Perhaps one of the reasons why the CW ordered extra episodes of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow – despite what looked like a very crowded schedule for the network in the second half of this TV season – has now become clear; that schedule will not be as crowded as we thought. Breaking with a tradition over the last three seasons of always giving back orders (ie, extra episodes to take a show to a full 22-24 episode run) to its new shows, the CW has decided not to order any further episodes of its Fall 2016 debutantes – the end-of-the-world romantic comedy No Tomorrow and the time travel drama Frequency (which was based on a film nobody cared about anyway).
DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow has been pulling in double the viewing figures of either of those shows.
As Deadline points out, in the network’s first 10 seasons, only four fall series did not receive orders for additional episodes: Runaway, which was part of the CW’s first fall lineup in 2006; Life Is Wild (2007); The Beautiful Life (2009); and, most recently Emily Owens, MD (2012).
The CW will clearly be hoping that its mid-season premiere newbie Riverdale – based on the Archie Comics universe – will fare better. The Originals, iZombie, The 100 and Reign will all be returning midseason too.