Early renewals for five CW shows
Michael Ausiello reports: “The CW has extended early renewals to Supernatural, Gossip Girl, 90210, The Vampire Diaries, and America’s Next Top Model.” Via Scoop: CW renews ‘Supernatural,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ ’90210,’ ‘Vampire,’ and ‘Top Model’ | Ausiello | EW.com. While I could not care less about ANTM, I am happy about the other four. I am especially thrilled for The Vampire Diaries. While this renewal comes as no surprise, it is still nice to have some certainty, right there in black and white.
As for Gossip Girl and 90210, it is good news, but they are not exactly must-see-tv these days (regardless of the extremely long hiatus both shows are on). I feel like Blair Waldorf has been a pale imitation of her former awesomeness this season, and I can barely stand it when Serena is on screen. I think that maybe I am only watching due to habit. However, I am going to continue the rest of the season before making a decision about quitting the series. As for 90210, it has had some fun moments this season, but several of the characters are just not compelling. I think they need to find a strong leading man, as the show is really lacking in that regard. Additionally, the show needs to figure out what to do with the Wilsons, whose story-lines are just floundering.
And then we come to Supernatural. There has been a lot of talk throughout the series’ run about Eric Kripke, creator and executive producer, having a five year plan, and wanting to go out on top. While Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki were contracted for six seasons, I believe, the idea was to end at five. However, in the past few months, there have been several interviews hinting at Kripke changing his mind, and CW president Dawn Ostroff supporting a sixth season. Still, I was worried when I first heard about Supernatural‘s renewal, and wanted to make sure that Kripke was on board before rejoicing. Well, hurrah! Maureen Ryan of The Chicago Tribune reports: “When I asked a CW representative whether creator/executive producer Eric Kripke would return for ‘Supernatural’s’ sixth season, I got a three-word reply: ‘Yes, he’s back.’” Via The Watcher: CW renews ‘Supernatural,’ ‘Vampire Diaries,’ 3 others. Will Kripke be back?. I think as long as Kripke, Sera Gamble, Ben Edlund, and company are on board, then I am too.
UPDATE: Ausiello now reports:
Kripke will be stepping down as the CW drama’s day-to-day showrunner next season. Executive producer Sera Gamble, who has been with the show since season 1 and is awesome, is poised to succeed him. But, and this is a big but, Kripke will remain actively involved in the show — and not just in name only. Although CW and Warner Bros. reps declined to comment, a Supernatural insider assures me that Kripke and his current co-showrunner, Robert Singer, will continue to function as hands-on executive producers.
via ‘Supernatural’ exclusive: Eric Kripke stepping down as showrunner | Ausiello | EW.com. So, Kripke is stepping down as showrunner, but he is NOT walking away. And Sera Gamble has written a lot of the very best episodes of the show. I’m not really too worried about this latest update.
So, what do you think of these renewals? And how worried are you about Smallville, One Tree Hill, and Life Unexpected, which were missing from this early renewal list? Don’t panic yet, however, as there is still plenty of time for decisions to be made. Out of the three I just mentioned, I’m hoping for Life Unexpected‘s renewal most of all. The other two have had plenty of seasons, and I would hate LUX to go the way of Privileged.