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CW 2018-19 Season Ratings (updated 7/23/19)

Last season, The CW launched four new scripted TV shows during the regular season and cancelled two of them. This time around, the network will be programming six nights a week, instead of five. How many shows will be cancelled or renewed during the 2018-19 season? Stay tuned.

There's lots of data that network execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. These charts will be updated daily, as new ratings data becomes available.

CW shows (so far): The 100, All American, Arrow, The Big Stage, Black Lightning, Burden of Truth, Charmed, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, In the Dark, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Legacies, Masters of Illusion, My Last Days, The Outpost, Pandora, Riverdale, Roswell New Mexico, Supergirl, and Supernatural.

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Beyoncé, Sara Bareilles Vie for First Emmys as Ramin Djawadi Looks to Reclaim Throne

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Beyoncé, Sara Bareilles Vie for First Emmys as Ramin Djawadi Looks to Reclaim Throne
Beyoncé and Sara Bareilles could add Emmy trophies to their awards shelves this year, having been nominated in key music categories Tuesday by the Television Academy.

Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” special on Netflix was nominated in six categories, and four of those include a nod for the pop superstar herself. Only one of those is in a music category; she’s nominated for music direction of a variety special alongside co-music director Derek Dixie (a first-time nominee). Her other nods are as a producer, co-director and writer of the special.

Bareilles, nominated last year for her performance as Mary Magdalene in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” was cited this year as co-songwriter of a new song on CBS’s Tony Awards, “This One’s for You.” Her co-host on that show, Josh Groban, shares the nomination and is up for his first Emmy.

They were the most high-profile performers cited by Emmy voters in the seven music categories.
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Emmy Nominations: Game of Thrones' Epic Record, Rent's 'Live' Eligibility, a Pop'd Cherry and Lots More Fun Facts

As nominations for the 71st Emmy Awards continue to be processed, TVLine drills down to take a look at some of the quieter (and fun) trends.

HBO Reclaims Throne | With a record-breaking 137 total nods, HBO reclaimed its title as most-nominated outlet — after having its 17-year streak broken in 2018 by that plucky upstart, Netflix (which this year amassed 117). Amazon meanwhile more than doubled its previous record, by collecting 47 total nods — fueled in part by Fleabag‘s 11 nominations (including for Outstanding Comedy).

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Emmy Predictions for Comedy: Watch Out, ‘Mrs. Maisel” — ‘Veep’ Is Back in Town

Emmy Predictions for Comedy: Watch Out, ‘Mrs. Maisel” — ‘Veep’ Is Back in Town
Like the Emmy drama categories, the comedy field may well be dominated by an HBO show in the final season of a run that has already garnered lots of awards. While “Game of Thrones” is that show in drama, “Veep” is it in comedy. The series’ last three seasons have all won the Outstanding Drama Series prize, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award the last six years she’s been eligible.

But “Veep” and Louis-Dreyfus are not the defending champions in their categories, because her breast-cancer treatment delayed production and took the show out of the running last year. In its absence, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and its star, Rachel Brosnahan, took those awards. So the last two winners will duke it out for nominations, along with five-time champ “Modern Family” and the final season of four-time nominee “The Big Bang Theory.
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Gina Rodriguez to Play Potus in Her Diary of a Female President for Disney+

Gina Rodriguez to Play Potus in Her Diary of a Female President for Disney+
Gina Rodriguez is set to play the titular potential Potus in Diary of a Female President, the series she is executive-producing for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service.

The recipient of a 10-episode, straight-to-series order back in January, the project follows Elena, a 12-year-old, Cuban-American girl (via the narration of her diary), as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.

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Rachel Bloom (‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’) on this being a ‘parody of the career I dreamed of having’ [Complete Interview Transcript]

Rachel Bloom (‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’) on this being a ‘parody of the career I dreamed of having’ [Complete Interview Transcript]
Rachel Bloom just wrapped a major era of her career as the co-creator, writer, songwriter and star of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” for CW Network. The show aired for four seasons and earned two Emmys, with Bloom herself winning a Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Award and TCA Award.

Bloom recently spoke with Gold Derby contributing editor Rob Licuria about wrapping up “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” the impact the show has had on its viewers and what’s next for her. Watch the exclusive video interview above and read the complete transcript below.

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Gold Derby: Rachel, for four seasons you’ve been a writer, creator, songwriter, star of the show and I’m guessing probably craft services, makeup, lighting all the other things, too. It seems like you just do everything and it sounds really exhausting. Have you been resting since the show wrapped?

Rachel Bloom: I have.
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19 TV Show References That Help Us Through Life

References are certainly an important part of making any TV show memorable. Sometimes it's a funny and relatable saying that sticks around, or a tradition from a TV friend group that transcends into your own life, whatever it may be they're a way for the audience to connect with the characters on screen.

Some shows are iconic and known for their ability to create standout references; a few include Grey's Anatomy, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother. Any show centered around humor is a good candidate to produce such references.

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You may find yourself using these references as you go through life, whether you're experiencing a funk and trying one of the coping mechanisms offered, or are looking to have slapsgiving with friends. Whatever it is, we've compiled a list of the ones we found the most memorable.
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Women with the write stuff: Emmy race for Best Comedy Actress could have more scribes than ever before

Women with the write stuff: Emmy race for Best Comedy Actress could have more scribes than ever before
More and more women are telling their own stories on TV, and many of those stories could have happy endings at the Emmys this year. The race for Best Comedy Actress could include a surprising number of comedy writers. Last year the only two nominees who wrote for their own shows were Pamela Adlon (“Better Things“) and Issa Rae (“Insecure”), but this year there could be many more.

According to our latest odds, three of the top six likely contenders for Best Comedy Actress are also writers on their shows. Adlon wrote and directed the entirety of season three of “Better Things,” and we think she’ll be back. We’re also betting on Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who wrote all of “Fleabag” and Natasha Lyonne, who co-created “Russian Doll,” wrote multiple episodes, and directed the season finale. Based on the combined predictions of thousands of Gold Derby users, Lyonne ranks fourth
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How TV is Putting the ‘B’ in Lgbtq — And Why It Matters

How TV is Putting the ‘B’ in Lgbtq — And Why It Matters
“Mom. Dad. I know you don’t want to talk about this, but I do. I might get married to a man, like you so clearly want. And I might not. Because this is not a phase, and I need you to understand that. I’m bisexual.” That’s Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s resident no-nonsense detective, pouring out her heart to her parents in the show’s landmark 100th episode. To which her dad (Danny Trejo) stoically replies, “There’s no such thing as being bisexual.”

Beatriz,
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How TV Failed Me on Bisexuality — And Then Got Its Act Together (Column)

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How TV Failed Me on Bisexuality — And Then Got Its Act Together (Column)
Carrie Bradshaw never met a sexual inclination she wouldn’t hear out — until she encountered bisexuality.

“I’m not even sure bisexuality exists,” she complains in a season 3 episode of “Sex and the City,” the HBO comedy named for her supposedly open-minded sex advice column. “I think it’s just a layover on the way to Gaytown.”

Carrie spends the entire episode of “Boy Girl Boy Girl” dating a 26 year-old bisexual man and gritting her teeth about him “choosing” to date both men and women. Besides open-minded sexual explorer Samantha (who shrugs that he’s “evolved”), Carrie’s friends share her disdain with relish. Miranda insists that he’s “greedy” and “double dipping”; Charlotte sniffs that he should “just pick a side and stay there.”

Eventually, Carrie eventually writes off his sexual orientation as a quirk of belonging to a younger generation. As she finally leaves him behind at a
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Trolls World Tour gets a first trailer

Following yesterday’s posters and images for Trolls World Tour, DreamWorks has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming animated sequel which sees Poppy and company setting out to create harmony among the various Trolls tribes in an effort to save music. Check it out here…

Continuing where the first film left off, it’s all glitter and happiness in Troll Town until Queen Poppy and Branch make a surprising discovery — there are other Troll worlds beyond their own, each defined by a different genre of music. When a mysterious threat puts all the Trolls across the land in danger, Poppy, Branch, and their band of friends must embark on an epic quest through unfamiliar terrain to do the impossible: create harmony among the diverse Trolls to unite them against certain doom.

Trolls World Tour is set for release April 2020 and sees Anna Kendrick (Poppy), Justin Timberlake (Branch), James Corden
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Mary J. Blige, Rachel Bloom, Kenan Thompson, J Balvin, Ozzy Osbourne & More Hop On ‘Trolls World Tour’

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The sequel to Dreamworks Animation’s $346M-plus grossing hit Trolls, Trolls World Tour, has added a slew of voiceover castmembers including two-time Oscar nominee and multi-platinum recording artists Mary J. Blige, Grammy-nominated artist J Balvin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom, Pitch Perfect‘s Ester Dean, Gustavo Dudamel (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms), Grammy-winning rocker Ozzy Osbourne, Grammy-winning artist Anderson .Paak, SNL‘s Emmy Award winner Kenan Thompson, The Disaster Artist actress/comedienne Charlyne Yi, and funk legend George Clinton.

The pic from director Walt Dohrn hits theaters on April 17, 2020 and will expand the series’ music genres across pop, country and hip-hop, to hard rock, funk, K-pop and Edm and beyond.

Today’s cast announcement joins already in place Anna Kendrick (Poppy), Justin Timberlake (Branch), James Corden (Biggie), Ron Funches (Cooper), Caroline Hjelt (Chenille), Aino Jawo (Satin), and Kunal Nayyar (Guy Diamond), and new characters voiced by Flula Borg, Kelly Clarkson,
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Rachel Bloom Reflects on Journey to Embrace Herself in Style

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Rachel Bloom Reflects on Journey to Embrace Herself in Style
Like her character Rebecca Bunch in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom journeyed to find herself, fashion-wise. “There had been efforts to minimize my bust and not showcase my curves to fit a more acceptable, ‘high-fashion’ look,” says Bloom, whose most recent awards look epitomizes how much she’s grown. “[It] felt like truly embracing who I was: a curvy girl who wanted to feel like a princess.”

2016 (Golden Globes)

“When Christian Siriano sent me a list of potential [Golden Globe] dress designs, this one immediately jumped off the page because it looked exactly like a drawing I’d made in third grade of ‘future me’ winning an award,” says Bloom, whose teacher didn’t condone the cleavage in that design. “Twenty years later, it felt badass to walk down the red carpet in a dress that was too scandalous for third grade.” Bloom won the Globe for portraying Rebecca Bunch. “Because
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Rachel Bloom admits ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ is the ‘parody of the career I dreamed of having’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Rachel Bloom admits ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ is the ‘parody of the career I dreamed of having’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It’s like fan fiction about your own life and I am immensely grateful and constantly overwhelmed,” admits Rachel Bloom about her comedy musical series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which recently wrapped after four successful seasons on the CW. Watch our exclusive video interview with Bloom above.

See Emmy spotlight: Rachel Bloom deserves recognition for taking ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ to darker, truthful places

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” was co-created by Bloom and “The Devil Wears Prada” screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, in which she also stars as Rebecca Bunch, who flees a successful career in New York to pursue her first love Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) in West Covina, California. To celebrate the series finale, the show culminated in a big splashy live variety special at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, in which many of the show’s musical numbers were played in front of fans.

“When I saw my name on the Radio City marquee,
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From Alan Yang to Tanya Saracho, Showrunners Find New Rewards in Directing

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From Alan Yang to Tanya Saracho, Showrunners Find New Rewards in Directing
Film is often referred to as a director’s medium, while in television the writer, or at least the showrunner, is the one with the most control. Some select few, though, give themselves the opportunity to be hybrids, not only crafting the story on the page but also stepping behind the camera to shape notable episodes of their shows visually.

Directing, says Alan Yang, “is really having a vision, having a specific tone and world and story in mind, and communicating that vision to a team of expert people who can execute that vision for you and with you. And that feels so much like the job of running a show as well, so they go hand-in-hand.”

Yang recently directed a handful of episodes of his Amazon comedy “Forever,” including the pivotal premiere and finale, as well as the stand-alone, multi-year-spanning “Andre and Sarah” episode. Yang was able to balance
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From ‘Russian Doll’ to ‘Vida’: Exploring the Blurry Genre Lines of Peak TV

Just as in those 1970s-era Reese’s peanut-butter cups commercials — “You got peanut butter on my chocolate!” “You got chocolate in my peanut butter!” — comedy and drama are commingling more than ever in the age of peak TV. But such blurring of lines can cause complications when it comes to pitching and marketing series, let alone competing in more traditionally defined Emmy categories.

Streaming service Amazon used to divide its development teams into half-hour and hour-long format groups, rather than by genre. This is how comedy co-heads Ryan Andolina and Gina Kwon came to develop the dramatic “Homecoming,” a multi time-period thriller about an experimental treatment program for soldiers with Ptsd, based on Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz’s podcast of the same name.

“We thought tackling this tone in 30 minutes was super groundbreaking and wanted to hopefully inspire more creators to make half-hour dramas,” Kwon says.

Adds Andolina: “Half-hour
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‘Andi Mack’s Lilan Bowden To Direct Comedy ‘Becoming Eddie’ From Ed Lee

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‘Andi Mack’s Lilan Bowden To Direct Comedy ‘Becoming Eddie’ From Ed Lee
Andi Mack star Lilan Bowden will sit in the director’s chair for Becoming Eddie a comedy short from Ed Lee. The two have partnered to launch a fundraising campaign for the project which puts the lens on growing up as an Asian American kid in the 1980s, a time when first-generation children of immigrants were expected to assimilate.

Written by Lee and based on his own experiences, the film follows a Korean American boy in ’80s New Jersey who makes a wish to be popular with his mostly white classmates, then wakes up with the voice of the world’s most famous foul-mouthed standup comedian. Helen Hong, who is known for her role in The Thundermans and recently starred in the untitled Jessica Gao pilot, will co-produce and star alongside Charles Kim. Joyce Liu-Countryman is set to produce.
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Why Comedies From ‘Veep’ to ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Utilize Real-World Settings

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Gone are the days when the worlds of such characters as Lucy Ricardo, Mary Richards and Jerry Seinfeld were largely limited to living rooms, workplaces and a handful of fixed locales. Since shifting toward single-camera storytelling, world-building in television comedy has radically expanded, providing rich universes — environments frequently shot off soundstages on location — for mining laughs and building stories.

For “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino set a high bar after finally breaking away from studio lots.

“Seeing the cars, re-creating Greenwich Village, re-creating midtown, re-creating the Upper West Side as it was just added another dimension of storytelling,” says Sherman-Palladino. “We insisted very early that the show be shot in New York because it’s the story of a woman whose world is very small, and as she expands, her world has to expand and we must see that world. We had to be out
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of CW TV Shows

Below, you'll find a list of The CW and CW Seed's recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their current status. To see a series' ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column.

The series include The 100, All-American, Arrow, Batwoman, The Big Stage, Black Lightning, Bulletproof, Burden of Truth, Charmed, Constantine: City of Demons, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, Hypnotize Me, I Ship It, In the Dark, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Katy Keene, Legacies, Life Sentence, Masters of Illusion, My Last Days, Mysteries Decoded, Nancy Drew, The Originals, The Outposts, Pandora, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Red Bull Peaking, Riverdale, Roswell New Mexico, Supergirl, Supernatural, Two Sentence Horror Stories, Vixen, Whose Line Is It Anyway? ...
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The Best New Shows of 2019, So Far

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The Best New Shows of 2019, So Far
With so many excellent series ending in 2019, it’s time to start looking toward new beginnings. “Broad City,” “You’re the Worst,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Easy,” and “Veep” have all ended already, but there are a slew of exciting series looking to fill the void in your viewing schedule.

Luckily, many of the best are advancing the medium, as well. Some toy with genre and format. Others push the boundaries of what kind of stories can be told and who gets to tell them.

But the best new TV shows of 2019 all get off on the right foot by refusing to repeat what came before. Now is a time to look forward, not back, so binge accordingly.

Below is IndieWire’s mid-year ranking of the best new shows so far. To winnow the field, only scripted offerings were considered, and the cut-off date to premiere was the same as the Emmy
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