The CW announced several logical scheduling moves today as it had to make room for five new dramas. The biggest move we observed was the network pulling Supernatural out of Friday and moving it to Wednesday nights. It will no longer be pitted against Fringe and Grimm and will be paired with the Green Arrow-based drama, Arrow.
Arrow is going to star Stephen Amell as billionaire Oliver Queen, who was missing and presumed dead after a shipwreck, before resurfacing on a remote Pacific island. Upon his return to Starling City, and acclimation back to his world of philanthropy, Queen creates the vigilante persona of Arrow to restore his city to greatness. Also starring is Colin Donnell as best friend Tommy, Katie Cassidy as former girlfriend Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as chauffeur John Diggle, Willa Holland as sister Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as mother Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.
The strategy of the move to Wednesday may be to pair the male-lead characters of Supernatural with another strong male lead series as opposed to Nikita on Friday nights.
Speaking of Nikita, it is getting paired with new lead-in, America’s Top Model on Friday nights and so the logic of grouping shows based on the genders featured, may be the aim of the CW. Top Model has always been on Wednesday, so this may be more of final and last-ditch effort to restore its once-solid ratings before it’s sent off packing.
Monday nights are going to belong to the ladies too as 90210 and Gossip Girl‘s final season are going to begin the year, and then The Carrie Diaries will come in midseason and replace one of the CW’s flagship shows. The Sex and the City prequel series will star Anna Sophia Robb (Soul Surfer) as Carrie Bradshaw, Ellen Wong as Mouse, Brendan Dooling as Walt and Katie Findlay as Maggie.
Tuesday night is going to be a healthy dose of medicine as small town charmer, Hart of Dixie returns for its second season and will lead into the new medical series, Emily Owens, M.D. which was formerly called First Cut. It features Emily Owens, played by Mamie Gummer, a young woman fresh out of medical school and is a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital. Coincidentally Emily’s med-school crush, played by Justin Hartley is also an intern.
Emily though as a full-fledged grown-up, she’d no longer have to be uncomfortable with her geeky and nerdy ways, but the politics and drama of high school has just been fostered into adulthood at Denver Memorial where the social wars meets the hard and fast decision-making of a hospital. Yes, it sounds like a CW version of Grey’s Anatomy.
The Vampire Diaries will remain on Thursday where it will be a lead-in for the Beauty and the Beast reboot of the 80′s romance drama starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and Jay Ryan (Terra Nova). Kreuk will play Catherine Chandler, a humorless homicide detective meets a debonair doctor named Vincent Keller (Ryan). She later finds out Vincent has been hiding for 10 years, thought to be dead serving in Afghanistan and is also the mysterious man who saved her several years prior when Catherine witnessed her mother gunned down by two assailants. Vincent’s reason for hiding are tied to his morphing into an uncontrollable monster whenever his anger is provoked. Their new knowledge of each other is a positive thing, but is also an added danger to both.
Joining The Carrie Diaries as a midseason replacement is Cult, which is about a television show where mysterious occurrences and disappearances surround the production. An investigative journalist, Jeff Sefton played by The Vampire Diaries’ Matt Davis, begins digging into the show and why so many of its viewers are inspired to take harmful risks in the name of “Cult.” It also stars Alona Tal (Supernatural), Robert Knepper (Prison Break), and Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place). Look for Cult to replace America’s Top Model midseason Friday nights or any other show that fails to have adequate ratings for the CW.
The CW 2012-2013 Fall Schedule
(New shows in CAPS, Times are Eastern Standard Time)
8:00-9:00 pm “90210″
9:00-10:00 pm “Gossip Girl” / THE CARRIE DIARIES (2013)
8:00-9:00 pm “Hart of Dixie”
9:00-10:00 pm “EMILY OWENS, M.D.” (Previously First Cut)
8:00-9:00 pm “ARROW”
9:00-10:00 pm “Supernatural”
8:00-9:00 pm “The Vampire Diaries”
9:00-10:00 pm “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”
8:00-9:00 pm “Top Model”
9:00-10:00 pm “Nikita”
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