The '80s live on at The CW: modest-performing "The Carrie Diaries" will return next season, along with spy drama "Nikita." And the network is adding four dramas to its 2013-14 schedule, most rapt in the sci-fi world.
That takes "Nikita," which averages around 1 million viewers, into its fourth season — and according to the show's executive producer Craig Silverstein, it will be an abbreviated run, possibly indicating a final season for the show. The network will announce episode counts — and its fate — next week at their Upfronts presentation in New York. "The Carrie Diaries," the "Sex and the City" prequel, also averaged around 1 million viewers and will head into a second season. The silver lining that worked in favor of both shows getting another season is they perform well on Hulu.
Meanwhile, joining the previously ordered "Vampire Diaries" spinoff "The Originals" for next season are "The Tomorrow People," "The 100," 'Reign" and "Star-Crossed."
"The Tomorrow People," a reboot of the British '70s sci-fi series, centers on, naturally, a group of young people — ones that possess special powers (teleportation, telepathy) and represent the next stage in human evolution. And as expected, they work together to fend off evil. The series comes "Arrow's" Greg Berlanti and "The Vampire Diaries'" Julie Plec — the latter of which seems to be an enchanting force for the network, upping her tally to three shows on the CW.
If that group doesn't sound fun to hang with, maybe a spaceship and a nuclear war is more your style? "The 100" is a post-nuclear war drama, in which a spaceship sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to look into re-colonizing.
And what would the CW be without a little young love? "Reign" focuses on 15-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, as she arrives in France and is betrothed to Prince Frances. There are rivals, sex and period costumes! Then there's "Star-Crossed." Previously titled "Oxygen," it tells the love story of a human girl (played by "Friday Night Lights" alum Aimee Teegarden) and an alien boy ("90210's" Matt Lanter).
The series join previously renewed "Arrow," "The Vampire Diaries," "Hart of Dixie," "Supernatural" and "Beauty and the Beast."