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The CW in Fall 2016: Two New Series; Changes on All Five Nights

'Riverdale' Held Back Until Midseason

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In addition to the arrival of “Supergirl,” The CW will introduce two new series this fall – dramas “No Tomorrow” and “Frequency.” A third drama, “Riverdale,” based on the characters from the iconic Archie comic book franchise, will debut in midseason.

The CW will move veteran “Supernatural” and sophomore “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” to new nights, with “Supernatural” at 9 p.m. out of “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” on Thursday and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” at 9 p.m. out of “The Vampire Diaries” on Friday. “Supergirl,” meanwhile, will remain in the Monday 8 p.m. hour (into “Jane the Virgin”), while Wednesday and Thursday 8 p.m. anchors “The Flash” and “Arrow” lead into “No Tomorrow” and “Frequency,” respectively. The changes impact all five nights on The CW.

Returning on The CW in midseason will be dramas “The 100,” “iZombie,” “The Originals” and “Reign.”

What follows is The CW primetime schedule this fall (with the new series in bold), followed by the new fall series descriptions:

Monday
8:00 p.m. “Supergirl” (new network)
9:00 p.m. “Jane the Virgin”

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. “The Flash”
9:00 p.m. “NO TOMORROW”

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. “Arrow”
9:00 p.m. “FREQUENCY”

Thursday
8:00 p.m. “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”
9:00 p.m. “Supernatural” (new night)

Friday
8:00 p.m. “The Vampire Diaries”
9:00 p.m. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (new night)

New Program Descriptions

DRAMAS

“Frequency”

Studio: Warner Bros. Television / Lin Pictures
Team: Jeremy Carver, Toby Emmerich, John Rickard, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz
Logline: Based on the 2000 movie of the same name, “Frequency” follows a young detective who discovers she can communicate with her now-dead father 20 years in the past via ham radio.
Cast: Riley Smith (“Nashville,” “True Blood”), Mekhi Phifer (“ER,” “8 Mile”), Peyton List (“The Flash, “Mad Men”), Lenny Jacobson (“Nurse Jackie”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Third Watch”), Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries”), Daniel Bonjour (“The Walking Dead”)

“No Tomorrow”

Studio: CBS Television Studios in association with Electus
Team: Ben Silverman, Maggie Friedman
Logline: When a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists.
Cast: Tori Anderson (“Open Heart”), Josh Sasse (“Galavant”), Sarayu Blue, (“The Real O’Neals”), Amy Pietz (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King”), Jesse Rath (“Defiance”), Jonathan Langdon (“Special Correspondents”)

“Riverdale”
Studio: Warner Bros. Television / Berlanti Productions
Team: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater
Logline: Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” follows Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
Cast: Tori Anderson (“Open Heart”), Josh Sasse (“Galavant”), Sarayu Blue, (“The Real O’Neals”), Amy Pietz (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King”), Jesse Rath (“Defiance”), Jonathan Langdon (“Special Correspondents”)

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “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. Is this the CW or DC?

    Monday: Supergirl is a win for the network as its so-so numbers on CBS are Flash size in reality, it is doubtful that Supergirl retains those numbers but even 80% of that would be a win-win for the net. JTV pairing is iffy but the show is an established Monday show and while the pairing is “interesting” its probably the best the CW can do

    Tuesday: No Tomorrow has an interesting premise but can it last? I’m not sold on this or the pairing with the Flash

    Wednesday: Arrow and Frequency is interesting but given Arrows recent decline was it a good idea to move Supernatural? Time will tell. Frequency was a good movie and I hope this show makes it but like NT above can the premise last?

    Thursday: LOT just got the best lead-out it could of gotten Supernatural, the show that will never die….the show is entering its 12th season and shows no signs of fatigue….this night should be very stable for the CW and it would not surprise me if the CW were to pass FOX this season on Thursdays

    Friday: VD and CEG…..okay…….its Friday…….low numbers…..bad programming…..period…..

    Grade C+, Supergirl is a great move, the new shows are iffy but they have decent to good lead-ins, Thursdays is good period but Friday is a head scratch-er….this would of been a “B” schedule if not for that

  2. Final Grades
    ABC B
    CBS B-
    CW C+
    NBC C-
    FOX D+

    Predictions:

    Network making the biggest gains this season
    CBS, Solid schedule and few weak spots
    (ABC, runner-up) NBC/FOX declines

    Network seeing biggest declines
    NBC, The Voice is weakening & all 3 Chicago shows are being challenged heavily
    (FOX, runner-up) Renewing so many weak shows

    Network benefiting most by others slipping
    CW, FOX/NBC/ABC all have very vulnerable nights M-F
    (CBS, runner-up) Sundays weakening across the board

    Despite the Superbowl FOX will NOT win the 18-49 demos next season

  3. I think you Mean 2016 Marc, speaking of 2006 which will be 10 years since The CW launched,
    this was their first Fall Schedule, what a difference of Ten Years Makes, when the WB and UPN merger.
    Sunday
    7:00 pm Everybody Hates Chris
    7:30 pm All of Us
    8:00 pm Girlfriends
    8:30 pm The Game
    9:00 pm America’s Next Top Model-reruns
    Sunday Follow-Up (November 19th)
    7:00 pm Reba-reruns
    7:30 pm Reba
    8:00 pm 7th Heaven
    9:00 pm America’s Next Top Model-reruns

    Monday
    8:00 pm 7th Heaven
    9:00 pm Runaway
    Monday Follow-Up
    8:00 pm Everybody Hates Chris
    8:30 pm All of Us
    9:00 pm Girlfriends
    9:30 pm The Game

    Tuesday
    8:00 pm Gilmore Girls
    9:00 pm Veronica Mars

    Wednesday
    8:00 pm America’s Next Top Model
    9:00 pm One Tree Hill

    Thursday
    8:00 pm Smallville
    9:00 pm Supernatural

    Friday
    8:00 pm WWE Friday Night SmackDown!

  4. I give the CW a B-. It’s not a great schedule but its going to get stronger with Supergirl on Mondays and that will help Jane the Virgin some. Not sold the new dramas are going to work but I do like that they’re not launching superhero shows right away. I think Fridays are just going to be the filler night with a couple more of those filler midseason shows here by February. Jane the Virgin and whatever new drama is the weakest also probably have short seasons to make way for filler product they have saved up.

  5. After seeing all the schedules, I give the networks these grades based on whether or not I think what they’re doing is going to help improve things.
    NBC: C
    Fox: D-
    ABC: A-
    CBS: B+
    CW: B-

  6. I’m alright with the CW’s schedule. Most improved schedule goes to CBS and ABC. Weakest and worst is clearly FOX. NBC next from the bottom. Vampire Diaries really should end next season which Pedowitz said he was unsure of at the upfronts