The CW has ordered new seasons of Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries.

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In the first raft of renewals by The CW cult favourites Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries have been given new season orders. The two shows, two of the most popular programmes on the broadcaster, were widely expected to be renewed. While they have both suffered from lower ratings than in previous year that’s the case for all of The CW’s shows.

The Vampire Diaries, starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, will return for a fourth season. The season three finale, due to air later this month, will likely reveal the fate as to which characters will be sticking around in Mystic Falls and which will depart to ‘the other-side’. Actor Matt Davis, who plays Alaric Saltzman, has been cast in The CW’s new pilot Cult from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage putting his future with The Vampire Diaries in question.

Supernatural will be back for an 8th season as Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki once again play the Winchesters. It was recently announced that Jeremy Carver had been appointed the new show-runner for Supernatural taking over from Sera Gamble; the news was widely seen as confirmation the series would be back for an 8th season.

As yet The CW has not revealed the fates of The Secret Circle, Ringer, Nikita, Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie. Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, is widely expected to be cancelled because of its poor performance in the latter half of its run. Similarly Nikita, starring Maggie Q, is also expected to be cancelled because of its low ratings. Teen drama Gossip Girl is widely tipped to be renewed for a sixth and final season while Hart of Dixie is seen as a “bubble show! Witchy drama The Secret Circle is widely expected to be renewed.

[Written by James Ryder]

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