaotic Riverdale and Nancy Drew. What new shows on the horizon are not “new” but exist in the form of Supernatural prequel The Winchesters; the Batman-adjacent Gotham Knights; and Tom Swift, a Nancy Drew spin-off.
Whether or not the CW survives after 2023, it feels like there is some change in the air for the network. When it first debuted in January 2006 as a replacement for the defunct networks UPN and The WB, and with several of their shows added, nothing suggested the CW would have much of an impact. But Arrow’s 2012 debut and the continued success of Supernatural and Vampire Diaries marked a turning point for the network. The CW became known for its melodrama and often flatted acting, not to mention resorting to romantic misery to stretch relationships to their breaking point. But at their best, CW shows have been reliable crowd-pleasers that often get sluggish in the middle but recover in time for the finale. And in general, you weren’t worried if they would be canceled abruptly… instead, you wondered when a CW show would finally end.
For this week’s Open Channel, tell us your favorite CW show you’ve enjoyed watching. Or if that doesn’t work, tell us a show on the network that you started to like but ended up having to walk away from when it got too much.
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Editor’s Note: The release dates in this article are based in the US but will be updated with local Australian dates as we learn more.