Last day of upfronts! The CW’s fall schedule is below.
9PM: Gossip Girl (The Carrie Diaries* starting in January)
8PM: Hart of Dixie
9PM: Emily Owens, M.D.*
8PM: The Vampire Diaries
9PM: Beauty and the Beast*
8PM: America’s Next Top Model
Obviously the thing that stands out is that EVERYTHING MOVED. The only returning show staying in its timeslot from this year is The Vampire Diaries. Supernatural moves out of the Friday graveyard to Wednesday nights to be paired with new comic book drama Arrow. Nikita is moved to the 9PM hour on Friday, which makes me think this will likely be its last year (particularly since they stuck it there with ANTM as a lead-in – oof).
I’m not a big CW watcher – I sampled Ringer for a few weeks this year, found it unable to hold my interest, and gave up after 3 episodes. I love Sarah Michelle Gellar, and I hope she comes back to TV in a more high-quality show soon. Anyways, I don’t think I’ll be spending much time with the CW next season, either. Emily Owens, M.D. (formerly First Cut) looks exactly like I expected from the description. I’ve seen that done, and done better, by others in the past. The concept of Beauty and the Beast just doesn’t appeal to me, although it looked more interesting with the context of the clip than I thought it would. I might check out Arrow – I’m always willing to give a comic book show/movie a shot, because if done well they can be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, they are rarely done well. We’ll see, though.
I have to say, I’m sort of surprised The Secret Circle was cancelled. I only watched the pilot, which I actually really enjoyed, but I never found the time to get caught up. I was under the impression the show was doing very well by CW standards, and it sounded like creatively it got better as the season went along. I didn’t expect Ringer back on the schedule this year, but figured TSC would be taking the place of an older show. Kind of a shame.
That’s it for upfronts week. Now we just have to sit and wait for all of these fun-looking new shows to arrive in the fall!