The CW TV Shows We Won’t See Return in 2023-24

It’s now looking like even more of The CW’s series will be canceled. While the studio has produced several hit shows in past years, including Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and Jane the Virgin, they have been hemorrhaging money for some time. About a month ago, CW’s parent companies, Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery, finished a deal to sell the studio Nexstar. And sadly, as part of their plan to make The CW profitable, they have decided to cancel almost all of its series.

The CW’s 2022-2023 broadcast season, which began in October, will remain unchanged. But starting next year, in the 2023-2024 season, there will be quite a shakeup. Nexstar CFO Lee Ann Gliha said a few weeks ago that the number of shows carried over into the next broadcast season would be “minimal,” according to Variety. Many shows were already canceled earlier this year, some have been confirmed to be ending this season, and for some shows, it’s still unclear if they will continue or now. Here’s what we know about which CW shows did not make it past the Nexstar chopping block.


The CW Shows That Ended Earlier This Year

The CW

Earlier this year, CW’s parent companies, Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery, had already started the studio’s significant downsizing in preparation for selling the company. As a part of this, almost a dozen of the platform’s smaller shows were suddenly canceled, some of them only days after their last season had been broadcast. Here are the shows that were cut earlier this year.

Roswell, New Mexico was a science fiction series based on the Roswell High book series by Melinda Metz. In the show, Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) returns to her hometown after many years away and discovers that her high school crush Max (Nathan Dean) is actually an alien. She promises to keep his secret but soon discovers that there may be far more aliens on Earth than just him. The show ran for four seasons.

Dynasty was a reboot of the legendary soap opera from the 1980s, which centers around the internal struggles and scandals of the billionaire Carrington family. It ran for five seasons. In the Dark was a crime series about a young blind woman (Perry Mattfeld) who decides to investigate the murder of her friend when the police give up the search. It ran for four seasons. The 4400 was a reboot of the 2004-2007 CBS series of the same name. In this science fiction show, 4,400 people who had mysteriously disappeared over the last 100 years suddenly reappear simultaneously with their memories wiped. The CW show was canceled after only one season.

Tom Swift was a mystery series spin-off of the popular Nancy Drew, centered around the brilliant young genius and inventor Tom Swift (Tian Richards). It ran for only one season before it was canceled. Charmed was a reboot of the WB show, which ran from 1998 to 2006, about three sisters who discover they are the Charmed Ones, a group of powerful witches meant to protect the innocent people of the world from demons. The series ran for four seasons. Legacies was a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, one of The CW’s most successful series of all time. In this show, teenage Hope (Danielle Rose Russell), descended from powerful vampires, werewolves, and witches, attends a school for students with magical abilities. The show ran for four seasons.

One of the big focuses of The CW has been its DC Universe shows, relying on parent company Warner Bros. Discovery’s ownership of the DC media rights. However, these shows didn’t escape the chopping block either.

In Batwoman, after Batman disappears, his cousin Kate Kane (Ruby Rose in season 1, Wallis Day in season 2) decides to take up his mantle as the crime-fighting vigilante Batwoman. The show ran for three seasons before it was canceled earlier this year. Legends of Tomorrow was a series that featured a time-traveling team of superheroes and villains, such as Rip Hunter, the Atom, Hawkman, and more, on a mission to stop the immortal Vandal Savage from conquering Earth. It ran for seven seasons. Naomi followed Superman-obsessed teenager Naomi McDuffie (Kaci Walfall) on an adventure to find the source of a strange supernatural event in her hometown. It was created by award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, Wrinkle in Time, 13th) and ran for only one season before its cancellation.

The CW Shows In Their Final Seasons

The CW

Another chunk of The CW’s slate will receive one final season during the 2022-2023 lineup but will not return next year. Shockingly, this includes some of the studio’s most popular shows. Riverdale is a supernatural crime drama based on the famous Archie Comics, which has been running continuously since 1942. When a teenager is murdered in the town of Riverdale, a group of teens from the local high school try to root out the culprit. Its seventh and final season will premiere in early 2023.

Nancy Drew is a mystery series based on the enormously popular books series, which includes a staggering 175 novels. In the show, 18-year-old amateur sleuth Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) becomes intrigued by the murder of a local woman and eventually discovers it may be somehow connected to a mysterious cold case. The show’s fourth and final season will release in 2023. Whose Line Is It Anyway? is a reboot of the beloved improv comedy series of the same name, which ran from 1998 to 2007. The series saw improv comedians Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, and a rotating fourth guest deliver hilarious one-liners and off-the-cuff sketches based on a variety of prompts and regular segments. The show’s nineteenth and final season will release in 2023.

Kung Fu is a martial arts action series that follows Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), a young Chinese woman who dropped out of college and spent three years at a monastery in China, where she became a martial arts master. After returning to San Francisco, she uses her newfound skills to help fight the city’s growing crime problem. The third season, which began on October 5, will be its last.

Stargirl is a DC Universe series that follows high school student Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), who happens upon the Cosmic Staff of the dead superhero Starman and uses its powers to inspire and train a new generation of superheroes under the name Stargirl. Its third and final season will premiere this December. The Flash follows Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a crime scene investigator who develops super-human speed when he’s exposed to a particle accelerator explosion and uses his newfound abilities to fight crime in Central City. The show was renewed for its ninth and final season.

The CW Shows That Might Return Next Season

The CW

While all sixteen shows mentioned above are confirmed to be canceled, there are several more whose futures are unclear. Nexstar and The CW have announced that they will only greenlight a “minimal” number of shows for the 2023-2024 season but haven’t made their final decision yet. The following shows will receive one more season, after which the most successful will be renewed for 2023-2024, and the others will be canceled. Shockingly, these include all the studio’s biggest shows, some of which will not survive.

Walker is a reboot of the popular 1990s show Walker, Texas Ranger starring Chuck Norris. In the new series, Cordell Walker (played by Jared Padalecki, of Supernatural fame) returns from a years-long undercover mission and resumes his work as a Texas Ranger. The show’s third season is airing right now. Walker: Independence is a prequel to Walker. The prequel series follows Cordell’s ancestor Abby Walker (Katherine McNamara), as she investigates a murder in the 1800s. The Winchesters is a spin-off of Supernatural. It follows the parents of Dean and Sam Winchester as they meet, fall in love, and go on their own monster-hunting adventures. The first seasons of both Walker: Independence and The Winchesters began in October of this year.

All American shows Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), a young man from a low-income family in South Los Angeles, playing football for the wealthy Beverly Hills High. The fifth season is currently ongoing. All American: Homecoming is a spin-off of All American in which Simone Hicks (Geffri Maya) attends Bringston University, a Historically Black College in Atlanta, and pursues her dreams of becoming a professional tennis player. The second season is airing now.

Superman & Lois follows the lives of Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) as they return to their hometown of Smallville with their children and continue to deal with a panoply of supervillains and family life. The show’s third season will air in early 2023. Gotham Knights is a DC series centering around the children of several characters of the Batman franchise. After the death of Batman, his adopted son Turner Hayes (Oscar Morgan) teams up with the children of several of Batman’s arch-nemeses including Duella Dent (Olivia Rose Keegan), the daughter of Joker, and Stephanie Brown (Anna Lore), the daughter of Cluemaster. Together they try to clear their names from the accusation that they are the ones who murdered Bruce Wayne. The show’s first season is scheduled to debut in 2023.

It’s not entirely clear what the fate of the rest of The CW’s content will be. Nothing has been said so far about their short-format horror anthology series Two Sentence Horror Stories, for example. In addition, we don’t know what will be done with their unscripted content, including the stage magic and magic competition shows Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion, and Criss Angel’s Magic With the Stars, as well as the clip show World’s Funniest Animals, the competition show Killer Camp, and the game show Would I Lie to You? Nexstar officials have stated that they still intend to broadcast unscripted content as part of their slate, so it’s possible that these shows will remain.