As the CW starts rolling out its fall schedule, the network is giving a confidence boost to the two new series that will be seeking back orders: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and sophomore iZombie. Both have been given orders for five additional scripts a day ahead of iZombie‘s second-season opener Tuesday night and ahead of comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s series premiere October 12.
The CW employed the same strategy last fall with its two hot newcomers, The Flash and Jane The Virgin, both of which received orders for three additional scripts a couple of weeks ahead of their debuts. Both went on to earn full-season orders and second-season renewals.
Like was the case with The Flash and Jane The Virgin, the script orders came after the CW had been pleased with the post-pilot episodes of the two series, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s transition from half-hour to hourlong format (the series created by and starring Rachel Bloom was originally developed and piloted as a half-hour comedy by Showtime). Rob Thomas’ zom-dram-rom-com iZombie starring Rose McIver has a 13-episode Season 2 order as it launched in midseason.