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The CW Announces Midseason Schedule

New Drama 'Riverdale' Will Air on Thursday; Changes on Four Nights of the Week

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The CW has announced its midseason programming plans, which will feature the arrival of new drama “Riverdale,” based on the iconic characters from the “Archie” comic book franchise, and changes on four of the network’s five nights. Only Monday will remain unchanged with “Supergirl” and “Jane the Virgin.” Returning are dramas “The 100,” “Reign,” “The Originals” and “iZombie.”

“Riverdale” will air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET in place of veteran “Supernatural,” which shifts to 8 p.m. Current Thursday 8 p.m. time period occupant “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” will move to Tuesday at 9 p.m. in place of “No Tomorrow,” which like fellow freshman drama “Frequency” is not on the midseason line-up.

On Wednesday, “Arrow” will lead into the return of “The 100” at 9 p.m. And Fridays will feature the new season of perennially ratings-challenged “Reign” at 9 p.m. out of soon-to-conclude “The Vampire Diaries.” Also missing from The CW in midseason is struggling “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which wraps up season two on Friday, Feb. 3. “The Vampire Diaries,” meanwhile, will end its eight season run on Friday, March 10 and will be replaced by returning spin-off “The Originals” one week later.

Additionally, ‘iZombie” will make its season three debut with back-to-back new episodes on Tuesday, April 4 before moving to its regularly scheduled time period after “The Flash” on April 11.

The bottom line: While The CW will clearly benefit minus the low-rated trio of “No Tomorrow,” “Frequency” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” returning “Reign,” “The 100” and “The Originals” are unlikely to fare any better. “Riverdale,” however, is wisely scheduled out of warhorse “Supernatural,” and the lead-in support from “The Flash” will only benefit “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow.”

What follows is The CW’s midseason primetime line-up:

Monday
8:00 p.m. “Supergirl”
9:00 p.m. “Jane the Virgin”

Tuesday
Effective January 24
8:00 p.m. “The Flash”
9:00 p.m. “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (new day and time)

Wednesday
Effective February 1
8:00 p.m. “Arrow”
9:00 p.m. “The 100” (new season)

Thursday
Effective January 26
8:00 p.m. “Supernatural” (new time)
9:00 p.m. “Riverdale” (new series)

Friday
Effective February 10
8:00 p.m. “The Vampire Dairies”
9:00 p.m. “Reign” (new season)

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. “The 100” is so good. I saw the pilot to RIVERDALE. Not bad. I think it will have a fan base. Not sure if I’m one yet. But it was a good solid show.