The CW Renews Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and Arrow

Hot dudes all over The CW will be coming back next season! The network may have been the last to get its 2012-2013 season started, but it's the first to get its 2013-2014 season started, having just ordered a ninth season of Supernatural, a fifth season of The Vampire Diaries, and a second season of Arrow to debut next fall.

The CW is actually building on something here, people. Arrow has become the network's most-watched show with 4.3 million viewers, though it didn't elaborate on that number (we're guessing it includes DVR numbers and maybe online streams). Arrow's success has been a boon for Supernatural, which has seen its numbers tick up 15 percent (the fact that Season 7 was pretty bad and aired on Fridays also contributed to the Season 8 jump). Meanwhile, The Vampire Diaries continues to chug along as The CW's highest rated series and most Bing'd about show.

The fates of the rest of The CW's series are up in the air, but it's obvious where the network is going with its strategy, which is to stick with what's been working. Its 2013-2014 development slate is heavy on young adult genre projects with all but two out of eight pilots in contention having either supernatural, fantasy, or science-fiction bents to them. A Vampire Diaries spin-off, the prequel-ish The Originals, looks like a sure thing to be paired with TVD next fall, and if it's at least halfway competent, I know I'd like to see Oxygen, starring Aimee Teegarden as a chick who falls in love with an alien. The CW is also so high on trying a television adaptation of The Selection that it's ordered a second pilot after last year's didn't quite work.

If The Originals does pair with TVD, then The CW will have to make a decision on what to do with Beauty and the Beast, but I don't like its chances at returning (wouldn't Jay Ryan and Aimee Teegarden make an adorable couple?). I'd also guess that by the end of the season, Dr. Zoe Hart will have done her last surgery on Hart of Dixie, Division will end up with a remainder of zero on Nikita, and 90210 will be out for a permanent summer. All three of those shows are hovering around the 0.5 rating mark. The CW will probably search for one non-sci-fi show to pair with The Carrie Diaries, which should follow positive critics' buzz into a second season. Major caveat: This all depends on how the new development slate looks.



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This is all great news! Well, except for the part where the writer's predictions conflict with my hopes. I'm a huge sci-fi guy...I can't get enough of the genre! But if there's anything that comes close to a good tale of mythical creatures and space people, it's a good rom-com chick flick kind of show. "Hart of Dixie" absolutely must stay! I applaud the network for holding onto "90210" for as long as it has, but a show with a comfortable small town feel with familiar faces and characters of every variety should be given the same 'let's give it another season despite the ratings' kind of treatment. If The CW is destined to pop a few staples from its 2013-2014 schedule, I don't think they'd pop so many. So I still remain hopeful! If nothing else, at least I have my mythical creatures and space people. :-)
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Now I've seen all episodes of Beauty and the Beast and I enjoyed it! It needs to get renewed or finish off nicely this season, no cliffhangers.
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I cant like Arrow its so boring, Nikita is much better...
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this isn't arrow vs. nikita.
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i know but i want Nikita to be renewed too :(
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Noooo Nikita is so much better than predictable Arrow. The CW will not murder the best show on the network which is Nikita.
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I have loved Supernatural throughout, even through the meh episodes. But I am super thrilled to see that there will be a season 9, just because I love to watch those boys in action. Thanks to TPTB....
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A ninth season of supernatural?! Thats it, I'm officially done. I can't take this crap anymore. Seriously! I used to love Supernatural until the 5th season. Everything after that is just crap, and I am so tired. Was hoping this series would finally be in peace after this season... but, no.
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Yeah, Supernatural has gone 4 seasons too long! They have never been able to get it to be anywhere near what it was the first five seasons! They should have let this show end where even the creator meant for it to end...FIVE SEASONS!

The "Eve" nonsense was was horrid and underwhelming for this "mother of us all" she went without a bang. Then there was the Leviathan debacle....these were suppose to be so bad ass that god himself had to lock them away prior to humans and they too were underwhelming for such a evil creature.

Now thankfully they've ended the Leviathan nonsense but even still trying to go back into the monsters and angel/demon stuff has not been the same. What are they going to do in S9 for crying out loud! I was a die hard fan fo S1-S5 but I'm done with this show now!
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agree! Glad SOMEONE agrees with me, everyone seems so happy about the 9th season.
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HOPEFULLY this will be the last season, but I highly doubt it...
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yea, i thought they were ending it after season 5. had a bit of difficulty watching 6 & havent finished 7 but will try o catch up since i hear season 8 is good again. hope it is... maybe i should skip the rest of season 7.
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I agree! I have tried watching Supernatural since season 5, but I find myself bored nearly every episode. I feel like I can´t just quit either, I hate quitting TV shows in the middle! Don´t know what to do with Supernatural! Hope it has a peaceful ending soon!
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I've never watched Supernatural but man, Arrow...
This show just gets better and better week after week.
The "big" networks could learn several things from the CW about giving an interesting idea time to develop. Buffy, Smallville, and few other shows started out slow and grew to cultural phenomena.

You got shows being canceled after the 4th or 5th episodes (or, 2nd if you're on NBC)!
How much money are these execs wasting every season!?!
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Good call CW. Now bring back Reaper!
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Arrow! oh ya was expected...
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Arrow is boring and predictable
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Renew 9O21O !!!!
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If Supernatural continues in this vein (i.e. the last two episodes), then I may just become a believer again. And there may still be worthy stories to tell in Season 9.
Arrow could turn into something much better than Smallville ever was, it just needs stronger writing and more off-the-island serialization.

All in all, I feel that CW is doing quite well under the current president.
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Arrow is fantastic, yeah, it is...
But Smallville was a legend! There's no comparing.
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Yeah they needed another hook to keep you interested.
The boys learning magic and more about Gramps past should be good.

PS. Fingers crossed for more Nikita.
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Almost one decade of Supernatural. Even though it has been declining in awesomeness, it is still one of a kind.
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This is awesome news to start the day with! Even though it was a no-brainer, it's nice to get early confirmation of the survival of these great shows. Now that 3 of 4 shows that I watch on The CW are safe, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Nikita is renewed. They should renew that, get rid of The Carrie Diaries, BATB, 90210, HOD, give Cult a chance and give series orders for The Originals, The Selection and Oxygen.
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Can the CW itself get cancelled?
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All good news yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I have no doubts about Hart Of Dixie renewed.
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Vampire Diaries is IMO teen girl pandering cheap cash in dirge, but glad to see Supernatural and Arrow renewed :)
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I used to think like this... And then I've watched the show ;)
It's great, check it out, from the beginning until you catch up. It's worth it.
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My wife and I tried the pilot and thought it was awful, we're absolutely not that shows demographics, which is obviously fine, the world would be dull if we all enjoyed the same TV shows ;)
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So did I think the pilot was awful... It presents no decent storyline. I wouldn't recommend skipping the first four episodes (they're pretty bad, though...) because some of the things that happened in them are important to the plot... But if you make it through it, you'll end up discovering an amazing show, I'm telling you! If you want to, I think you'll end up appreciating.
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Skip the first four Episodes those are pretty bad, start watching from episode five onwards.
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Good news for TVD and Supernatural but it's not a surprise
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There really are a lot of attractive people on this channel. ;) Yay for TVD and Supernatural, and I'll obviously be watching The Originals when it arrives. I would just hook myself up to a TVD I.V. if it came in a liquid form. I could definitely get behind Oxygen, and I keep thinking about watching The Carrie Diaries. . . but I just can't bring myself to do it. I know it's supposedly good, but the premise doesn't sound in any way original, and I just can't help pre-judging due to my long history with Sex and the City.

Haha, I never even considered checking out Beauty and the Beast.
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so most likely supernatural will be about the men of letters, tvd about stopping Cilas, and Arrow potentially calling himself the '' Green Arrow'' in the show...and making Arsonal his sidekck
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I just hope Nikita returns for a 4th season. It's actually a pretty decent show.
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Supernatural is fine this season and I hope they get Castiel back since he has good chemistry with the boys, I was almost ready to give it up last year because of a bad season story arch but like Dexter they emerged from the horror that is last season.... CW's Beauty and the Beast, why is it still on air? And I don't think anyone is surprised with how Emily Owens and Hart of Dixie turned up on chopping board. It's not just saturation of medical drama but CW has to up their game with coming up with good storylines that may not look borrowed from House MD or GA, not a lot of material to work with anymore. Carrie Diaries is okay so far but with enough polishing, it will pull through. As for CW it still think that Ringer and SC were prematurely cancelled last year.
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I actually think Nikita has a decent chance. Its ratings have been going up, and the CW would likely order a fourth season to get it closer to syndication.
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Honestly, I'd give up on TV if Arrow doesn't make it at least five seasons at the rate it is progressing; so a second season is a no-brainer. Supernatural needs at least two seasons to wrap up, and equal Smallville in longevity, after that it's just cherry on the cake. I don't care too much for the other series, but I think that the supernatural/science fiction slant the CW has taken is the right one for them and hope they will continue in this vein. Since whatshername became a vampire I lost all interest in TVD and frankly good looking young vampires are boring as hell.
I miss the Stargate franchise real bad and hope that soon they can come up with a new revival of the franchise that is cheap while remaining good enough to bring back the franchise. I can dream, can't I?
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Yes! With recent developments in the show Supernatural has been revitalized. Good to know it will be back. And Arrow is a no-brainer. Love the show, would have been a shock if it wouldn't get a second season. Overall The CW seems to be doing a lot of things right atm.
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A year ago I would've said that renewing Supernatural for another season was a mistake, but the developments and the evolution of the series mythology (Nazi wizards and Men of Letters) makes me rethink my previous assessment.
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I stopped watching in Season 8, Ep2. Should I return to Supernatural?
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Absolutely, just brace yourself for the extremely-hard-to-swallow flashbacks of Sam and Amelia. Fortunately, things only get better afterwards.
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Yes. You should.
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The last few episodes have been good, the Men of Letters slant is definitely bringing something new to the show. Of course they pretty much cut out the side story of Amelia (of whatever her name was) and that has helped. Give it a shot - sadly you probably haven't even really missed anything all that important in all those episodes in between.
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So skip eps 3-11 and start watching at ep 12?
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Seasons 1-4 were brilliant. Season 5 was good. Season 6 was bad. Season 7 was meh. Season 8 grew tiresome.
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Please!!!! At lease watch eps 12/13 and you'll be amazed.
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Nikita's my favorite show on the CW... so uh, if the ratings are too poor for the show not to be brought back, please let it have a proper ending of sorts.

Second would be Supernatural. At times, I feel like the show's going on too long. Then they'll have an episode that tells me they still have it in them to keep making good episodes. So, uh, keep on huntin', I guess.

Arrow's okay. It can be fun at times. Some of the acting, almost all of the characters, and most of the dialogue are all pretty bad, but it's got a decent story backing it up... enough for me to keep watching, anyway, for the moment.
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Arrow is boring and predictable, Nikita is the best :)
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Happy for Arrow and TVD. Ecstatic for SPN, Season 9 thats insanely awesome.

Disagree with you Tim about a couple shows. I expect Nikita to be renewed for a Final 4th Season, to reach the 88 episode mark so it can give WB some potential syndication $value. Its 3 years in, pulling the same .5 that TCD is getting on Monday night and thats brand new.

and HOD is pretty stable but Pedowitz should probably announce this as 90210s Final Season. I suspect depending on how Cult performs, that TheCWs most, decision will probably be to renew Cult or BATB.
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Most difficult*
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If CW were smart they would give another season to Emily M.D.
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If they were smart, they'd bring back TSC and VM.
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come on CW gives Nikita a nod, stop airing it in Death Slot that'll bring it's numbers up.
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One more season of Nikita would put it close to syndication so surely season 4 is a no brainer. So glad Supernatural and Arrow are coming back. TVD (my guilty pleasure) and Originals should work really well.
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Interesting move. Now it's time to give Arrow some more money and get a real vision for its future.
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Great news about SUPERNATURAL. Not really fussed about the others but NIKITA definitely needs a 4th season.
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I really like the news about Supernatural and Arrow. They are just great shows. Supernatural's last 2 episodes were just great! SN is getting back on its track!
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Great googly moogly, they're still making that excrement that goes under the title "Vampire Diaries"? Hang on, they've renewed that excrement? Lololol. Seriously? Not a joke? Hahaha.
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Yay Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries are my favorite shows!!! I really like arrow too so this is good news all around. I really hope they dont cancel Nikita I think its such a good show and always has been. Also Hart of Dixie is something fun to watch in between all those Dramatic tv shows I hope they keep it.
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I also hope they keep Hart of Dixie! A great fun show to watch.
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So happy that 'Arrow' is getting a second season. It really is an awesome show.
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I just hope they can keep the plot(s) going for TVD. I don't quite know but does this possible Originals off shoot series mean Klaus will no longer be on TVD or what? I almost think the glory days of TVD are over but hope not.
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When will they allow VD to die?
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Probably around the time they want to fail at life because TVD is amazing.
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"most Bing'd about show" LOL LOL LOL
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No surprises for Arrow and The Vampire Diaries. I don't watch Supernatural, so I couldn't care less. I would care about Nikita, that I love and don't want to be cancel. About the new shows.... I want to see The Originals, but only if is in the same time line as TVD, for them to to crossovers, And Oxigen, I don't know if anyone remembers, but that was a show called Roswell, wich I loved. It ran for 3 seasons and was about a girl who falls in love with an alien, in high school, and this alien have alien friends... WB did this series already, I hope CW comes up with something different.
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Miss Roswell.
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Looking at the most recent numbers, I'd say BATB has a fighting chance and so does HoD. 90210 should be killed off right now! its just gotten stupider and stupider! No need for even a shortened season! Even though I religiously watch Nikita, somehow still cant like it! The Carrie diaries reminds me too much of "Jane by Design" (which incidentally was cancelled after 1 season)!!!! I wish someone there would get a brain and bring back "Secret Circle" instead!!! I'd want next season to include Supernatural, TVD, Arrow, HoD, Oxygen, BATB, Cult, Nikita and The Secret Circle :P well we can dream :P
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OMG so excited Supernatural got season 9!!!!!! Also happy for TVD, and I hope they renew Beauty and the Beast cause I actually like that show and I find it has a good story line that's very interesting!
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YES,YES,YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Supernatural!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And F U...season 7 wasn't pretty bad! It was AWSOME!!!! HATERS!!!
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I've never had a problem with any season of Supernatural. You can't go wrong with Sam and Dean on the screen...
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Castiel isn't an eyesore either!
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I sure hope that the producers behind Nikita are putting together a real finale in the light of those numbers. I hate it when a show is obviously about to be cancelled, and then the writers still cross their fingers and write a cliffhanger ending for the season, just in case their dream of renewal would come true.
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Cliffhangers to end a series are the worst. Hopefully it doesn't get canceled, but considering the pretty crappy ratings, if it does, I'm reeeeaaally hoping for some sort of proper ending.
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I concur. Although it's a shame cuz I think Nikita has been really strong since returning from the break, but what do I know, right?

Well, psyched about Supernatural, looks like they're (re)building something here..
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Season ending cliffhangers should be outlawed for all the havoc they wreak. I never return to a show just to see how the cliffhanger pans out. If I like the show, I watch it...
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The problem with season-ending cliffhangers is that 4-5 months later, when the show comes back, I dodn't remember how the previous season ended. Dallas generated some buzz with a cliffhanger (the old one, not the one that's on now) but... I'm having trouble thinking of a show that ended on a cliffhanger really doing it well. OK, How I Met Your Mother ending a season mid-word was legen (wait for it...)
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I don't watch Arrow(too similar to Revenge) but im glad it got renewed I thought it was going to get canceled and im happy for Supernaturals renewal the show has improved a lot.
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As much as I love TVD... this show is such a mess right now. The writers have no idea where they are going with all this. But maybe when they are sure there will be another season they will wrap up those ridiculous story lines nicely?
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I hate it when people say that writers have no idea where the show is going because, quite simply, it isn't true. Writer plot out the season before they even write the first episode. They know exactly where it's going. We, as fans, do not. But just because you like it doesn't mean the writers are acting irresponsibly or foolishly.
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Well, good for you that you have insights about TVD writers. I said that only because the writers are constantly forget things that were important just 3-4 episodes ago and suddenly wrap up half of stories. If that's the way they work when they know how the season will end, they are not doing a very good job.
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Hopefully they get rid of the originals so the story can change pace.
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I don't know if the problem is with the originals (I personally think that Klaus is the only interesting character left), but it's not a vampire show any more. Too much supernatural craziness. I understand that we cannot go back to season 1, but they don't even show that vampires drink blood. Their vampirism now means just running quickly and whining about humanity.
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I agree, but my problem with the originals is that they pigeon hold the story, they always make it revolve around them, at first I was cool with the originals especially Elijah(he's me favorite) but Klaus over stayed his welcome, by threatening to kill Elena every time they find a new magical spell or hidden supernatural freak. Not to mention the whole lets dagger Rebekah 5 times in one season so we can watch her whine about her crappy family im just sick of it. I want the story to progress and maybe get some new characters.
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I wasn't really excited over the spin off news, but now I think, that show is the only thing that might save TVD from being a boring show.
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I liked Arrow (even if it's a bit exaggerated and silly at times) so I am glad they renewed it, but I haven't seen Beauty and the Beast yet. I think I am going to like it though, so I will want it to stick around for a little longer.
They really didn't need a spin-off and a prequel-thing to tVD. It would be more interesting with new unrelated shows.
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Okay, so that's three. That leaves six slots.

90210 will probably get a ten-episode season. I want The Carrie Diaries to come back so bad that I will deal with a half season to replace 90210. (It's honestly the only show I don't watch on my DVR)

I like Hart of Dixie but I can't see that going on. Nikita will probably get a fourth season. It'll have enough episodes for syndication and that's something you have to consider.

I can't stand BatB but that means nothing. It could get renewed or it could go hang out with Hellcats.

And if that leaves three slots, it could go to The Originals, The Selection, Oxygen, Cult or whatever else they have in development.

Basically, what I'm saying is, as someone who cut their teeth on The WB, I need more Carrie Diaries.
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I barely watched the WB, but I find Carrie Diaries delightfully earnest and old-school charming. It's pleasantly uncynical, and it's the second show I watch when I catch up on shows over the weekend (the first being Downton).
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It hasn't been the WB for quite a while now. They've been poorly-run ever since they merged with UPN, in my opinion... two words: "Veronica Mars".
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I'm well aware it hasn't been the WB for a while. I was responding to iheartfrosty equating Carrie Diaries with similar WB fare, which seems an apt comparison give the reaction from many people to Carries Diaries.
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Glad to see Sueprnatural and Arrow renewed as I enjoy both of these shows. The only other one I watch on CW is Nikita which, although I still enjoy, feel it may of run its course.
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