Thursday, May 19, 2016

2016 Fall Schedule: The CW


8:00 - Supergirl
9:00 - Jane the Virgin

Even after switching networks, Supergirl remains at the same time, creating a female-centric evening of programming for the The CW next to its critical darling, Jane the Virgin.


8:00 - The Flash
9:00 - No Tomorrow (NEW)

This pairing is very odd; it's something new for the network to try, after premiering new genre/thriller shows after The Flash for the past couple of years. But a romantic comedy? I don't know how much audience overlap there will be here.


8:00 - Arrow
9:00 - Frequency (NEW)

What surprises me here is not that Frequency is following Arrow, it's that Riverdale was left off the fall schedule in favor of it.


8:00 - DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00 - Supernatural (New Timeslot)

Thursday is the only night the CW hasn't aired Supernatural, and it's their ultimate utility player, so I expected this move. If Legends of Tomorrow weren't ready for fall, I actually would have anticipated Supernatural airing at 8:00 and leading in to something else, perhaps iZombie, which would be a nice fit for it. But Legends' second season will be ready for a fall launch, and we'll see how it does against football.


8:00 - The Vampire Diaries
9:00 - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (New Timeslot)

The Vampire Diaries has strengthened Fridays for The CW, so it stays put, but companion The Originals is benched until midseason to make way for the low-rated but beloved Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. If it can maintain its extremely modest Monday night ratings on Friday, I think the move will be considered a success. I also expect it to produce a shortened season, since the network has so many dramas waiting on deck.


Several returning dramas will rejoin the lineup at midseason: fourth seasons of The 100, The Originals, and Reign, and the third season of iZombie. One new drama will also premiere, the Archie comics update, Riverdale.

There's not much to say here. For the most part, it's a very basic formula of superhero + something else. The biggest winner here is probably Jane the Virgin, which should benefit from the Supergirl lead-in, even if the former CBS show only carries over half its audience to The CW. I'm surprised the network is rushing a second season of Legends of Tomorrow onto the fall schedule, and that Riverdale was the only show held until midseason. It seems a natural fit with Arrow or The Flash, and it still feasibly could be, and it was the best-received pilot the network had this season. (Side note: with Riverdale and the move of Supergirl, Greg Berlanti is now producer of a third of the CW's total output.) But what's here is hard to complain about. It's a solid, stable schedule. And if any or all of the new series are hits, I can't wait to see what The CW does this time next year in deciding what shows to let go.

Read descriptions of The CW's new shows after the jump.

No Tomorrow - Evie Callahan (Tori Anderson), a risk-averse quality-control assessor, appreciates order. Whenever she’s making a list, “make a list” is both the first thing on it and the first thing crossed off. Such a regimented life has its drawbacks. Her on-again/off-again romance with the sweet, but soft-spoken Timothy (Jesse Rath) has sputtered out. Her career has stalled. Her boss, Deirdre (Amy Pietz), a petty tyrant with breath that could kill a plant, laughs off her ambitions. Then Evie meets charming, free-spirited Xavier Holliday (Joshua Sasse), and the attraction is immediate and electric. He brings a jolt of joyful, rollicking romance into her life. Xavier encourages Evie to carpe that diem, because it’s more fun that way and because, well, the apocalypse is, you know, nigh. He believes humankind has a mere eight months and twelve days until a runaway asteroid smacks us all into stardust. That’s why he made an Apocalyst – a tally of every last thing he wants to do before the world goes kaput. So with the help of her friends – Hank (Jonathan Langdon), a diehard conspiracy theorist, and Kareema (Sarayu Blue), a droll nihilist – Evie must decide whether Xavier is certifiable and whether that even matters, if being with him means living her life more fully. Based on the International Emmy-nominated Brazilian format from Grupo Globo, No Tomorrow is a romantic comedy with the ultimate ticking clock. No Tomorrow is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television in association with Electus, with executive producers Corinne Brinkerhoff (American Gothic, Jane the Virgin, The Good Wife), Maggie Friedman (Witches of East End) and Ben Silverman (Jane the Virgin, The Office).

Frequency - Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone. Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar), who has now risen to Deputy Chief of Police. Frank’s former partner, Lieutenant Satch Reyna (Mekhi Phifer), is now Raimy’s mentor and friend, and he has urged her to let go of the hurt and anger she still feels about Frank’s disappearance and death, but the old pain still lingers. Raimy can barely bring herself to discuss Frank, even with her devoted boyfriend, Daniel (Daniel Bonjour), or her childhood friend, Gordo (Lenny Jacobson). Now, twenty years later, Raimy is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father’s old, long-broken ham radio – it’s Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996. They’re both shocked and confused, but Raimy shakes Frank to the core when she warns him that the secret sting he is undertaking will lead to his death. Armed with that knowledge, Frank survives the attempt on his life. But changing history has dramatically affected Raimy’s life in the present – and there have been tragic consequences. Separated by twenty years, father and daughter have reunited on a frequency only they can hear, but can they rewrite the story of their lives without risking everyone they love? Frequency is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures, with executive producers Jeremy Carver (Supernatural), Toby Emmerich (The Notebook), John Rickard (Horrible Bosses), Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie, Sherlock Holmes) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars).

Riverdale - As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of highschool golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same… Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music — not follow in his dad’s footsteps—despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms.Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush, Archie, after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves – which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (M├Ądchen Amick) – aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student,Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)…Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows… Based on the characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee), Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).

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