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Superman & Lois strong-arms a second season from CW after an impressive debut

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As a DC-slash-CW property, Superman & Lois was never really at risk of disposal: Not only is it part of an actual comic book legacy, it’s also on a network that doesn’t really let go of a show unless the ratings are in absolute dire condition. That said, the network announced a second season renewal for the new series on Tuesday—just one week after the show’s premiere. Considering that the CW’s typical deluge of renewals tends to occur a little later in may (or during its TCA presentation in January/early February), this sudden renewal really speaks more to the success of the pilot.

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“The phenomenal multi-platform debut of Superman & Lois, which delivered for us in a big way on both a linear and streaming basis, is a testament to the creativity, hard work and dedication of the talented people who worked tirelessly in front of and behind the camera, especially in this challenging environment,” CW CEO Mark Pedowitz said in a recent press release. “We are thrilled to now have two brand-new bonafide hits in Superman & Lois and Walker, both of which have been renewed for next season along with 11 other of our shows, further positioning us for continued strength and stability for next season.”

Superman & Lois debuted on February 23 to 1.75 million total live viewers, which is a two-year high for its 8 PM EST timeslot. This iteration stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as the titular duo, who are raising two teenage sons. Caroline Siede checked out the premiere for The A.V. Club. Here’s what she had to say in her recap:

Instead, the biggest surprise of Superman & Lois is simply where it chooses to put its focus. Though Superman gets a shadowy villain who’s eventually (and intriguingly) revealed to be “Captain Luthor,” Superman & Lois is first and foremost interested in adult character drama, which makes it unique for both the superhero genre and The CW’s usual teen focus. While Superman & Lois has a certain cinematic, golden-hued, slow-motion-heavy aesthetic that calls to mind Zack Snyder’s current big screen take on the Man Of Steel, it equally feels like a years-later sequel to The WB’s Smallville series. One where Lois and Clark are now facing the grown-up issues of Ma and Pa Kent.