The CW’s Television Critics Association News Round-up!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // January 12, 2015

executive producer Caroline Dries, Ian Somerhalder, Damon Salvatore, executive producer Julie Plec, Joseph Morgan, Klaus Mikaelson, executive producer Michael Narducci, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries

At the Television Critics Association The CW announced renewals, spoilers, and news for The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, and other shows!

On Sunday, January 11, 2015, The CW held court at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena to announce The Originals and other show renewals, big spoilers, and other news, including the premiere dates and promotional videos for iZombie and The Messengers.

The CW renewed The Originals for season 3, The Vampire Diaries season 7, Supernatural season 11, Arrow season 4, Reign season 3, The 100 season 3, and newcomers The Flash season 2, and Jane the Virgin season 2.

January 11, 2015, was a double win for Gina Rodriguez, who won a Golden Globe for “Best Actress in a TV Comedy” for Jane the Virgin!

Gina Rodriguez accepting her Golden Globe Award

Gina Rodriguez, GoldenGlobe, Jane the Virgin

In addition to the announcement that iZombie would premiere on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, after The Flash and The Messengers would premiere on Friday, April 10th, 2015, at 9/8c, The CW also announced that on March 18th, 2015, Supernatural will move to Wednesdays at 9/8c, after Arrow.  (March 11th, 2015, will be the season finale of The 100.)

Mark Pedowitz, The CW President, also announced that Beauty and the Beast’s third season will premiere in “late May/June.”

A spoiler for The Originals was that the rest of season 2 will further explore the witch origins of Esther, her deal with her sister Dahlia, and more mythology about the Mikaelson family.

Michael Narducci on Dahlia

The big question is will she [Dahlia] show up and come for that child? Klaus might have a different strategy for protecting his young daughter than Elijah.

Julie Plec had two big spoilers for The Vampire Diaries. Steven R. McQueen, who plays Jeremy Gilbert, will be leaving the series as a regular. According to Julie, “He’s growing up and moving on. He will be out living a real life.”

It was also revealed that Damon and Elena will “find their way back to each other” and “fans will be treated to the beginning stages of their romance that they missed the first time around.”

Other news from The CW included:

A November sweeps The Flash-Arrow cross-over event.

Oliver’s absence will let other characters step up, like Black Canary who will be filling the void “in a huge way.” According to Kattie Cassidy, “She goes from avenging her sister to honoring her sister to becoming her sister.”

Wells may not be the “only Reverse Flash.” Episode 17 will feature a flashback to the night Barry’s mother died. According to Kreisberg, “We’re going to see what happened that night from the Reverse Flash’s point of view. I didn’t say it was from Wells’ point of view, I said it was from the Reverse Flash’s point of view.”

There’s hope for Hart of Dixie. According to Mark Pedowitz, it will depend on the ratings. “If [Dixie] ends, it’s a great series finale. And if it doesn’t end, it’s a great season finale.”

Another spinoff is in the works for The Flash-Arrow universe, although no particular character was mentioned.

The CW is hoping for a spinoff for Supernatural, going into their 11th season next year. Last year’s spinoff hope, “Bloodlines” which starred Nathaniel Buzolic, was DOA, but Pedowitz says, “We are completely open to looking at a spinoff. Hopefully, they will come up with something we can use.”

The Originals returns Monday, January 19th, 2015, with 2×10 “Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire“!

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