The Originals & iZombie Renewed, Life Sentence & Black Lightning Picked Up at The CW

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The CW has decided to stick with The Originals and iZombie by ordering additional seasons of each while ordering Life Sentence and Black Lightning to series. 

The renewal for iZombie for Season 4 was a no brainer because of The CW's lucrative streaming deal with Netflix, which likes to have series reach a fourth season. 

Everything Will Be Fine - The Originals Season 4 Episode 7

Despite marginally higher ratings and airing on Friday nights, the writing was on the wall for The Originals. For a start, the cast has done little to nothing to promote the series this year.

Also, parent series, The Vampire Diaries concluded earlier this year and you can probably understand why fans were concerned about whether the series was toast. 

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iZombie is averaging 0.9 million viewers and a 0.3 rating, with The Originals doing 1 million viewers and a 0.3 rating.

Episode orders have yet to be disclosed, but CW head, Mark Pedowitz did not confirm episode orders until after the 2016 Upfront presentation last year, so we can probably expect a similar result this time around. 

After ordering Valor and Dynasty to series earlier this evening, the network has now pulled the trigger on series orders for Black Lightning and Life Sentence. 

Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as the titular hero. It focuses on Jefferson Pierce, who hung up his superhero suit several years ago, who is forced to return to his superhero fighting ways. 

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Black Lightning represents the fifth DC TV series on the network with Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow already renewed for additional seasons. 

Riverdale also hails from Greg Berlanti, so this marks his sixth series with the network. 

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Life Sentence stars Lucy Hale, who is fresh off her seven-season stint on Freeform's Pretty Little Liars. It centers on a young woman who finds out she has terminal cancer and makes some rash decisions. 

However, she later finds out that she is not dying and needs to come to terms with the decisions she made when she thought she was dying. 

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The Originals Quotes

[to Kol and Finn] I'd prefer you both to join me against our mother, but I'll happily settle for one or the other. Either way, if you continue to defy me, your lives will be reduced to an unending sequence of agonizing torture. So, which is it to be?


There's a saying in my family. Kill a demon today, face the devil tomorrow. Yet even as you dance on that demon's grave, you can't help but wonder, was that demon alone? Or do you have other, deadlier ones to fight? And though you celebrate having won the battle, have you really prepared for the war? So as we dress ourselves in teh armor needed for this new fight, we must first tend to our wounds, starting with the deepest.


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