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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:

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

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

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

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

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