The CW is making some major changes to its line-up for the 2013 season, the network announced on Thursday at its Upfront presentation in New York City.
The CW’s Monday is a destination for romance — the comedic charm of “Hart of Dixie” at 8 p.m., followed by the epic, dangerous story of Cat and Vincent on “Beauty and the Beast” at 9 p.m. Though the shows initially seem like an odd fit, following “Dixie’s” sugary sweetness with a the troubled, passionate tale of “Beauty and the Beast” may just strike the balance that the shows need to get off the bubble.
8 p.m. — “The Originals”
9 p.m. — “Supernatural”
We expected “The Originals” to follow “Vampire Diaries” on Thursday nights, but we’re pleased to see that the network chose to put the spin-off on Tuesdays instead. That post-“TVD” spot on Thursdays can be unstable, because the audience tends to be so overwhelmed by cliffhangers that the show doesn’t make an ideal lead-in. By pairing “The Originals” with “Supernatural,” the network is promising a darker, scarier series than we’ve seen with “Vampire Diaries,” and that’s just what we’re after. Speaking of “Supernatural,” this move puts the show back in the timeslot where it began its run in 2005 on The WB. The 2012 season saw “Supernatural” thrive unexpectedly, and we’re sure its devoted, cultish audience would follow it to any night of the week.
8 p.m. — “Arrow”
9 p.m. — “The Tomorrow People”
The Amell family owns Wednesdays on The CW (as does executive producer Greg Berlanti, who heads up both series). Stephen Amell led “Arrow” through a near-perfect first season this year, which made the 9 p.m. slot following the DC Comics series the network’s most coveted spot for freshman series. With “Supernatural” revived and able to stand on its own, The CW chose “The Tomorrow People” — starring Stephen’s cousin, Robbie Amell — for the prime position. Amell plays a troubled teenager who discovers that he possesses shocking abilities with the potential to tear him away from his family.
8 p.m. — “The Vampire Diaries”
9 p.m. — “Reign”
“The Vampire Diaries” stays put, as always, anchoring The CW’s Thursday night line-up in its fifth season. Historically, the timeslot following the show has been a difficult one to fill, largely because of “The Vampire Diaries'” tendency to end on cliffhangers that send viewers racing to their computers instead of tuning in for the 9 p.m. show. The CW is looking to combat cliffhanger fatigue with “Reign” at 9 p.m. Starring Adelaide Kane as the young Mary, Queen of Scots, “Reign” promises romance, intrigue, and sex set in a time when those things were far more clandestine than they are now.
The network is calling the pairing of “The Carrie Diaries” and “America’s Next Top Model” their Fashionable Fridays line-up, which is an interesting experiment. With other nets like FOX and NBC turning their Fridays into a genre night, The CW is smart to counter-program with young-skewing, female-driven shows. It’s The CW’s first real attempt at a night aimed at family viewing, and it might just pay off in a TGIF sort of way.
For midseason, The CW has saved “The 100” and “Star-Crossed.” “The 100” follows a group of 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth years after its been named uninhabitable, to see if it’s suitable for recolonization. “Star-Crossed” sticks with the space theme, with Matt Lanter starring as an alien boy who falls in love with a human girl (Aimee Teegarden) when he starts attending high school.