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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