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Scheduling sure things aren't always sure things.
Both NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show" and the CW's "Vampire Diaries" spin-off "The Originals" had been ordered to series well before the upfronts, and it seemed obvious how their respective networks would schedule them: "Michael J. Fox" would be used to anchor a night and lead into a lower-profile comedy, while "Originals" would get to spend a season airing after "Vampire Diaries." Instead, NBC opted to put Fox's sitcom on Thursdays at 9:30, airing after another sitcom with a beloved former NBC star, Sean Hayes' "Sean Saves the World," while the CW put "The Originals" on Tuesdays at 8, and will use "Vampire Diaries" as a lead-in to its young Mary, Queen of Scots drama "Reign." NBC's executives didn't make themselves available to the press to explain any of their decisions, but the CW's Mark Pedowitz said he felt "The Originals" could stand on its own, while "Reign" needed the best possible lead-in he could give it.