The CW's Reboot Doesn't Seem To Be Working Out At All

The CW's Reboot Doesn't Seem To Be Working Out At All
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The network must consider a different strategy for the 2023/2024 season.

There can't be a person between the ages of 20 and 40 who hasn't seen at least one episode of one of The CW's greatest hits.

Starting in 2006, the network aired such TV gems as Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, and Veronica Mars, then moved on to Supernatural, Gossip Girl, 90210, and The Vampire Diaries.

Throughout its run, The CW has certainly had its eras, first covering the interests of the younger female audience, and then moving on to include more of the young adult male attention as well.

Thus the Arrowverse was born, with several TV shows based on DC Comics, such as The Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.

With some shows more successful than others, The CW had a pretty good run for long enough. However, it faced its demise as it began to grow stale and lose viewers.

Feeding off long-running fandoms like Supernatural was no longer an option that promised the network longevity, so it was decided to go for a reboot.

When it was announced last August that 75% of The CW had been sold to Nexstar, a media giant with an ambitious plan to make the network profitable by 2025, no one really imagined how this would affect content.

Now, almost a year later, it looks like they are taking a very radical approach.

Now it's been confirmed that none of the new shows The CW announced and launched at the beginning of the 2022/2023 season have been renewed for another year.

If fans of Gotham Knights and The Winchesters were disappointed, but not really surprised, as both shows underperformed in the ratings and had very questionable reviews, the Walker: Independence audience didn't see this coming.

With a 71% critics score and a 93% rating, Independence was one of The CW's most successful shows at the time, and its cancellation makes no sense from a business perspective.

Fans suspected that Nexstar would cut anything that wasn't profitable but never thought their decisions would be so radical.

All that is left for the few viewers who are still loyal to what The CW used to be is to wait and see what it will become. No transformation comes without a few losses, but it might all be worth it in the end.