"The Flash", "Supergirl", "Riverdale" & More: The CW Renews 13 Series; Orders More "Katy Keene" Scripts

So we've got good news for fas of The CW: if your favorite show wasn't cancelled already or isn't shuffling off the programming "mortal coil" with a last-season run (like Arrow and Supernatural), you'll be getting a fresh new season to enjoy. The CW announced on Tuesday that it had renewed 13 series for the 2020-2021 television season, including Arrowverse shows The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Batwoman.

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Arrow — "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four" — Image Number: AR808A_0195r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz, Grant Gustin as The Flash, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl, Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, Osric Chau as Ryan Choi and Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You can also add the following series to the previously-named five: Riverdale, Legacies, Dynasty, All American, Charmed, Roswell, New Mexico, In the Dark, and Nancy Drew. In addition, Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene has received an order for 13 additional scripts off of strong early buzz.

"These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season. We've been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we're already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for Nancy Drew and Batwoman."

– Mark Pedowitz, The CW

Set to premiere on February 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW, here's a look at Katy Keene:


KATY KEENE follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and "It Girl" Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City…together.

Katy Keene — "Pilot" — Image Number: KK101D_0838r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Julia Chan as Pepper Smith and Lucy Hale as Katy Keene– Photo: David Giesbrecht/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Katy designs clothes for anyone she can, including her friend and roommate Josie, whose singing talent catches the attention of Alexander Cabot (Lucien Laviscount), a CEO who hopes to reboot the record label division of his father's corporate empire. But Alexander's dream of signing Josie to a recording contract meets resistance from Cabot Media's powerful senior vice president Alexandra (Camille Hyde), who also happens to be his twin sister.

Katy Keene — "Pilot" — Image Number: KK101a_0157r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Lucy Hale as Katy Keene — Photo: Barbara Nitke/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Josie and Katy's roommate Jorge works at his family's bodega and has his eye on Broadway, but after a series of rejections, he hopes to take his drag performance career as Ginger to the next level. The mysterious Pepper Smith plans to open her own version of Andy Warhol's Factory. She has the connections, but no one seems to know where she got her money — or if she really has any at all.

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Katy Keene — "Pilot" — Image Number: KK101b_1164r.jpg — Pictured: Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge/Ginger Lopez — Photo: Barbara Nitke/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Katy struggles to manage the pressures of her day job at Lacy's Department Store and her very demanding boss, Gloria (Katherine LaNasa), who is a legendary personal shopper. But Katy has the support of her longtime boyfriend, KO Kelly (Zane Holtz), who has his own dream of becoming a professional boxer. As these aspiring artists take on the runway, the recording studio, Broadway, and the NYC social scene, they will find more than just a career in the big city — they'll find long-lasting friendship.

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Katy Keene — "Pilot" — Image Number: KK101e_2016rd2.jpg Ð Pictured: Lucy Hale as Katy Keene — Photo: Barbara Nitke/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

The CW's Katy Keene stars Lucy Hale as Katy Keene, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Katherine LaNasa as Gloria Grandbilt, Julia Chan as Pepper Smith, Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge Lopez/Ginger, Lucien Laviscount as Alexander Cabot, Zane Holtz as KO Kelly, and Camille Hyde as Alexandra Cabot.

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Katy Keene — "Pilot" — Image Number: KK101a_0012r.jpg — Pictured: Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy — Photo: Barbara Nitke/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The Riverdale spinoff stems from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Riverdale), Michael Grassi (Riverdale, Supergirl), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale), and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics Publisher & CEO.).

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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