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

Over the course of my long life, I have come to believe that we are bound forever to those with whom we share blood. And while we may not choose our family, that bond can be our greatest strength, or our deepest regret. This unfortunate truth has haunted me for as long as I can recall.


They say the passage of time will heal all wounds, but the greater the loss, the deeper the cut and the more difficult the process to become whole again. The pain may fade, but scars serve as a reminder of our suffering and make the bearer all the more resolved never to be wounded again. So as time moves along we get lost in distractions, act out in frustration, react with aggression, give in to anger, and all the while we plot and plan as we wait to grow stronger, and before we know it, the time passes. We are healed. Ready to begin anew.


The Originals Music

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