It is official: The LightningThe upcoming ninth season will be the last.
The CW announced Monday that its Grant Gustin-directed DC Comics superhero drama from Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti Productions will wrap up with a 13-episode final airing. The conclusion of one of the network’s most-watched shows will air in 2023 as part of mid-season programming. Production on the final season begins next month.
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“Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City and taking audiences on an emotional journey of heart, humor and spectacle. And now Barry Allen has reached the starting gate for his final race,” executive producer/showrunner Eric Wallace said in a statement Monday. “So many great people have poured their talents, time and love into bringing this wonderful show to life every week. As we prepare to honor the incredible legacy of the series with our exciting final chapter, I’d like to thank our phenomenal cast, writers, producers and crew over the years who helped create it The Lightning such an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.”
news that The Lightning drawing to a close was much speculation before season 9 was officially announced as part of The CW’s early renewal in March. The series was supposed to end with its eighth season, but both the network and the studio were able to land lead actor Gustin and co-stars, including Candice Patton, on new deals. That paved the way for a ninth season, and Wallace and company to rework the final season’s ending, which was initially slated to be the final season given rumors of the series’ conclusion last year.
Season eight ended its run as one of The CW’s most-watched shows of the past 2021-22 broadcast cycle, averaging over 1 million viewers and one of the most-streamed series on digital platforms.
The Lightning was among The CW’s early ventures into DC Comics under executive producer Berlanti. The shared universe helped redefine The CW and bring male viewers to a previously female network. Remaining DC properties set to join The Lightning included on The CW’s 2022-23 schedule Superman & Lois (season three) and rookie Gotham Knights. The latter will join The Lightning in 2023.
Scheduled for the formal finale The Lightningthe series follows the Warner Bros. televised drama Riverdale as a series ending in the 2022-23 season. The completion of both shows comes amid The CW’s reduced original script offerings as the younger network is on the sale block and broadcaster Nexstar is close to a deal to buy it from owners Warner Bros. TV and CBS Studios.
After more shows were canceled than renewed/ordered for the first time in more than a decade, The CW’s scripted roster also includes All Americans and its spin-off, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Superman & Lois, Walker and beginners Gotham Knights, Walker: Independence and supernatural precursor The Winchesters.
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