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
1937 | Drama | GSummary: Heidi is orphaned and her selfish maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with her grumpy old paternal grandfather, Adolph Kramer. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society...through her angelic ways and sheer love. When Aunt Dete steals Heidi away to be the companion ...Director: Allan Dwan
Cast: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher, Helen Westley
2012 | Action | NRSummary: This animated version of Peter Parker’s story finds him torn between being a teenager and dealing with other adult heroes and a brewing battle between SHIELD and Norman Osborn.Director: Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini (creators)
Cast: Drake Bell, Chi McBride, Ogie Banks
1996 | Action | PGSummary: Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life... until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when a local forest is torn down. The eggs hatch and Amy be...Director: Carroll Ballard
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney
1920 | Horror | NRSummary: One of the very first horror flms features a carnival, sleepwalking, an insane asylum, and some of the most incredible black and white sights in movies.Director: Robert Weine
Cast: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover
1954 | Thriller | NRSummary: Shadowy film noir featuring a murdered G-man and the FBI agent who takes on the murdered man’s unsolved cases -- which may just be related.Director: Arnold Laven
Cast: Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer
1997 | Drama | RSummary: Matt Damon got his break as an MIT janitor who hides his mathematical brilliance, but is eventually guided by a therapist played beautifully by Robin Williams. Damon and Ben Affleck, who also appears, won an Oscar for their original screenplay.Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck
1977 | Comedy | PGSummary: The neurotic New Yorker Woody Allen tells one of the greatest romantic comedies to be set in the city of New York.Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane
2014 | Documentary | NRSummary: In 1970 Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter under the influence of LSD, but later turned his efforts to helping others with addiction.Director: Jeff Radice
Cast: Dock Ellis
1994 | Drama | PGSummary: With their father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, male friends start to become a part of the hous...Director: Gillian Armstrong
Cast: Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis
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