It’s official: The lightningIts upcoming ninth season will be its last.
The CW announced Monday that the DC Comics superhero drama from Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti Productions, led by Grant Gustin, will end with a final series of 13 episodes. The conclusion of one of the network’s most popular shows will air in 2023 as part of the midseason roster. Production on the final season will begin next month.
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“Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City, taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humor and spectacle. And now Barry Allen has arrived at the starting gate for his final race,” executive producer/host Eric Wallace said in a statement Monday. “So many amazing people have given their talents, time and love to bring this wonderful show to life every week. So, as we prepare to honor the show’s incredible legacy with our exciting final chapter, I want to thank our amazing cast, writers, producers and crew over the years who have helped create The lightning such an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.”
News that The lightning is nearing its end has been widely speculated since before a ninth season was officially announced as part of the CW’s early March renewals. The series was set to end with an eighth season, but both the network and the studio were able to sign lead Gustin and co-stars, including Candice Patton, to new deals. This paved the way for season nine and Wallace and company to rework last season’s ending, which was originally scripted as the final season, as rumors of the show’s end had been circulating for much of the past year.
The eighth season finished its run as one of the CW’s most popular shows of the previous 2021-22 broadcast cycle, averaging 1 million viewers and ranking among the most streamed series on digital platforms.
The lightning was one of the CW’s first ventures into DC Comics properties under executive producer Berlanti. The shared universe helped redefine The CW and attract male viewers to what was previously a female-driven network. The remaining DC properties are set to connect The lightning on the CW schedule for 2022-23 include Superman and Lois (third season) and rookie Gotham Knights. The latter will join The lightning in 2023.
With the official finale set The lightningthe series joins the Warner Bros. television drama production Riverdale as a streak ending the 2022-23 season. The completion of both shows comes amid a reduced volume of CW originals as the newest skewed network is on the selling block, with station conglomerate Nexstar close to a deal to buy it from owners Warner Bros. TV and CBS Studios.
After canceling more shows than it renewed/ordered for the first time in more than a decade, The CW’s script also includes All American and its spinoff, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Superman & Lois, Walker and rookies Gotham Knights, Walker: Independence and Supernatural prequel The Winchesters.
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