Five hit American CW shows are set to wrap during the 2018-2019 season. Here’s a quick summary of what is ending and when, so you don’t miss your chance to bid these CW classics a fond farewell.
Jane the Virgin
The fifth and final season of Jane the Virgin began Wednesday, March 28th.
This serial hour-long comedy is based on a telenovela of the same name. The plot follows a chaste young woman who is accidentally impregnated. Jane (played by Gina Rodriguez) must make the right choices with the help of her devoutly religious family. The Jennie Snyder Urman series quickly sparked conversations surrounding representation in television.
Executive Producer Brad Siberling told fans, “We’ve always known when it was going to end. It will be 100 episodes when it’s done and 100 is exactly where Jennie always hoped it could end the story. So it’s perfect.”
Urman adds, “I hope that the show created more space for empathy, compassion and more understanding of what we have in common and celebrates what makes us unique. I hope it brings joy and validates kindness.”
Season 5 is currently airing on the CW in the US and airing the next day after its US broadcast on Netflix in the UK.
Another atypical but successful show for the CW, this musical comedy stars Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch. Though never quite a smash hit,Crazy Ex found loyal fans and consistent viewership, not to mention a second window audience via Netflix.
Both Bloom and McKenna have said that they always envisioned it as a four-season show. The series will come to an exciting close and it will be just as creators imagined.
The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend series finale aired, April 5th on The CW in the US.
Immediately after the finale, the CW will air Yes, It’s Really Us Singing: The ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Concert Special! in which Bloom and the cast will perform live versions of fan-favourite songs.
The finale and concert special appeared on UK Netflix on April 6th.
CW’s rom-com-zombie-drama returns for its fifth and final season. The series, loosely based on the comic book series of the same name, demonstrates that a crime procedural format can work in tandem with the zombie genre.
All of the series’ main stars will be returning for the final season, having survived season four intact. The returning cast members include Rose McIver as Olivia Moore and Malcolm Goodwin as Clive Babineaux. Rahul Kohli (Ravi Chakrabarti), Robert Buckley (Major Lilywhite), David Anders (Blaine McDonough), and Aly Michalka (Peyton Charles) will also be back.
Reportedly not returning is Robert Knepper’s Angus McDonough, who rose up as an anti-human cult leader in Series 4. This follows allegations of sexual misconduct, which Knepper has denied. However, the CW’s Mark Pedowitz told Digital Spy that McDonough “had a definitive path” and that the decision had “nothing to do with the allegations.” According to Deadline, an internal investigation yielded “no evidence of wrongdoing on the set of the show.”
Series creator Rob Thomas had previously hinted that it would take one more season to “get to the end of our story.” Much like fellow CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, they have been given this fifth and final season to tie up loose ends. According to Thomas, that includes the fate of Major and Liv’s relationship.
He adds, “I think we’re going to give some sort of answer to the fate of zombie kind. And again, I do not know what that answer will be, but we won’t do the Sopranos ending… I suspect that we’re going to get more resolution than that.”
iZombie returns to the CW on Thursday, May 2nd @ 8pm. In this slot, it will replace the 8pm veteran series Supernatural.
For UK fans, the show will continue to air on Netflix, with each show becoming available the day after its US counterpart.
That’s right. CW’s longest-running series Supernatural wraps after fourteen successful seasons. Winchester brothers actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles appeared alongside Misha Collins to explain the decision in a video message to fans:
“Though we’re very very excited about moving into our fifteenth season, it will be our last,” Ackles said solemnly.
“15 years of a show that’s changed my life. I know it’s changed these two guys’ lives. We just wanted you to hear it from us, that though we’re excited about next year, it will be the finale. The big, grand finale of an institution.”
Padalecki said at VegasCon, “We wanted to communicate to you guys that this was a community decision.”
“It wasn’t an easy decision. It was months and months, if not years, of discussion between he [Padalecki] and I, between the rest of the cast, between the crew, between our writers, between our producers, between the studio, between the network. Nobody wanted to see this show fizzle out,” Ackles expanded.
“I think that it was everyone wanting to do the biggest service to the show that we could by going out strong… Everybody kind of felt that it was coming soon, and so it was just taking that leap of faith of going like, ‘Well guys, let’s get out the paint and paint that finish line because what we’ve accomplished is unlike any other.’”
“When we go back after the break, we’ll do everything in our power to give you an incredible season you deserve, one more time,” Misha writes to his Instagram followers.
Production for Season 14 recently wrapped, with Padalecki expressing gratitude to his fans and #spnfamily.
Supernatural series 14 airs on Thursday nights on the CW in the US. E4 airs the show in the UK. The air date for season 14 in the UK is not yet known, we expect it to be sometime in the spring of this year though.
The CW has not yet released the official air date for season 15 but it will likely be in October 2019, as others have been (in the US).
The Supernatural announcement came just weeks after Stephen Amell confirmed that long-running DC Comics/CW series Arrow is to wrap with Season 8.
As previously mentioned, we are still awaiting confirmation of an official air date for Arrow Season 8. The current season airs on Sky One in the UK following its Monday night time slot on The CW across the pond.