The annual network upfronts are upon us with all the major networks convening in New York City for a week of presentations where they sell advertising space for their future schedule. If you're finding it difficult to keep up with what's new, what's renewed and what's been cancelled from The CW, don't worry we've got you covered.

New Shows

Black Lightning

The CW's DC themed offerings have been a big hit, and the network is adding a fifth show to their superhero lineup, Black Lightning. Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, years after he hung up his crime fighting was as Black Lightning; he finds himself dragged back into the life he left behind when his daughter follows in his footsteps.

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Black Lightning Trailer


Big hair, shoulder pads, and high-stakes family drama, no it's not the latest spin-off from Keeping up with the Kardashians, but a reboot of 80s classic Dynasty. Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are behind the new version along with Revenge writer-producer, Sallie Patrick. Here's hoping that Dynasty has more longevity than the short-lived revival of fellows 80s series Dallas.

Dynasty Trailer

Life Sentence

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale leads the cast as a young woman who is given months to live after discovering she has a terminal illness. However, when she finds out she's no longer dying, she is forced to live in the aftermath of the decisions she made during what she believed were her last few months. Life Sentance is produced by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, and will debut on The CW later this year.

Life Sentence Trailer


The missions of an elite team of US Army helicopter pilots forms the thrust of this military conspiracy thriller written by writer-musician Kyle Jarrow. Valor is something of a departure from The CW's usual offerings, but it's high-concept and twisty turny flashback infused narrative might just pay off. Starring Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow), Melissa Roxburgh (Star Trek Beyond), and Corbin Reid (How To Get Away With Murder), Valor will be broadcast after Supergirl on Monday nights when the fall schedule kicks in.

Valor Trailer


The CW picked up their four DC shows Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl earlier this year. As were Jane The Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Supernatural for its record-breaking thirteenth season. Things weren't looking good for iZombie for a while with its underwhelming ratings and no early pick-up. Thankfully The CW are sticking with the quirky series from Veronica Mars creator for another year.

The Vampire Diaries might be no more, but its spin-off The Originals has been renewed for a fifth season. The recent fourth run received a reduced episode order owing to its midseason timeslot, and it appears as though the fifth season will also be for a shorter order. Based on the classic Archie Comics, Riverdale will return for another season of teen angst in a satisfyingly self-aware adaptation. And finally, The 100 will be back for a fifth season of post-apocalyptic mayhem.


Based on the criminally underrated 2000 film of the same name, I had high hopes for Frequency as its neat concept does lend itself to an episodic format. The unfortunately named No Tomorrow was also canceled, but The CW did release short online epilogs for both No Tomorrow and Frequency that wrapped up the loose threads. Sadly, neither were able to pull off a Timeless and get a last minute reprieve.

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