The CW's 2013-2014 schedule splits up 'Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals'
'Reign' and 'Tomorrow People' get plum time slots in overhauled roster
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That's the number of shows from The CW's current schedule that will be in the exact same place on The CW's 2013-2014 schedule, which was announced on Thursday (May 16) morning.
Not surprisingly, "The Vampire Diaries" and "Arrow" are the two shows representing bedrock stability on The CW's schedule and it's also not surprising that The CW is using both dramas to launch new shows in the fall, though it's at least somewhat surprising what one of those shows is.
Let's go through The CW's schedule night by night, shall we?
Monday will see "Hart of Dixie" shift back to one of its old haunts, airing at 8 p.m. and leading into "Beauty and the Beast." Thanks to astoundingly low ratings from the Monday 9 p.m. hour this year with "Gossip Girl" and "90210," The CW almost won't need to worry if "Beauty and the Beast" ratings plummet without "The Vampire Diaries" as a lead-in.
On Tuesdays comes The CW's first surprise. The "Vampire Diaries" spinoff "The Originals" will air in the 8 p.m. hour, without any ties to its sire, as most people expected. The spinoff will lead into "Supernatural," has has seen an audience resurgence this season paired with "Arrow."
"Arrow" will still lead off Wednesday and will be used to launch the folks-with-extraordinary-abilities drama "The Tomorrow People." Yes, that schedule will make it The Night of the Amells, as Stephen stars on "Arrow" and cousin Robbie is one of the leads in "The Tomorrow People."
On Thursday, "The Vampire Diaries" will remain at 8 p.m. and The CW is going to use it to launch into the historical romance "Reign," featuring Adelaide Kane as the young Mary, Queen of Scots.
"The Carrie Diaries," which struggled on Mondays this spring, will be back for a second season on Fridays at 8 p.m. where it will form a fashion-forward duo with the latest installment of "America's Next Top Model."
"We had a terrific season last year, growing our audience on-air, digitally and socially," blurbs CW President Mark Pedowitz. "Now we are building on that success by continuing to add more original programming all year long, and by adding high-concept, exciting shows to our schedule that will help us continue our mission of broadening out our 18-to-34-year old audience. 'Arrow' was one of the breakout hits of this season, and we’re using that show and 'The Vampire Diaries,' our two highest-rated series, to launch our new dramas 'The Tomorrow People' and 'Reign,' on Wednesday and Thursday nights."
For the second straight year, The CW will premiere its new shows in October after the rush of premieres on the other networks.
The CW has a variety of things ready to fill in at midseason, including the dramas "Star-Crossed" and "The 100," plus the reality show "Famous in 12."
Also on tap for a TBD premiere is "Nikita," which will get a six-episode send-off, ending its 3+ season run.
Here's the quick night-by-night:
THE CW’s 2013-2014 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (New Night)
8:00-9:00 PM THE ORIGINALS (New Series)
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Night)
8:00-9:00 PM ARROW
9:00-10:00 PM THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (New Series)
8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
9:00-10:00 PM REIGN (New Series)
8:00-9:00 PM THE CARRIE DIARIES (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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