While the CW is busy canceling a bunch of its shows, it has a few new ones on the way. Well, kind of new. The network has picked up prequel spinoffs for two of its most popular shows and a new series based on DC Comics (via Deadline).
All three series have some sort of history on The CW. Walker: Independence is a prequel to Walker, set in the late 1800s. The show stars Katherine McNamara (Arrow, Shadowhunters) and Matt Barr (Hatfields & McCoys, Walker). McNamara stars as Abby Walker, a Boston woman who sets out on a quest for revenge after the murder of her husband. She teams up with Barr’s Hoyt Rawlins, and they reunite in Independence, Texas.
The Winchesters is a prequel to the network’s long-running Supernatural series. While Supernatural star Jared Padalecki is busy with Walker, Jensen Ackles will narrate The Winchesters from the perspective of his character, Dean. The series will follow the brothers’ parents, Mary (Meg Donnelly) and John (Drake Rodger) as they battle the forces of darkness.
Finally, Gotham Knights comes from Batwoman writers Chad Fiveash, James Stoteraux, and Natalie Abrams, and is set after the death of Bruce Wayne. The series follows his adopted son who teams up with the children of some of Batman’s worst enemies when they are all framed for Wayne’s murder. Although it is set in a Batmanless Gotham and written by Batwoman writers, however, this show is not considered a Batwoman spin-off and is not currently set in the same timeline as this and other Arrowverse shows.
Also renewed for additional seasons are All American, All American: Homecoming, The Flash, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Superman & Lois, and Walker.
At the same time, however, the network experienced a huge amount of cancellations. Canceled by the network just today are In the Dark, Charmed, Dynasty, Roswell New Mexico, The 4400, Legacies and Naomi. These closely follow the cancellations of Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow. A handful of CW shows are still in limbo right now, including Nancy Drew’s spinoff Tom Swift and DC’s Stargirl. Both In the Dark and Roswell, New Mexico have wrapped filming for upcoming seasons, which will air in full to wrap up the shows. The long list of cancellations is likely due to a combination of the Warner Bros. Discovery and the fact that the company is currently buying the network around for a possible salemeaning the network is going to want to cancel all shows on the bubble while emphasizing its most successful properties.