All American and the best CW shows not coming back in 2023

All American -- “Now That We’ve Found Love” -- Image Number: ALA520a_0747r -- Pictured (L - R): Daniel Ezra as Spencer James and Samantha Logan as Olivia Baker -- Photo: Troy Harvey/The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
All American -- “Now That We’ve Found Love” -- Image Number: ALA520a_0747r -- Pictured (L - R): Daniel Ezra as Spencer James and Samantha Logan as Olivia Baker -- Photo: Troy Harvey/The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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Walker Independence
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Best CW shows not coming in 2023: Canceled CW shows

While it was time for The Flash and Riverdale to take their respective bows as long running programs on The CW, we’d be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to pay homage to some of the original series that took their last bows in the 2022-2023 TV season despite the quality of their content, devoted fanbases, and comparatively better viewership than what the network has aired in its place.

Walker Independence

The freshman series stood out as a period piece on CW that found its audience, yes, in part because it is a spin-off of Walker but also because it was that darn good. The show, which follows Abigail Walker, takes place in the 1800s in the small town of Independence, TX.

Its 13 episode run tells the twisting tale of the murder of Abigail’s husband and the mystery surrounding the town sheriff’s involvement. Assuming a false identity, Abby is determined to bring the sheriff to justice and along the away makes friends with a motley, misfit crew that includes an outlaw, a Pinkerton spy, the deputy sheriff, an Apache tracker, and a restaurateur/laundry mat owner/seamster with a hidden past.


This DC TV series was the lone teen superhero drama to take off on the network (Smallville got its start on WB first). Running for three seasons, the story of Courtney Whitmore’s transformation into a crime fighting high schooler who stumbles into the gig won hearts over in its first season and her fan base was loyal.

Before Stargirl, all of The CW’s superhero roster focused on grown adults coming into their powers or avenging the fallen in their cities. They weren’t necessarily coming-of-age stories. And, while they could appeal to a broad audience, they didn’t focus on the realities of being a hero at a young age especially when stepping into the shoes of a tried and true legend.

You add the action-packed fight sequences this series was known for into the mix and a Disney-esque romance between the lead and a villain’s son, and you have magic that can’t be replicated or duplicated.

Kung Fu

The theme you’ll find recurring on this list of shows that won’t be back in 2023 due to cancellation, is family. Whether that be the one you’re born into or the one you find. For Kung Fu, it’s the former. The martial arts drama made a big splash when it debuted in 2021 and is a reboot of the ’70s series by the same name.

In this iteration, Nicky Chen’s decision to join a monastery in China not only illuminated for her what she wanted to do in life, but it also set her on a path that would have her combating the assassin who killed Pei-Ling, her mentor. Kung Fu proved that the network’s DC TV show’s weren’t the only programs capable of blending compelling storytelling and high octane action sequences.

Nancy Drew

The CW had the best modern adaptation of Nancy Drew in the franchise’s history, period. This is thanks to the stellar writing on the series and the commanding force that is Kennedy McMann in the titular role.

Taking place in Horseshoe Bay, MN, the series follows Nancy in the wake of her mother’s death as she discovers Dead Lucy, the town legend, isn’t just a figment of folklore and that a recent murder has ties to a cover-up that’s about to blow her life and sense of self sky high. The show takes liberties with the source material that die hard fans may object to it, but it’s also spooky, mysterious, hilarious, good fun and one of the best shows to ever grace television.

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