The CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, announced at the TCAs on Sunday that the network had picked up eight of its current series for the 2015-2016 season, but which show was missing from that list?
If you have invested your time and happiness in Arrow, Jane the Virgin, The 100, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Reign, The Flash or Supernatural, you can rest easy — all of these shows will make their way to our screens for another season come the fall.
However, if Hart of Dixie is your jam, you might not be so lucky. The perennial bubble show was conspicuously left off the list of renewals.
When speaking about the other eight shows, Pedowitz noted their contribution to the network. “Each of these series have helped define what The CW is today, a network that is home to smart, provocative, quality programming, targeting a savvy adult audience.”
None of these renewals are surprising, with each of the shows delivering viewers and/or acclaim. Supernatural will enter its 11th season, making it one of the longest-running shows currently on television. The Flash premiered to powerhouse ratings and its crossover with Arrow was the stuff superhero-themed dreams are made of. And Jane the Virgin is riding the wave of critical acclaim, not to mention its star, Gina Rodriguez, just nabbed a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the show’s eponymous character — the network’s first Golden Globe win!
Hart of Dixie, meanwhile, will begin airing on Fridays this week (it aired its first — and so far only — episode of Season 4 back in mid-December), a move that is never overtly positive. Per TVLine, Pedowitz insisted at the TCAs that this may “not necessarily” be its final season.
“We have to see the ratings. If [Dixie] ends, [the fourth season’s finale is] a great series finale. And if it doesn’t end, it’s a great season finale,” he said.
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However, those ratings have never really been all that stellar, and we can’t imagine they’re going to be much better on a Friday. Throw in the fact that Rachel Bilson’s pregnancy limited the fourth season to 10 episodes as well as two of the show’s stars, Scott Porter and Wilson Bethel, tweeting what appeared to be confirmation that we’ll no longer be privy to the antics of the fictional town of Bluebell.
“And the sun sets on #BlueBell. Thanks for an amazing four years. #HartofDixie,” Porter posted. While Bethel echoed his sentiments, saying, “Thank you, Wade Kinsella, for these four wonderful years. It’s been a mighty pleasure knowing you.”
It certainly seems like the writing is on the wall, but we can always live in hope.
There was also no word on a renewal for Beauty and the Beast, but we won’t get too worried about this one just yet given its third season won’t begin airing until later in the year.