The future of three of the CW’s shows has been decided. Today the network officially renewed Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and 90210 for the 2012-2013 TV season.
Supernatural will go into season 8 with a fresh voice. It was previously announced that co-showrunner Sera Gamble is stepping down at the end of this season and former writer (and more recently, the man behind Syfy’s Being Human) Jeremy Carver will take over. The renewal ensures the show’s spot as the longest-running scripted show on the network now that One Tree Hill is over.
The Vampire Diaries will head into season 4, no surprise as it’s the CW’s highest-rated show. 90210 may have low ratings, but it does surprisingly well online and internationally (thanks to brand-name recognition). The renewal is for season 5 and ensures that 90210 will reach 100 episodes.
What does this mean for the networks other scripted shows? Gossip Girl still does well enough that it will probably get renewed (though rumors swirl that it will get a shortened final season, similar to that of FOX’s Fringe). Nikita could be in trouble, as are all three of the network’s new shows, The Secret Circle, Ringer and Hart of Dixie.
Making the decision more difficult is that the network seems to have a large number of new shows in development that look very promising. There’s the superhero drama Arrow, Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, medical drama First Cut, meta murder mystery Cult and the Hunger Games-esque The Selection. With so many new shows, and a new president at the helm of the network, the CW might have a big reinvention next season.
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