The CW Announces the Renewal of Vampire Diaries & Supernatural

Supernatural and Vampire Diaries Renewed!

Supernatural Season 6Just as it signifies the end of pesky showers (well, theoretically anyway), April is the beginning of the end of fall TV and ushers in May sweeps. Season finales are just around the corner and, with that, decisions are being made on which shows have gained the following and momentum to return or be relegated to the TV graveyard.

​Fans of the CW genre shows, The Vampire Diaries (Thursdays 8pm Eastern) and Supernatural (Fridays 9pm Eastern), received some Christmastime news this week when both shows were renewed for another year.

​Loosely based on the early 90’s novels written by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries follows the story of high school beauty Elena Gilbert (Nina Debrov) and her relationship with the Salvatore brothers, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder), both vampires, as they battle the otherworldly in Mystic Falls. After a very impressive first season, tVD’s sophomore year has taken it to the next level. Introducing werewolves, more witches, and the progenitors of all vampires, the Originals, this season has been a roller coaster of bombshells, betrayals, and brotherly brawls. After last week’s episode—which introduced Klaus, the most powerful of all vampires—the show’s mythos has been put on its head. Just where our protagonists go from here and, thankfully, in season three, is an arc very much worth the wait.

​An elderly statesman of the CW, Supernatural is at the tail end of its sixth season. The story of two brothers that take the mantle and legacy of their father and, more surprisingly, their mother, in hunting ghouls, ghosts, vampires and all sorts of bad, was originally written as a five season story arc by Eric Kripke, the show’s original creator and story runner. But like many successful shows, a season outside of the original plan was ordered. Admittedly, season six has not lived up to the previous seasons, in part due to Kripke stepping down as a runner of the day-to-day operations. His replacement, Sera Gamble, had a tough go of it in the first half of this season, with episodes that were uneven and missing the original chutzpah of the first five seasons. However, after Sam (Jared Padalecki) had his soul returned, the show has noticeably picked up, regaining its former momentum. The background of this season has been Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) reintegration into the “family business”, Sam’s aforementioned re-acquaintance with his soul, and Castiel’s (Misha Collins) struggle with Raphael in the war for Heaven. Where the cliffhanger for a show that knows how to end a season, leaves the fan base will no doubt be memorable.

​An original fan of the CW since its inception and Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s transplant onto it, the news of two of the more interesting shows on all of TV being renewed for another year is welcome news. The only concern—at least in the case of Supernatural—is whether or not the writers still have the juice to maintain the interest and story arcs that have made the show such a cult phenomenon. While not guaranteed, the fact that The Vampire Diaries will only be in its third season grants it the greater leeway in regards to going stale. Regardless, DVR settings will be ready for September as these two shows adorn the small screen with new episodes. ​

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