It’s almost the end of upfronts week and the CW is the last major network to dish out its fall scoop. Here’s the lineup for this fall jam packed with new shows (as is the CW way) and some surprise scheduling choices.
Monday: 8pm Hart of Dixie; 9pm Beauty and the Beast
Tuesday: 8pm The Originals; 9pm Supernatural
Wednesday: 8pm Arrow; 9pm The Tomorrow People
Thursday: 8pm The Vampire Diaries; 9pm Reign
Friday: 8pm The Carrie Diaries; 9pm America’s Next Top Model
Dramas: Nikita, Star-Crossed, The 100
Reality- Famous in 12
The Carrie Diaries hung on by a thread to get renewed for a second season so it’s no surprise the network has decided to move it to friday nights. If it can gain a new audience there’s hope for it still, if it doesn’t fridays are a good night for any show to die quietly. It is an interesting choice by the CW not to have The Vampire Diaries followed by its new spinoff The Originals. The method behind that is probably to rope viewers into the new show Reign, which is based on the story of Mary Queen of Scots. Marketing wise it makes sense to pair The Originals with a strong show like Supernatural, but fandom wise we were hoping for an all TVD Thursday.
There’s a lot of potential in the new line up as Julie Plec (now working on The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and The Tomorrow People) has taken over the network.
The Tomorrow People is a new adaptation of the 1970′s British TV series of the same name. And just to keep everything in the CW family Robbie Amell (Stephen Amell’s cousin) is set to play the lead role in the new series.
Based on the U.K. series created by Roger Price, the drama tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
Cast: Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell, MarkPellegrino, Madeleine Mantock, Aaron Yoo
Reign is a risk for the CW. Though it’s sure to be full of the angsty goodness so integral to the network, it will also be full of period costumes and a lack of cell-phones. The Reign/Vampire Diaries Thursday pairing may help CW viewers ease into the new series. After all, The Vampire Diaries sometimes features flowing dress flashbacks. If this show is done right it could be really cool and a great addition to the network.
The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue.
Cast: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Torrance Combs, Celina Sinden, Jenessa Grant, Megan Follows, Caitlin Stasey, Anna Popplewell
Star-Crossed which will make a mid-season debut, has picked up a couple CW familiar faces plus Aimee Teegarden of Friday Night Lights. Even if aliens aren’t your thing, this new series is worth a try to see some favorite actors back on your screen.
Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl (Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden) and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.
Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, Malese Jow, Titus Makin Jr., Grey Damon, Natalie Hall, Chelsea Gilligan, Greg Finley, Maggie Elizabeth Jones
The 100 is also set for a mid-season premiere. Another post-apocalyptic saga, The 100 is based on a YA book series that hasn’t even been published yet. The first book in the series by Kass Morgan will be out in September.
Ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Based on the forthcoming The Hundred book series (initial two-book order), written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown.
So what shows are you looking forward to from the nation’s prettiest network? Are you excited about The Originals spinoff? Skeptical of two post-apocalyptic shows on one network? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
UPDATE: Check out the Fall Sizzle Reel