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The Vampire Diaries and Arrow renewed for fifth and second seasons

The Vampire Diaries

Story by Jack Foley

THE Vampire Diaries and Arrow have both been renewed for new seasons by the CW.

The former show, which is executive produced by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, will get a fifth season, thereby taking it past the 100 episode threshold, while Arrow will return for its sophomore run.

Another of the channel’s longest running shows, Supernatural, will also return with a ninth season.

Announcing the early pick-ups, Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, told The Hollywood Reporter: “We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit Arrow and fan favourite Supernatural on Wednesday night, and the continued success of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that.

“Not only do Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season.”

The Vampire Diaries, in particular, is one of The CW’s strongest performing assets, not only attracting consistently high viewing figures, but also providing a launch-pad for several other shows in the US.

It is also intending to launch its own spin-off called The Originals

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