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The CW Reshuffles Its Schedule to Add Five New Dramas

Network Works With Clear Channel on IHeartRadio Concert and Music Specials

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The CW is reshuffling its entire schedule to make room for its five new dramas next fall, the network said today.

'The Originals' is a spin-off from 'The Vampire Diaries'
'The Originals' is a spin-off from 'The Vampire Diaries' Credit: The CW

The network, a joint venture between CBS and Time Warner, will again wait to begin its season until October, a strategy it adopted last year in an effort to air premieres away from the larger networks' new lineups and massive promotional campaigns.

It is also continuing to invest heavily in genre shows as it looks to broaden its audience and two female-skewing series, "Gossip Girl" and "902010," disappear from the schedule.

The focus on high-concept drama is a product of the difficulty making noise with softer teen dramas, CW President Mark Pedowitz said in a question-and-answer session with reporters following the network's upfront presentation on Thursday. A majority of the shows now on the schedule have some supernatural or sci-fi element, unlike the normal-teen tales found in older series like "One Tree Hill."

Monday nights in the new season will continue to skew female as "Hart of Dixie" relocates there, to be followed by the second season of "Beauty and the Beast."

But "The Vampire Diaries" spin-off "The Originals" will kick off Tuesdays, with "Supernatural" moving to follow it in the 9 p.m. slot from Wednesday nights.

Super-hero series "Arrow," which was The CW's biggest hit coming out of last upfront, will serve as a lead-in on Wednesday nights to a new action-adventure drama, "The Tomorrow People," which centers around a young man with abilities he is only beginning to understand.

The highly-coveted Thursday night slot behind "The Vampire Diaries" will go to the new historical drama, "Reign," starring Adelaide Kane as the young Mary, Queen of Scots.

"The Carrie Diaries," the prequel to "Sex and the City," will move to Friday nights, followed by "America's Next Top Model." Friday nights have often been considered Siberia for TV shows, given the larger TV audiences earlier in the week, but the CW last year moved "Supernatural" back from Fridays and into Wednesdays, so it's hardly fatal.

Mideason will bring the new reality series "Famous in 12" plus two more genre shows, "Star-Crossed," about a high-school girl whose foreign-exchange love interest turns out to be an alien, and "The 100," set nearly 100 years after a nuclear war.

"Nikita" will conclude its series run after six new episodes.

The CW also plans to air a new version of "Whose Line is It Anyway" this summer in a bid to get back into comedy, Mr. Pedowitz said. If successful, it could find a home on the fall schedule. "'Whose Line' is to get the audience familiar with comedy" on The CW, he said, "If it works, we will definitely go back to sitcoms," he said.

The CW also announced a three-year deal with Clear Channel to air the annual IHeartRadio Music Festival and other music specials.

8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (New Night)

8:00-9:00 PM THE ORIGINALS (New Series)
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Night)

8:00-9:00 PM ARROW
9:00-10:00 PM THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (New Series)

9:00-10:00 PM REIGN (New Series)

8:00-9:00 PM THE CARRIE DIARIES (New Night)

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