Riverdale survives the cull as The CW cancels more than half its shows

Hit Netflix show Riverdale has survived the cull after The CW cancelled more than half its shows in a surprise move.

Charmed, Dynasty, Roswell New Mexico and The 4400 are among nine shows cancelled by the broadcaster this year since it was revealed the network was up for sale.

Riverdale season 7

However, one fan-favourite show that isn’t being cancelled is Riverdale after The CW confirmed the show would definitely return for season 7.

Decider reports that when show-runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was asked whether the sixth season would be the last, he replied: “One of the great gifts about this season is we are exploring, yet again, a different genre, and I hope fans really respond to it. But there’s still so many things to discover about these characters.

“Things have only just started! There’s so much more to come. There’s still juice in the tank, as far as I’m concerned at least. As long as the show remains meaningful to people and people are invested in it, there’s definitely, gas in the tank.”

In December 2021 Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper, sent fans into a spin during an Instagram Live in which she said season 7 would “probably be the last one”.

However, Riverdale is one of the few shows to receive a renewal from the network this year alongside The Flash (renewed for a ninth season) and Nancy Drew (renewed for its fourth season).

Some fans label it a ‘bloodbath’

However, many fans aren’t happy the network has axed some of their favourite shows, such as Naomi, in favour of renewing long-running Riverdale.

One Twitter user even described the cancellations as a “bloodbath”:

Some fans joked the network has cancelled so many shows so it can pump money into the much-loved show, which started life as an Archie‘s comics-inspired high-school drama with loads of supernatural moments:

Speaking about the renewals in a statement in March 2022, The CW Network chairman and chief executive Mark Pedowitz said: “As we prepare for the 2022-23 season, these scripted series, along with the alternative series we renewed earlier, will serve as the start of a solid foundation utilising some of our most-watched series for us to build on for next year and beyond.

“These dramas are also important to our overall digital strategy as they are some of our most-streamed and socially engaged programming, and we look forward to adding more new and returning series to help strengthen and expand our multi-platform footprint.”

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