The CW Renews ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, and More

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This morning at the TCA press tour, The CW officially announced renewals for it’s seven of it’s most popular series including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Jane The Virgin. Freshman series No Tomorrow and Frequency, however, did not make the cut.

CW President Mark Pedowitz released a statement:

“Over the past several seasons, The CW has built a schedule of proven performers, from our lineup of DC superheroes, to critically acclaimed comedies, to sci-fi dramas. Early pickups of these seven series now allow our producers to plan ahead for next season, and gives us a solid base to build on for next season, with original scripted series to roll out all year long.”

Renewals for midseason series such as The 100, The Originals, iZombie, and newcomer Riverdale have yet to be announced.

The renewal of Arrow comes as a relief to fans of the series. After struggling with two misfires, both the disappointing season three and the atrocious fourth season, the continuation of the emerald archer’s crusade was uncertain earlier this year. The star of the series, Stephen Amell told EW:

“I do really believe that this season is sort of a throw-down-the-gauntlet year for us, where we’re either going to do what we do and do it well or it’s the last year. If we find that magic formula — which is not magic, it’s just hard work and playing to your strengths — then the show could go on for a really long time.”

Although the fifth season has been a bit of a rollercoaster in terms of quality, it has managed to improve greatly over the fourth season but that isn’t saying much considering just how bad last season was.

The grounded, gritty, street-level crime drama has evolved greatly since it’s introduction back in 2012. From the introduction to superpowers and magic to the spawning of the largest shared television universe in history, Arrow has given The CW it’s most successful endeavors with the mega crossover events featuring the heroes of ArrowThe FlashSupergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow teaming up to face a threat together.

Next year the series will continue to evolve and reinvent itself as the series will drop the flashback component, which will now have caught up with the present day storyline. Back in October executive producer Wendy Mericle told CBR News:

“What’s interesting about Season Five, just having been there from the beginning and knowing Marc (Guggenheim) and Andrew (Kreisberg) and Greg (Berlanti) as well as I do, the show was conceived in many ways as a five-year thing. Those flashbacks will be gone after this season. I think it is going to be a different… not a different show, but it is going to have to be reinvented in Season Six, because we’re closing a chapter for sure.”

The end of the flashbacks will free up some of the budget and allow the producers to focus on telling a great story without worrying how to tie the drama back to Oliver’s time away from Star City. Although the end of the flashbacks doesn’t mean we won’t ever have any again as we have now seen the series most recently flashback to season one in sort of a retcon move to add new layers to Oliver’s first year as a vigilante.

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SOURCE: IGN

‘The Flash’: Barry and Cisco Go Back to the Future in Latest Promo

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After the consequences of Flashpoint, Barry vowed to himself and his friends he would never change the past again but he never said anything about the future. Now that Barry has seen a glimpse into the future where the so called speed god Savitar killed Iris, he and Team Flash must figure out a way to stop it from happening.

The Flash returns Tuesday, January 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

BARRY FIGHTS FOR IRIS — Barry (Grant Gustin) is tormented by his vision of the future where Iris (Candice Patton) is murdered by Savitar. When a criminal named Plunder (guest star Stephen Huszar) shows up in Central City, Barry recalls the villain’s presence in his vision of the future and fears that if he catches Plunder, it will cement Iris’ fate. Confused about Barry’s hesitation to stop Plunder, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) decides to step in as Kid Flash. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) offers Julian (Tom Felton) a job.

SOURCE: THE CW (via WGTC)

‘The Flash’: “Borrowing Problems From The Future” Trailer

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The first trailer for the back half of season 3 of The Flash has arrived. At the beginning of the year, Barry vowed to himself and his friends he would never change the past again but he never said anything about the future. After Barry saw a glimpse into the future where the speed god Savitar killed Iris in the midseason finale, he and Team Flash must figure out a way to stop that future from happening

The Flash returns Tuesday, January 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

New Look at Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash in ‘Justice League’

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Zak Snyder has already begun teasing images from Justice League via social media but now we have a look at Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash assembling and ready for action in a new photo released by Entertainment Weekly.

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The photo doesn’t do much for me as I think Snyder is overly dependent on the use of green screen. Overall I think it makes the DC universe lack authenticity and feel artificial especially compared to Nolan’s interpretation of the Batman franchise.

“I’m super happy with the chemistry of my league of justice doers,” says Snyder who is currently locked up in the editing bay, readying the film for release next November before he exits the DCEU for a much-deserved break to helm his passion project The Last Photograph.

Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.

The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, JK Simmons, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jesse Eisenberg, Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons, and Ciaran Hinds. Written by Chris Terrio. Directed by Zak Snyder.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

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SOURCE: EW

‘The Flash’: “The Present” Clip; Producers Preview

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The first half of season three has been jam packed with metahumans, a holographic monster, aliens, and even a God and it’s all about to come to a head on tonight’s midseason finale of The Flash.

Executive producer Todd Helbing takes inside the episode that will see Barry (Grant Gustin) seek out all the advice he can get from Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) and even Dr. Alechemy himself, Julian Albert (Tom Felton) in order to stand toe to toe with the self-proclaimed God of speed, Savitar.

The Flash airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

With Alchemy and Savitar still looming threats, Barry is unable to focus on the Christmas holiday, and especially his relationship with Iris. Determined to stop Savitar, Barry goes to Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick (guest star John Wesley Shipp). Wally wants to help Barry fight Savitar and reveals that he’s been training with H.R., which doesn’t go over well with Barry. As Cisco faces his first Christmas without his brother Dante (guest star Nicholas Gonzalez), old wounds are reopened.

SOURCE: THE CW

‘The Flash’: “The Present” Extended Preview

Even though we are in the middle of the four-night crossover, The CW still has midseason finales to promote. The first half of season three of The Flash has been good but still a bit uneven with Dr. Alchemy dipping in and out of the story. But after the not so shocking reveal of Julian Albert as Dr. Alechmy along with the arrival of Savitar, it seems the setups are about to come to a head in the midseason finale titled “The Present”.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/ PT on The CW.

BARRY SEEKS HELP FROM JAY GARRICK — With Alchemy and Savitar still looming threats, Barry (Grant Gustin) is unable to focus on the Christmas holiday, and especially his relationship with Iris (Candice Patton). Determined to stop Savitar, Barry goes to Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick (guest star John Wesley Shipp). Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) wants to help Barry fight Savitar and reveals that he’s been training with H.R. (Tom Cavanagh), which doesn’t go over well with Barry. As Cisco (Carlos Valdes) faces his first Christmas without his brother Dante (guest star Nicholas Gonzalez), old wounds are reopened.

‘The Flash’: “Invasion” Clip; Producers Preview

The four-night crossover event officially began at the end of Supergirl last night Well, sort of… The crossover will feature the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow coming together to take on the evil alien invaders, The Dominators. The Dominators are an Alien race interested in harnessing the gene that gives metahumans their powers to enhance members of their own species.

Ahead of tonight’s episode of The Flash — which is technically part two of the crossover but really the beginning — The CW has released a clip which has all of the heroes trying to decide just who exactly is in charge as the heroes take on their greatest challenge yet. It’s going to be interesting see the three major teams from their respective shows learn how to work together in effort to save the world.

Executive producer Todd Helbing takes us inside the episode to give us a preview of the formation of the super-team, teasing The Dominators as the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t quite describe them as the creepiest things ever but they are sure are ugly.

The Flash airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Part three of the four-night crossover will continue tomorrow night on Arrow before concluding Thursday night on Legends of Tomorrow.

SOURCE: THE CW