The CW’s Brad Schwartz Dismisses Concerns That Canadian Series On U.S. TV Are Seen As A ‘Discount Bin’

As The CW has changed its financial model under new owners Nexstar, entertainment president Brad Schwartz has relied more on international co-productions from countries like Canada. Speaking at the Banff World Media Festival, Schwartz — who hails from Canada — acknowledged that in the past, Canadian acquisitions on U.S. networks have often been seen in a lesser light. He’s hoping that perception is changing, however.

‘All American: Homecoming’ Ending With Season 3 At The CW

The series is one of the handful of pre-Nexstar scripted shows remaining on the network.

‘All American’ & ‘Penn And Teller: Fool Us’ Renewed By CW

All American is returning to the CW for a Season 7, the network announced Monday. It will be joined by Season 11 of the magician competition series Penn & Teller: Fool Us as well as Season 4 of the historical drama about Jesus, The Chosen.

The CW To Broadcast Snoop Dogg Arizona Bowl

The CW said it will broadcast the 2024 Snoop Dogg Arizona Bowl presented by Gin & Juice by Dre and Snoop. Last year, The CW aired the game when it was called the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl.

‘Wild Cards’ Renewed For Season 2 At The CW & CBC

Canadian procedural Wild Cards is coming back for a second season on The CW. It marks a bit of good news for The CW, which canceled Walker earlier this week, while Canadian drama The Spencer Sisters, which it also aired, was canceled by CTV.

‘Walker’ Canceled By The CW After 4 Seasons

It’s official – Walker will not be renewed for a fifth season by The CW. “We want to thank the entire cast, crew, writers, directors and producers of Walker for their hard work and dedication over four incredible seasons,” the network said in a statement. “We also want to give a special thanks to star and executive producer Jared Padalecki, who has been a member of The CW family for over 20 years and was integral to some of the biggest hits on the network.”

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The CW Boss On The Fates Of ‘All American,’ ‘Walker’ And The Path To Profitability

“All the shows that are bubble shows, I guess you would call them, we love them all, you know, probably can’t do them all,” Brad Schwartz, the CW’s president of entertainment, said on Thursday.

The CW Scouts More Sports Rights, Eyes Sunday Expansion And Potential Team-Ups With ESPN

The CW is looking to keep acquiring sports rights and is eyeing an expansion on Sundays as well as potential team-ups with other rights holders, President Dennis Miller said. In an upfronts briefing alongside Brad Schwartz, president of Entertainment, Miller said the pace of sports rights dealmaking has surprised “everyone, from Perry [Sook, CEO of parent company Nexstar] on down.”

The CW Fall 2024-25 Schedule: Top Scripted Series MIA

The CW’s transformation under new owners Nexstar is almost complete, with only two pre-merger series, the final season of Superman & Lois and veteran improv comedy Whose Line It Is Anyway?, on the network’s fall schedule. What’s more, there is an unprecedented scheduling turnover, with only three shows from the current 2023-24 season making it to next fall, Whose Line, Sullivan’s Crossing and Inside the NFL.

The CW To Broadcast PAC-12 Football Games

The network will air 11 Oregon State and Washington State home games. Coverage kicks off on Aug. 31 with a doubleheader featuring Portland State at Washington State and Idaho State at Oregon State.

Miss USA Resignations: CW ‘Evaluating’ Relationship With Pageants Ahead Of Live Ceremonies

WAVY-WVBT Adding The CW Hampton Roads Subchannel This Fall

Nexstar Stations In Chicago, Norfolk, Lafayette, La., To Become CW Affils

Starting Sept. 1, WGN Chicago; WVBT Norfolk, Va.; and KLFY Lafayette La., will carry CW’s primetime entertainment, live sports, and special event programming.

‘Run The Burbs’ Canceled After 3 Seasons

There will not be a fourth season of Canadian comedy Run the Burbs. Co-creator and star Andrew Phung shared the news Thursday on Instagram that CBC has canceled the series after three seasons. The show airs in the U.S. on The CW.

The CW To Air Miss USA And Miss Teen USA Pageants

The 73rd Miss USA Pageant to air live on Sunday, Aug. 4, Miss Teen USA on Thursday, Aug. 1.

‘All American’ Season 6 Expanded By The CW

This is a rare occurrence in the current strike-impacted broadcast season — a scripted series getting an order for additional episodes. According to sources, the CW’s flagship drama All American is having its current sixth season extended from 13 episode to 15.

Nexstar Dropping Scripps-Owned CW Affiliates In 7 Markets

Nexstar Media Group said it does not intend to renew the affiliations of The CW stations owned by E.W. Scripps in seven markets. In two of those  markets — Norfolk, Va., and Lafayette, La. — Nexstar-owned stations will become the new The CW affiliates, effective Sept. 1. “We have interest from other station groups in the five remaining markets and expect to make announcements about those affiliations soon,” Nexstar said in a statement.

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The CW President Dennis Miller Talks Up Net’s Reboot And What’s Coming Next

Dennis Miller took over as president of The CW in October 2022, after the network was acquired by Nexstar Media Group. He quickly set about refashioning The CW by bringing in more live sports, decreasing the number of scripted series that are exclusive to the network and deploying a coproduction model that sees series air on The CW and another network in a different country, Canada. Here, he talks about his eventful first 18 months atop The CW, including the network’s shift away from the younger demo it once targeted, and what’s next. (Chris Frawley/The CW)

The CW Adds Eight NBC Sports-Produced Xfinity Series NASCAR Races To Fall Schedule

The run of season-ending races will start September 20 in the Xfinity Series Championship from Phoenix Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 9. NBC Sports will handle production, with Rick Allen serving as lead race announcer alongside analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, and NBC Sports VP of Motorsports Jeff Behnke in charge of production.

The CW Not Picking Up ‘Critics Choice Awards’ Option, Open To Sharing Show

The 2025 Critics Choice Awards will not be airing exclusively on The CW. The broadcast network has opted not to renew the awards show’s current option for next year, sources say. However, it is still possible to see the ceremony on the CW in 2025 as the network is looking for a path to continue to carry it, shared with another network or a streamer. There was a similar arrangement for the 2022 Critics Choice Awards, simulcast on The CW and TBS.

The CW, Roku, Australian Streamer Stan Partner On Leighton Meester Series

The CW, Roku Originals and Australian streaming service Stan have teamed up on the scripted  Good Cop/Bad Cop, with Leighton Meester, Luke Cook and Clancy Brown in the cast. The CW calls the show a “procedural dramedy” and eight episodes have been ordered. Created by John Quaintance, Good Cop/Bad Cop is set to premiere next year. It will stream on The Roku Channel in the U.S. and Stan in Australia.

CW Network Teams With Range Sports To Develop New Programs And Events

The move into college-level and progressional sports is as part of a larger strategy shift for CW under owner Nexstar Media Group. The agreement calls for Range Sports, a unit of management-production startup Range Media Partners, to work with CW Sports and Nexstar brass on new sports-related programs and branded content as well as to advise on rights deals on the national level and in local markets for CW affiliates.

CW Names Erin McIlvain SVP Of Affiliate Distribution & Marketing

She joins from Great American Media and will oversee the Nexstar network’s distribution as well as affiliate relations with station groups.

Nexstar Sets Time Brokerage Deal With KAZT Phoenix

The independent station will become a CW affiliate on Feb. 1, with Nexstar providing programming and other services, including management of its sales, promotion, marketing and technical operations.

‘The Conners’ Repeats To Air On The CW In Unusual Acquisition Deal; Premiere Date Set

This is something we don’t see often — reruns of an ongoing broadcast series airing concurrently on another broadcast network in primetime. Under a deal with Lionsgate, the CW has acquired the five existing seasons of ABC’s comedy series The Conners. Back-to-back repeats of the Roseanne spinoff will air Thursdays at 8:30-9:30 p.m., flanked by original episodes of Canadian comedy imports Son of a Critch at 8 and Children Ruin Everything at 9:30. The Conners, which airs Wednesdays on ABC, will begin its CW run Jan. 4 at 8:30 p.m. with the series’ first two episodes.

Three More Nexstar Stations Becoming CW Affils On Jan. 1

WOOD Grand Rapids, Mich.; KELO Sioux Falls, S.D.; and WMBB Panama City, Fla., will carry CW’s primetime entertainment and live sports programming, on subchannels.

The CW To Air Sunday Night Movies Starting In 2024

Starting in 2024, The CW will add movies to its lineup on Sunday nights. The first will be The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, which will premiere on the network Jan. 7. Movies are a new piece of The CW’s midseason schedule, which will also include Season 3 of Son of a Critch and the debut of the I Am docuseries.

NewsNation’s GOP Debate Coverage Draws More Than 4 Million, A Drop From The Last Republican Faceoff But A Record For The Network

Viewership for the fourth Republican debate fell since the last event, drawing more than 4 million for Nexstar’s NewsNation and its simulcast on The CW. But it was a record night for NewsNation, which drew 1.6 million viewers for its debate coverage, the largest audience in its history, according to Nielsen’s early fast national numbers. Another 2.5 million watched the simulcast on The CW, giving it its most watched program since 2018. In the 25-54 demo, NewsNation drew more than 350,000 viewers and The CW drew nearly 500,000. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Nexstar CEO Says The CW Will Be At Breakeven By ‘End Of 2025’

Perry Sook said the advertising recession and the recent dual Hollywood strikes represent headwinds to getting beyond losses at broadcast network.

Chelsea Handler To Return As Host Of 2024 Critics Choice Awards

Chelsea Handler will return to host next year’s Critics Choice Awards, set for Jan. 14 on The CW, the Critics Choice Association announced on Friday. The comedian hosted the annual awards show this year.

CW Pulls ‘Run The Burbs’ & ‘Everyone Else Burns’

Two acquired series have gotten the ax at The CW. Canadian comedy Run The Burbs and British sitcom Everyone Else Burns have both been pulled from the schedule, the network has confirmed. They’ll be replaced for now with reruns of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The Great American Joke Off. The news of Everyone Else Burns comes just a few weeks after The CW ordered a second season of the critically acclaimed apocalyptic family comedy following Channel 4’s renewal of the U.K. series in August.

KUNS Seattle Dropping Univision For The CW

The move, on Jan. 1, 2024,  spells the end not only of national Spanish-language programming but also the region’s lone, locally produced TV newscast in Spanish.

The CW Adds WWE’s NXT To Sports Lineup

The CW will become the official broadcast home of WWE NXT in a new five deal that will see the showcase for WWE’s up-and-coming stars move from USA Network in October of 2024. The networks will air 52 live weekly events throughout the season, making NXT the latest addition to the CW’s growing roster of live sports, including ACC football and basketball games airing Saturdays throughout the season, and LIV Golf.

WMYD Detroit To Become CW Affiliate On Nov. 13

The Nexstar-owned network is adding the Scripps-Owned former independent as an affiliate next Monday.

CW’s ‘Superman & Lois’ To Conclude With Upcoming Fourth Season

The final 10-episode season will air in 2024.

WADL Detroit Drops Its CW Affiliation

CW programming such as FBoy Island, The Spencer Sisters and Children Ruin Everything will no longer be seen on WADL Detroit after owner Adell Broadcasting dropped the Nexstar-owned network. “They didn’t pay, that’s really what it comes down to,” WADL owner Kevin Adell said Monday. “It’s always about the Benjamins, don’t ever forget it. Everything is always about the Benjamins.”

Nexstar And ReachTV Extend Distribution Of NewsNation And The CW

Cable News Network and CW Sports Programming will air on ReachTV’s network reaching over 50 million monthly viewers in hotels and airports nationwide.

The CW Moves ‘FBoy Island’ To Fridays

CW Gives Early Season 2 Renewal To UK Comedy ‘Everyone Else Burns’

The CW has picked up a second season of U.K. comedy Everyone Else Burns ahead of the show’s first season debuting on the U.S. broadcaster. Part of the CW’s acquisition-heavy fall slate, a programming lineup set by new owner Nexstar to avoid impacts of the now-ended writers strike and ongoing actors strike, Everyone Else Burns Season 1 originally aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. in January. It will premiere Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on the CW.

The CW Adds Two More Scripted Shows For 2024

Wild Cards, starring Vanessa Morgan and Giacomo Gianniotti, and Sight Unseen are set to premiere next year.