Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 Fall Schedule: The CW


8:00 - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (NEW)
9:00 - Jane the Virgin

I'm surprised that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the only new show The CW is debuting in the fall, especially since it will need to be extensively retooled over the next couple of months (it was originally a racy half-hour pilot for premium cable network Showtime). And it gets one of the hardest timeslots to attempt a launch, up against The Voice and Supergirl, though Jane the Virgin feels like a good fit for it.


8:00 - The Flash
9:00 - iZombie

This pair of shows has been a success, with The Flash's huge ratings leading iZombie to being the third highest rated show on the network in the 18-49 demo, so it's no surprise that The CW didn't want to mess with this combination.


8:00 - Arrow
9:00 - Supernatural

I would have moved Supernatural, since it's so resilient thanks to a rabid fanbase, but with Empire occupying the 9:00 slot on Fox, it's probably better to not introduce a new show. Plus The 100 did much better before Empire came along, so it'll come back at midseason.


8:00 - The Vampire Diaries
9:00 - The Originals (New Timeslot)

Entering its third season, The Originals finally moves to the slot many thought it would have from the beginning: following its parent series. The Vampire Diaries is struggling right now. Its ratings have tanked, and its leading lady is departing at the end of this season. So next year will be a complete reboot, and if The CW can find a way to reach the fans who abandoned the show over the years and get them to see the rebooted version, maybe this won't be the end of the line.


8:00 - Reign (New Timeslot)
9:00 - America's Next Top Model (New Timeslot)

As expected, Reign is getting sent off to die on Fridays. It's doing terribly on Thursdays currently, and it probably won't do much better on Fridays, but something has to air there and better this than another new show (since The Messengers debuted lower than low last month) or a slot full of repeats. I expect more reality (Whose Line, perhaps) to take over after Top Model ends.


The CW's highest profile project, a third show in its DC Universe titled Legends of Tomorrow, will debut midseason, as will Containment (formerly Cordon). The 100 will return as well, with Beauty and the Beast likely to return next summer (the third season begins next month, and it was already renewed for a fourth). Whose Line Is It Anyway? will also return.

Congratulations are in order for Mark Pedowitz; he took a floundering network and made strides to turn it around this past season. The Flash is huge, Arrow is still strong, and Jane the Virgin has brought the network its first ever top tier accolades. With such a strong lineup, few changes needed to be made, as can be evidenced by only one new show premiering this fall. I don't have much to critique here, except that I would have used The Flash to launch a new show (Containment, probably) in the fall and bring iZombie back at midseason. although the midseason schedule will be tricky. Will iZombie be a limited run? Will Legends of Tomorrow follow The Flash, Arrow, or something else entirely? Will Reign last on Fridays, or will it go the route of Beauty and the Beast and be pulled in favor of a summer run? Does Supernatural stay on Wednesdays, or does it move so one of the new midseason shows can follow it? For now, The CW can enjoy its stability, for the first time in a long time.

Read full descriptions of the new shows after the jump.

Containment - When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD. But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area. Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17 year-old Teresa, who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank, an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts, the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus. On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak, and has asked for Lex’s help in enforcing the cordon – which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn’t add up in the official story being told. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. Containment stars David Gyasi (Interstellar); Christina Moses (Starship: Apocalypse, Starship: Rising); Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries); Kristen Gutoskie (Beaver Falls); Claudia Black (The Originals, Farscape); George Young (Casualty); Hanna Mangan Lawrence (Spartacus: War of the Damned); and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live). Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Containment is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) and David Nutter (The Flash, Arrow).

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: suburban West Covina, Calif. (it’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic). From CBS Television Studios, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stars Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken), who also serves as executive producer along with Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada); and Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man films).

Legends of Tomorrow - When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow stars Victor Garber (The Flash, Alias); Brandon Routh (Arrow, Superman Returns); Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who); Caity Lotz (Arrow); Ciarra Renee (Broadway's Pippin); Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow); with Dominic Purcell (The Flash, Prison Break); and Wentworth Miller (The Flash, Prison Break). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Eli Stone, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, The Flash, Eli Stone, Warehouse 13) and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash).

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