Friday Feeling: CW renews ‘Walker’ and 11 other shows

"Walker" airs Thursday nights on The CW. (Graphic: The CW)

Walker is indeed coming back to the CW saddle, as the freshman drama has not only been picked up for a second season, but the CW has also ordered five more episodes this season: leading to a total of 18 episodes.  A reboot of the classic Chuck Norris series that aired on CBS from 1993 to 2001, Walker stars Jared Padalecki (who is also one of the show’s executive producers) as Cordell Walker, a Texas Ranger with his own moral code who returns home after a two-year undercover mission – only to find there is more work to be done, as he and his new female partner sets out to uphold justice in Texas.  Now widowed, Walker sets out to reconnect with his family while trying to uncover the truth behind his wife’s death.  Walker‘s premiere became the highest debut in the CW’s history over the last five years.

Also given early renewals for next season are Batwoman with Javicia Leslie breaking ground as the first black actress to play Batwoman: succeeding Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane as Ryan Wilder, a young woman who’s about to become powerful when she decides to take on the mantle of the Scarlet Knight against the criminals and the corrupt.  After being on Fridays last season, Charmed (season 4) brings the Power of Three back to Sundays, as the Vera sisters are now on a mission to save both magic and the world, but one of them may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The new season of The Flash doesn’t start until March, but it is already in the fast lane to be renewed for a eighth season with Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, a forensic scientist who was struck by lightning: giving him the ability to become the Fastest Man Alive.  Now, Barry Allen is about to face his most challenging mission of all as not only the Flash, but as the Paragon of Love: rescuing his wife Iris from the Mirrorverse.  Debuting February 23 is Superman & Lois, which has been picked for two more episodes this season with Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as the titular characters facing the trials and tribulations of career and family in today’s world.

Renewed next season are All AmericanRiverdaleNancy DrewLegaciesDynastyIn The DarkRoswell, New Mexico and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, as the latter four are set to air their current seasons sometime this spring.

Black Lightning, which returns this Monday, and Supergirl are ending their successful runs this season.

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