The CW is extending the run of two of their newer shows. The network has handed out partial back-orders to freshman comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and comic book drama iZombie, which is now in its second season. Crazy Ex Girlfriend has received a 5 episode back-order, while iZombie has been picked up for an additional six episodes.
The back-orders are big signs of confidence from the network, who have been high on both series, which have a decent critical reception but only OK ratings. CW execs previously signalled that confidence early on when they ordered additional scripts for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend back in early October, before either had premiered. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s first season will now consist of 18 episodes, while iZombie will produce a 19 episode second season.
Both show’s have been relatively modest performers for The CW. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been struggling to make much of a dent in its Monday night slot, with the most recent episode averaged a live+same day audience of 0.9 million viewers and a 0.3 demo rating. iZombie has been doing better, with a live+same day audience of 1.4 million viewers/0.6 A18-49 rating, more or less in line with the season one average audience.
iZombie follows Liv, a med-student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the Coroner’s Office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat so that she can maintain her humanity. With every brain she eats, she inherits the corpse’s memories. In order to quiet the voices in her head she teams with a police detective and her boss to solve homicide cases. The drama is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and David Anders.
Originally developed for Showtime as a half-hour series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is an hour-long dramedy which stars Rebecca Bloom as a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, California. CBS Television Studios is producing, with Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna and Marc Wenn executive producing.