The CW’s 2017-18 Schedule and New Shows

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Our comprehensive coverage of the TV network upfront presentations this week in New York concludes with a look at The CW’s plans for the 2017-18 season. See more upfronts coverage…

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Highlights and notes

  • The CW picked up four new hourlong series after what several sources report was a very strong pilot season for the network. Each of the shows is detailed at the bottom of this page.
  • Were you one of the few viewers of The CW’s two canceled freshman dramas this season? If so, the network has released video epilogues tying up loose ends in both Frequency and No Tomorrow.
  • Expect another four-show crossover in late 2017 between DC shows Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow.

Renewed and canceled

Scripted shows are in bold below.

Renewed   Canceled or Ended   Fate Uncertain
The 100


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

The Flash


Jane the Virgin

The Originals



  Beauty and the Beast


No Tomorrow


The Vampire Diaries
  Hooten & The Lady *

Masters of Illusion *

Penn & Teller: Fool Us *

Whose Line Is It Anyway *

The CW’s 2017-18 primetime schedule

New programs are indicated in bold in the schedule below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise indicated.

CW Fall 2017 Schedule
  8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
MON Supergirl Valor
TUE The Flash DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
WED Riverdale* Dynasty
THU Supernatural Arrow*
FRI Crazy Ex-Girlfriend* Jane the Virgin*

The CW’s new shows at a glance

The four first-year series ordered for the CW’s 2017-18 season are detailed below. The network ordered two additional pilots that didn’t receive series orders, but both shows—dramedy Insatiable (about an attorney who becomes a beauty pageant coach) and Greg Berlanti-produced adventure Searchers—still have a glimmer of hope and could be ordered at a later date.

Black LightningBlack Lightning
DRAMA tbd midseason

Yes, it’s another Greg Berlanti production, and another DC Comics series. Cress Williams (Heart of Dixie) stars as the superhero vigilante—DC’s first African-American superhero with his own stand-alone comics—who comes out of retirement to battle crime once again in order to keep his daughters safe. The series comes from writer-director Salim Akil (The Game). Note that it won’t connect to the other DC shows currently on the CW (aka the “Arrowverse”), so don’t expect a five-way crossover.

DRAMA Wednesdays at 9p

The CW’s audience wasn’t alive during the run of the original series, which was arguably the most successful of the hit primetime soap operas to air in the 1980s (and, along with CBS’s S.W.A.T., one of two Aaron Spelling productions being revived next season). That won’t matter, as this reboot—from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage—is aiming for an entirely new (and much younger) audience with its modernized, more diverse saga about two of America’s wealthiest families. The ensemble includes Grant Show, Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, James Mackay, and Alan Dale. If you are interested in the original series, the entire run will join the CW Seed streaming service on August 1st.

Life SentenceLife Sentence
DRAMA tbd midseason

In last year’s (short-lived) CW series No Tomorrow, the protagonists live the final days of their lives as if they were headed for a world-ending apocalypse. Something similar happens to the young woman (Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars) at the center of Life Sentence, who receives a terminal cancer diagnosis. The catch? She then finds out that she isn’t dying after all—and now must deal with the repercussions of all of the choices that she made when she was living like there was no tomorrow. The dramedy comes from Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith (the creators of Significant Mother) and also counts Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) as a producer.

DRAMA Mondays at 9p

One of three patriotic military dramas ordered by various networks for the 2017-18 season, Valor is set at an Army base where an elite group of helicopter pilots are trained for clandestine missions. The serialized story, told partially through flashback, traces a failed clandestine mission in Somalia and a new plan to rescue the soldiers who were stranded there as a result. Matt Barr and Christina Ochoa star.


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