The network announced the news ahead of its session at the Television Critics Association conference in Pasadena, California today. Along with the four DC superhero series, the network also renewed Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for a third season, Jane the Virgin for a fourth season and the beloved cult series, Supernatural, for a thirteenth season.
Network president Mark Pedowtiz said during his executive session that while seasons of other shows can run for shorter periods of time, DC series lend themselves to more traditional network schedules. Instead of sitting at 12 or 14 episodes a season, for example, DC series can sustain themselves for a longer, more dedicated season.
Pedowitz also reiterated that the network has no plans to end production on Supernatural anytime soon. The show, which premiered on Sept. 13, 2005, is one of the network’s staple series. Pedowitz confirmed that as long as stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles want to continue working on it, they’ll always have a home at the network.
The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl are all currently on a mid-season hiatus. The shows will return the week of Jan. 23.