Network Upfronts Preview: The CW

TheCW_logolarge_960x540I thought I’d have time to get The CW in before they made any announcements, but obviously they had different plans.  With a week before their upfront presentation, The CW essentially did everything except announce a new schedule.  The CW ordered new dramas The Flash (no surprise), iZ0mbie, Jane the Virgin, and The Messengers to series (they did pass on the Supernatural spinoff, by the way).  The network also officially renewed The 100Hart of Dixie, and probably the biggest surprise on any network thus far: Beauty and the Beast.  Finally, The Carrie Diaries, Star Crossed, and The Tomorrow People will not return for another season.

MONDAY
8 – Supernatural (new night and time)
9 – Reign (new night and time)
Analysis: Sorry Supernatural, but you’re on the move again.  If any show can hold up against the tough Monday competition and finally help The CW establish the night, its Supernatural.  Reign may not be the most compatible series with Supernatural, but I don’t see it heading to Fridays nor keeping its Vampire Diaries lead in.

TUESDAY
8 – The Originals
9 – The 100 (new night) / iZombie (new drama)
Analysis: The Originals is unlikely to move, but 9 o’clock remains a big question.  Does The CW program a new series in the timeslot, or bring back solid The 100 in a new timeslot?  I figure the drama is on 13 episode renewal cycles and won’t return until mid-season, but I’d like to see The CW save two new dramas.  If any new show does get the timeslot though, my money is on iZombie.  Vampires and zombies, what better combination?!

WEDNESDAY
8 – Arrow
9 – The Flash (new drama)
AnalysisArrow and The Flash together seems like the most logical pair for the network.  The CW did surprise us last year; however, separating The Originals and The Vampire Diaries and it worked.  Could it again?  Maybe.  But in the end, these two together gives The CW a strong night and lets them focus elsewhere.

THURSDAY
8 – The Vampire Diaries
9 – Jane the Virgin (new drama)
Analysis: It may be down to series lows, but no way The Vampire Diaries moves to a new timeslot.  The CW likes to program new series post-Vampire Diaries and I predict they do it again this season.  Of all the series they ordered, Jane the Virgin seems most likely to need a lead in.  Jane the Virgin is also the most female-skewing series ordered by the network, thus this timeslot makes the most sense to me.

FRIDAY
8 – Beauty and the Beast
9 – Hart of Dixie
Analysis: The CW renewed Beauty and the Beast…yes, for real.  Even after its dismal ratings on Monday, being pulled from the schedule, and having the remaining episodes scheduled in the middle of the summer, Beauty and the Beast will be back.  The only logical place for it to go is Friday nights.  Fellow low-rated drama Hart of Dixie is likely in its final season, so dump it here.

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