“Charmed,” “Dynasty” among cancellations at The CW – The Hollywood Reporter

“Charmed,” “Dynasty” among cancellations at The CW – The Hollywood Reporter

The CW continues to thin out the ranks of its scripted list as the network is currently pursuing a possible sale to broadcasting group Nexstar.

The station run by Mark Pedowitz has canceled Charmed Dynasty, Roswell, New Mexico and beginners The 4400 and Naomi. The future of is yet to be determined Legacies, Tom Swift and star girl. In the dark, star girl and Nancy Drew offshoot Tom Swift has yet to premiere. The CW also chose not to renew In the dark beyond the upcoming fourth season.

The news follows the cancellations of Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow Last month. Sources say the sound stage leases for both DC Comics dramas had expired and producers Warner Bros. TV didn’t want to renew them.

The network handed out early renewals for its seven core shows with pickups for in March All American, The Flash, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Superman & Lois and walker. All American: homecoming was renewed on Thursday.

This is easily The CW’s biggest round of abandonments in years, as the younger network under Pedowitz — the show’s longest-serving topper — had been working for some time to stabilize and expand its roster, to the point where original series published throughout the year. That changed this year when The CW’s backers, CBS Studios (a division of Paramount Global) and Warner Bros. TV of Warner Bros. Discovery, sought to divest the network from their respective portfolios.

The CW was previously fueled by proceeds from Netflix’s $1 billion deal, which saw all of the network’s scripted series streamed on the service. The CW chose not to renew that deal because Warners and Paramount wanted to stream their originals on their respective platforms, HBO Max and Paramount+. International revenue has also largely disappeared as these rights are now also held in-house rather than being sold abroad and bringing millions into their respective studios. Broadcasting group Nexstar is believed to be the frontrunner in buying The CW, although other suitors are also in the mix. A deal isn’t expected to happen until next week’s pre-announcements by Madison Avenue ad buyers.

In the meantime, The CW has done its best to keep business operations running as usual, with Pedowitz placing three pilot orders this year. While Nexstar knows how shows are performing on The CW, leading indicators suggest that — if an agreement can be reached — the broadcasting group could resume business as usual in the near future.

Still, a sale of The CW could — over time — change the face of the network as it’s unclear what a potential buyer’s long-term plans might be.

Batwoman (cancelled after three seasons)Fascinated (finished after four)dynasty (five seasons), Legends of Tomorrow (Seven)Roswell, New Mexico (four), In the dark (four) and beginners The 4400 and Naomi were among those not included in the March renewal. Many were permanent fixtures on the schedule because of lucrative streaming and international deals that predated the arrival of HBO Max. Dynasty, for example, is the TV series with the lowest ratings, but was a huge international hit because of its well-known title.

The end of Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman is leaving The CW with a DC roster that includes the following The Lightning (which is expected to end with its previously announced ninth season) and Superman & Lois. (Prolific producer Greg Berlanti has another DC show in the works for The CW with a pilot Gotham Knightswhich does not count as a Batwoman spin off.)

With Warners and CBS Studios now separating from The CW, a new parent company is likely to open the doors to other third-party buyers and possibly offer both studios some sort of guarantee of show volume for a set period of time. At the same time, The CW will now have room for potential new series and other low-cost unscripted programming as its corporate parents seek to cut costs for a new potential owner.

The CW has three pilots in the works, all of which are either spinoffs or based on known Properties: DC Comics drama Gotham Knights; Walker: Independence, a prequel to the reboot starring Jared Padalecki; and supernatural precursor The Winchesters. All have ties to The CW’s longest-running drama, supernaturalstarring Misha Collins Gotham Knights. All are expected to be included in the series.

Keep track of all aired pilots, castings and series orders THR‘s handy scorecard. And follow all the bubble shows awaiting information about their future with our renewal guide.

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